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Welcome to the BE Board Community Service Wiki! We are currently planning some events and would greatly appreciate and consider any recommendations or ideas you may have. Please email Lisa Joslin, at joslin@mit.edu with your suggestions.   
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=='''Community Service'''==
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Welcome to the BE Board Community Service Wiki!  Please email Bridget Wall, at bwall@mit.edu with your suggestions.   
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The BE Board will be sponsoring several Community Service events this year, including building DNA legos, collaborations with the Charles River Conservancy, and volunteering in the annual Cambridge Science Festival.
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=='''Past Events'''==
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'''October 19th''', Wednesday, 5-8pm, at Community Servings in Roxbury.  We brought a group of four excited BE folks to prepare and package meals that will be delivered to individuals and families in the Boston area living with AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses.
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'''DNA Lego Kit Assembly'''
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We had a great time and look forward to working at Community Servings in the future!
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December 5th, 2011
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For more information about this organization, please visit the following website:
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We spent an evening collating lego protein kits to be sent to Boston Public Schools and other Massachusetts-area schools. Thanks to those who volunteered:  Yvonne Yamanaka, Tiffany Chen, Sarah Schrier, Jim Abshire, Jeff Wagner, and Bill Hesse.
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'''DNA Legos'''
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'''BE Food Drive''',  Nov. 1st - Nov. 15th, 2005
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We helped glue and assemble lego-based tRNA molecules for lego kits to be sent to the Boston Community Leadership Academy (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/school/boston-community-leadership-academy)
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Our goal was 1 can/item per person in the BE Division.  We met and exceeded our goal with 317 donated items to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank!  '''This translated to 309 lbs and 237 meals that will be given troughout eastern Massachusetts.'''  Thank you everyone that donated and made this a successful event!  I would like to especially thank Maxine Jonas, Hyung-Do Kim, Kristen Nagle, Shan Wu and Amy Nichols for all of their donations and extra help!
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Thank you to those that volunteered: Lorenna Buck, Yvonne Yamanaka, Ethan Sokol, Nate Schafheimer, Xiaosai Yao, Sarah Schrier, Bill Hesse.
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Didn't get a chance to donate? You can still make an online donation!  Please visit the following website for more information:
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Photo credit: Kathy Vandiver
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http://www.gbfb.org/index.cfm?ver=f
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Please check out a video of the tRNA in action: http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/783-translation-reading-the-dna-code-the-lego-animation-version
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'''Cambridge Science Festival'''
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'''Christmas in the City'''
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BE helped the Center for Environmental Health Sciences [http://cehs.mit.edu/] run a booth on DNA damage using both UV beads and the DNA Lego kits.
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As you can imagine, getting each of more than 2500 children a gift from their personal wish list takes considerable effort, and support from people all over the Boston area.  The amazon wish list has toys which represent the most commonly requested items from the wish lists, so that any item purchased from it can go directly toward this end.  It's set up so that toys are shipped directly to Kennedy Brothers PT (which serves as a downtown HQ for CITC).
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Thanks to those that volunteered: Bryan Owens, Ethan Sokol, Nate Schafheimer,and Xiaosai Yao.
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Here is the address for the amazon.com wish list for Christmas in the City that I've set up.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/33MK1K24C4WVJ/
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Photo credit: Kathy Vandiver
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Christmas in the City is a non-profit organization established in 1989. Its mission is to support and mentor Boston's homeless families.  One aim is to make the holidays memorable for the children in Boston's shelters.  A second goal is to help families make a successful transition from homelessness to independent living.
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For more information please visit their website:
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http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx
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Chrismas 1989, 165 children from Boston's homeless shelters were brought to City Hall with their parents.  They were given a gift from Santa.  Gifts were individually purchased from their Christmas list.  Entertainment and a holiday meal were also provided.
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The growth has been spectacular.  Four times the party has outgrown its surroundings.  Last year 2500 children were transported with their families for this special occasion.  Volunteers served a wonderful meal while the stage was alive with gospel choirs, singers, dancers, performers and famous cartoon characters.  Each child received a gift bag loaded with books, hats, mittens, stuffed animals, and age-appropriate toys.
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'''Christmas in the City:'''
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Each year the true magic starts with Santa.  He rides in on his sleigh greeted by thousands of magic smiles and adoring eyes.  His first surprise is his "Winter Wonderland".  Magically, doors open to reveal a snow-covered expanse complete with merry-go-round, pony rides, carousels, trains, fire trucks, police cars, haunted houses, petting zoos, and moreWhen children sit on Santa's lap they get a memorable photo and a personalized chocolate bar.  There is something for everyone.  The New England Revolution set up a soccer clinic.  Zoo New England brings some very interesting creatures.  Salon Pini on Newbury Street brings their entire staff to give holiday haircuts for children and mothers alikeChildren's Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and many more set up great interactive displays.
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Christmas in the City (CITC) is a non-profit and 100% volunteer-based organization that offers services, support, and guidance for homeless families in the Boston areaDuring the holiday season, they organize a holiday party for nearly 3000 homeless children in the Boston area and provide each child a wrapped gift directly off of their personal wishlistIf you'd like to know more about Christmas in the City, check out their website at: http://www.christmasinthecity.org/
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When the children finally return to their seats for ice cream and dessert, Santa has a final surprise.  His elves deliver a wrapped present to each child.  Each present has been selected from the individual child's wish list.  Nobody can dispute Santa's magic.
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Ordering toys is an easy process done through Amazon.com wishlists (technology!)
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For more information, I've excerpted part of a summary of CITC's programs where they describe their holiday party. That's below. 
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More information about Christmas in the City can be found at http://www.christmasinthecity.org .  Also, if you know of anyone who wants to "sponsor" a child's wish list directly (gifts requested tend to run between $25-$45 and shouldn't cost more than $50), they can e-mail Marita ( marita@mit.edu), and she'll make sure they get more information.
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December 2010 Final Numbers:
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1st years:  2
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2nd years:  8
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3rd years:  7
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4th years:  18
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5th + years :  37
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for a total of 72 toys!  Way to go, everyone!  The 5th+ years celebrated their victory with a pizza party.
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We'll be partnering with CITC again this year, watch for more announcements!
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'''January:  Bread and Jams Sunday Meal''', 1/22/06, 2-5pm.  Help us prep food at St. James Church at 1991 Mass Ave, Cambridge. The closest T stop is Porter Sq. on the Red line.  I will be looking for volunteers early January.  Thanks!
 
