|Timestamp||Name of Organization||Name of Student Contact||Your program is a part of||Is your program a recognized student group?||Name of Organization||Summary of organization's mission and program:||Please describe your proposed project? Include an explanation of the issue you are addressing, target population (ages, needs, neighborhood characteristics, etc.), expected number of participants:||Brief description of the need for funding and how the funds will be used (i.e. transportation, supplies, set design):||If you are working with a community based agency, please list contact information (agency name, contact name, title, email, phone number, website):||Amount you are requesting:||If you have received grants from PPSF previously, please indicate type (project or operating), amount, and year:||Who will be responsible for managing these funds? (Name, Email, Cellphone):||Account Balance as of Application Submission:||Electronic Signature of Contact Person:||Date:||Amount||Untitled Question|
|3/23/2015 19:21:09||Harvard-Radcliffe MIHNUET||Alan Yang||PSN||Yes||Harvard-Radcliffe MIHNUET||To build positive relationships between Harvard students and the elderly or ill in Boston/Cambridge via the special gift of music. To respond to the needs of patients and the elderly by sending Harvard student-musicians to provide live music in nursing homes and hospital wards. Oftentimes these residents do not have sufficient access to music therapy. While we do not expect to cure the physical ailments of patients, we do wish to facilitate the healing process.||MIHNUET is the only on-campus organization that serves the sick and elderly through music. We strive to address the sick and elderly’s needs for interaction and enjoyment through music therapy. In addition, we build positive relationships between Harvard students and the elderly or ill by talking to them after performances. |
MIHNUET has about 60 members, 10 Board members, and visits 8 nursing homes and hospitals. MIHNUET brings music to about 400 residents/patients through about 20 performances each semester.
|MIHNUET is requesting these funds in order to help finance our day-to-day operations. Every weekend our volunteers travel in groups called Resident Teams to local nursing homes and hospitals to perform for the residents, using music as a source of entertainment and therapy. Transportation costs are funded by grants such as PPSF. We also use some funds to treat volunteers to snacks in the Square after performances.||N/A||$300.00||Operating grant, $300.00, 2014||Alan Yang|
|10/4/2015 16:42:46||Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center||Joyce Zhou||PBHA||Yes||Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center||CRANC is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Alzheimer’s disease patients at Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center with the arts. Through creative workshops designed specifically for those affected by dementia, CRANC aims to foster the creative expression of thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways. Dementia patients can leave the state of frustration, isolation, and hopelessness in which they may find themselves and enter a safe space of personal discovery, relationship growth, and community solidarity.||HARTZ builds caregiver relationships and relieves the pressures of living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia. Families affected by dementia often face barriers to communication due to the frustration, loneliness, and sadness dementia may bring along, but|
HARTZ believes that communicating through artistic expression can help relationships strengthen and grow. The workshops are designed to be engaging for both the caregiver and care-receiver individually and together. HARTZ promotes lifelong learning and teaching. Participants are under the guidance of student artists, but the student facilitators learn from the perspectives and knowledge of the participants as well. Furthermore, art experience has been shown to significantly reduce the psycho-behavioral symptoms of dementia, including aggression, apathy, and anxiety. In providing the resources and the guidance needed for creating art, HARTZ offers cultural enrichment, allowing patients to express themselves through artwork and reducing the stigma of a dementia diagnosis.
Located in between Harvard and Central Square, CRNC currently lacks a program to provide a creative outlet for residents like Great Days for Seniors. Moreover, the facility is significantly underfunded. Despite its closeness to cultural centers, there are few programs in place for engaging the elderly. Therefore, HARTZ provides a service not currently available to CRNC that would help fill a substantial gap, improving the quality of life of CRNC’s fifty residents aged sixty and older and their caregivers, who are around thirty to forty years old.
