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

Current Events

Boston Heart Walk - September 6
Lincoln Laboratory's Heart Walk Team is currently looking for additional walkers as well as donations to meet this year's fundraising goal of $5000. Find out information about the walk or visit our Team Page and contribute to help educate America about cardiovascular disease.

Bike & Hike The Berkshires - September 20
Hikers will enjoy the views and trails of Mt. Greylock, while cyclists will experience the rolling terrain of Berkshire County, all while taking in scenic towns and supporting the National MS Society. Join the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Team or hike/bike virtually by providing a donation. Find out more about this event through the MS Society event website.

Harbor to the Bay - September 20
Team Lincoln rides 125 miles from Boston to Provincetown to raise awareness of HIV infection and improve awareness of HIV/AIDS care and services. To support our 3-member team, visit the Team Lincoln page and lending your support.

Autumn Escape Bike Trek - September 26-28
The Lincoln team, The Mechanix, rides 160 miles from Plymouth to Provincetown, MA to support the American Lung Association.  The team set a fundraising goal of $2500 for this year’s ride. The Mechanix cycling team are committed to helping ALA fight all forms of lung disease, supporting a great cause for clean air and healthy lungs. Visit their website to support the team.

Soldier Ride Boston - September 27
Lincoln Laboratory's Veterans Network is looking for motivated cyclists to join their team and participate in the Soldier Ride Boston. Ride begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Manse in Concord. Cyclists may choose from a 30-mile or a 60-mile ride. Registration fees are $25 through August 27, and $35 thereafter. There is a $125 minimum fundraising requirement. Use promo code TEAM to receive a $5 discount. Since the bike ride will go past the Lab, a water table is planned. Contact npeterson@LL.mit.edu for information or contact tvian@LL.mit.edu about helping at the water table. Please visit the Team Page to join or donate.

Walk to End Alzheimer's - September 28
The Lincoln Laboratory Alzheimer's Awareness and Outreach Team wishes to raise $25,000 this year for the Greater Boston Walk at Paul Revere Park in Boston. Please visit the Team Website to join or to donate.


Ongoing Event

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 troopsupport@ll.mit.edu.

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.


Past Events

Wounded Warrior Disc Golf Tournament - The Lincoln Laboratory Veterans Network hosted a disc golf tournament at Hanscom Field in August benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Please contact npeterson@LL.mit.edu to contribute.

Run to Home Base - Lincoln Laboratory Veterans member Daniel O'Gorman participated in Run to Home Base, serving veterans with combat stress and traumatic brain injury. O'Gorman ran 9K through Boston, finishing at Fenway Park across home plate. Please visit the site and contribute to O'Gorman's team, BlazenHazen, to ensure that local veterans who served our country receive the clinical treatment they need for combat stress and traumatic brain injury.

Walk for Hunger - The newly-formed Lincoln Laboratory Walk for Hunger Team participated in Project Bread's 46th Walk in Boston on May 4. Donations are still being accepted at the Team website. The team raised $555 but would still like to reach their goal of $1000.

TeamWalk for CancerCare - The Lincoln Laboratory team walking in Lowell General Hospital's annual walk for cancer on May 18 in Lowel raised $5,365 to support cancer patients.

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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