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Caltech Y Make-A-Difference Week 2021

May 14th to 23rd

The Caltech Y is excited to announce Make-A-Difference Week 2021. Wherever you are, you can volunteer and have a positive impact on our communities – local, national, or global. Join other Caltech students between May 14th and 23rd in making a difference in our world!


Team Projects Sign-up here for the projects below as space allows!


Rise Physics Boot Camp Friday, May 14th – 5:00 to 6:30 PM PST (plus a prep meeting TBD)

Help give PUSD students at the Caltech Y Physics bootcamp! Volunteers needed to help review non-calculus high-school level physics on May 14th 5-6:30 pm PDT.


Card Writing Saturday May 22nd – 1:00 PM PST

We will ship you stamps and we’ll meet over zoom to make inspiring cards to support troops, hospitalized kids, and/or senior citizens. Can be asynchronous if you cannot attend the zoom meeting, but we’d love to have you come :)


YWCA Science Trivia Night Wednesday, May 19th - 4:00 to 5:00 PM PST (plus a prep meeting TBD)

Help put together a science trivia night for the YWCA! Come hang out with students age 8-13 and inspire them with the fun of science. Volunteers needed for trivia planning, as well as for running the event on May 19th at 4pm PST.


Code with Young Legends Friday, May 21st – 5:00 to 6:00 PM PST

Help teach a coding session with the Young Legends program! Volunteers will teach students 11-17 a little bit about computer science and help spark their interest in the field. 2-4 volunteers are needed for a single teaching session on Friday, May 21st at 5pm PST.


Card Writing Saturday May 22nd – 1:00 PM PST

We will ship you stamps and we’ll meet over zoom to make inspiring cards to support troops, hospitalized kids, and/or senior citizens. Can be asynchronous if you cannot attend the zoom meeting, but we’d love to have you come :)




Independent Projects Check out great options below then sign-up here to let us know what you’ll do!


Amnesty Decoders

Help Amnesty International research global human rights violations and uncover human rights violations from the comfort of your home with Amnesty Decoders.


Charity Miles

Trying to stay active? Sign-up with Charity Miles and have your miles raise money for the charity of your choice.


Freerice

Answer multiple choice questions to donate rice to families in need with Freerice.


Project Implicit

Learn about your own biases and contribute to a database of learning with Project Implicit.


Project Gutenberg

Help preserve public domain books and documents by proofreading transcribed pages for Project Gutenberg.


Smithsonian

Learn to transcribe and help the Smithsonian make historical documents more accessible as a digital volunteer.


Zooniverse

Aid researchers train AI by identifying key features of images for Zooniverse. You can pick between several different projects

to contribute to, and learn more about their background as well.


7-Cups

Volunteer to be a listener with 7 Cups, an organization that specializes in providing emotional support to people from across the country.


Other

Want to look for, or already have, another project? That’s great! Make a difference on your own, with your own project, or maybe even in your own community… just let us know what you plan to do.



Independent Projects Together


Doing an independent / asynchronous project doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Join us on one of our Zoom gatherings (6:00 to 7:00 PM PST - various days during the week) and hang out while volunteering. Use the signup form to let us know your availability.



Also, when you sign-up and let us know what you plan to do during the week you will earn a Y shirt (while supplies last). There are lots of great ways to get involved - and even service you do regularly counts.

Please follow all rules, safety precautions, and recommendations for your area, and use your best judgement when volunteering, particularly when it comes to any service opportunity where you leave your home. Stay safe and healthy! Shirts were made possible with generous funding from Enterprise, PCL Construction, La Cañada Eye Care Optometry, TIAA, and the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union.


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