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Service

American Red Cross Team And Network

The American Red Cross Team And Network (ARCTAN) is MIT’s official liaison society to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is the most-recognized humanitarian organization in the United States and the largest volunteer-led organization in New England. Respond to disasters with the MIT Disaster Action Team, administer first aid at the Boston Marathon, reunite families separated during World War II or serve as a mentor to a child.

ARCTAN runs the MIT Disaster Action Team and holds blood drives on campus a few times each year, as well as offering opportunities to volunteer in health and safety services, international social services, English as a second language, youth programs, the Boston food pantry and disaster relief. Anyone associated with MIT is welcome to join and commitments are extremely flexible. No experience is required. Visit our table or tour our ambulance at the fall Activities Midway on August 29th. E-mail <arctan-info@mit.edu> for more information or call (617) 375-0700 x 305.

Educational Studies Program

Through ESP, MIT students teach local high school students exciting and unusual subjects. MIT students get to make up the class they want to teach, and interested high school students may sign up to take that class. The result is a fun atmosphere of teachers who want to teach, and students who want to learn.

ESP also runs an SAT preparation program, undercutting the prices of Princeton Review and Kaplan. We believe students should have access to good test-taking skills, but that they need not be charged exorbitantly. All ESP teachers are volunteers, except for SATP teachers, who are paid.

ESP was founded in 1957, and has offered a variety of programs over the years. We are primarily undergraduates, though alumni, high school students, and other members of the community are also involved.

Our e-mail address is <edsp@mit.edu>, and our website is <http://web.mit.edu/edsp/www/>

Our first group meeting of the term will be announced on our website, under “announcements.” Meetings are held in our office on the fourth floor of the student center, room W20-467.

Graduate Student Volunteer Corps

The Graduate Student Volunteer Corps (GSVC) is a graduate student-centered community service group serving the MIT community. The GSVC provides volunteer and service opportunities to the broader graduate student community. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC’s theme has been “Heart, Mind, and Muscle,” as we believe that all 3 are integral to volunteer efforts.

Specific GSVC projects may each seem to focus on one of these, but really involve all these aspects. Ongoing events include soup kitchen work at the Cambridge Salvation Army Shelter, Habitat for Humanity workdays in Boston and on the South Shore, and a tutoring/mentoring program for Boston and Cambridge children. In addition, we always welcome new ideas for service opportunities from our members. To date, we have had 279 volunteers participate in 26 events. About 93 different people have volunteered at least once. No experience or minimum time commitment is expected of GSVC volunteers. Our membership is primarily graduate students but all others are welcome.

For more information about the Graduate Student Volunteer Corps, check out our website at <http://web.mit.edu/grad_vols/www> or contact Amanda Yarnell at <ayarnell@mit.edu> or 253-2031.

Habitat for Humanity

The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to fight poverty housing, through building new or renovating old houses to be owned by low-income familes. MIT Habitat supports this goal by working on the houses, fundraising for Habitat affiliates, and educating the campus community about these issues.

Last year, MIT Habitat went on at least one workday each month, and built 62 wall frames for Boston Habitat homes in Roxbury. The MIT Habitat SleepOut in May raised over $10,000 towards an MIT Habitat House. We are looking to plan other benefit events for Habitat this term, as well as increasing the number of workdays.

No experience is necessary for workdays, as the supervisors will teach you everything you need to know. To receive information about MIT Habitat, e-mail habitat-exec@mit.edu. Look for flyers about our first general meeting, and visit us at the Activities Midway.

For more information, visit <http://habitat.mit.edu> or e-mail <habitat-exec@mit.edu>.