The mission of SCI Woburn is to strengthen the community by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. The SCI Woburn website serves as a community resource connecting residents to volunteer opportunities, community events and resources.

During this weekend's Virtual WorldFest event we will all have the opportunity to try our hand at preparing foods from a variety of countries.  Whether you are in the mood for something simple and sweet or maybe a savory comfort food, we've got you covered.  See below for all the ingredients you will need to cook along with our chefs this weekend.

On Friday we'll be making Amazing Haitian Legume with Chef Harryelle Eugene.  Get ready for some serious Hatian comfort food.  This meal will take you about 2 1/2 hours, but it is worth it!  

Learn about wines from around the world through this virtual wine tasting presentation. As part of Virtual WorldFest Weekend 2020, you will have a chance to learn about the culture surrounding wines from a number of regions around the world.

#WoburnStrong Throwback Thursday

Today the #WoburnStrong campaign has a Throwback Thursday. Here’s our take on the popular social media theme:

Share a photo here, and elsewhere on social media, that shows a good memory of something in Woburn that you look forward to getting back to. This might be having a meal at a local restaurant or visiting another local business you miss. Or maybe it is a special community event, school or other organization that isn’t operating as usual now.

When you share elsewhere on social media, be sure to use the #WoburnStrong tag along with #TBT so we can find it! And tag the WoburnStrong Giving Campaign when you share elsewhere on Facebook.

4 Pillars of Success

This week, on Wednesday, May 6 , Jennifer Mack, M. Ed, presented 4 Pillars of Success: Thriving During These Uncertain Times of Quarantine and Remote Learning. Jennifer has been in education for over 17 years and is a MA certified elementary teacher for grades 1-6.  She provides personalized academic support to students based on each child's needs and learning style.  Through work with teachers, parents and students Jennifer's goal is to help students feel confident in themselves and their abilities and to help parents, guardians and teachers learn how to best support their students throughout their academic career. You can watch a Video of this program below. 

The Woburn Parent's Network, a collaboration between Woburn Public Schools, SCI and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club, was just launched two weeks ago with a great presentation by Jen Mahon on setting up family routines.  Last week John Mattleman presented on mental health issues affecting our kids during quarantine.  The goal of the WPN is to create a support group of parents in Woburn who can lean on each other in good times and crazy pandemic times alike.  Eventually, WPN will have in person events and meetings to build more camaraderie within the group.  For now, WPN will host Zoom presentations on topics that will hopefully help us all grow though this difficult time rather than just "get through" it.  

This program from the Woburn Parent Network is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, coordinated by SCI in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.
#woburnstrong

Today we kick off the #WoburnStrong Giving Tuesday Now campaign!

Each day will have a theme that helps us focus on ways we can support local nonprofits and businesses, and help our neighbors. Of course, don’t feel limited by our themes-- get creative and be sure to tag the WoburnStrong event here, and use the #WoburnStrong hashtag so we can see how you are helping out!

To start things off, today we will focus on how your charitable donation to one or more local nonprofits can make a huge difference.

Our local nonprofit organizations have been stepping up big time to meet emerging needs we face with COVID-19. In addition to the major challenges to the health system, the pandemic creates major social and economic needs that nonprofits are addressing.

At the same time, economic conditions make it hard for organizations to raise funds. So any amount you give to a local charity through this campaign will be making a big difference.

Throughout the day today, we will share information and links about local Woburn organizations with active fundraising needs that you can support. But don’t wait for us, feel free to share about a local cause you know that is raising funds.

When you do make a donation today or throughout the week, please tag #WoburnStrong so we can know about it!

Visit sciwoburn.org/strong for updated information

Just a few days into this pandemic SCI set up the FB group SERV (SCI Engaging Resident Volunteers).  Through this group so many great efforts have taken place!  From mask making to food shopping and delivering Easter dinners the people of Woburn have really stepped up for each other!

Various women in the community were able to connect to begin collaborating on mask making, eventually calling themselves Masks for Tanners.  There are many generous people making masks right now.  Masks for Tanners alone has created and delivered hundreds of free masks to hospitals, first responders, senior citizens through the senior center, local nursing homes and more.  

As the economy has slowed to a halt more and more people are finding that they need to turn to the Food Pantry at Social Concern.  Need is up more than 40% at the Food Pantry.  Through SERV volunteers have shown up to pick up and deliver emergency boxes of food from the pantry to the families in need.  Volunteers have gone grocery shopping for people with health concerns to save them the trip.  People have donated gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores and delivered these straight to the people who need them.   Easter weekend volunteers from SERV cooperated with St Anthony's Parish in Woburn to deliver over 30 meals to seniors.

Kick in for Kids is a favorite, annual community event that supports the Jame L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club. To keep the tradition alive this year & raise needed funds for our kids, the Boys & Girls Club  has decided to go virtual!

Register & get involved today: bit.ly/5kforkids

Did you know that in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Boys & Girls Club is still there for our community? Nearly overnight, the resilient staff team transformed its programs and built out a “virtual Clubhouse” offering a variety of ways to keep kids and families healthy, safe and engaged during the “safer at home” advisory. In addition, they have been connecting with community resources to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable families.

However, the crisis has also dried up nearly all of our funding sources including childcare, facility rentals and three of their special events. When families get back to work in the coming months, they are going to rely on the Club more than ever before and they want to prepare as best they can to meet those needs. To do so, they need the support of our community!

While we can’t get together for this year’s Kick in for Kids 5K event, they are hoping you’ll still consider completing a 5K walk or run between May 3, 2020 and May 9, 2020 and making a donation to our Club.