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Be a transition coach for 1st generation and low income college students

Let's Get Ready (LGR) is a college access and success organization that mobilizes and trains college students and recent college graduates to be volunteer coaches, mentors, and role-models for low-income and first-generation college-bound students. LGR works with students in 9 states in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Let's Get Ready-New England is looking for volunteer Transition Coaches who will volunteer 3-4/hours a week to provide over-the-phone and in-person counseling to transition our high school seniors to college. If interested, please submit an application.

Help grant a wish for a critically ill child

For more than 32 years, A Wish Come True, Inc. has been granting wishes to children age 3 through 18 who suffer from life threatening illnesses, and live in Rhode Island and parts of southeastern Massachusetts. It has been quite a journey, and the lives of countless children and their families have been positively impacted as a result of this journey.

If you would like to help out, join us on Monday, February 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 803 Bedford Street. Volunteers are needed to help stuff envelopes for the annual A Wish Come True fundraiser.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome. 

Volunteer as a tax assistant for low income neighbors in Boston

Sponsored by the Boston Tax Help Coalition (formerly Boston EITC Coalition), Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) volunteers help low income clients prepare their federal and state tax returns. Volunteers must commit at least 3 hours a week during the tax preparation season, which runs from January to April 15 each year. All positions require the ability to work sensitively and effectively with clients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Bilingual in Haitian Creole or Spanish preferred but not required. For more information, please contact Bianny Suncar at (617) 298-2045 ext. 228

Over 150 volunteers make MLK Day 2015 a "Day On" at Franklin Park

Over 150 volunteers came to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy at SCI’s 2015 MLK Day of Service at Franklin Park in Boston on Monday. Large groups from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program (CEP) and local Boys & Girls Clubs were joined by volunteers of all ages (including several little ones) who decided to make the national holiday a “Day On, Not Off.”
 
The event, which was funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, was organized in partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition, our hosts for the day.
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SCI Partners participate in MLK Day of Service events

While SCI headquarters was focused on making our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Franklin Park a success (read more here), SCI AmeriCorps members at several of our partner organizations were concentrating their service on MLK Day events in their host communities. Multi-project, multi-organization events were held in Lynn and on the South Coast, while YLCs at the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn led their youth in activities and service projects to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday.

I stopped by Girls Inc. of Lynn on Monday afternoon to find a gymnasium bustling with service projects. Volunteers filled toolkits for homeless veterans and stuffed toiletry bags full of supplies for the Lynn Shelter Association. At another table, youth volunteers sewed homemade tote bags for the Lynn Shelter and Senior Center while, across the room, volunteers made valentines for seniors and veterans. Against a wall, immediately catching my eye, was a beautiful MLK mural (pictured), created and presented earlier by La Vida Scholars.Read more

Join SCI's 2015 MLK Day of Service in Franklin Park!

 
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015, Social Capital Inc., along with our community partners, will host a volunteer service learning event in Franklin Park with the Franklin Park Coalition. Volunteers will work on woodlands restoration by cleaning the park, as well as reflect on current civil rights issues, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the connection between the two. 
 
Join us at the Franklin Park Clubhouse in the morning for discussions and activities about civil rights issues, past and present. Afterwards we’ll head into the park to help clear invasives that are killing young native trees and do other green improvement projects. 
 
The Franklin Park Coalition, an SCI host partner site, encourages health, wellness, and positive community connections. They run programs year-round, including volunteer days focusing on youth and civic engagement. 
 
Bring a bag lunch and snacks, we’ll have coffee and donuts to start the day.
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8 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

On JanuaryOn January 8th at our monthly All Corps Day, SCI AmeriCorps members were treated to presentations on social media best practices from Allison Postlethwait, SCI AmeriCorps alum and Communications and Media Producer at Boston Architectural College, and SCI President and Founder, David Crowley. Allison and David had much experience and information to offer our AmeriCorps members, host supervisors and other SCI partners that attended the open workshop. After the presentations, attendees broke into groups to brainstorm about social media tips and tools using both what they learned from David and Allison and what they discovered thus far in four months of service.
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Brighten Christmas Day for isolated elders!

There are several ways for you to brighten the holidays for isolated elderly individuals in your community. LIttle Brothers Friends of the Elderly are looking for volunteers to prepare packages, make decorations, and deliver meals Dec. 23-25 in the Boston area. Click here for more info.

Wrap Presents for the Needy in Dorchester

Codman Square HealthCodman Square Health Center is hosting its annual Holiday Gift Giveaway, and they need volunteers both on the day of the event and the week before to wrap presents.  They need volunteers at the following days & times:
Codman Square Health Center is hosting its annual Holiday Gift Giveaway, and they need volunteers both on the day of the event and the week before to wrap presents.
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Deliver Holiday Meals to Homeless Families on the South Coast

United Neighbors ofUnited Neighbors of Fall River is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homeless families on Christmas Eve at approximately 1pm, and again on Christmas morning, about 10am, to make sure that everybody is able to get a filling Christmas meal. If you are available, contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at 508-951-8421 or at 
United Neighbors of Fall River is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homeless families on Christmas Eve at approximately 1pm, and again on Christmas morning, about 10am, to make sure that everybody is able to get a filling Christmas meal.
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