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Community Forum on Race Relations A Success

Audience members discussing issues at forum

St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with SCI, held the first Community Forum on Race Relations this past Friday, October 28. There was great turnout from the Woburn community, who engaged in an honest and candid conversation with the discussion panel, consisting of five community leaders and one Woburn Memorial High School (WMHS) student. Among the panel were Mayor Scott Galvin, St. John's Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson, Woburn United Methodist Church's Rev. Dr. Yoo-Yun Cho-Chang, Police Chief Tom Ferullo, Superintendent of School's Mark Donovan, and WMHS sophomore student, Francis Kitiibwa. The forum was moderated by SCI's David Crowley, alongside Ron Walker.

As the first in what we hope to be a series of related forums, it was a great success for not only SCI and St. John's Baptist Church, but for the community of Woburn as a whole. At the end of the forum, Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson thanked the audience members and panelists, "Let's not make this one night only. Let's come up with a plan to make this two nights, three nights, however long it takes." 

Back to Our Future: A Celebration and Fundraiser for the Woburn Public Library

Back to Our Future event invitation

The Woburn Public Library would like to invite you to their latest event, Back to Our Future: A Celebration and Fundraiser for the Woburn Public Library. The event will be a festive evening of fine dining, music, and merriment, to both celebrate and raise funds for the library's latest building project set to break ground this upcoming March. It will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Cafe Escadrille in Burlington, MA. 

Tickets are still available for $125 per person. The event will begin at 6:30pm. Buy tickets by visiting http://woburnpubliclibrary.org/back-future/, or RSVP by October 28 to Andrea Bunker at 781-933-0148 / abunker@minlib.net. If you RSVP, please bring a check made out to Woburn Public Library the night of the event. 

Reminder: Henry Shaugnessy Memorial Food Drive this Saturday

Photo of volunteers sorting food at food pantry

We'd like to send a friendly reminder out to all citizens of Woburn: the Henry Shaughnessy Memorial Food Drive will be taking place this Saturday, October 29, 2016. All donations will help stock the shelves at the Council of Social Concern Food Pantry! Please remember to put out your non-perishable food donations (within date and preferably not in glass jars) this Saturday, before your mail is delivered. Your letter carrier will collect it and deliver to the Council of Social Concern's food pantry.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to "Council of Social Concern" with "Food Pantry" written on the memo line and leave it clearly marked for your letter carrier. If you have any questions, please contact Debbi Pisari, Food Pantry Director at the Council of Social Concern. 781.935.6495 ext. 208 OR debbi@socialconcern.org.

Woburn Host Lions Club 62nd Annual Halloween Parade

Halloween Parade Photo

Mark your calendar for this year's 62nd Woburn Host Lions Club Halloween Parade, which will be taking place this Sunday, October 30th at 1 pm! The parade is an amazing display of community spirit, as over 80,000 people join together to watch the bands and floats, and celebrate the true spirit of Halloween. You won't want to miss it! The parade route starts at the Crowne Plaza Woburn and travels down Main St. through Woburn Center, ending at Horn Pond.

Don't forget that Woburn Host Lions Club uses the parade to raise money for the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund - they are still in need of funding to put the parade down the route! Click this link in order to make a donation
 

St. John's Baptist Church to Host Race Relations Forum

Logo of St. John's Baptist Church

St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with Social Capital Inc. (SCI), will be hosting a Community Forum on Race Relations on Friday, October 28 from 7-9 pm. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the state of race relations in the community and to identify steps to improve upon issues raised during the discussion. The event will feature a panel with a number of community leaders, including Mayor Galvin, Superintendent Mark Donovan, and Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson. It will be moderated by Ron Walker from St. John's, along with SCI's David Crowley. Citizens of all ages are invited to attend! 

The forum will take place at St. John's Baptist Church, located at 40 Everett St. in Woburn. If you have any questions, please contact Toni Walker at twalker@sjbc.info OR call 781-935-4314. 
 

Announcing the Henry Shaughnessy Memorial Food Drive

Fall food drive

The Henry Shaughnessy Memorial Food Drive will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016. All donations will help stock the shelves at the Council of Social Concern Food Pantry! In the past, Letter Carriers have collected and delivered thousands of pounds of food to the Food Pantry. 

Please remember to put out your non-perishable food donations on Saturday, October 29, 2016 before 9:00 AM. Your Letter Carrier will collect it for Council of Social Concern Food Pantry. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry, please make your check payable to “Council of Social Concern” with Food Pantry written on the memo line and leave it clearly marked for your Letter Carrier. 
 

SCI is looking for volunteers!

SNOW

SCI is currently seeking volunteers of all ages to help local Woburn seniors in the upcoming fall and winter seasons. The project intends to match isolated and handicapped seniors with local volunteers to assist them with outdoor chore activities, such as snow shoveling and leaf removal. By collaborating with the Woburn Senior Center and the Woburn Council on Aging, SCI hopes to engage community members to aid and support their local senior citizens!

As the winter season quickly approaches, SCI will be working with the Woburn Senior Center to implement this program again. We are looking for volunteers of all ages who would be interested in helping! This is a great way to get involved in the community, meet local seniors, and also earn Y.E.S. hours! If you're interested in participating, or have any further questions, please contact mobrien@socialcapitalinc.org. 

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