social capital

Help SCI Raise $1625 by Friday night!

The last Chelsea #WalkWednesday of the season included some zumba dancing!

Want an easy way to strengthen local communities before a relaxing 4th of July weekend? Donate today to help SCI reach our $5,000 fundraising goal before our June 30 budget year ends! We have just $1,625 to go--maybe even less by the time you read this blog post!

You can go on vacation after you donate to SCI. You can even donate to SCI while you are on vacation! Our SCI team will find some vacation time over the summer but we will be very busy here getting ready for the fall.

During the summer, we will be working on filling our remaining AmeriCorps positions. If you know someone who might be interested in a year of SCI AmeriCorps service, please share this link so they can learn more and apply.

SCI’s AmeriCorps program is supported by a federal grant that requires a dollar-for-dollar private match. Every dollar you donate to SCI helps leverage one dollar of federal funding to support AmeriCorps members serving our communities.Read more

Social capital and climate change: What do they have in common?

People don't often see social capital and climate change in the same sentence - or even in the same book. Here, we will explore the interconnections between these two seemingly disparate theories by reviewing Daniel P. Aldrich's recent work, "Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation." This was published in ORE Climate Science and looks at the relationship between social capital and climate change adaptation behaviors in terms of how people around the world are accomodating their lives to changing environmental conditions. 

Social capital is all about the norms, trustworthiness, and networks that tie people together within and between communities. There are various types of social capital - bonding, bridging, and linking - all of which involve the connections that one has between people. Whether it be your father or your neighbor, the local civic organization down the road, or the state Senator, these social connections help communities work cooperatively and collectively with one another to solve problems, for example protecting against and responding to climate threats. Read more

Six of My 2016 Social Capital Highlights

Wow! I realized it has been over a year since I blogged here on the SCI site. Not for lack of blogging though--as some of you know I share my passion for tasty, healthy food on a blog called Cooking Chat. I thought it would be a good time to look back at some 2016 Social Capital Inc. highlights.

Now that we have grown to serve 19 Massachusetts communities, I don't get to directly witness all the great community building projects that happen as a result of SCI. I will use my blog to highlight some of the activities that I've had a chance to experience. We will share some more comprehensive information about our 2016 accomplishments soon. Read more

SCI to Develop Community Portal for Charlestown

Sourced from: "New community website coming in Jan." a staff report in The Charlestown Patriot Bridge from October 13, 2016.

Social Capital Inc. is working with a coalition of Charlestown residents to help develop an SCI Community Web Portal to serve the people of Charlestown. There are 99 non-profits in Charlestown, not including civic groups and our goal is to create a vital portal that will be the first stop for Charlestown to find what’s going on and how to get connected to civic life.Read more

Women's Health Workshop 10/22, Charlestown



Contact Olivia Larkin at olarkin@hria.org or 617-279-2240 ext 061 to RSVP or for more details.

Volunteer at Franklin Park 10/10

Volunteers at Franklin Park

The Franklin Park Coalition in Dorchester will welcome CEP students for this volunteer event. During this particular service day we have planned to move a shed, and clear brush in the park. This should be a fun and exciting team building exercise and everyone is invited to join in. 

Date: October 10th

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Event: Service day at Franklin Park Coalition.

Group: NEU, CEP Students

AmeriCorps contacts on site: Sophonie Pierre (sophonie@franklinparkcoalition.org) and Seth Stultz (seth@franklinparkcoalition.org)

A Grassroots Approach to Chelsea's Walk-to-School Initiative

The working group meeting in Chelsea to discuss walking to school initiatives

A new grassroots effort is underway to improve walk-to-school conditions for Chelsea youth. The initiative will be lead by The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea and assisted by Social Captital Inc., Healthy Chelsea, Walk Boston, The Neighborhood Developers  and Chelsea Public Schools. On September 30th a working group met to provide training to The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea.  

During the training, Walk Boston, Social Capital Inc., and Healthy Chelsea all spoke of ways in which The Community Health Leaders could start educating the public and gain a following. Healthy Chelsea spoke about the importance of overall community health, access to a variety of healthy food at corner stores and restaurants and bringing children into parks.

Walk Boston presented on the health benefits of walking and exercise and creative ways in which The Community Health Leaders can move their initiative forward.  Walk audits (canvassing of walking routes to assess safety conditions) were discussed as an option, as well as the responsibility parents, children, drivers and cyclists must take on while sharing roadways.Read more

El Nuevo Herald Article

"La Communidad Latina de Chelsea," by Luis Avila, El Heraldo Latino

SCI Board Member Alberto Calvo was interviewed recently for an article in El Heraldo Latino. Drawing on his perspective as an SCI Board member and the owner of the Stop and Compare Supermarkets serving Chelsea and Lynn, Alberto talks about social capital, immigration and the Chelsea community. This article is in Spanish.

The Challenge of Loneliness and How Social Capital Can Help Combat It

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away and it has me replaying the lyrics to an old Beatles song over and over again in my head - “All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”
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Summit offers important insight on cross-sector collaboration

 
Panelists at this year's Gateway Cities Innovation Summit made it clear that the key to success in economic development and neighborhood revitalization is successful cross-sector collaboration. Through these "unlikely partnerships", new and exciting ideas are generated and reciprocity is cultivated.
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