SCI in the News

Woburn's Social Capital Inc. is awarded $100K

"Woburn Social Capital Inc. awarded $100K," by Social Capital Inc., The Woburn Advocate (May 30,2017).

WOBURN - Social Capital Inc. is one of 100 local nonprofits this year to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. 

The Woburn-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.

SCI's mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. 

Representing SCI, President David Crowley and Board Chair John Franson will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston's nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Cummings Foundation," said Crowley. "The significant, multi-year support will enable us to make substantial progress on important issues facing our communities."Read more

WorldFest 2017 Performance Line-Up Announced!

"WorldFest announces May 21 performance lineup ," by Social Capital Inc., The Woburn Advocate (May 11, 2017).

WorldFest is returning on Sunday, May 21, from 1-5pm at Library Field, 63 Harrison Ave. in Woburn. This annual multicultural festival celebrates ethnic diversity and cultural traditions from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, craft vendors, children's activities and food from countries across the globe. There is an amazing performance lineup for this year's WorldFest:

Shaila School of Dance 1:20-1:35 p.m. kickoff

Greg Coles African Dance and Drum 1:40-1:55 p.m.

Upasana Classical Indian Dance 2:00-2:15 p.m.

Ku's TaeKwonDo Academy 2:20-2:35 p.m.

Intermission

Os Forrozeiros Dance Group 3:00-3:15 p.m.

Move & Inspire Japanese Hip-Hop 3:20-3:35 p.m.

Daoist Gate Wudang Arts Tai Chi 3:40-3:55 p.m.

Johara and Snake Dance Theater Company 4:00-4:15 p.m.

People are invited to come together on Library Field to celebrate the diverse heritages that make up our communities.

This is a free family event but food and craft vendors will charge for purchases. In the event of rain, our rain location will be at Kennedy Middle School, 41 Middle St., Woburn.Read more

Winning Home Inc. supports SCI program

"Winning Home Inc. supports SCI program", Daily Times Chronicle (February 20, 2017)

WOBURN - Winning Home, Inc. a private, non-profit charitable organization that provides services and support to economically, socially, physically, emotionally, or mentally handicapped or disadvantaged children and their families, recently announced its support of The Woburn Youth Wellness Project, presented by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a 501c(3) organization whose aim is to connect citizens to strengthen communities.

With this $15,000 grant, SCI, in partnership with the Woburn School System and the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club, will establish a program to promote emotional wellness in the Woburn adolescent community.

In 2015, SCI distributed a Youth Risk Behavioral Survey to Woburn Memorial High School students. Administrators of the survey were troubled to find one in five had been bullied. More concerning, one in five female students have considered suicide, and one in 10 girls in the 11th grade have attempted it. In an effort to address these disconcerting findings, SCI, Woburn Public Schools, and the Boys & GIrls Club have partnered to address the needs identified in the survey so students may develop into healthy young adults.Read more

Woburn Community Forum to focus on race relations

"Woburn Community Forum to focus on race relations," by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), WickedLocal Woburn (February 6, 2017)

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, in collaboration with Woburn Social Capital Inc., will be hosting the second Community Forum on Race Relations from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 (NEW DATE due to snow) at the church, 60 Forest Park Road. This will be the second forum of its kind, following the first which was held at St. John's Baptist Church.

The purpose of this forum is to delve even deeper into the issue of race relations, through sharing experiences and identifying challenges. The forum will be in the form of small group discussions using a facilitation process that focuses on sharing and listening to each other's stories. Participants will discuss personal stories related to the topic and identify challenges faced here in Woburn. Organizers hope to end the forum with next steps that individuals can take to address race relations in the community.Read more

SCI partner contributes to successful MLK day of service in Lynn

"MLK Legacy Reflected in Day of Service," by Gayla Cawley, ItemLive.com (January 16, 2017)

In honor of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, the Lynn Community Association organized a day of service event at the Washington Street Baptist Church. Several hundred volunteers showed up to help in a variety of projects, from creating MLK bookmarks for the Lynn Public Library to making bracelets for the United States military. Among the organizations involved was SCI's partner, The Food Project.

The Food Project's youth council, aided by SCI AmeriCorps member Rae Axner, organized a youth-led workshop focusing on racism in today's society. Rae serves as a youth leadership coordinator with the SCI AmeriCorps program - she worked hand in hand with The Food Project's youth council to design and orchestrate the workshop, which provided a space for community conversation and reflection. Read the full article here.

MyCharlestown.org Community Meeting

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The MyCharlestown.org Action Team will be hosting a community meeting on January 18 at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The meeting will cover the goal of the portal and a broad walk through of the site’s major features, including a community calendar, resource guide, and bulletin board for volunteer opportunities and community jobs. The session will include instructions on how you can add community events and information to the site.

If you have a chance to visit MyCharlestown.org in advance of the meeting you can register for an account and be able to add information to the site during the meeting from your smart phone or other internet connected device.

If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to sign-up to receive the biweekly MyCharlestown eBlast. The first edition will be sent February 1!

Become an SCI Sustaining Donor!

Did you know that a monthly gift of $10 can cover the cost of training one of our amazing AmeriCorps members?

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Food drive in Lynn makes headlines

"An Alliance Against Hunger," by Gayla Cawley, Itemlive.com

The Lynn Youth Health Alliance partnered with Stop & Shop, Move for Hunger, and Two Men and a Truck, to hold the "Fill-A-Truck" food drive last Wednesday in Lynn. The group successfully filled 16 boxes with donations for hungry families in Massachusetts - the boxes are destined for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

SCI AmeriCorps member, Bridget Peters, who serves as the youth leadership coordinator with Lynn Youth Health Alliance, was in attendance. Read the full article here.

Wicked Local Woburn Highlights SCI's Race Relations Forum

SCI President David Crowley speaks at forum
"St. John's Baptist Church hosts race relations forum," by Heather Beasley Doyle, Wicked Local Woburn (November 1, 2016)

St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with SCI, held the first Community Forum on Race Relations on Friday, October 28. There was great turnout from the Woburn community, who engaged in an honest and candid conversation with the discussion panel, consisting of a number of community leaders within Woburn. Some members of the press were there, including Heather Beasley Doyle from Wicked Local Woburn. Her article highlights the events of the forum, including a number of great quotes from both panelists and audience members. She explores some of the tougher conversations that were had, as well as expressing the community's interest in further such forums.

Click here to read Heather's article in full.

SCI to Develop Community Portal for Charlestown

Sourced from: "New community website coming in Jan." a staff report in The Charlestown Patriot Bridge from October 13, 2016.

Social Capital Inc. is working with a coalition of Charlestown residents to help develop an SCI Community Web Portal to serve the people of Charlestown. There are 99 non-profits in Charlestown, not including civic groups and our goal is to create a vital portal that will be the first stop for Charlestown to find what’s going on and how to get connected to civic life.Read more