|As we are planning on making art with residents at the CRNC and their caregivers, we will need some basic supplies. These include paintbrushes, paints, and canvases for fine arts workshops, basic instruments like maracas and small hand drums for music, and a polaroid camera and film for a photography workshop. We will also need to cover some basic printing costs for our poetry and creative arts workshops, and have poster paper to write and illustrate directions for the classes. Many of the supplies that we buy can be reused, such as the musical instruments and fine art materials.|
Additionally, we hope to have some money to subsidize t-shirts for our group--we believe that having a dress-code and wearing a shirt with a recognizable logo will help spread our image and maintain the professionalism of our group.
|Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center|
Elena Ceban, Activity Director
617-864-4267 ext 118
|10/18/2015 20:10:23||Sex Week||Haden Smiley||Other||Yes||Sex Week at Harvard College strives to empower the Harvard community to explore issues of love, sex, sexuality, gender, gender identity, and relationships. As an annual campus-wide collaborative effort, Sex Week is positioned to actively engage Harvard students in embracing, thinking about, and discussing their experiences with their own sexualities. We draw upon the strengths of individuals from preexisting communities at Harvard and organizations within the Greater Boston community to expand the scope of sexual health awareness and wellness on campus. We intend to provide a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought provoking, scholastic, innovative, and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality. Our goal is to connect diverse individuals and communities both within and beyond Harvard through common human experiences with love, sex, sexuality, and relationships.||See above.||By the very nature of our program, most of the funds needed to operate Sex Week revolve around getting bodies into a space. So, the majority of our expenditures will go to speaker fees, publicity, and food. With several speakers lined up throughout the week, numerous events to publicize, and bodies to feed, the costs can add up, and we want to make this as impactful as possible.||$500||NA||Haden Smiley, email@example.com, (806)433-1539||NA||Haden Smiley||10/18/2015|
|10/21/2015 12:52:29||Access Health||Justin Reynolds||PSN||Yes||The purpose of Access Health is to empower low-income residents of the greater Boston area by providing them with information about the health resources available to them. We do this by staffing booths at weekly soup kitchens in Cambridge at which attendees are invited to discuss their medical concerns with our volunteers. We aim to provide attendees with information about how they might get attention for their medical needs at a low cost. This includes information about local clinics, emergency care, public health insurance, and other programs available for low-income patients. We also offer to measure interested attendees’ blood pressure, provide them with a recording, and ask them to discuss any concerns with a health-care provider.||We would like to expand our organization to run clinics more often and offer more services. We have identified a distinct need for increased access to healthcare services among the underprivileged population we serve. We would like to purchase more blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, stethoscopes, and carrying bags so that we can take multiple patients' vital signs at the same time, as well as hand sanitizer so that we can sanitize our equipment. We would also like to design and implement a system of information cards that patients could take to their primary care physicians so that we communicate the information we discuss in clinic.||Although our group has no funding whatsoever, we currently run three clinics per week. I am currently paying out of pocket for supplies and I am in need of an operating budget to purchase supplies.||First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist Church: firstname.lastname@example.org||$500||Justin Reynolds, email@example.com, (339) 223-6001||$0||Justin Reynolds||10/21/15|
|10/23/2015 10:41:14||Dancing to Heal||Jiyun Chang||PSN||Yes||Dancing to Heal is an organization dedicated to bringing the joy of dance to elderly and disabled populations in the Boston area in order to foster lasting relationships between senior and student populations. We believe in the power of dance as a therapeutic activity and the healing impact that dancing together brings to all those involved. We put on showcases for the residents of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes, and hold weekly social dance lessons for the various communities with which we have formed partnerships.||We need to reach out to residents of Putnam Square to let them know we are a resource for them!|
Our target population is the elderly population at Putnam Square apartments. Their ages are usually above 60 years old. The apartment is just a tower. We will throw our event in their multi-purpose community room on the 11th floor. We hope to reach out to at least 30 residents. There are over 90 residents in the facility.
|We are having some trouble reaching out to residents in Putnam Square. The infrastructure of the apartment is not conducive to paper postering. We also don't think it appeals enough to the residents. We would love to reach out to the residents in person by having a tea and cookies social!|
We would use the money to buy cider, hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and other snacks.
|This is student run!|
But Putnam Square is located at 2 Mt Auburn St.
