The Challenge of Loneliness and How Social Capital Can Help Combat It

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away and it has me replaying the lyrics to an old Beatles song over and over again in my head - “All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”
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Over 150 volunteers make MLK Day 2015 a "Day On" at Franklin Park

Over 150 volunteers came to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy at SCI’s 2015 MLK Day of Service at Franklin Park in Boston on Monday. Large groups from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program (CEP) and local Boys & Girls Clubs were joined by volunteers of all ages (including several little ones) who decided to make the national holiday a “Day On, Not Off.”
The event, which was funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, was organized in partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition, our hosts for the day.
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SCI Partners participate in MLK Day of Service events

While SCI headquarters was focused on making our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Franklin Park a success (read more here), SCI AmeriCorps members at several of our partner organizations were concentrating their service on MLK Day events in their host communities. Multi-project, multi-organization events were held in Lynn and on the South Coast, while YLCs at the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn led their youth in activities and service projects to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday.

I stopped by Girls Inc. of Lynn on Monday afternoon to find a gymnasium bustling with service projects. Volunteers filled toolkits for homeless veterans and stuffed toiletry bags full of supplies for the Lynn Shelter Association. At another table, youth volunteers sewed homemade tote bags for the Lynn Shelter and Senior Center while, across the room, volunteers made valentines for seniors and veterans. Against a wall, immediately catching my eye, was a beautiful MLK mural (pictured), created and presented earlier by La Vida Scholars.Read more

Volunteer for SCI's 2015 MLK Day of Service in Franklin Park!

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015, Social Capital Inc., along with our community partners, will host a volunteer service learning event in Franklin Park with the Franklin Park Coalition. Volunteers will work on woodlands restoration by cleaning the park, as well as reflect on current civil rights issues, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the connection between the two. 
Join us at the Franklin Park Clubhouse in the morning for discussions and activities about civil rights issues, past and present. Afterwards we’ll head into the park to help clear invasives that are killing young native trees and do other green improvement projects. 
The Franklin Park Coalition, an SCI host partner site, encourages health, wellness, and positive community connections. They run programs year-round, including volunteer days focusing on youth and civic engagement. 
Bring a bag lunch and snacks, we’ll have coffee and donuts to start the day.
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8 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

On JanuaryOn January 8th at our monthly All Corps Day, SCI AmeriCorps members were treated to presentations on social media best practices from Allison Postlethwait, SCI AmeriCorps alum and Communications and Media Producer at Boston Architectural College, and SCI President and Founder, David Crowley. Allison and David had much experience and information to offer our AmeriCorps members, host supervisors and other SCI partners that attended the open workshop. After the presentations, attendees broke into groups to brainstorm about social media tips and tools using both what they learned from David and Allison and what they discovered thus far in four months of service.
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