SCI has many ways for you to get involved! You can read about current opportunities to learn, volunteer, and support our work below, and check back for more throughout the year.
SCI Youth Grant Pitch Contest
The overall goal of the program is to develop the leadership skills of a diverse group of youth as they develop, pitch, and implement a project to address a wide variety of community needs with an emphasis on funding for youth mental health projects in our communities.
VEAP is SCI’s effort to improve public confidence in the COVID-19 and Flu vaccine. We are currently hiring several part time (20 hours / month; $25/hr) outreach team members who will work to improve vaccine equity in their communities by talking to people about the vaccines and promoting local vaccine clinics. Folks who are bilingual are strongly encouraged to apply.
Allyship Spotlight: What it means to be an Ally
Participants explore and take action around: considering the reality and experiences of others, addressing biases when they arise and inspiring others through their actions, and discovering what it means to be an ally.
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.
Learn more about service with SCI AmeriCorps! These opportunities are a great way to gain experience while offering meaningful service to a community!
Volunteer With SCI
In addition to specific volunteer opportunities listed above, SCI is also interested in working with volunteers in the following roles:
Office Work: Data entry, helping with mailings – this is all vital to expanding our capacity and increasing our ability to help the communities in which we work.
Community Outreach: Calling/emailing community organizations and businesses to find out about volunteer opportunities, donations, etc. Share your skills! As an organization with big goals and a small staff, we rely on volunteers to help with many important functions. We are especially eager to find people with strong writing skills to help with editing and content creation, and volunteers to help update community website and social media content on our local sites, especially during the summer. We also are looking for volunteers interested in serving on one of our fundraising committees. We have the flexibility to work with your interests and schedule. We also are interested in working with students to gain internship or course credit for volunteering.
Special Events: SCI is often looking for volunteers to help with upcoming events!
Virtual Volunteering: If you are outside the Greater Boston area, technology allows the opportunity for virtual volunteering! Examples of volunteer roles that can be done in this fashion include research and helping to develop written materials. In addition, as SCI expands its network, we will be seeking people to help make contacts in other areas of the country.
Current SCI Board Needs
SCI’s work to unite diverse community members to strengthen local communities is more important than ever.
At a recent board retreat, board members delved into a number of important strategic issues that must be addressed in order to deepen and sustain our impact. To help address these key issues and ensure the organization’s long-term success, we are actively recruiting diverse board candidates that are strategic thinkers, have strong networks and are passionate about creating healthy, inclusive communities.
In addition to the attributes we seek of all SCI board members, the following are some particular skills and experiences that we are seeking from potential new members. If one or more of these resonates with your background, let’s talk!
Development Committee (Fundraising): While all SCI board members are expected to support the fundraising process, the SCI Development Committee develops and drives the fundraising strategy for the organization. We need at least one additional committee member — ideally someone with fundraising experience, comfortable with reaching out to their network for individual donations and / or corporate sponsorships.
Boston Connections: We are looking for new board members with strong connections to Boston businesses and community organizations. Over the last several years, more new members have joined from the Woburn area, and we would like to balance that with new members that live and/or work in Boston, given our significant programmatic presence in the city.
Marketing skills: Potential board members with marketing skills and experience would be very helpful. Someone with marketing skills could help us with messaging, overall marketing strategies and other valuable insights.
Evaluation / metrics: At a retreat held earlier this year, two of our four emerging priorities relate to assessing our current programming and developing new tools for measuring social capital in communities we serve. Thus, prospective members with expertise and program evaluation and metrics would be helpful.
Finance: We could always benefit from additional members that are comfortable reviewing financial statements and help think through financial issues. New SCI board members who work in finance would help bring this skill set as well as useful contacts within the sector.
To explore how your skills might be able to help SCI achieve its mission, please contact SCI President David Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-935-2244 x 1.