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SCI partner contributes to successful MLK day of service in Lynn

"MLK Legacy Reflected in Day of Service," by Gayla Cawley, ItemLive.com (January 16, 2017)

In honor of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, the Lynn Community Association organized a day of service event at the Washington Street Baptist Church. Several hundred volunteers showed up to help in a variety of projects, from creating MLK bookmarks for the Lynn Public Library to making bracelets for the United States military. Among the organizations involved was SCI's partner, The Food Project.

The Food Project's youth council, aided by SCI AmeriCorps member Rae Axner, organized a youth-led workshop focusing on racism in today's society. Rae serves as a youth leadership coordinator with the SCI AmeriCorps program - she worked hand in hand with The Food Project's youth council to design and orchestrate the workshop, which provided a space for community conversation and reflection. Read the full article here.

English at Large seeking volunteers to aid ESL immigrants

 

From English At Large Flyer:

 

English at Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge needed to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

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Huffington Post publishes piece by SCI's first AmeriCorps member

"Reflections on 9/11: Faced with Adversity, I Will Persevere", by Roger Wong, Huffington Post (September 11, 2014)

On the eve of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, the Huffington Post has published a piece by SCI AmeriCorps alum Roger Wong. The piece, which documents his call to service after 9/11, is a wonderful reminder of the ways that we can reach out in times of crisis. It is also proof that AmeriCorps can be the gateway to a life of service. Congrats, Roger!

Huffington Post publishes piece by SCI's first AmeriCorps member, Roger Wong

"Reflections on 9/11: Faced with Adversity, I Will Persevere", by Roger Wong, Huffington Post (September 11, 2014)

On the eve of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, the Huffington Post has published a piece by SCI AmeriCorps alum Roger Wong. The piece, which documents his call to service after 9/11, is a wonderful reminder of the ways that we can reach out in a time of crisis. It is also proof that AmeriCorps can be the gateway to a life of service. Congrats, Roger!

AmeriCorps Members Honored at SouthCoast Serves Volunteer Showcase

AmeriCorps Members at the Marine Museum in Fall River
"UMASS Dartmouth's SouthCoast Serves Service Showcase Takes Place November 19," by Joesph Sullivan (November 15, 2013)

On Tuesday November 19, the SouthCoast Serves Volunteer Service Showcase took place at the Marine Museum in Fall River. Three of our AmeriCorps members were honored by SouthCoast Serves as volunteer superstars and community service members as part of SouthCoast Serves' celebration of service and volunteerism along the South Coast. 

SouthCoast Serves believes in fostering service and volunteerism to meet the needs of the community by leveraging resources, expertise, and capacity will help maximize impact. 

Answering the Call to Service

President Kennedy in the Oval Office.  (Cecil Stoughton photograph)

What was President Kennedy's greatest accomplishment? A good case certainly can be made for avoiding a devastating nuclear war in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, but his call to service has to be right up there.  During one of yesterday's JFK remembrances on WBUR, I was reminded of the role University of Michigan students played translating JFK's rhetorical call to service into the establishment of the Peace Corps. As described on this Michigan website, when JFK asked who among the students would be interested in serving, over 1,000 students eagerly responded by signing a petition calling for the creation of the Peace Corps; a name they suggested. Pretty powerful example of how JFK's idealistic speeches moved people into concrete action. Today, over 210,000 have served abroad in the Peace Corps, and countless more have been inspired by JFK to serve their communities and their country.Read more

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. 

Martin Luther King Day: A Day on of Service

MLK Day of Service in Lynn

For many people Monday, January 16th 2012 was not just another day off but rather a day on of service.  That day SCI Americorps Members were involved in various Martin Luther King (MLK) Day projects throughout the area.  At the MLK Day of Service in Lynn, volunteers worked on projects at the YMCA and Lynn Shelter Association, while also collecting food, school supplies and winter wear.  Check out the SCI Lynn blog to read more about this event:  http://scilynn.org/taxonomy/term/384.  While on January 17th, the Woburn Youth Council held a night of service and collected canned goods at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn.  Also in Woburn, AmeriCorps Members held a letter writing campaign for those serving in the armed forces.  A write up on this event can be found at:  http://sciwoburn.org/content/letter-writing-campaign-troops-through-operation-gratitude.  Overall, it's clear that AmeriCorps Members turned this day off into an opportunity for public action and service.

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
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