SAF Recap

Five Ways to Catch Up if you Missed the PKG Social Action Fair

On September 14, the PKG Center hosted its first Social Action Fair. This networking event helped students connect with local community and nonprofit organizations, talk with their leaders, and learn how to explore and address social and environmental challenges through volunteer positions, paid internships, and Community Service Work-Study. If you couldn't make the event, here are five ways you can get back on track with a local volunteering experience this semester:
  1. Review the numbers- Eighteen community partner organizations (most of whom the PKG Center has long-standing relationships); 100+ MIT community members (we opened the event to staff, faculty and spouses as well as students because we believe everyone at MIT should be able to engage with  organizations beyond our campus and support the communities where we work and learn); dozens of delicious cupcakes (because who doesn't love cupcakes?).
  2. Talk to a friend- With over 100 MIT students in attendance at the Fair, you may already know someone who has made a connection with one of our committed partners. Volunteering with a friend or small group is a great way to build community, especially if you’re new to the area!

  3. Review our list of partners- We’ve added website links for all of the partners in attendance and you can access their contact information here. Don’t see a partner on the list that you think should be a PKG Center connection? Reach out to us so we can start building a relationship now and include them in next year’s Social Action Fair.

  4. Stop by our office- Every member of the PKG Center staff holds office hours to get invaluable face time with students like you. Many of our programs are driven by student interest, so if you have an idea for a volunteer site or service project, come share it with us! View our staff office hours and set up a time to meet with us today.

  5. Engage in one of the PKG Center’s other programs- We understand that some semesters are tougher than others (Unified Engineering brain melt, anyone?) and adding in one more commitment can be difficult. The PKG Center offers myriad ways to put your skills to work during times that work for you. We offer service programs during IAP, spring break, and summer in addition to service opportunities during the academic year.

  1. Attend the fair next year- Based on attendance and feedback, the MIT community clearly wants to put its talents to work to serve the Greater Boston community. The PKG Center will be back with another Social Action Fair in 2018. We hope to see you there!