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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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'''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 currently looking for volunteers, please email me if you are interested (joslin@mit.edu)!
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'''DNA Lego Kit Assembly'''
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December 5th, 2011
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For more information please visit their 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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http://www.breadandjams.org/
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'''DNA Legos'''
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Information sent to me about the event (we are volunteering for the 1st shift):
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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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Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Bread and Jams Sunday Meal. The Meal is officially supported by O’Naturals, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Hi Rise Bakery, Whole Foods, and ZipCar. These five provide us with a sustained source of coffee, baked goods, specialty foods and a way to get them every Sunday. The rest of the meal comes from the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Council (CEOC) and Food for Free.
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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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We can use up to 10 volunteers per shift. This said, the 5 ½ meal is divided into 2 shifts. The 1st shift is 3 hours. It starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. It involves prepping and preparing the dishes. The 2nd shift is 2.5 hours long with a starting time of 5:00 p.m. and it ends at 7:30 p.m. This shift entails serving the food to our clients and cleaning. It is a great way to really interact with some amazing people in our community.
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Photo credit:  Kathy Vandiver
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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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'''April: Boston Marathon,''' Monday, April 17th (early registration is required, I will submit a group request this November).
 
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'''December 2005: Christmas in the City:''' It was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone in BE that helped purchase a toy!
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'''Cambridge Science Festival'''
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Here are some links on the coverage of the event:
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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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http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/19/volunteers_bring_joy_to_thousands/
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Thanks to those that volunteered: Bryan Owens, Ethan Sokol, Nate Schafheimer,and Xiaosai Yao.
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http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=117702
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http://www.thebostonchannel.com/chronicle/5542573/detail.html
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More information about Christmas in the City can be found at [http://www.christmasinthecity.org/ | '''www.christmasinthecity.org''']
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'''BE Food Drive''',  Nov. 1st - Nov. 15th, 2005
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'''Christmas in the City:'''  
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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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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/
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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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Ordering toys is an easy process done through Amazon.com wishlists (technology!)
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http://www.gbfb.org/index.cfm?ver=f
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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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'''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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4th years: 18
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We had a great time and look forward to working at Community Servings in the future!
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5th + years :  37
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For more information about this organization, please visit the following website:
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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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'''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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