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Your elderly neighbor in Charlestown needs you

FriendshipWorks is looking for volunteers in Charlestown to spend an hour a week chatting, grabbing a coffee, going for walks, playing games, laughing and so much more! With one hour a week you can make the difference in the life of an isolated senior. We are flexible but ask for a commitment from our friendly visiting volunteers as elders will be relying on their new friend. No experience required. Volunteers can visit on weekends and weeknights. Can't commit to a weekly visit? Ask us about our friendly helping program where you would choose the tasks to help out with that fit your schedule.

Have questions? Please call us at (617) 482-1510 ext. 133

Was this opportunity made for you? Then take a minute to complete our volunteer application:

http://www.fw4elders.org/volunteer/volunteer-application/

Coach a Soccer Team This Fall!

Soccer team

Hill House is looking for fun, passionate and child-centered soccer coaches to lead or assist one of our teams in their league this fall. Hill House is a non-profit community center with a strong athletics department and has provided quality programs for the children of Boston's families for over 50 years. With an iconic soccer location on the Esplanade and some strong coaches, the soccer program keeps growing in popularity.

Volunteers should have experience working with children and preferably in a soccer coaching environment. The aim will always be to ensure a fun, safe and instructional environment. Please indicate your preference for age groups to work with and include a short bio on your soccer background and any volunteering/working with children.

Programs will start on Tuesday September 5th and scheduled to finish on Saturday November 11th, depending on the weather.

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2772422.jsp

Help Set Up Children's Cancer 5K

Cute kid

Help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation set-up our 5K on September 9th. We need volunteers to help set-up table, chairs and decorate for our run that will happen that evening! This is a great opportunity to give back and we welcome groups!

Set-up will take place at Christian Herter Park (off of Solider's Field in Brighton) at 11:30am.

The event raises funds to help find a cure for pediatric brain tumors and cancers!

If interested, please email Brittaney at Bshade@curethekids.org or sign up at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49a8a62fabfc1-2017.

Thank you so much for helping us! 

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

How SCI AmeriCorps members make a difference as mentors

In honor of national Mentoring Month this January, I decided to look into how some of our very own SCI AmeriCorps members are making a difference as mentors in their community. Both Patience Misner and Bridget Peters are SCI AmeriCorps members serving in Lynn, however at different organizations. Patience serves with Girls Inc. of Lynn and Bridget serves with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance. As Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLCs), they spend the day navigating the role of mentor and creating positive, empowering relationships with youth. 

Patience and Bridget both have similar definitions of what it means to be a mentor - someone who leads by example and strives to build relationships with mentees through trust, education, and positive encouragement. Key to their definition is also the fact that mentorship provides youth with a supportive role model who helps them understand that their voice matters and that they have the power to make a difference in their community.Read more

CHNA 15 Presents its Cultural Proficiency Workshop

At a time when tensions are high and our nation is experiencing a profound social and cultural transition, CHNA 15 will be sponsoring a free community workshop on the topic of cultural proficiency. The workshop will feature presenter, Susan Naimark, who is a part-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Education. She is also an affiliate trainer with Teachers 21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Community Change, Inc. Read more

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.

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