Our contact is Jayme Bonds.
She is the Resident Services coordinator.
T (617) 497-1128 | F (617) 497-0450 | M (617) 217-1809
Harvard Developers for Development
|Kimberley Yu||PBHA, PSN||Yes|
Harvard College Developers for Development (D4D) aims to bring together two previously disparate communities--those interested in international development and those interested in technology--to help use "new" technologies to solve "old" problems in the developing world. D4D has worked to increase awareness for and involvement in social impact technology across the Harvard campus through projects, events, and more! Initiatives include social innovation projects during the term with local nonprofits and other social impact organizations; an annual International Development Hackathon; and a J-term trip to Peru to work with Partners in Health on a tech solutions.
The 4th annual International Development Hackathon, organized in collaboration with student groups at MIT and Tufts, will bring together about 300-400 hackers across the Boston metroplex with local nonprofits, NGOs, and others working in the social impact space to make impact with technology. We work with many local nonprofits and related organizations, such as dotLearn, as well as national organizations such as the World Bank and Peace Corps. These organizations pitch projects related to their work, and Harvard students as well as other students come together to develop solutions to these problems. Past projects have included developing an offline survey creation tool for use by doctors in low income areas, a Kenyan Sign Language online dictionary for the Peace Corps, and a simple distributed electronic health records system.
More details: http://idhack.developersfordevelopment.org/
Example project pitches from last year: http://idhack.developersfordevelopment.org/assets/proposals2015.pdf
Pictures from last year's event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.882163281834351.1073741918.591858720864810
Projects from last year's event: http://idhack2015.devpost.com/submissions
Our International Development Hackathon is coming up on February 12-13, and we need funds for food for 300-400 people, T-shirts, hackathon prizes, resources for projects (e.g. technologies, web hosting, etc), transportation to/from the event, transportation to pick up food and supplies, and other miscellaneous materials such as posters and extension cords.
A more detailed budget was submitted on the Common Grant application.
If there are excess funds, they will go towards providing resources for our term-time Social Innovation Projects and J-term trip to work on technology solutions with Partners in Health in Peru.
Kimberley Yu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 214-250-0569
Current account balance: $10000
(Our planned expenses will be around $13000-$15000)
|2/10/2016 2:10:11||NY Labor ASB||Kareli Osorio||PBHA||Yes|
The NY Labor Alternative Spring Break (ASB), in partnership with the Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM), brings Harvard College students to upstate New York to learn about the rights (and lack of rights) of farm workers, through experiential education, community immersion, and political action.
During the week, students travel throughout the western part of New York State to gain an in-depth look at the many facets of farm worker life, while learning about the agribusiness system and the labor protections from which farm workers are excluded. Students consistently meet farm workers and advocates and engage in creative political action to advocate for equal rights for farmworkers. Through active involvement, students consider underlying questions of political and economic power, while learning about NY’s legislative process and the power of students standing together in action with farm workers and their allies.
The NY Labor ASB intends to provide students to learn about social justice and community organizing in other areas and bring those skills and that knowledge back to campus in order to spread the message to the greater Harvard, and potentially, Boston community.
Farm workers, in general, lack many of the same protections and rights that most workers do -- a legacy rooted in racism -- while, arguably, doing the most important job possible: providing the world with food. Apart from lacking many basic workplace protections, many farm workers face concerns of (appropriate) housing, sexual assault and harassment, immigration and deportation, lack of education, and poverty.
However, farm workers' strife, particularly in an urban setting, is not widely discussed or even known. Our program intends to change this by giving Harvard College students the opportunity to hear first-hand the human cost behind our current food system while empowering to become advocates. This spring, RMM will be providing four spots specifically for Harvard students.
In line with the program's support for social justice, we believe that the program should be need-blind and provide financial support to students who need it.
The program cost is $250 per student, and our total programming cost will be $1000. Funds from PPSF will be used to help cover program costs in order to assure that our program remains affordable for all students.
