Social Capital Inc. recruiting volunteers for newest project

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Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit organization based in Woburn, is currently seeking volunteers for their newest project, Woburn Volunteers for Seniors. This project will match isolated and handicapped seniors with local volunteers, who will assist them in various outdoor chores such as snow shoveling and leaf removal. Volunteers will also be on call in case of sudden, heavy snowfall that, without assistance, could leave many seniors homebound. SCI will collaborate with the Woburn Senior Center and the Woburn Council on Aging for the project.

The idea for Woburn Volunteers for Seniors was born in the now-infamous winter of 2014-2015, when Massachusetts received record snow accumulation. During a meeting with Judy Tanner of the Woburn Senior Center, SCI President David Crowley learned of several seniors affected by the storms. In addition to being trapped in their homes, many were unable to clear external vents, leaving them vulnerable to dangerous carbon monoxide buildups. Using existing channels, such as SCI’s website and various social media outlets, David and his team quickly mobilized a group of volunteers to provide emergency assistance to over a dozen seniors.  

“We were pleased to be able to recruit volunteers to help following a major blizzard,” commented Crowley. “But the situation also pointed out the need to develop a more systematic way to support seniors who might be in need of assistance.”

This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, as well as Winchester Hospital. SCI is currently seeking volunteers of all ages to help with the project, as well as any local Woburn seniors in need of these services. If interested, please contact Mollie O’Brien at mobrien@socialcapitalinc.org. 

SCI’s mission is to strengthen communities by uniting diverse individuals and groups through civic engagement initiatives. Since 2002, SCI has been developing Social Capitalists who reach across differences to mobilize neighbors and volunteers to strengthen our communities. Reflecting the variety of needs we face, SCI projects in 19 Massachusetts communities include youth-led campaigns to promote healthy eating and exercise; community web-portals and e-newsletters to connect people to civic information; multi-cultural events; neighborhood gatherings and resident-led community problem solving.