Harvard Longwood Campus Welcomes the Season of Giving

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2015 Season of Giving             

Community institutions of the Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, Harvard Chan School, HSDM and HUECU) are ushering in the Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to attend a discussion on mindfulness and share messages of appreciation with one another, followed by opportunities to help our local community through a voluntary food and gift drive.

Listed below are some of the ways you can contribute to the greater Longwood community and reflect on what you are grateful for in 2015.

Talk@12: Mindfulness for a new year and a new you
Sara Lazar, PhD will explain the neuroscience of meditation and mindfulness and teach simple techniques that can lead to a healthier and happier you, and in turn, benefit those around you. Lazar is an associate researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

The Talk@12 can be streamed by clicking here.

Thank-you Card Stations

Take a moment after the Talk@12 to write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you in the past. Stations will be open immediately following the Talk until 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:

HMS
Courtyard Café
Landmark Center, Suite 538 West Conference Room 

Harvard Chan School
90 Smith Street, first-floor conference room
Kresge, Sebastian’s Atrium

HSDM
REB Lobby

There will also be additional opportunities to write notes of appreciation on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:

HMS
Courtyard Café
NRB, outside Elements Café

Harvard Chan School
90 Smith Street, first-floor conference room
Kresge, Sebastian’s Atrium

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

Food Drive
The Harvard Longwood Campus community will be hosting a food drive starting on Nov. 9 and running through Nov. 20. Well-marked donation boxes will be located throughout the three schools. The boxes will be collected on the last day of the food drive by Rosie’s Place.

Toy Drive
The Harvard Longwood Campus community is helping families in need by participating in the Phillips Brooks House holiday gift drive. The drive will run from Dec. 1 through 15 and will provide books, games, toys, art supplies, and sports equipment to children whose parents may be impoverished, homeless, incarcerated or otherwise in need. Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate gifts for children of preschool 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
        Landmark Center, Suite 538 West Conference Room 
        NRB: First-floor security desk, near the main elevator bank
        
        Harvard Chan School
        90 Smith Street, first-floor lobby
        Kresge lobby
        FXB Center lobby

        HSDM
        REB lobby
        Main lobby
        
        Credit Union
        Harvard University Employee Credit Union’s toy drive for Toys for Tots (Nov. 10 through Dec. 2) following Toys for Tots drive all additional donations will be given to Phillips Brooks House

Additional Community Initiatives

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 2015 via Harvard payroll deduction, debit/credit card or check. The campaign officially launches on Nov. 9. To learn more, visit http://hr.harvard.edu/harvard-community-gifts

Dress for Success Clothing Drive

The Harvard Longwood Campus Community will be hosting a suit drive Nov. 17 - 19 to benefit Dress for Success Boston

This international not-for-profit organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life to more than 1,000 women each year. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate nearly new women’s professional clothing and accessories.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Nov. 17 & 18
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
HMS – Courtyard Café

Nov. 19
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Harvard Chan School, Kresge Atrium

Donation Policies
Dress for Success asks that all donations be clean, work-appropriate and in good, nearly new condition.  

They accept: skirt and pant suits, blouses and shells, blazers and jackets, closed-toe shoes, handbags and briefcases, jewelry, unopened cosmetic samples, and separate pants and skirts.

They cannot accept: men’s or children’s clothing; sportswear, evening wear, anything not career-appropriate, used cosmetics, pantyhose or undergarments, and anything out of season or style.

The Family Van
The Family Van works with our Boston neighbors to improve health by removing barriers to care, increasing health literacy and providing risk assessment for chronic illnesses. Recognizing that 60 percent of all health problems are a result of unstable housing, lack of education or a good job, the Family Van works not only to improve health but also to address associated social factors. One of these factors is food. Thousands of Boston parents and grandparents rely on monthly nutritional supplemental food donations from food pantries and WIC to feed their families, and often these subsidies are not enough. The Family Van sees the impact of this every day, so we provide emergency supplies such as diapers and baby formula. This holiday season you can support families with a donation of diapers or formula through the Family Van. Let’s make sure that every family has what it needs to have a happy holiday season.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations from December 1 - 15:

HMS
Courtyard Café, security desk at both entrances

Harvard Chan School  
Kresge, Sebastian’s Atrium