Together in Service

“Through large actions and small, on the MIT campus and well beyond, we are a community working as one for the betterment of humankind.”

- President Rafael Reif

Working for the betterment of humankind is at the core of MIT’s mission—a vital part of which is being a good neighbor.

Following the success of the Together in Service Day in 2016, the 2017 Together in Service program united students, faculty, and staff with local partners to strengthen our communities and learn from one another through service. We will be back in 2018 with more opportunities to serve.

Service Events from 2017

Volunteer Locally with CityDays

Join your MIT peers in a one-day volunteering opportunity as part of MIT’s Together in Service Initiative. CityDays is a great way for living groups, lab partners, athletic teams, other student groups, and individual volunteers to give back to our local community by engaging with our neighbors and volunteering together. We secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. Open to students, faculty, alumni, and staff. There are limited slots available on a first come first serve basis. Please email to sign-up. 

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Showcase your Expertise with Ask Me About…

Join the Cambridge Science Festival to engage the public with MIT’s fascinating research, student activities, and people. Help Cambridge get to know MIT better by volunteering at an Ask Me About station in one of Cambridge’s busy squares. Maybe you are an expert in biology, chemistry, or computer science. Field questions about your work from passersby in this unique outreach opportunity.

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Help Purchase a Van for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House

Let’s team up to give our neighbors a lift! A passenger van will enable essential services for children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and job seekers. A passenger van will support: After-school programs; field trips; job interviews and training; meal deliveries; medical appointments; and check-in visits with elders. Donate on Atlas to pitch in for the van.

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Donate Goods and Supplies to Cambridge Non-Profits

Organize a department collection drive for Tutoring Plus, Community Art Center, or EnRoot. Books, school supplies, craft materials, and other supplies are requested to further the work of these three local non-profits.


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Create a Community Chain Reaction

The MIT Museum invites visitors to take part in creating a unique contraption with ramps, string, tape, motors and more!  Community members will work in teams to design and build sections that will ultimately link to create a large chain reaction. Anyone from the broader MIT and Cambridge community is invited to participate in this free Cambridge Science Festival event, as well as help facilitate these teams.

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