Jasmin and Moriel at Greater Boston Food Bank

Summer Series

Connect with our local community


If you want to engage with and learn about the local community, you’ll find the Summer Series a perfect fit. It’s a series of one-time events with community organizations in Cambridge and Boston. We connect groups of students to local events so that they can learn about our neighbors and their efforts to make our community great – all you have to do is engage. We handle all the logistics, including scheduling and travel.

What it’s all about

  • A series of one-time opportunities linking students to community events each summer
  • Connecting MIT students with Cambridge and Boston
  • Events range from touring Cambridge to better understand socioeconomic dynamics in our city, networking with nonprofit leaders, volunteering locally, sampling cuisine from immigrant communities in Somerville, and meeting the PKG Center staff

You may sign up as an individual or as a group. We encourage student groups to utilize the Summer Series as a pre-planned day of service.

The Summer Series connects us across the MIT campus and engages us with the larger community.


Nibble: Somerville

Event date: Thursday, July 20
Registration deadline: Tuesday, July 18

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Join your MIT peers for a tour of Union Square with The Somerville Arts Council. Union Square's numerous markets offer a wealth of culinary delights. These small markets are not only ethnically diverse - ranging from Brazilian to Bengali - they serve a surprisingly broad clientele, as well. Take a group tour and discover the delicious diversity of Union Square! Each tour is free and visits 3 markets; participants are encouraged to buy a few things on the tour. Experience your neighborhood and the diverse cultures that make it great! This event will focus on Japanese cuisine.

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you sign up early to ensure a spot. 

Open primarily to MIT students. For more information contact pkgcenter@mit.edu.


Eat-N-Greet at Dudley Dough

Event date: Monday, TBD
Registration deadline: TBD

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Want to learn about your local community in Cambridge and Boston? Interested in learning about nonprofits and organizations working to make a difference in your neighbors' lives? Join Haley House and the Roxbury Cultural Network for a night of their Monday night networking series. Open to nonprofit professionals, volunteers, and interested community members. Come, join, connect and share!

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Open primarily to MIT students. For more information contact pkgcenter@mit.edu.


Urban Farming with The Food Project

Event Date: Saturday, TBD
Registration deadline: TBD

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Spend a few hours volunteering on The Food Project’s urban farm in Roxbury and support their efforts to provide healthy, fresh produce to community members experiencing need. Each year they donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local hunger relief organizations, offer garden-based educational programming, and provide youth leadership opportunities.

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you sign up early to ensure a volunteer spot.

Open primarily to MIT students. For more information contact pkgcenter@mit.edu.


Dinner with the PKG Center

Event date: August, TBD
Registration deadline: TBD

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Share a meal with PKG Center staff. Are you passionate about making a difference in our world? Do you have big ideas you'd like to share? Are you curious about the programs we offer? Want to meet like-minded students? Do you want to get started making the world a better place? Join us for a casual dinner -we'd love to meet you!

Open primarily to MIT students. For more information contact pkgcenter@mit.edu.


Cambridge Walking Tour

Event date: August, TBD
Registration deadline: TBD

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Want to break out of the MIT bubble? Curious about the histories and policies impacting our neighbors? Ever wonder how different neighborhoods in Cambridge came to be different from others. Join the PKG Center for a walking tour of Cambridge. Learn about the factors that have created Cambridge, and have fun with our walking group!

*Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Open primarily to MIT students. For more information contact pkgcenter@mit.edu.


Talk to us about Summer Series

Email: pkgcenter@mit.edu
Office: Building W20-549
Phone: (617) 253-0742