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AmeriCorps

Mattapan United Coverage on Boston.com

"Pictures: Mattapan United's Community Fabric Jamboree," by Patrick Russo, Boston.com (September 24, 2012)

SCI's newest community partner, Mattapan United, recently celebrated the beginning of a new academic year by hosting a "Back-to-School Community Fabric Jamboree" at the Mattahut Wheelock Community Center on Saturday, September 22. The event featured music, healthy food, resource tables, performances and plenty of kids' activities.

Mattapan United is a grassroots community group. One of SCI's AmeriCorps members, Isaiah Mulligan has been serving the organization. He has launched a new community portal for Mattapan United and was also involved with putting together this community jamboree. Check out press coverage of the event on Boston.com.

SCI Brings Together Volunteers to Serve Lunches to Needy Children

Flier for Summer Lunch Program

 

One of our host site partners, the North Suburban YMCA, asked SCI if we could help recruit volunteers to serve lunches to needy children over the summer at a site close to a public housing development.  Without a strong base of volunteers, the free lunch program could not be made available during this time of need. Read more

SCI AmeriCorps by the Numbers, Part 1

An SCI AmeriCorps Member, Syed Zaman, working with youth.Happy AmeriCorps Week! This annual week that celebrates and highlights the vital role AmeriCorps members play in communities across America happens to coincide with our preparation for our 10th Anniversary Social Capitalist Luncheon. Therefore, we are in the process of aggregating some of our old AmeriCorps data and stories to share at the event. This is still a work in progress, but we wanted to share a few data points that give an idea of the impact SCI AmeriCorps members have had in the communities we serve:

*105 SCI AmeriCorps members have provided a total of 146,110 hours of service to Massachusetts communities.Read more

Recruiting 2 New Half-year SCI AmeriCorps Members for March

Social Capital Inc. is happy to announce that through a special competition SCI has been awarded 9 new half-year AmeriCorps slots.  The 2 new AmeriCorps members will serve from the mid-January until the end of June 2012.  We are now recruiting members for this March.

SCI hopes to deepen its impact by entering new organizations and communities.  Several of the new AmeriCorps members will be placed at the following new site-partners:

  • The Asian American Civic Association in Boston, MA
  • Franklin Park Coalition

The 2 AmeriCorps members will serve as either Outreach & Technology Coordinators As Outreach & Technology Coordinators, members will serve to implement technology systems and traditional outreach efforts to recruit volunteers and to connect citizens with the information they need to participate in civic life.  

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Give and Grow through AmeriCorps!

"Give and Grow through AmeriCorps!," by David Crowley, Blog Article on Woburn Patch

This blog post highlights the benefits of AmeriCorps service and mentions current openings.

AmeriCorps Members Reflecting on their Year of Service

Reading through our AmeriCorps members' reflections on their year of service, many thoughts stood out.  Here is a sampling of what the group learned over the year.  

 "After serving just a few months, I realized that I didn't want to settle for comfortable anymore.  I wanted to challenge myself more and give back to the new community I had come to identify with."

 "I have personally learned how important it is to get youth and adults involved in their communities and how much of an impact it can be."

 "I have learned a lot about challenges facing urban communities and some of hte ways I might have an impact in those communities"

 "This year I've begun to understand what it means to truly have an impact, to work with others who are trying to do the same, to make important connections, to network, and to seriously consider how we are all interconnected." Read more

Volunteers Needed: SCI AmeriCorps Help Increase and Maintain Volunteers

The 2010-2011 AmeriCorps group has many accomplishments to be proud of, but on of the most impressive accomplishment is that of Susan Davis serving at the Norht Suburban Y and Lauren Chase serving at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. Both of these individuals have had a tremendous impact on the volunteer programs at their organizations.   
 
During Susan’s service term at the North Suburban Y, she has brought the Volunteer Program to a higher level of organization, legitimacy, and credibility. She has been able to manage over 100 volunteers who served over 1500 hours during special events and everyday operations at the Y. Through utilization of SCI training and resources, as as effective communication with the Y staff and volunteers, Susan fostered increased awareness and sustainability of the program.
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AmeriCorps Member Jen Ward Brings her Service to the Dominican Republic

An SCI AmeriCorps member, Jen Ward, made a connection in her service that brought her to the Dominican Republic where she continued to help youth. She was asked by a local mother to help plan a fundraiser/recognition event at the Milford Youth Center. She helped with fliers, a PowerPoint and other information pertaining to the day of the event. As a result of this collaboration, Jen was invited to the Dominican Republic to help volunteer. She spent two weeks in the Boca Chica region with Jenny Gonzalez of Milford, Rev. Jose Medina of Framingham and Stephanie Cushman of Millis. During the two weeks, Jen volunteered in 5 different communities helping teach basic English, playing sports, helping prepare and serve meals and distribute sneakers (donated by Milford and Millis residents) and t-shirts (donated by Milford Youth Center) to the local children in need. Over 100 youth were given new or gently used sneakers with an outfit as a holiday gift. Considering the very rocky and rough terrain, the sneakers will be very useful for the kids in these communities.Read more

Remembering Haiti

Haiti Poster
It has been one year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. SCI would like to highlight the efforts of Social Capital Inc. and its partner organizations in providing ongoing support to Haitians here in the Greater Boston area and in Haiti. 

The community with the largest Haitian population where SCI AmeriCorps members serve is Dorchester. After the earthquake, AmeriCorps members serving at DotWell did their part in providing Haitian survivors and families with online resources and helped organize clinics where Haitians could receive support. Click here to view the online resource guide that was compiled by DotWell and the Codman Health Center. These clinics provided information regarding social services, health care, legal resources, and school registration information. 
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