Harvard Longwood Campus Celebrates the Season of Giving

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2016 Season of Giving             

The Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, Harvard Chan School, HSDM and HUECU) are ushering in the 2016 Season of Giving by providing employees with an opportunity to attend a discussion on human connection, to share messages of appreciation with one another, and to help our local neighbors through voluntary food, gift and clothing drives.

Listed below are some of the ways you can contribute and get involved.

Talk @HMS: Nov. 3, noon

The Good Life: Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and it now follows their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age. 

Write a Note of Gratitude: Nov. 3-4

Take a moment to write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you in the past. Card-writting stations will be open immediately following the Nov. 3 talk until 2:00 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Outside the Courtyard Café
Landmark Center (location TBA)

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

REB Lobby

You may also download an electronic thank you card and send it by email or via interoffice mail. If sending through interoffice mail, please include the recipient’s name, school, building and department. Because of high volume during this time, allow one week for delivery. 

Food Drive: Nov. 7 - 18

The Harvard Longwood Campus community will be hosting a food drive starting on Nov. 7 and running through Nov. 18. Well-marked donation boxes will be located throughout the three Longwood Campus schools. The boxes will be collected on the last day of the food drive by Rosie’s Place.

Toy Drive: Nov. 18 - Dec. 16

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 Nov. 18 through December 16. The goal is to provide books, games, toys, art supplies and sports equipment to children in need. Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate new, unopened gifts for children of preschool through high-school age.

Collection box locations for both the food and toy drives will be at the following locations:

        Outside the Courtyard Café
        Landmark Center (location TBA)
        NRB: First-floor security desk, near the main elevator bank
        Harvard Chan School
        90 Smith Street, first-floor lobby
        Kresge lobby
        FXB Center lobby

        REB lobby
        Main lobby
        Credit Union
        Harvard University Employee Credit Union’s toy drive for Toys for Tots (dates TBD) following Toys for Tots drive all additional donations will be given to Phillips Brooks House

Dress for Success Clothing Drive: January 2017

The Harvard Longwood Campus Community will be hosting a suit drive in January 2017 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.

        Drop-off locations and times will be announced. 

        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, nor anything out of season or style.

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. 2. To learn more, visit http://hr.harvard.edu/harvard-community-gifts

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 (dates TBD):

Courtyard Café, security desk at both entrances

Harvard Chan School  
Kresge, Sebastian’s Atrium



Now Showing!
Ekua Holmes - Deeply Rooted - through December 5, 2016.  Please join the artist for a talk about art and healing on November 10, 2016, 12:30pm-1:30pm, in Goldenson 122.  Reception in the Transit Gallery immediately following.


Transit Gallery events are sponsored by the HMS Office of Human Resources.  Contact Tania Rodriguez with any questions (tania_rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu).



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