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AmeriCorps

Introducing SCI's 2013-2014 Host Sites

Boys and Girls Club of Woburn

We are excited to announce the return of several of our community partners as well as four new partner sites that will serve as host sites for our AmeriCorps members starting this September!

SCI recruits and trains AmeriCorps members to serve at host sites as either Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC)

Our new partner sites are focused on a variety of missions such as promoting health and wellness, increasing educational and economic opportunities for youth and families, and promoting civic engagement.

The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, is focused on promoting healthy eating and active living by changing the environment in which we live, work and play. Read more

Become an SCI AmeriCorps Member

Become an SCI AmeriCorps member! Apply to join the team of SCI AmeriCorps members to build social capital in our communities through civic engagement opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in September 2013! 

Our host sites are located in Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, Woburn, Lynn, Chinatown and Fall River. SCI AmeriCorps members serve as either Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC). For more information about either of these positions and to learn how to apply, please click here.

How Photography Can Build Community

Kids

A Story from SCI AmeriCorps Member Elizabeth Aldenderfer:

During one of my first interviews with Social Capital Inc., I mentioned offhand that I owned my beloved camera. My prospective supervisor immediately reacted with a burst of excitement, saying that photographs would be a great asset to the organization. She was right; although I did not quite know it at the time of the interview, a few months into my service I truly learned how much power a photograph holds within this community.Read more

Become an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

SCI is accepting applications for additional SCI AmeriCorps Host Sites.  Please review the information below and submit your application or any questions to AmeriCorps@socialcapitalinc.org.  Please review the information below before looking at the attached application and position descriptions.  The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013 or when all slots are filled so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Information about being an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps State members in this program commit to serving 1700 hours of service from September through the end of June.

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15th Annual HALT Conference

Ashaad Suarez is performing his spoken word piece "Get with it" on stage.

A Story From SCI AmeriCorps Member Ingrid Olsen:

Every year, Part of the Solution youth council along with several local organizations such as the Lynn Housing Authority, the Lynn Police Department, and the Communities that Care Coalition come together to put on the annual Harmony Among Lynn Teens (HALT) Conference. HALT serves the community by bringing together teens in Lynn to learn about important resources and information.  This year was the 15th annual conference and the theme was “Above the Influence”, not just including substance abuse, but also being above things like bullying, unprotected sex, violence…etc.  Part of the Solution youth council’s goal for HALT was to engage their peers in activities designed to educate, but also have fun celebrating those who choose to be “above the influence.”Read more

SCI AmeriCorps Member Gives Speech About Food Rescue Program

One of the highlights at our 6th annual Social Capitalist Luncheon was when SCI AmeriCorps member, Brittany Bertone delivered a captivating speech on how she has been making a difference in Fall River at her host site, the United Neighbors of Fall River. 

Although it does not have quite the same impact as hearing it in person, here are Brittany's remarks from the 2013 SCI Luncheon:

I’m standing in a gymnasium surrounded by three-hundred crates of bananas.  That’s approximately 30,000 bananas. At that moment I received a call my from site supervisor, Wendy Garf-Lipp. “How’s the bananas situation” she asks, to which I reply “I am currently assessing the situation at hand”Read more

SCI Coverage in the Woburn Advocate

"Fuel assistance efforts underway in Woburn," by Abby Spegman, Woburn Advocate (February 14, 2013)

Recently, SCI blogged about how we assisted a local resident in need of emergency fuel assistance. This story has been getting increased attention in Woburn due to the community's remarkable response in donating to help this resident and others in need.

Check out this coverage from the Woburn Advocate on how one of our SCI AmeriCorps member is busy developing a new emergency fuel assistance option for local residents of this community by clicking here.

United Neighbors of Fall River Press Coverage

"Group finds charitable use for excess restaurant, bakery fare," by Deborah Allard, The Herald News (December 22, 2012).

Recently, we blogged about how SCI AmeriCorps member Brittany Bertone helped start a new food rescue initiative called Plentiful Plates in Fall River. Check out news coverage of this great community program!

Helping Around the Holidays: Stories from our AmeriCorps Members

DotWell Crew

Our AmeriCorps members have been focused on building community since they began their service in September. The stories they have are numerous and the impact they have made is significant. And because the holidays are full of stories of individuals giving their time and donations to others, we decided to share a few stories of our own. Here are some great examples of how SCI AmeriCorps members are making a difference in the local communities in which they serve:

In Dorchester, SCI AmeriCorps members Ben Morrow, Gabrielle Joffe, Sherrine Milton and Elizabeth Aldenderfer (pictured), serving at DotWell, coordinated a toy drive at the Codman Square Health Center to provide gifts for families in need. Toys for Tots and the Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA donated a significant amount of toys for the children. 650 kids in the Codman Square neighborhood received gifts. Twenty-five volunteers came out to help with this event including students from Boston University, Tufts University, and the women's basketball team from Roxbury Community College.Read more

The Power of Service (By the Numbers)

AmeriCorps member serving

AmeriCorps Opening Day kicks off on November 9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. As one of the new AmeriCorps members serving at SCI, I'm well aware that the organization has made a significant impact in local communities since SCI was founded in 2002. But it is interesting to look back at the data over time to see just how big of an impact SCI has made by the numbers. Although it does not tell the complete story, as personal stories are a bit more compelling, it is still worth taking a look at.

Since SCI started:

*105 people have served as an SCI AmeriCorps member

*Trained 1,681 new leaders as "Social Capitalists"

*Recruited 12,988 community volunteers

*Engaged 61,103 residents in civic life

*Generated 238,533 service hours valued at $6.2 million dollars.

As AmeriCorps Opening Day approaches, I look forward to hearing more about the impact this program is having all over the state, and to continue doing my part to make a difference. 

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