Local Social Capitalists Help Milwaukee Youth Succeed

Role models in our communities are vital to youth success

During my drive to the office this morning, I learned about an interesting Milwaukee neighborhood initiative that is taking a "social capitalist" approach to helping young black males. OK, the NPR story didn't use the term, but I think it definitely applies! When one youth got arrested for some vandalism in the neighborhood, a man named Andre Ellis took initiative to turn the situation around. He said he'd pay the eleven year old $20 to spend a Saturday morning cleaning up the neighborhood around the area he had gotten into trouble. When the boy responded by coming for the clean-up with five friends, a new mentoring initiative called "We Got This" was underway.Read more

Connect for Healthy Communities Goal Reached!

Update: We did it! We set out on June 30 to raise the final $804 needed to meet our fiscal year-end fundriaising goal. Thanks the quick and generous response of our supporters, we raised $825 in the final day of our fiscal year and met our goal! With the final day donations added in, we raised over $20,000 in the home stretch of our fiscal year, which puts us in strong position as we start the new year. Below we've kept the original "final day" message as it provides a sense of our progress and current priorities.

We are getting very close to our Connect for Healthy Communities campaign goal. Last week we sent an email to our supporter list seeking to raise $1,438 that will be matched by SCI board members and in order to get us to our goal. Now we are down to $804 to raise before our fiscal year ends at midnight tonight (June 30). I hope you will consider helping us reach our goal by making a donation today!Read more

Birthday Wishes Seeking Party Box Drivers

Where: 720 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339

The mission of Birthday Wishes is to provide birthday parties for homeless children. Birthday Wishes believes that children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthday joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care. Birthday Wishes is seeking volunteers to bring a party to children in a homeless shelter in the South Shore of Massachusetts. Hanover Birthday Wishes is seeking someone who can make deliveries of Birthday in a Box, which provides everything needed for a party for a homeless child, and/or on-site parties. Delivery time would be flexible and volunteers would be called as need arises. For more information, contact Catherine Sullivan at catherine@birthdaywishes.org or call 866-388-9474 x6.

Become a Mentor with Newton Mentoring Alliance

Newton Mentoring Alliance is an organization designed to cultivate supportive mentoring relationships, between youth and adults, that empower youth to lead healthy, productive lives and engage adults as active participants in their community. To be qualified for this position potential mentors must have a sincere desire to contribute to the growth and development of a young person, an ability to communicate appropriately, openly, and without judgment, practical problem solving skills, strong listening skills, commitment to continually work on establishing and growing a relationship, an ability to suggest alternatives in a respectful and collaborative way, and have sensitivity to persons of all backgrounds. Read more

Gardner Playground Restoration

When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 10 AM - 4 PM

Where: Ovila Case Playground, Stuart St, Gardner, MA Read more