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Sweet reminder: Community Giving under way

Community Giving volunteer Melissa Kavlakli, in hard hat, offers Cristina Ximenes some candy and a reminder about MIT's annual Community Giving Campaign outside the Stata Center 77 Mass. Ave. on Monday, Oct. 31. "Helping people can be a real screeeeam!" the card said.
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Community Giving volunteer Melissa Kavlakli, in hard hat, offers Cristina Ximenes some candy and a reminder about MIT's annual Community Giving Campaign outside the Stata Center 77 Mass. Ave. on Monday, Oct. 31. "Helping people can be a real screeeeam!" the card said.
Credits:
Photo / Donna Coveney
Y-Chie Primo, left, offers a passerby candy and information about MIT's annual Community Giving Campaign outside 77 Mass. Ave on Halloween.  Tim, the MIT mascot, waves in the background.
Caption:
Y-Chie Primo, left, offers a passerby candy and information about MIT's annual Community Giving Campaign outside 77 Mass. Ave on Halloween. Tim, the MIT mascot, waves in the background.
Credits:
Photo / Donna Coveney

"Helping people can be a real screeeeam!" read a card distributed by Community Giving volunteers to passersby on Halloween, as a reminder about MIT's annual Community Giving Campaign.

The goal of this year's campaign is $400,000 in contributions to the MIT Community Service Fund, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay or to any other nonprofit through MIT's Other Charities Program. The campaign runs through March. Community members may take advantage of online giving this year, and will also receive pledge forms through campus mail.

"Our broad and collective participation exemplifies MIT's commitment to help sustain the important work of area nonprofit organizations and strengthen our communities," Robert P. Redwine, dean for undergraduate education and a professor of physics, wrote in a letter encouraging the community to participate.

The campaign will include a winter clothing drive (Nov. 14-Dec. 2, 2005), a children's book fair (Dec. 19) and a crafts fair (March 16, 2006).

-- Sarah H. Wright

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 2, 2005 (download PDF).

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