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.

The Woburn Youth Council has released applications for their mini-grant program. Mini-grants can be used for youth driven community projects. Grants awards range anywhere from $100-$1500. All Woburn youth are encouraged to apply. Members of the Youth Council will be present at a table in the cafeteria of Woburn Memorial High School from January 14th - 18th and January 28th - February 1st. The final grant application will be due on Friday, February 8th. Applications can either be turned in at the Woburn Boys & Girls Club or turned in via email.

Monday January 21, 2008, the Woburn community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a time to recognize our Woburn humanitarians for their civic contributions. The Drum Major Award honors these individuals. Please join us as we pay homage and remember Dr. King and the impact he had on improving our nation's quality of life.

Secure The Call Foundation is collecting unneeded cell phones, inspecting, cleaning and charging them and then reprograms them to be used for free 911 emergency phones. Any phone that can be turned on can access 911 services even without a carrier service plan. These phones are distributed to domestic violence shelters, senior centers, neighborhood watch groups, school crossing guards and other agencies with an immediate need for 911 access. To obtain a pre-paid mailing label or to download a tax receipt for your donation please visit: www.donatemycellphone.org or call 888-883-6628

Vote!Tuesday, December 11th, is the 4th Middlesex Senate Seat Special Election. James Marzilli, Brion Cangiamila and Thomas Fallon will appear on the ballot. To find out where you should vote, click here.


Below are links to profiles of each of the candidates from the Woburn Advocate:

James Marzilli

Brion Cangiamila

Thomas Fallon


Hello Woburn
Residents,

The brisk winter is quickly
approaching and every year the Woburn Youth Council collects coats from the
community and donates them to charity.

From Dec. 7th - Dec. 15th
the Youth Council will provide hangers to the community so all Woburn
residents can participate.
Traditionally, the hangers are dropped off at front doors in each
residential
area. Please don’t hesitate to donate any coats due to stains or broken
zippers because local cleaners have volunteered to remedy any problems.
If
you are a retailer and you wish to donate coats you can drop them off
at the
Social Capital Inc. (SCI) office located at
165 New Boston Street Suite 233, Woburn
MA
.

On Saturday December 15, 2007 the
Youth Council will make rounds in the community to pick up all donations from
12pm-3pm. Feel free to leave your donations at the front door on the hangers
they’ve provided. For all inquiries please contact me at (781)
935-2244 or by clicking here. Thank you for your participation.

City Clerk Bill Campbell is known to be a good prognosticator in terms of predicting voter turnout, and he estimates about 32% will vote today. It's drizzly, the Mayoral race is not contested, and local elections haven't gotten quite as much coverage as the triumphs of our local sporting teams. So if anything, one might think Bill's estimate is on the high side. But here's to hoping that more than 1/3 of us will exercise our basic right to vote today.

At first I planned to voting after work. But we were up early today, having not quite adjusted to the time change fully in our house, and I thought it would be fun to take my two year old to the polls with me on the way to daycare. It was a great excuse to expose him to two important things--voting and school! I did try to explain voting to him a bit, though he was more interested in watching kids eat their breakfast in the school gym/cafeteria. Nonetheless, I hope this early exposure to the process will remain with him some rainy election day when he's older, and he'll make the effort to take an extra 15 minutes to participate in our democracy.

Sure, there are reasons not to vote. But today as I walked past candidates standing in the rain, I was reminded of the hard work and risk they take to participate as candidates. I was reminded of those that have served our country--be it in the military or the civil rights movement--to ensure that we all have the right to vote. Fifteen minutes on a rainy day is not much of a sacrifice by comparison.

Click here to find out where to vote today.

Our annual canned food drive

The Woburn Youth Council is looking for members. If you are a Middle School or High School student and live in Woburn, the application process is easy! Applications are available at the Woburn Boys & Girls Club, or at Woburn Memorial High School, Arlington Catholic, the Kennedy Middle School, and the Joyce Middle School.