SCI in the News

Lynn Teens Campaign for Healthy Foods

Lynn Teens Campaigning for Healthy Foods at Convenience store
"English Students Campaign for Healthy Foods," by Chris Stevens, The Daily Item (February 8, 2014)

Amanda Rzepkowski is the SCI AmeriCorps member for Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance. During her service she has recruited teens from Lynn English High School for her Lynn Youth Health Alliance. Their goal is to get store owners to agree to not only offer healthy items, but also display them in a prime location in their store. The teens have been working hard to get the convenience stores close to the high school to provide more healthy alternatives for them. 

5% Day at Whole Foods Market in Woburn

Whole Foods Day Result

Last Wednesday, January 15th, Whole Foods Market Woburn hosted at 5% Day. On these 5% Day, Whole Foods donates 5% of the day's net sales to a local organization. On January 15th Whole Foods Woburn donated 5% of the day's net sales to Social Capital Inc., they donated $3,517 to SCI! .

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. 

SCI Awarded MLK Day of Service Grant

"Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day of Service 2014,", Massachusetts Service Alliance (December 2013)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day to most is a federal holiday, but here at SCI, and many other organizations across the country, it is a Day of Service. The Massachusetts Service Alliance awards Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service mini grants to organizations who want to help develop opportunities for people across the Commonwealth. These mini grants are designed to engage others in volunteerism and service during the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19 – Jan. 25, 2014).  For more info click here!

Initiated by Congress in 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform this holiday into a day of community service, to help solve the nation’s critical needs.Read more

#GivingTuesday: Empower Youth to Lead Change

SCI Blog

Today SCI is officially kicking off our campaign to raise funds for our youth leadership programs as part of the national #GivingTuesday! Our goal is to generate at least 20 donations and 20 social media shares. Can you help us make that happen? Details on our youth leadership campaign can be found here.

2014 SCI Idealists Announced

Charlie Rose and Kevin Washington, 2014 SCI Idealists
Brittany Murphy

SCI recently announced two outstanding community leaders who will be recognized at our annual Social Capitalist Luncheon on March 26, 2014. Click here for details.

Holiday House Tour Coverage in Woburn Advocate

Festively Decorated Dining Room Table
"Title," by Author, The SCI Daily News

On December 8, SCI Woburn will host their biannual event, the Woburn Holiday House Tour.

The Holiday House Tour is event that consists of festively decorated homes in Woburn. The tour allows community members to see historic and unusual homes in other parts of the city that they may not see otherwise. The homes on the tour this year will open their doors to members within the community in an effort to share the holiday spirit!

The house tour is a great way to bring the Woburn community together by sharing new holiday decorating ideas, festive recipes, and clever crafts. It is also a great way for people to come meet new members of the community and bridge social capital.

Government Shutdown Impacts Service Volunteers

"Government Shutdown Will Impact Millions of Service Volunteers", by Aine Creedon, The Nonprofit Quarterly

A recent Nonprofit Quarterly article discussed the impact of the current federal government shutdown on the AmeriCorps national service program. While our current members already in the field were not negatively impacted, we did have two additional members waiting eagerly to start throughout the government shutdown. Our example is cited in this NPQ story written by a former SCI AmeriCorps member. The two members are now happily serving!

Goal reached, thank you!

I'm happy to report that we have reached the fundraising goal for the campaign we launched yesterday to raise funds to feed our AmeriCorps members during their inital training this month. Thanks to the quick and generous support, we will be able to provide lunch during their orientation and show them we appreciate their commitment to a year of service! If you are still interested in donating to this campaign, additional contributions will be applied to supporting the members during their monthly in-service trainings.

WorldFest Press Coverage in the Woburn Advocate

Taiko drummers
"Photos: Woburn's WorldFest," by James Jesson, Woburn Advocate

On Sunday, May 19, SCI in partnership with the YMCA International Learning Center in Woburn, hosted WorldFest 2013, a multicultural festival celebrating diversity in the community.

Over 700 people attended and were treated to a diverse mix of performances, International food and arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of activities for the children.

This festival was the perfect opportunity to bring people together to learn about cultures different from their own and bridge social capital.

The Woburn Advocate featured photos from the event on their website. Click here to see the photos.