Meet SCI's Newest Staff Member: Amelia Walters

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Meet SCI's newest staff member, Amelia Walters! She will be taking on the role of SCI AmeriCorps Program Manager for the upcoming year. Amelia graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. Throughout her college career she discovered many service opportunities, including coordinating two Alternative Spring Break trips to conduct projects with Habitat for Humanity. She met many AmeriCorps members along the way and knew that's what she wanted to do once she graduated.

After graduation, Amelia went on to serve two years as an AmeriCorps member, one with AmeriCorps Cape Cod and the second with SCI. With the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program Amelia served in Barnstable, focusing on environmental education, disaster preparedness and community engagement. With SCI AmeriCorps, she served as the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at the Hockomock Area YMCA.Read more

Help SCI Raise $1625 by Friday night!

The last Chelsea #WalkWednesday of the season included some zumba dancing!

Want an easy way to strengthen local communities before a relaxing 4th of July weekend? Donate today to help SCI reach our $5,000 fundraising goal before our June 30 budget year ends! We have just $1,625 to go--maybe even less by the time you read this blog post!

You can go on vacation after you donate to SCI. You can even donate to SCI while you are on vacation! Our SCI team will find some vacation time over the summer but we will be very busy here getting ready for the fall.

During the summer, we will be working on filling our remaining AmeriCorps positions. If you know someone who might be interested in a year of SCI AmeriCorps service, please share this link so they can learn more and apply.

SCI’s AmeriCorps program is supported by a federal grant that requires a dollar-for-dollar private match. Every dollar you donate to SCI helps leverage one dollar of federal funding to support AmeriCorps members serving our communities.Read more

Encore Boston Network presents community activist, Douglas Chavez

Encore Boston Network's Generation to Generation initative presents a community conversation with leader and activist, Douglas Chavez! The conversation will take place on Friday, June 16 from 2-4pm at the East Boston Public LIbrary. Join the conversation to discuss how you can help your community in these challenging times. If you plan on attending, RSVP to Margaret at 617-569-0271.

This event is hosted by Encore Boston Network, along with its partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Generations Incorporated, Jumpstart, Playworks, 826 Boston, ReServe and the Mass Department of Children & Families.

Below you can find a link to the flyer printed in Spanish.

Book Talk with Ali Noorani

On May 9, the Codman Square Health Center welcomed Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, to discuss his new book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Ali Noorani was the former Director of Public Health at the Codman Square Health Center and also the former Executive Director of MIRA (the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition). He continues to be a frequent voice on immigration policy and politics.

Noorani's new book is a collection of interviews that analyze how communities within the United States are confronting immigration and the changing nature of what it means to be American. One of his main focuses is the idea that the immigration debate is not about politics and policies but cultures and values. America is going through an identity crisis, in which many communities refuse to understand that the arrival of immigrants within our neighborhoods is actually a net positive.Read more

Film Screenings that make a Difference

This spring season has already seen (and will continue to see!) some great film screenings, followed by speaker-led discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics range from the Syrian refugee crisis to the slave trade and race relations. One overwhelming fact about all of these film screenings is that they are thoroughly enjoyed. They combine film, education and thoughtful discussion to delve into important topics, while bringing people of different communities together. Here are just some of the screenings coming up:

 

Salam Neighbor - This screening was hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network at Winchester High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Salam Neighbor is a documentary film following the Syrian refugee experience through the eyes of the first two filmmakers ever to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. The film was followed by a post-screening dialogue featuring Deirdre Giblin, asylum lawyer with the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) and Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman at the Karam Foundation. Read more