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5 Ways You Can Build Social Capital in 2014
We thought we'd need to post one final message today to reach our year-end fundraising goal. Thanks to generous supporters like you, we are happy to report that we reached our target last week! If you didn't get a chance to donate yet, we can certainly still put your contribution to good use--click here to donate to get one of your first 2014 tax-deductible donationS or mail a check to the address below. We thought we'd focus our final post of the year on 5 ways that you can build social capital in 2014, and to share a recap of what we accomplished with your help in 2013. This post was updated slightly on Jan. 1 for those coming to it in 2014!
1) Goal reached--but you can still help! On #GivingTuesday, we kicked off a campaign to empower young leaders through 9 youth council programs In Eastern Massachusetts. We passed our $2,100 goal to provide the teens with the basic budget they need to carry out their project, but could use additional donations to cover other program costs such as the annual showcase event that brings together all of the teen leaders to share their accomplishments. We're also seeking to expand our youth leadership work to new locations, and additional donations can help make that happen--click here to support this program. Your investment in 2013 will help young people build their social capital in the coming year!
2) Get your Luncheon tickets Every year, over 350 Boston area community leaders gather for the Social Capitalist Luncheon. The Luncheon has become a "must attend" networking event that gets everyone inspired! So put March 26 on your calendar and plan to join us to build social capital that day as we honor Charlie Rose of City Year and Kevin Washington of the YMCA of Greater Boston. You can learn more and buy your tickets or sponsorship here--and do so by midnight on Dec. 31 to have the donation portion count for 2013.
3) Join us for MLK Day of Service We have received an MLK Day of Service grant from the Mass. Service Alliance that will support a Woodland Restoration Project in partnership with the Franklin Field Coalition. Volunteers that day will bundle up and help tackle an invasive species problem in Franklin Park, and also reflect on the legacy of Dr. King's promotion of service and social justice. Whether it's this project or somewhere else, MLK Day is a great opportunity to engage with others who are committed to creating inclusive communities. Visit this post for more information on our MLK project and other ways to get involved.
4) Bring SCI to your community SCI adopted a new strategic plan earlier in 2013, which includes ambitious goals for growing throughout New England and a focus on "Building social capital for youth success and healthy communities." We are eager to talk with new potential community partners as we grow--please let us know if we should be exploring ways SCI might help build social capital in your community.
5) Connect with SCI's blog & social media: SCI is very committed to helping others develop practical ways to increase social capital in local communities. Through our blog and social media updates, we're always sharing helpful tips along with the latest information on the importance of social capital for youth success and healthy communities. This post highlights 9 of our best blog posts from 2013. Let us know if you'd like to be added to receive notices when there are new blog posts or if you have ideas for social capital topics you'd like to see on our blog. And if 5 ways to build social capital isn't enough for you, we've got 50 More Ways To Build Social Capital for you! You can also get the latest from SCI on the social media platform of your choice--we're very active on Twitter and Facebook, you can join our LinkedIn group, and you can also find us on Google+, Pinterest, and as of last week, on Instagram, too!
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2014!