SCI in the News

Winning Home Inc. supports SCI program

"Winning Home Inc. supports SCI program", Daily Times Chronicle (February 20, 2017)

WOBURN - Winning Home, Inc. a private, non-profit charitable organization that provides services and support to economically, socially, physically, emotionally, or mentally handicapped or disadvantaged children and their families, recently announced its support of The Woburn Youth Wellness Project, presented by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a 501c(3) organization whose aim is to connect citizens to strengthen communities.

With this $15,000 grant, SCI, in partnership with the Woburn School System and the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club, will establish a program to promote emotional wellness in the Woburn adolescent community.

In 2015, SCI distributed a Youth Risk Behavioral Survey to Woburn Memorial High School students. Administrators of the survey were troubled to find one in five had been bullied. More concerning, one in five female students have considered suicide, and one in 10 girls in the 11th grade have attempted it. In an effort to address these disconcerting findings, SCI, Woburn Public Schools, and the Boys & GIrls Club have partnered to address the needs identified in the survey so students may develop into healthy young adults.Read more

Woburn Community Forum to focus on race relations

"Woburn Community Forum to focus on race relations," by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), WickedLocal Woburn (February 6, 2017)

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, in collaboration with Woburn Social Capital Inc., will be hosting the second Community Forum on Race Relations from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 (NEW DATE due to snow) at the church, 60 Forest Park Road. This will be the second forum of its kind, following the first which was held at St. John's Baptist Church.

The purpose of this forum is to delve even deeper into the issue of race relations, through sharing experiences and identifying challenges. The forum will be in the form of small group discussions using a facilitation process that focuses on sharing and listening to each other's stories. Participants will discuss personal stories related to the topic and identify challenges faced here in Woburn. Organizers hope to end the forum with next steps that individuals can take to address race relations in the community.Read more

SCI partner contributes to successful MLK day of service in Lynn

"MLK Legacy Reflected in Day of Service," by Gayla Cawley, (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. Community Meeting

My Charlestown Branding Logo

The Action Team will be hosting a community meeting on January 18 at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The meeting will cover the goal of the portal and a broad walk through of the site’s major features, including a community calendar, resource guide, and bulletin board for volunteer opportunities and community jobs. The session will include instructions on how you can add community events and information to the site.

If you have a chance to visit in advance of the meeting you can register for an account and be able to add information to the site during the meeting from your smart phone or other internet connected device.

If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to sign-up to receive the biweekly MyCharlestown eBlast. The first edition will be sent February 1!

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Did you know that a monthly gift of $10 can cover the cost of training one of our amazing AmeriCorps members?

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Food drive in Lynn makes headlines

"An Alliance Against Hunger," by Gayla Cawley,

The Lynn Youth Health Alliance partnered with Stop & Shop, Move for Hunger, and Two Men and a Truck, to hold the "Fill-A-Truck" food drive last Wednesday in Lynn. The group successfully filled 16 boxes with donations for hungry families in Massachusetts - the boxes are destined for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

SCI AmeriCorps member, Bridget Peters, who serves as the youth leadership coordinator with Lynn Youth Health Alliance, was in attendance. Read the full article here.

Wicked Local Woburn Highlights SCI's Race Relations Forum

SCI President David Crowley speaks at forum
"St. John's Baptist Church hosts race relations forum," by Heather Beasley Doyle, Wicked Local Woburn (November 1, 2016)

St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with SCI, held the first Community Forum on Race Relations on Friday, October 28. There was great turnout from the Woburn community, who engaged in an honest and candid conversation with the discussion panel, consisting of a number of community leaders within Woburn. Some members of the press were there, including Heather Beasley Doyle from Wicked Local Woburn. Her article highlights the events of the forum, including a number of great quotes from both panelists and audience members. She explores some of the tougher conversations that were had, as well as expressing the community's interest in further such forums.

Click here to read Heather's article in full.

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

SCI to honor David Shapiro at 2017 Social Capitalist Luncheon

A photograph of David Shapiro

SCI’s annual luncheon honors individuals who exemplify our mission. The SCI Idealist Award is presented to leaders who dedicate their lives and engage their social capital to address some of the most pressing needs in our communities.


SCI is delighted to announce David Shapiro as our 2017 SCI Idealist Award Honoree. The 2017 Social Capitalist Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. For more info, click here.

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Social Capital Inc. Receives Competitive National AmeriCorps Grant

AC Graduation

Earlier this week, the Corporation for National and Community Service issued a national competitive AmeriCorps grant-award to Woburn-based Social Capital Inc. (SCI), along with hundreds of other organizations across the United States.

The national AmeriCorps grant awards are made through a highly competitive application process. Though SCI has been part of the AmeriCorps program for the past nine years, this is the first time SCI has been chosen for national funding; having previously received grants through state formula funding. SCI is one of five programs in Massachusetts picked to receive a competitive AmeriCorps grant for the first time through this recent grant process.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a national competitive AmeriCorps program,” commented SCI President David Crowley. “This grant award is a testament to the hard work of our staff team and the powerful service SCI AmeriCorps members have provided along with our community partners.”Read more