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Service Opportunities

Looking to do some community service? Here is a list of some of the programs that are coming up or ongoing at the PSC or around MIT.

Holiday drives:

Blood Drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross

A blood drive will be held in La Sala de Puerto Rico (second floor of the Student Center) next Monday and Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment to donate or for more information, go to <>.

The 2002 Community Giving at MIT Campaign, sponsored by United Way of Mass. Bay, MIT Community Service Fund, and other Charities

The Campaign runs from Oct. 31, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2002, and participants may contribute to a broad variety of local health and human services agencies. For more information, go to < /index2.html>.

The Giving Tree, sponsored by the PSC and Panhel

Get matched up with an underprivileged child and make his Christmas wishes come true by fulfilling his gift request. There will be a booth in Lobby 10 Nov. 25 to 26, and from Dec. 2 to 12.

All-We-Can-Carry Thanksgiving Food Drive, sponsored by Sigma Nu

This week, the 2006 Pledge class will wear black sashes and carry around donated canned goods, pastas, and other non-perishable foods for The Greater Boston Food Bank and The Salvation Army.

Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Drive Program, sponsored by the Chinese Students Association

Donate Asian foods to asian immigrants and refugee families. The project is in cooperation with the Asian Food Pantry Collaborative.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, sponsored by the Chinese Students Association

Donate linens and toiletries to battered asian families, from Nov. 20 to 27.

Hungry Hungry Hippos, sponsored by the Hunger Action Group

Donate to CASPAR (a homeless shelter near MIT) and get the chance to play the game Hungry Hungry Hippos on the first floor of the Student Center, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PSC year-round service opportunities:

CommuniTech and the MIT Used Computer Factory (UCF)

These two programs work together to refurbish old computers and give them to families in need as well as train them to use the technology through Families Accessing Computer Technology (FACT).


MIT students mentor and tutor at Tutoring Plus’ Homework Center.


Tutors are matched with local kids to help with writing and reading skills.

Science Mentoring

MIT mentors are matched with high school students specifically in science areas.

Keys to Empowering Youth (KEYS)

Mentors girls interested in science and technology.


Volunteers fill a wide range of roles in Cambridge Public School science classrooms.

The Science Expo

This annual spring science fair brings hundred of Cambridge Public School middle schoolers to MIT to showcase their science projects.

This information was compiled by Cathy Yao.