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
5K Fun Run - The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fitness Center 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on Wednesday, 24 April, at noon. Register at the Fitness Center 15–23 April or at the main cafeteria during lunch hours on Monday, 22 April. The $10 entry fee ($5 for military personnel) will be donated to the Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA. In case of light rain, this event will still be held.
All Laboratory employees are welcome to walk or run in this event. You do not need to be a member of the Fitness Center. Water, snacks, and a pedometer will be provided for all participants. Call the Fitness Center at Ext. 2003 if you have questions.
A Donation Drive & Care Package Event will be held by Troop Support on Friday, 3 May in the main cafeteria. Please donate items or help pack a box to send overseas. Items currently in demain are: baby wipes, Dunkin donuts coffee, razors, travel hygiene products, snacks, powdered drink mixes, tea, hard candy, gum, instant soup, and dog treats for military working dogs. Please come and help!
TeamWalk for CancerCare - Held in Lowell, MA on May 19. Make a donation and get a chance to win in the 15 Days of Fun Raffle. One prize will be drawn each day from April 16 to April 30. Raffle prizes include assorted theme baskets for cooking, pampering, movies, and chocolate. Other prizes include gift cards for Amazon, Fandango, Applebee’s, and Omaha Steaks, and prizes of a digital picture frame and a digital camera. Proceeds are donated to Lowell General Hospital for cancer patients. You can also join the MIT/LL team for the TeamWalk for CancerCare in downtown Lowell on Sunday, 19 May. Contact email@example.com or call ext. 4534.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach held the annual Giving Tree event in 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.
Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach collected coats and cold weather items for the 2012 Coats for Kids Drive sponsored by Anton's Cleaners.
Crafting for a Cause: Troop Support Care Packages
Lincoln Laboratory Troop Support held a special donation drive for care package items for solideirs currently serving in the Middle East. Care packages were created during this event thanks to generous donations from Laboratory staff and volunteers helping pack each box. Holiday cards were also signed and will be given to any soldier who does not typically recieve mail.
Veterans Fun Run
The Lincoln Laboratory Veterans Network (LLVETs) participated in the Third Annual Veterans Fun Run on Saturday, 10 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.
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Heart Walk Team walked in Boston 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 raised more than $3,500, but are still trying to meet the team's fundraising goal this year of $5,000. Please support the team by visiting the team website.
Bike & Hike the Berkshires
Team MIT LL hiked and biked on Saturday, 22 September in support of the in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Bike and Hike the Berkshires annual event. The team raised more than $10,560, surpassing their goal. To find out more about the Bike and Hike the Berkshires event, see the link on the MS Society website.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
With its biggest roster to date, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team exceeded its $20K goal in time for the Walk on Sunday, 23 September. The 30-member team of Lincoln folks, friends, and family raised more than $30,000 for the cause with strong support from the Lincoln community.
Derrick Cullen and Norm Peterson of the Laboratory's Veterans Networking Group participated in the 9K Run-Walk to Home Base at Fenway Park. Together, they raised $1436 to help support veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with traumatic brain injuries and/or combat stress.
To help raise funds for cancer patients at Lowell General Hostpital, Julie Arloro-Mehta managed a team for TeamWalk for CancerCare. With support from Laboratory employees, this team raised $5,035, exceeding their goal of $5,000.
Great Strides, the walking event at Southwick Zoo, raised funds to cure cystic fibrosis. Kerin Gregory's team, Vivers’ Givers, raised $13,280 (exceeding their goal of $10,000) through the support of Laboratory employees.
Red Cross/Boston Food Pantry
Lincoln Laboratory's Hispanic Latino Network had great attendance at their February event to donate to and assist the Red Cross and Boston Food Pantry. This outreach effort was promoted by the Hispanic Latino Network and was joined by other volunteers throughout the Laboratory.
Community Outreach Book Drive and Sale
This year, more than $3020 was gained from the book sale. Proceeds are split between Community Giving at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach to support educational outreach programs. Thanks to all book sale volunteers, donors, and buyers for making this year's books sale a success. Happy reading!