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Celebrate #GivingTuesday Today!

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Today we celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Its meant to kick off the charitable season, when people around the world focus on the holidays and end-of-year giving. SCI encourages everyone to get involved in their community and give back in whatever way they can.

One way to impact your community, and communities throughout the Eastern Massachusetts region, is to donate to Social Capital Inc. (SCI). With your support, we are able to impact communities through various initiatives, from promoting understanding and cultural awareness, to youth leadership and healthy-eating programs. Click here to donate to SCI. We appreciate any and all support! 

Boston Public Library's Homework Help Program

The Boston Public Library's Homework Help program is now underway and will run through May 25, 2017. The program offers free afterschool help and mentorship to students in grades K-8 - no registration required! It runs every Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. Boston Teacher's Union tutors are also available on select weekdays from 4-6pm for students in grades K-12. Online help is also available.

The program began in 2014 when the Boston Public Library collaborated with Harvard University to provide SmartTALK training to high school aged Homework Help mentors. These mentors are able to provide students with the support and confidence that they need to succeed in the classroom. Click here for more information about the program.

Woburn: Building Understanding and Community

Over the years SCI has slowly spread its roots, branching out to what is now nineteen different towns and cities across the Eastern Massachusetts area. It is amazing to see its growth, and even more amazing to see the impact that is has made in countless communities. As SCI creates new partnerships, it never fails to deepen the existing ties that is has created. Woburn is a prominent example of SCI's commitment to building long-lasting partnerships and understanding within a community.

This summer, SCI partnered with the City of Woburn to hold the Woburn Unites Vigil. The vigil was to show support for the city's police officers and ALL members of its community. This interfaith event was planned in the wake of a number of violent acts across the nation. It represented an opportunity for Woburn to come together to support their local police as well as show respect to each and every member of the community, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.Read more

Former SCI AmeriCorps Member Jen Ward, now Director of Milford Youth Center

Jennifer Ward, Director of the Milford Youth Center, is a shining example of an SCI AmeriCorps member turned advocate for youth and community. As Director, Jen has turned the center into a safe environment for kids, fostering self-esteem, character, and a sense of community.

Jen's career began at Stonehill College where she was often encouraged to volunteer. She envisioned doing some type of service work after graduation, thus joining SCI AmeriCorps as a Youth Leadership Coordinator in Milford. She served with the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG), which is an adult coalition that prevents at-risk behavior in youth. Jen ended up serving two years with SCI AmeriCorps and spent much of her time at the Milford Youth Center, remaining as a volunteer in their after-school program despite having another full-time job.Read more

8 Ways to Engage Families for Student Success

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On Tuesday, November 8, as part of a workshop for Woburn Public School teachers, President of SCI David Crowley taught a couple of sessions discussing the importance of both engaging families and involving communities for student success. In today’s post, we will be focusing on the barriers and the SOLUTIONS that have helped teachers overcome family engagement issues.Read more

SCI Woburn and St. John's Baptist Church to host Race Relations Forum

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St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with Social Capital Inc. (SCI) of Woburn, will be hosting a Community Forum on Race Relations on Friday, October 28 from 7-9 pm. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the state of race relations in the community as well as to identify steps to improve upon issues raised during the discussion. The event will feature a panel with a number of community leaders in the Woburn area, including Mayor Galvin, Superintendent Mark Donovan, and Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson. It will be moderated by Ron Walker from St. John's, along with SCI's own David Crowley.

Citizens of all ages are encouraged to come and participate in the discussion! It will take place at St. John's Baptist Church, located at 40 Everett St. in Woburn. If you have any questions, please contact Toni Walker at twalker@sjbc.info OR call 781-935-4314. 

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.Read more

Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling to Offer New Webinars

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will be offering a number of new webinars in the upcoming months, all focused on raising greater awareness of gambling disorders and working towards a more gambling-informed community. Currently scheduled webinars include: "Impact of Gambling Disorder on Physical Health," taught by Dr. Tim Fong (Wednesday, October 26, 12-1:30pm) and "Sports Gambling in America: Should we be Concerned?" taught by Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky (Wednesday, Novemeber 9, 12-1:30pm).

Both webinars will offer 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and cost $15 to register. For more information on the webinars, visit http://masscompulsivegambling.org/whats-happening/news-and-events/

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