Social Capital Inc. Receives Competitive National AmeriCorps Grant

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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.”

The three-year grant award of $303,753 per year will enable to SCI to place 25 full-time AmeriCorps members with local nonprofits across the Eastern Massachusetts communities SCI serves.

Serving with SCI AmeriCorps is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable experience, make lifelong connections, and help build community.  Members implement volunteer outreach and capacity building activities that increase volunteer participation, and provide leadership training and community service opportunities for youth. Members receive a stipend and post-service educational award for their service. To learn more about SCI AmeriCorps and available positions, visit www.socialcapitalinc.org/become-a-member.

SCI AmeriCorps members will be responsible for implementing effective volunteer management best practices at 20 organizations and increasing social capital and leadership skills of 150 youth through training and support. In addition, the 25 AmeriCorps members will leverage 2,575 volunteers each year that will be engaged in providing mentoring, leading workshops, coordinating resource fairs, and participating in service learning and community projects. AmeriCorps programs in the state are overseen by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.