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'''April: Boston Marathon,''' Monday, April 17th (early registration is required, I will submit a group request this November).
 
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'''Thank you!'''  Lisa--Your BE Board Community Service Chair.
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'''Thank you!'''  Bridget--Your BE Board Community Service Chair.
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For current website see begradboard.mit.edu

Community Service

Welcome to the BE Board Community Service Wiki! Please email Bridget Wall, at bwall@mit.edu with your suggestions.

The BE Board will be sponsoring several Community Service events this year, including building DNA legos, collaborations with the Charles River Conservancy, and volunteering in the annual Cambridge Science Festival.


Past Events


DNA Lego Kit Assembly

December 5th, 2011

We spent an evening collating lego protein kits to be sent to Boston Public Schools and other Massachusetts-area schools. Thanks to those who volunteered: Yvonne Yamanaka, Tiffany Chen, Sarah Schrier, Jim Abshire, Jeff Wagner, and Bill Hesse.


DNA Legos

We helped glue and assemble lego-based tRNA molecules for lego kits to be sent to the Boston Community Leadership Academy (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/school/boston-community-leadership-academy)

Thank you to those that volunteered: Lorenna Buck, Yvonne Yamanaka, Ethan Sokol, Nate Schafheimer, Xiaosai Yao, Sarah Schrier, Bill Hesse.

Photo credit: Kathy Vandiver

Please check out a video of the tRNA in action: http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/783-translation-reading-the-dna-code-the-lego-animation-version



Cambridge Science Festival

BE helped the Center for Environmental Health Sciences [1] run a booth on DNA damage using both UV beads and the DNA Lego kits.

Thanks to those that volunteered: Bryan Owens, Ethan Sokol, Nate Schafheimer,and Xiaosai Yao.

Photo credit: Kathy Vandiver

For more information please visit their website: http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx



Christmas in the City:

Christmas in the City (CITC) is a non-profit and 100% volunteer-based organization that offers services, support, and guidance for homeless families in the Boston area. During the holiday season, they organize a holiday party for nearly 3000 homeless children in the Boston area and provide each child a wrapped gift directly off of their personal wishlist. If you'd like to know more about Christmas in the City, check out their website at: http://www.christmasinthecity.org/

Ordering toys is an easy process done through Amazon.com wishlists (technology!)

December 2010 Final Numbers:

1st years: 2

2nd years: 8

3rd years: 7

4th years: 18

5th + years : 37

for a total of 72 toys! Way to go, everyone! The 5th+ years celebrated their victory with a pizza party.

We'll be partnering with CITC again this year, watch for more announcements!




Thank you! Bridget--Your BE Board Community Service Chair.

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