"What Matters for Health" Game Exciting New Resource in Community Health

In an exciting development in community health initiatives, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, partnering with Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, is offering an interactive health game to help determine the needs of Boston communities.

 

“What Matters For Health,” which I played (and enjoyed), is basically an incentive-based survey about health: Answer a question, earn 10 coins. At the end of the game, you use your accumulated coinage to donate virtually to real-life organizations. The organization with the most virtual donations at the end of a challenge's two-week window receives an actual cash prize. Read more

Volunteer with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance

The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance is an organization that promotes healthy eating and active living by working in the Lynn community both with store/restaurant owners as well as Lynn residents. The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance aims to implement political, systematic, and environmental changes that can increase accessibility to healthy food and maximize opportunities for physical fitness.

Right now, the organization's Youth Health Alliance, a group of dedicated high school students from different schools in Lynn, is recruiting for two big projects.

The Healthy Corner Store Project aims to promote the healthy items that corner stores sell and in turn help Lynn residents to make educated healthy choices when shopping at these stores. The Healthy Dining Initiative works to get local restaurants to provide healthy and nutritious dining options to their customers.Read more

College Bound Dorchester Seeking Tutors

College Bound Dorchester works to ensure that all students view success in college not just as a possibility in their lives but as a baseline expectation. They are looking for volunteers who are willing to work with ESOL students as part of their English Tea Time program. The program in on-going and always looking for committed volunteers. A link to the volunteer flyer is posted below.

English at Large seeking volunteers to aid ESL immigrants

 

From English At Large Flyer:

 

English at Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge needed to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

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Learning To Connect: SCI AmeriCorps Orientation and Beyond

On Tuesday morning, September 2nd, over 20 brand new SCI AmeriCorps members arrived at the Great Hall in Dorchester for our first day of orientation and training.

I had spent the month prior trying to reorient myself to the Northeast after spending the last eight years in sunny, polite Tennessee. Without a job or any kind of routine, I meandered through my new hometown of Salem, and the rest of the North Shore, enjoying the natural beauty, the seafood, and the opportunity to sleep in. This might sound like an ideal way to spend the month of August in New England, but I was restless. Read more