SCI in the News

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

Former SCI member now Milford Youth Director

Jen Ward, a graduate of SCI AmeriCorps, has recently been appointed director of the Milford Youth Center.

Congratulations Jen on this wonderful achievement!

The Milford Youth center runs activities and programs in support of youth and the Milford community. Learn more about their organization here:

Back With a Mission --Jay Wong

"Back With a Mission" by Michael Gagne , The Herald News
Our own SCI AmeriCorps member Jay Wong was featured in The Herald News for her service in Fall River. Learn more about her and how she ishelping with students and giving back to her community. 
Jay’s story and her SCI AmeriCorps service with United Neighbors of Fall River and the Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community was recently highlighted in a front page article in The Herald.

SCI Communities Seek Youth Council Members

Youth Council in Dorchester

As SCI AmeriCorps moves into a new service year, youth leaders from across Eastern Massachusetts seek out teens interested in joining Youth Councils. Youth Councils give teens from ages 12-18 a chance to discuss and act upon compelling issues within their communities. SCI Americorps is looking to further establish Youth Council participation in communities including Salem, Lynn, Revere and Woburn and identify new areas where Youth Councils can become an asset.  

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SCI Welcomes John Franson as New Board Chair

John Franson, Social Capital Inc. board chair
Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit based in Woburn, is excited to welcome John Franson as the new chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors. Franson, who has already served on SCI’s Board as treasurer, is Director of Globalview Advisors LLC in Boston. Franson’s over 10 years of valuation experience includes valuation of business enterprises, intangible assets, and equity instruments for various purposes including common stock valuations, business combinations, goodwill impairment, corporate acquisitions and divestitures, litigation support, and financial and tax reporting.
Franson is a Woburn native with deep roots in the local community.
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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.