Rural and Migrant Ministries
|2/17/2016 18:45:02||Crimson Commons|
Nick Morihisa or Mackenzie Lee
|Other||Yes||Crimson Commons aims to expose Harvard students to local, entrepreneurial businesses, particularly those that have community or social enterprising focuses.|
The event consists of an art lesson guided by local professional painter Kitty Zen. Zen is an artist supported by ArtLifting, a social enterprise dedicated to the empowerment of homeless and disabled artists through the sale of their artwork. The art lesson will be followed by a talk and Q&A session given by Liz Powers (’11), the founder and CEO of ArtLifting. We expect ~25 people to attend the art lesson, and are using the subsequent demonstration and Q&A session to increase awareness of ArtLifting's mission of helping local artists.
Most (~$310) of the $350 that we are requesting would be put towards securing supplies for the art lesson and the visiting artist, Kitty Zen's demonstration. The remainder would be used to provide a small selection of food for the supporters in attendance.
Liz Powers, CEO and Founder
No previous grants received or requested
Nick Morihisa (email@example.com; (518)779-8226)
Mackenzie Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org; (201)788-6157)
|$350.00||Nicholas Morihisa||February 16, 2016|
Latinas Unidas de Harvard College
LEAD is an initiative of Latinas Unidas de Harvard, one of the oldest cultural organizations at Harvard. It is an annual conference dedicated to celebrating cultural identity and generating a community of empowerment that equips Latinas and other minorities with the opportunities for pursuing and attaining their personal and professional goals. You can learn more about the LEAD conference at www.harvardleadconference.org.Since its inception in 2007, LEAD has brought together hundreds of college, high school, and graduate students to interface with Latina professionals from diverse and relevant sectors. This year, LEAD will embark on its 10th year of celebrating, uniting, and showcasing the country’s most influential and trailblazing Latina leaders to inspire and guide the community.
The biggest issue we are trying to solve through the LEAD conference is a lack of education and access for many marginalized groups. Women, especially women of color, are a group full of potential. That's why year's conference will focus on the political themes incited by the 2016 election. We hope to expose our conference attendees to professional women working in fields they may be interested in. Different from the many pre-professional conferences, we include a range of speakers to provide attendees with mentors across a variety of professions. We expect 300 participants this year.
Assistance with paying for some of our space rental costs
The balance of the LEAD conference is separate from the LU operating budget, though that is the budget that has funded the space rentals we have made so far. We have spent $2000 in space rentals for the conference.
|9/21/2016 0:47:44||DirecTutor||Chinaza Ochi||PSN||Yes|
We are a group of Harvard students who believe classroom success shouldn't be determined by wealth and zip code. Our mission is to fight educational inequality by giving low-income students access to the robust academic resources that other students enjoy at home. We do this by providing two free services to our students: immediate homework help through phone tutoring and academic enrichment at home through personalized academic notes (what we call our inspiration initiative).
One benefit that students from high income brackets often enjoy is immediate access to high-quality homework help, whether that is through a private tutor or the assistance of highly educated parents. DirecTutor aims to bring that resource to lower income students by connecting them with trained Harvard student-tutors over the phone. DirecTutor is the only free service offering this level of immediacy and excellence. Furthermore, students from homes with highly educated parents often have more opportunities to engage with their academic interests. For example, a girl's parent may clip an interesting article from a newspaper about an advancement in engineering, have a sustained conversation with her about engineering, and connect her with a former college classmate working in the field. DirecTutor brings this kind of soft academic enrichment to the homes of lower income students by pairing our volunteers with students who share their academic/personal interests. Using email, Facebook, and other social media, our volunteers compile personalized weekly newsletters filled with TED talks, online news articles, web apps, and other enriching material, giving curriculum a voice beyond the classroom. Additionally, students are welcome to bring these interests into phone/online conversations with our volunteers.
