SCI in the News

SCI AmeriCorps is Recruiting

by Pip Gonatas

SCI AmeriCorps is now recruiting members to serve across our various partner sites in Eastern Massachusetts. Members will fill one of two positions, Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC), and will serve from January 2019 to June 2019, constituting 900 hours of service.

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SCI Announces New Board Leadership

WOBURN - Social Capital Inc. is pleased to announce several new appointments to leadership positions on its board of directors.


Jennifer Baker Jones was recently named as the board chair for SCI. She succeeds John Franson, who is stepping down after four years as chair and over a dozen years as an SCI director.


Jennifer joined the board of SCI in 2014 and has 20 years of fundraising experience in non-profits and higher education.  She also serves on the board of the Woburn Public Library Foundation. Jennifer is a member of the Woburn Historical Commission and a Girl Scout troop leader in Woburn. She is a Woburn native, where she continues to live along with her husband and two daughters.

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SCI AmeriCorps to Partner with New Host Sites

"SCI to Partner with New Host Sites," by Katie Russo, The SCI Daily News

With the start of a new year, SCI AmeriCorps has extended their programming to reach some new locations across Eastern Massachusetts. New AmeriCorps host sites include the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Social Center, Everyday Boston, Maverick Landing Community Services and United Way of New Bedford. They are currently recruiting for January to June positions where members serve full time and complete 900 hours of service over the course of six months.

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AmeriCorps Member Inspired by Local Community

"AmeriCorps Member Inspired by Local Community," by Deb Allard, The Herald News
FALL RIVER – Tim Gustave sorted through the bins of winter coat donations piled high and taking over the conference room at United Neighbors’ Bedford Street office.
Gustave, a city native, is about six weeks into his 10-month AmeriCorps service stint at the human service agency.
“It’s great,” Gustave said. “I think I’m making a small difference.”
That’s the idea for AmeriCorps volunteers who strive to make big and small positive changes, often in their own communities, as well as in places where there has been a natural disaster.
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When a City Tackles the Achievement Gap

"When a City Tackles the Achievement Gap," by Leah Schafer, Harvard Graduate School of Education (November 14, 2017)

SCI is mentioned in this Harvard Graduate School of Education article for collaborative efforts with the Salem schools in creating an online guide of all the youth-focused programs and organizations in Salem. Based on individual student plans, the guide is connecting families to local resources that can provide their children with the supports they're missing. 

SCI Recruiting Volunteers to Help Seniors With Leaf Raking

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"SCI Recruiting Volunteers to Help Seniors With Leaf Raking," by Katie Russo, Woburn Patch

WOBURN - Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit organization based in Woburn is currently seeking volunteers for their ongoing project Woburn Volunteers for Seniors. This project will match handicapped and isolated seniors with local volunteers, who will assist them in various outdoor chores such as leaf removal and snow shoveling. Volunteers will also be on call in case of sudden heavy snowfall that, without assistance, could leave many seniors homebound. SCI will collaborate with the Woburn Senior Center and Woburn Council on Aging for the project.Read more

Woburn's Social Capital Inc. is awarded $100K

"Woburn Social Capital Inc. awarded $100K," by Social Capital Inc., The Woburn Advocate (May 30,2017).

WOBURN - Social Capital Inc. is one of 100 local nonprofits this year to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. 

The Woburn-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.

SCI's mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. 

Representing SCI, President David Crowley and Board Chair John Franson will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston's nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Cummings Foundation," said Crowley. "The significant, multi-year support will enable us to make substantial progress on important issues facing our communities."Read more

WorldFest 2017 Performance Line-Up Announced!

"WorldFest announces May 21 performance lineup ," by Social Capital Inc., The Woburn Advocate (May 11, 2017).

WorldFest is returning on Sunday, May 21, from 1-5pm at Library Field, 63 Harrison Ave. in Woburn. This annual multicultural festival celebrates ethnic diversity and cultural traditions from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, craft vendors, children's activities and food from countries across the globe. There is an amazing performance lineup for this year's WorldFest:

Shaila School of Dance 1:20-1:35 p.m. kickoff

Greg Coles African Dance and Drum 1:40-1:55 p.m.

Upasana Classical Indian Dance 2:00-2:15 p.m.

Ku's TaeKwonDo Academy 2:20-2:35 p.m.


Os Forrozeiros Dance Group 3:00-3:15 p.m.

Move & Inspire Japanese Hip-Hop 3:20-3:35 p.m.

Daoist Gate Wudang Arts Tai Chi 3:40-3:55 p.m.

Johara and Snake Dance Theater Company 4:00-4:15 p.m.

People are invited to come together on Library Field to celebrate the diverse heritages that make up our communities.

This is a free family event but food and craft vendors will charge for purchases. In the event of rain, our rain location will be at Kennedy Middle School, 41 Middle St., Woburn.Read more

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