Community Service and Giving
The main goal of Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach (LLCO) Community Service and Giving is to engage Lincoln Laboratory employees in activities to support worthy causes and contribute to the overall quality of life within and outside of our community. We strive to raise awareness to local needs by organizing fundraising and outreach events that support selected charity organizations. The LLCO tries to provide a diverse range of opportunities for employees to volunteer their time and resources.
- Support Our Troops program
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike & Hike the Berkshires
- Alzheimer's Association Greater Boston Memory Walk
- Food and Clothing Drives
TeamWalk for CancerCare - Lowell General Hospital's annual walk for cancer is taking place on Sunday, May 18 in Lowell. Join the Laboratory's Julie Arloro-Mehta in walking and raising $5000 to support cancer patients.
Support Our Troops
The Support Our Troops program has had such an overwhelming response, a separate page has been established. Please refer to LLCO's Support Our Troops page for an explanation of the program and a sample of thank you letters from recipients.
Last year, more than 200 care packages were mailed to 37 different troops. If you would like to provide addresses of military service members to receive packages, please send the information to the Support Our Troops Coordinator or email@example.com.
A Donation Drive & Care Package Event was held by Troop Support in December. Generous donations and eager volunteers helped provide $1182 to send holiday surprises and supplies for soldiers serving overseas.
A Family Packing Event was held in March to give children a chance to show their gratitude to our soldiers. A total of 105 boxes were filled, taped, and delivered to 21 troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A bake sale in March helped the LLVets outreach group donate $1100 to the Fisher House program. The Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and Veterans Administration medical centers, enabling family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or Injury.
Book Drive and Sale - February 10-28. Proceeds from the sale are given to Community Giving at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach. This year, $1181 was raised to support educational outreach programs.
A bake sale held in February raised $1,207 for the Sean Collier Memorial Fund, remembering the life of the fallen MIT Police Officer. Profits will be used to establish the Collier Medal which will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the values and character of Officer Collier.
The Laboratory's Heart Walk Team hosted a Wear Red Day in February for the American Heart Association in order to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Coats for Kids Drive - Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach collected warm coats from 14 October to 6 December for the Coats for Kids Drive sponsored by Anton's Cleaners.
Veterans Fun Run - The Lincoln Laboratory Veterans Network (LLVETs) participated in the Fourth Annual Veterans Fun Run on 9 November at the Bedford VA Medical Center. All proceeds supported deployed military members of the Air Force Association and their families in the local community.
Giving Tree - The annual Giving Tree event was held 27 November to 18 December. Gift items and food donations were distributed in our community through Somebody Cares, an organization that distributes to many local charities benefiting the elderly and the needy.
Heart Walk - The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Heart Walk Team walked in Boston on September 7 to support the American Heart Association in their efforts to prevent, treat and defeat cardiovascular diseases. Team co-captains Sue Curry or Sandy McLellan have helped raise $4,117 towards their $5,000 goal.
Bike & Hike the Berkshires - Team MIT LL hiked and biked on Saturday, 21 September in support of the in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Bike and Hike the Berkshires annual event. The 13-member team has raised $7,528 towards their $10,000 goal.
Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride - For the first time, Team Lincoln participated in the Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride, a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, on Saturday, September 21. This year's ride supported the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. This team raised $2,437 towards their goal.
Free to Breathe - Lincoln Laboratory volunteers participated in Chelmsford's Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk & 1 mile walk on September 22.
Walk to End Alzheimer's - The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team joined the Walk on Sunday, 29 September. The 52-member team of Lincoln folks, friends, and family raised $30,924, surpassing their goal of $25,000 this year, and ranking them as the #1 team in the region.
AIDSWalk/Run - 2013 marked Lincoln Laboratory's first year of participation in Boston's annual AIDSWalk/Run. The Lincoln Laboratory team raised $755 for the cause. Our participation in this event inspired the Laboratory participants to form a new community group, LLOPEN, to create a more inclusive environment for LGBT and allied employees.
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