Our democracy and its institutions have been undergoing quite the stress test over the past few years. This test came to a dramatic crescendo last Wednesday, when hundreds of violent insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings of our electoral process. At key points in… Read More »Social Capital and a Stress Test for Our Democracy
David brings over fifteen years of leadership in the nonprofit sector to the founding of SCI. Prior to starting SCI, David served as Executive Director of Generations Incorporated, which under his leadership grew into a national model for intergenerational programming. He also started and directed the Kentucky Community Service Commission, a state entity appointed by the Governor responsible for AmeriCorps and other service programs. David graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with an A.B. in Government, and from Woburn High School in 1987. He is a member of the LeadBoston Class of 2000 and was chosen for the Social Innovation Forum in 2003.
We have said many times in 2020 that we need each other now more than ever. That has certainly proven true, and I have taken inspiration from the way people in our communities have stepped up for each other. We have seen thousands fed due to generosity of people like… Read More »Stepping Up For Each Other in 2020
Connecting with teens to support their healthy development is always important. Liandra quickly realized regular meetings and check-ins with the six peer leaders she mentored last year would be all the more important when the pandemic hit. Liandra Reyes, shown on the left, did her first year of SCI AmeriCorps… Read More »Support our Youth by Supporting SCI AmeriCorps!
As snow piles up today, Liandra will be busy working the phones and computer to coordinate a group of volunteers to shovel for local senior citizens, enabling them to get out for food, medical appointments and more when the storm passes. This Volunteers for Seniors program was initiated when SCI… Read More »Help SCI meet the moment
As one of the most unique years in most of our lifetimes comes to a close, we can reflect on all that we have learned and how we have made the lives of those around us better. People’s desire to make a difference to address pressing community needs related to… Read More »Connecting to help our neighbors.
As the Labor Day approaches some six months into the pandemic, it is natural to want to find ways to connect with family and friends during the long weekend. As we discussed in The Social Challenges of Distancing, we are hardwired to be social. We have worked hard to make… Read More »8 Ways to Stay Safe While Connecting
I confess to doing some finger wagging passing by some North Shore beaches that were jam packed during a hot weekend earlier this summer. Our family has been quite careful since the pandemic hit, and were on our way to a hiking spot we anticipated would be fairly quiet. If… Read More »The Social Challenges of Distancing
With the onset of COVID-19 back in March, our SCI AmeriCorps member serving at the South End Community Health Center , Paloma Suarez, quickly adapted her service activities in order to assist local residents. Her service was recently highlighted in a WBUR 90.9 FM article and radio story about how… Read More »Highlighting Service during COVID-19
During these times, it is important to highlight some hopeful stories of kindness, compassion and neighborliness that emerge in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been an amazing outpouring of community spirit that we have seen in Woburn, and we would like to highlight the role SCI AmeriCorps member… Read More »Mobilizing Volunteers in Woburn
Our AmeriCorps member, Paloma Suarez, has been serving at the South End Community Health Center (SECHC). Nearly 70 percent of SECHC patients live below federal poverty and over 1,500 patients are homeless. Paloma describes the needs she saw at SECH, “When this pandemic first started affecting our community, I was… Read More »Serving at the Front Lines