Updates from the Illustrious SERV Board

What’s up, Olin? It’s your favorite SERV board, back for your final update of the fall semester.

To kick things off, thank you all SO MUCH for helping us make the SERV Auction a huge success — your donations were bid on for $10,300, more than ever before! We especially want to thank all our volunteers and proxy bidders who went the extra mile, our awesome MCs Dan and Noam, and our splendid faculty and staff who really went above and beyond with their donations. The SERV Auction is definitely our biggest event each year, and it’s wonderful to see the entire community participate and donate to such a great cause!

All the money we raised this year will be donated to Engineers Without Borders… and for those of you who haven’t paid up yet, please remember to do so! You can pay us with cash or check when we table during lunch, or drop off the money with Emily Guthrie. Checks should be made out to Olin College SERV. If you have any questions about your items, how much money you owe, etc. feel free to email us at serv@olin.edu — we will respond promptly.

We also want to recognize the many Oliners that have been volunteering for various service events aside from the auction — here’s what we’ve been up to!

dec2013_servShirt10/4 – Kickball tournament. We raised $140 for Kick-it, an organization that funds research to cure kids of cancer, and we had a lot of fun too!

10/11 – Engineering for Horace Mann. We helped make supplies for an engineering-related activity for students at a school for the deaf and blind in Boston.

10/20 – Pumpkins at Family Weekend. We invited people at Family Weekend to paint pumpkins and delivered them to North Hill, the local senior center.

10/26 – NAMI Build. A couple of students went to help renovate a house with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

10/29 – Cookies. There were 400 cookies baked and delivered to the Tuesday Night Dinner

11/3 – Luminary Stroll. We helped with the decorative lights at Needham’s second annual Luminary Stroll, an event to celebrate community.

11/15 – FIRST Lego League. We held design reviews for three local middle school FLL teams, and Drew was nice enough to open up the Robo labs for them to tour afterwards!
There isn’t much time in the semester left, but we do have a few more activities planned, including running an engineering activity for the kids at the local YMCA and bagging toiletries to give out to the homeless. We are also selling awesome t-shirts, designed by Adit Dhanushkodi! They’re only $10 each, so order one at the SERV table or by sending us an email.

As always, SERV is here for you, and we are always open to your ideas! Email us at serv@olin.edu, join the CarpeSERV mailing list for updates about spontaneous community service opportunities, and follow us on Twitter @olinserv to get the latest update on upcoming events. Have a joyful winter break, and we’ll see you next semester!