“Inherent in our mission to bring knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges is a commitment to helping those in need.”

—President Reif

Events and Fundraisers

Community Giving at MIT hosts a series of activities throughout the year in partnership with local agencies.

Get involved now by taking part in our current fundraisers and collections:

Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection

Nov. 23 to Dec. 18, 2020

The holiday season can be a lonely time for senior citizens who may not have family or friends with whom to celebrate. Each year, our office is excited to partner with the Cambridge Police as they surprise members of our community with holiday gift bags on Christmas eve! This year, we are moving the collection online to help keep the tradition of connecting with seniors during the holidays going strong!

Donations needed (new, and unwrapped):

  • Winter clothing (Socks, hats, gloves, slippers, sweaters)
  • Festive home items (Blankets, bath robes, dish towels, large print books)
  • Tasty treats (Chocolates, crackers, candy canes, jams, hard candy)
  • Warm winter drinks (Ground coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
  • Winter care supplies (Lip balm, cough drops)

In cooperation with Adam Patten from the Cambridge Police Department, we have put together an Amazon wish list of gifts to help stuff the gift bags with! You can make a purchase at https://camb.ma/AmazonSSS and have the donation sent directly to the collection drive. Just choose "Sgt. Susan Kale's Gift Registry Address" when selecting shipping.

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For more information on the drive or if you'd like to send a gift that's not on the wish list, contact Adam Patten at apatten@cambridgepolice.org or 617-349-9354.

Cambridge Family and Children's Service Holiday Drive

Nov. 23 to Dec. 18, 2020

CFCS is a wonderful Cambridge charity that provides adoption planning and case management services for children and teens in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Families. They work with foster children and children who face the greatest challenges to adoption: older children and teens, sibling groups, and children with medical, developmental, emotional and/or behavioral special needs. For three years now, we have supported their holiday collection drive, which provides funds for CFCS case workers to purchase holiday gifts for the teens and young adults in their care.

The joy and connection that this drive brings each year is always inspiring. For a meaningful and personal way to bring happiness to children who may need extra love and attention, you or your colleagues can make a contribution to the "Cambridge Family and Children's Service Holiday Drive" through the Charitable Contributions app on Atlas.

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

Nov. 23, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2020

The CASPAR Emergency Services Shelter on Albany Street has been a vital Cambridge institution and MIT partner since its inception. Each year, we are eager to support their mission helping for homeless Cambridge residents prepare for the winter with our Winter Clothing Drive.

This year, because so many of us are far from campus, we have crafted an Amazon Wish List for this drive with the items that CASPAR is most in need of as Winter approaches. Socks, hats, jackets, gloves, and more go a long way toward protecting our vulnerable neighbors from the cold. Find the list of needed items here, and please send to CASPAR/Bay Cove’s Gift Registry Address when selecting shipping:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2E5CH5OB9FSRA
This wish list comes right from CASPAR's dedicated staff based on the needs of the shelter and will be updated as necessary.

Donations needed:

  • Men's and Women's winter clothing and coats (Sizes L, XL, XXL)
  • Men's and Women's new socks (Wool socks especially!)
  • Men's and Women's thermal shirts and underwear pants (New - Sizes M, L, XL)
  • Men's gloves and new hats


MIT COVID-19 Neighborhood Response Fund

Fundraising continues for our COVID-19 Neighborhood Response Fund. Launched in the Spring of 2020, this fund has continued to support six noteworthy Cambridge charities which have been providing a range of critical services to respond to the crisis caused by the pandemic. These charities have been battling food insecurity and homelessness, providing child care, and employment services since the start of the COVID-19 shutdown.

If you are in a position to make a donation, we encourage you to give to these stalwart Cambridge nonprofits taking care of our neighbors in Cambridge that are struggling. You can make a donation through the Charitable Contributions app on Atlas to the MIT COVID-19 Neighborhood Response Fund.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you'd like to volunteer with United Way or one of the many United Way supported nonprofits, visit the United Way Volunteeer HQ for a schedule of upcoming opportunities in your area!

Volunteer HQ Participants

Cell phone donation: Ongoing collection

Drop off or send your used cell phone to the Community Services Office, Room E19-711. Proceeds from the donations help support the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which provides free, comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence. To date, MIT has donated over 300 cell phones.