The immediacy and depth of these services match the level of academic support found in more advantaged homes and provide our students with a better chance of classroom success. Our trained tutors work mainly with English, ELA, Humanities, and Social Studies students, grades 6-12, who come from low-income backgrounds. We also work closely with their teachers to make sure our services are tailored to their objectives, lesson plans, and classroom norms. The services that DirecTutor provides are made possible through our wonderful network of tutors--undergraduates at Harvard with a desire to serve the under-served in communities across the United States. Our uniquely flexible micro-volunteerism model allows our tutors to participate in public service on campus in a way that fits their busy schedules.
The aim of DirecTutor is to bridge the educational gap that results from a poor socioeconomic class. Our trained tutors work mainly with English, ELA, Humanities, and Social Studies students, grades 6-12, who come from low-income backgrounds. We supply them the resources that students from upper-class backgrounds fortunately have constant access to in order to arm them with the tools that allow them to aspire to be whatever they want and begin on the path to achieving it. We want to kick off tutoring as soon as possible. We are expecting that more than 100 students will participate in this service this year. since we expanded into more classrooms at the end of last semester. We want to start off this school with them on the best foot forward.
The key to our success at Tutor On Call is providing resources to the students who need them most. In order to continue offering our high-quality academic services to low-income students, we need help in terms of funding. Funding finances our phone services and minutes, our web content, our outreach efforts, and our on-campus recruiting.
We have not received any previous grants from PPSF.
Name: Chinaza Ochi
Phone Number: (512)351-5363
Our account balance is currently at $0. DirecTutor was officially recognized by Harvard University April of last year, therefore we were unable to apply for the PPSF operational grant because we had missed the deadline. In addition, we did not have a Tax ID number, until recently, that allowed us to apply for grants.
MaryTheresa Chinazaekpere Ochi
Association of Black Harvard Women
Formed in 1975 to bring Black women on Harvard University's campus together for academic, cultural, political and social purposes.
The purpose of our signature event, Tribute to Black Men, is to promote and celebrate the contributions and leadership of Black men at Harvard and beyond. The Vanguard Award honors a Black male professional who strives to achieve excellence both for themselves and for the larger Black community. In addition to recognizing one professional honoree, we recognize the achievements of Harvard undergraduates, one professor, and one high school senior in the greater Boston area. We aim to bring awareness to Harvard and beyond of the success and impact of black men.
the funds would be used for the scholarship awarded to a black male high school senior from a Boston/Cambridge public school and then used to support logistics including venue deposit and catering
entirety of PBHA to best select a high school recipient
Janae Bell, email@example.com, 9546543924
Currently given a $2000 from Hutchins center
Environmental Action Committee
The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee seeks to help achieve a sustainable world and protect the environment for its human and non-human inhabitants. To this end, the EAC aims to raise the consciousness of Harvard’s students to the effect of their own actions on the environment and to their status as stewards of this planet’s resources. We advocate specific changes at the campus, local, national, and international levels. Furthermore, we serve as a forum for discussion and a source of information on environmental issues. Finally, we seek to enrich our members through fun and fulfilling experiences.
We propose an Earth Day festival from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, April 22nd to be held in the Science Center Plaza at Harvard. We will have 15 tables set up in the area for student organizations and local businesses to promote their specific causes and to facilitate activities such as seed planting, letter-writing, and signing petitions. We will also have a center stage where student groups will be able to perform. Additionally, we have teamed up with the REP team to provide free customized Earth Day reusable water bottles to hand out to people who participate in the fair. Last year, the event showcased over one dozen student groups, several local businesses, and attracted hundreds of Harvard students and members of the Cambridge community and we expect to be able to replicate if not exceed those numbers this year. In accordance with our theme of environmental justice, this year we have included a special emphasis on the participation of cultural groups on campus to highlight the different ways different groups can be affected by climate change. We will also be organizing for participants to head over to the March for Science that will be happening that day in Boston as a national protest for new environmental policy.
We will need a fairly sizable amount of funding to help cover the costs of advertisement, space costs (we will be renting out the science center plaza and one of the science center lecture halls), materials, and event activities.
Danny Pohl, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-762-4883