SCI Quarterly eNews - Autumn 2008


Greetings From SCI
During these challenging times, the underlying premise of SCI, that we need each other, has never been more salient. The calls of people looking for help and resources are getting more frequent. Just yesterday my day started with a call from a colleague looking for resources for a teen needing support to stay in school. When times are tough, we get through by leaning on our friends and neighbors. When those supports aren't there, it's even harder to get by. During the coming months, we'll certainly be tapping the social networks we've developed over the past 6 years to help strengthen the local connections that will help us all navigate the road ahead.

The times also underline the importance of teaching the value of looking out for our neighbors. The SCI Dorchester Youth Council is once again readying to collect canned food through the annual Trick-or-Treat for Canned Foods they initiated several years ago to replenish food pantry shelves in advance of the holiday food drives. The Woburn Youth Council has routinely done a coat drive as the weather turns cold.
I invite you to join SCI in tapping your social capital to help your neighbors. Read the rest of our eNews to find out some of the things we're going this fall to strengthen our community fabric. Join us for one of our events. See if SCI is coming to your community soon if we're not already there. And as always, we appreciate any support large or small you can provide to help us carry out our vital mission.

Thanks for your interest and support. I hope the long weekend provides you a chance to spend some time with family, friends, and perhaps a few neighbors!
New SCI AmeriCorps Team Trained
AmeriCorps Members in ServiceOn September 15th, our new AmeriCorps members began their 1700 hours of service with SCI. Many come from local SCI communities, while others hail from as far away as Washington state. The 15 members play crucial roles in our effort to strengthen the fabric of local communites-training young leaders, recruiting volunteers, and connecting people to vital resources. These members will serve ten months while receiving a modest living allowance and an educational award at the conclusion of their service. We are still currently trying to fill our remaining AmeriCorps positions. For a full description of the positions, and how to apply, please click here.
Interested applicants can forward their resume and cover letter to Crystal Johnson, SCI Program Director at or by call our office for more information at 781-935-2244.
Social Capitalist Spotlight: Making a Difference in Lynn
Amanda Richardson hosting the Social Capitalist Luncheon
Amanda Richardson quickly grasped SCI's community building mission when she joined us as an AmeriCorps member last fall. She saw SCI as a great opportunity to serve Boston area communities she has known all her life. But 10 months of AmeriCorps service was not enough for Amanda or SCI. After wrapping up her AmeriCorps service, Amanda moved into the SCI Lynn coordinator position, where she is now responsible for leading our newest flagship site. Top priorities on her place include starting a new a citywide youth council in Lynn. She has also been busy with the recent Latin American Festival and having the Lynn Civic Welcome Wagon Book translated into six different languages, responding to a recent survey that concluded that nearly 10% of Lynn residents had no working knowledge of the 911 Emergency System and other basic services. For more information please contact Amanda Richardson at or call 781-599-1269.
New SCI Network Site Locations
Eight new Massachusetts locations are now in the start-up phase of becoming an SCI Network site. This means that they will have an SCI community portal website and may replicate other successful SCI programs, such as the Civic Welcome Wagon or the Youth Council. These new SCI Network locations are Brookline, Charlestown, Fall River, Milford, Newton, Northwest Suburban Community Health Network (CHNA 15), Southbridge-area Community Health Network (CHNA 5) & Waltham. If you live or work in one of these communities and would like more information or to get involved with these SCI network sites, please contact me at
Neighborhood Day
The Blake HouseOn September 20th and 21st, Woburn celebrated Neighborhood Day with an array of neighborly activities. This project tied into National Neighborhood Day, and Woburn residents participated in projects that improved their neighborhood while fostering connections among neighbors. Five of these activities were awarded mini-grants of $100 through SCI. These projects included a beautification project of a visibility site, a mural painting project at the Goodyear Elementary School, several neighborhood block parties and a used cell phones collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Traces of the Trade Showing Nov. 13
On Thursday November 13 at 7:00PM, SCI & St. John's Baptist Church are collaborating on a showing of the Sundance-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade at Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium. Traces of the Trade Producer/Director Katrina Browne offers a new and provocative perspective on the slave trade by telling the story of her family's role as the largest slave trading family in United States history. This special public showing is open to members of the public and following the screening of the film two members of the "Traces family", Dain and Constance Perry, will facilitate a discussion on the film and how the legacy of slavery affects our communities and the nation today. Click here for more information.




Great work, keep it up. I

Great work, keep it up. I love returning back to this site and reading the quality content you always have on offer.

I'm glad to see AmeriCorps

I'm glad to see AmeriCorps is still doing good work. I was a part of it when I was younger and would recommend it to anyone. Helping your community is very important, but often neglected by people. --- Alan S.