Help SCI Raise $1625 by Friday night!

The last Chelsea #WalkWednesday of the season included some zumba dancing!

Want an easy way to strengthen local communities before a relaxing 4th of July weekend? Donate today to help SCI reach our $5,000 fundraising goal before our June 30 budget year ends! We have just $1,625 to go--maybe even less by the time you read this blog post!

You can go on vacation after you donate to SCI. You can even donate to SCI while you are on vacation! Our SCI team will find some vacation time over the summer but we will be very busy here getting ready for the fall.

During the summer, we will be working on filling our remaining AmeriCorps positions. If you know someone who might be interested in a year of SCI AmeriCorps service, please share this link so they can learn more and apply.

SCI’s AmeriCorps program is supported by a federal grant that requires a dollar-for-dollar private match. Every dollar you donate to SCI helps leverage one dollar of federal funding to support AmeriCorps members serving our communities.Read more

Encore Boston Network presents community activist, Douglas Chavez

Encore Boston Network's Generation to Generation initative presents a community conversation with leader and activist, Douglas Chavez! The conversation will take place on Friday, June 16 from 2-4pm at the East Boston Public LIbrary. Join the conversation to discuss how you can help your community in these challenging times. If you plan on attending, RSVP to Margaret at 617-569-0271.

This event is hosted by Encore Boston Network, along with its partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Generations Incorporated, Jumpstart, Playworks, 826 Boston, ReServe and the Mass Department of Children & Families.

Below you can find a link to the flyer printed in Spanish.

Book Talk with Ali Noorani

On May 9, the Codman Square Health Center welcomed Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, to discuss his new book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Ali Noorani was the former Director of Public Health at the Codman Square Health Center and also the former Executive Director of MIRA (the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition). He continues to be a frequent voice on immigration policy and politics.

Noorani's new book is a collection of interviews that analyze how communities within the United States are confronting immigration and the changing nature of what it means to be American. One of his main focuses is the idea that the immigration debate is not about politics and policies but cultures and values. America is going through an identity crisis, in which many communities refuse to understand that the arrival of immigrants within our neighborhoods is actually a net positive.Read more

Film Screenings that make a Difference

This spring season has already seen (and will continue to see!) some great film screenings, followed by speaker-led discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics range from the Syrian refugee crisis to the slave trade and race relations. One overwhelming fact about all of these film screenings is that they are thoroughly enjoyed. They combine film, education and thoughtful discussion to delve into important topics, while bringing people of different communities together. Here are just some of the screenings coming up:

 

Salam Neighbor - This screening was hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network at Winchester High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Salam Neighbor is a documentary film following the Syrian refugee experience through the eyes of the first two filmmakers ever to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. The film was followed by a post-screening dialogue featuring Deirdre Giblin, asylum lawyer with the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) and Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman at the Karam Foundation. Read more

Learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017

The Hispanic-American Institute and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them at a complimentary breakfast to learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017. This is a great event if you're looking to network and grow your business! It will take place on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:30-10am at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston at Logan Airport, 100 Boardman St. East Boston, MA. 

The event will start with registration, networking and coffee, followed by welcoming remarks from both the President and Executive Director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Then, there will be a small business technical assistance panel featuring a number of speakers from various small businesses. The Keynote Presentation will be by Larry D. Andrews, the President of Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) and will end with a Q&A session.

SCI is proud to partner with the organizations that are hosting this event. One important source of social capital is to support small businesses throughout the region, helping them to network and grow. This event is the perfect opportunity for any small business owners looking to do that!Read more