Looking for fun, FREE activities to supercharge your summer and Meet your community?

MIT's PKG Center for Public Service has tons of opportunities for you and your friends to get to know Greater Boston better, tour the places that make our community great, and volunteer with local organizations.

Sign up today for any or all of these great programs!

Questions? Contact us at pkgsummerseries@mit.edu

food and arts tour of roslindale

July 28, 9:15AM-1pm

Explore the vibrant neighborhood of Roslindale in partnership with Spaceus. We’ll start with a walk through the Arnold Arboretum, then visit the Boston Women’s Market at Spaceus Roslindale and the neighboring Roslindale Village Farmers Market.

Spaceus transforms vacant and underutilized buildings into collective and collaborative artists studios. This summer, they’re bringing the arts to the beautiful Roslindale Substation in the Roslindale Village neighborhood of Boston.

The Arnold Arboretum features beautiful flowering shrubs and trees, shady paths, and calm ponds. We’ll walk from the South Street entrance by the Forest Hills Orange Line station to the exit on Fairview street, which is a short walk to Spaceus Roslindale.

The Roslindale Farmers Market is a true community event where residents, local businesses, and farm fresh food come together in Adams Park on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall.

Blue Hills Reservation

july 28, 10am-3pm*

Hike the woods outside Boston and explore forest, hills, and the natural beauty of Massachusetts.

Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres, covering parts of Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, and Randolph. There are 125 miles of trails to explore through forests and wetlands, up hills, and more.

*time listed includes travel time

Taza Chocolate Factory Tour

August 4, 12-2PM*

Tour a local fair trade business and sample their chocolate offerings.

Taza is a pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing. They were the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. They maintain direct relationships with our cacao farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao. They partner only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.

*time listed includes travel time

Community Servings

July 9, 3-6pm*

Prepare meals for neighbors experiencing chronic illness.

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts and in Rhode Island to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Their goals are to help their clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs.

*time listed includes travel time

The History Project

july 12, 4:30-7:30pm*

Tour the route of Boston's first Pride parade and learn which sites in Boston are historic landmarks for LGBTQA+ protests and advocacy.

The History Project — established in 1980 by a group of historians, activists and archivists — is the only group focused exclusively on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community, and on making that history accessible to future generations. Their mission is to document and preserve the history of Boston's LGBT community, and to share that information with the public.

*time listed includes travel time

Revision Urban Farm

July 20, 12-4PM*

Garden in a local urban farm that serves low-income community members in Boston.

Victory Programs’ ReVision Urban Farm is an innovative community-based urban agriculture project that grows produce in its own fields and provides access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to residents of our ReVision Family Home and our extended community.

*time listed includes travel time

About the PKG Center

The PKG Center taps and expands MIT students’ unique skills and interests to prepare them to explore and address complex social and environmental challenges. We educate students to collaborate ethically and effectively with community partners to engage in meaningful public service, today and in their lives beyond MIT.

We offer over a dozen service learning programs for undergraduate and graduate students ranging from introductory to advanced, spanning all MIT majors. We believe every MIT student should have the opportunity to engage in public service. For this reason, we charge no fees to participate in PKG programs.

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