Harvard Longwood Campus Welcomes the Season of Giving

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2014 Season of Giving

As the holiday season approaches, we often stop to think about everything for which we are grateful. This year, the Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, HSDM and HSPH) will usher in the Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to attend a discussion on gratitude and share messages of appreciation with each other, followed by opportunities to help our local community through a voluntary food and gift drive (details below).

Talk@12 – Tuesday, November 18th, Noon to 1:00 p.m., Armenise Amphitheater
Michael C. Miller will discuss the importance of gratitude. Michael Miller, M.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and senior editor for mental health publishing at Harvard Health Publications.
The Talk@12 will be streamed to the following locations:

  • HSPH: Kresge G-3 and 90 Smith St. First Floor Conference Room
  • HSDM: REB Auditorium
  • Primate Center: RB6 Amphitheater
  • Landmark Center: Suite 504 West

Thank You Card Stations:
Please take a moment after the Talk@12 to write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you in the past.  Thank you card stations will be available directly after the Talk. Additional opportunities to write notes of appreciation include:

  • Tuesday, November 18 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 20 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Locations:

  • HMS
    • Courtyard Café
    • NRB (Station will be open Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.)
    • Lobby of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 641 Huntington Avenue (Station will be open Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.)
    • Landmark Center: Suite 504 West
    • NEPRC: RB1 lobby, the RB3 entranceway and the RB5 lobby
  • HSDM
    • REB Lobby
    • Main Lobby
  • HSPH
    • 90 Smith Street lobby
    • Kresge Cafeteria

You can also download your own electronic thank you card and send it by email or through interoffice mail. Please be sure to include the recipient’s name, school, building and department.  Please allow one week for delivery due to high volume.

Food Drive:
The Harvard Longwood Campus will be holding a food drive from November 10-21. Boxes will be located throughout the three schools and will be well-marked. The boxes will be collected on the last day of the food drive by Rosie’s Place (items collected at the NEPRC will benefit the Southborough Food Pantry).

Toy Drive:
The Harvard Longwood Campus would like to help families who may not have the resources to buy presents by participating in the Phillips Brooks House Holiday Gift Drive (items collected at NEPRC will be donated to Toys for Tots in Marlboro).  The drive will run from December 1 – 15 and will provide books, games, toys, art supplies, and sports equipment to children, many of whose parents are impoverished, homeless or incarcerated.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate gifts for children in pre-school through high-school age. Gifts must be new and unwrapped.

Collection box locations (for both the Food and Toy drives):

  • HMS
    • Outside the Courtyard Café
    • NEPRC: RB1 lobby, RB3 entranceway and RB5 lobby
    • Landmark Center: Suite 504 West
    • NRB: First floor security desk, near the main elevator bank
  • HSDM
    • REB lobby
    • Main lobby
  • HSPH
    • 90 Smith Street first floor lobby (next to the security desk)
    • Kresge lobby
  • Credit Union
    • Harvard University Credit Union's toy drive for Toys for Tots (runs November 10 through December 2)

Additional Community Initiatives

Stop Hunger Now:

HSPH Office for Student Affairs has partnered with an organization called Stop Hunger Now (http://www.stophungernow.org/) to package meals to help those who are suffering from hunger.

We are hosting a Meal Packaging Event on Wednesday November 19 from 5-7 p.m. in the Kresge Cafeteria. Our goal is to package 10,000 meals to give to children and families all over the world. To be successful, we need to create teams of students, faculty, and staff members from the Harvard Longwood Campus both to package the meals and to raise the funds necessary to cover the costs of the meal components.

We are looking for volunteers the day of the event to be a part of a team to pack the meals and people to give financial support, it will cost a total of $2900 to package these meals to donate to children and families in need. We are hoping that each team can fundraise or donate about $320 to help make this happen. You can sign up for the event and donate money towards our goal of 10,000 meals here: http://events.stophungernow.org/HSPH.

If you have questions please contact 617-432-1036.

 

Harvard Community Gifts, Harvard’s Workplace Charitable Giving Program:

Those interested in giving through financial support are invited to join a University-wide tradition and community of caring. Through the Harvard Community Gifts program, Harvard Longwood Campus employees can give to their favorite charities through 2014 via Harvard payroll deduction, debit/credit card or check.  More details will be provided when the campaign launches on November 5.