Social Capitalists Recognized at SCI Luncheon

Community Social CapitalistsBOSTON--Today Mayor Tom McLaughlin joined Woburn-based Social Capital Inc. (SCI) to recognize five outstanding “Community Social Capitalists” at the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon which drew over 200 business and community leaders. SCI also presented the 2008 SCI Idealist Award to Dain and Constance Perry of Charlestown.

A strong contingent of Woburn business and community leaders traveled to Boston for this new SCI luncheon event. Other Woburn elected officials joining Mayor McLaughlin were State Representative Jay Kaufman, City Council President Charlie Doherty and School Committee member Chris Kisiel. And Boys & Girls Club Executive Director was the lucky winner of a basketball signed by all of the members of this year’s Boston Celtics!

Danversbank, which has a branch in Woburn, was a major event sponsor and had a full table at the luncheon. Woburn Branch Manager Anne Denaro served on the Social Capitalist Luncheon Host Committee, and Danversbank Community Reinvestment Officer Kevin Noyes was recognized as a Community Social Capitalist.

“We were pleased to have so many join us from Woburn,” commented SCI President David Crowley. “As SCI expands across the state, the continued support here where we have our roots is much appreciated.”

Mayor McLaughlin was joined in presenting the Community Social Capitalist Awards by Nancy Stolberg, who was recently appointed by Governor Patrick to lead the Commonwealth Corps.

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo at the next Woburn CoffeeHouse

At our next CoffeeHouse we will have as our featured perfomer, Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo.

Boston-based Nigerian-American performing artist and award winning poet Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is at the forefront of creating a new artistic genre that gracefully interweaves spoken word poetry with jazz, blues, gospel and neo-soul influenced song. Embracing the power of words from writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith and Alice Walker, Iyeoka is a powerful songstress whose lyrical prowess invokes the spirit of the renowned soul-shaker Nina Simone.A story teller to the core, Iyeoka's hope-filled poems come from within and build momentum withtruth transformed into songs that reemerge as unique, emotionally complex gifts to her audience, touching on a wide range of issues-love, women, culture, struggle, relationships, among many others.

This Woburn CoffeeHouse will take place on February 27th from 7-9pm at the North Suburban YMCA. For more information, please click here.

The Woburn CoffeeHouse is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

March 12th at the Woburn Coffeehouse

The CoffeeHouse held Wednesday, March 12th, featured Jacob Fitzhugh. The guitarist, singer and songwriter performed a series of classic covers and some original pieces. SCI Woburn Outreach and Technology Coordinator, Heather Gately, also took the mic to belt out an acapella rendition of a 70's classic!

Refreshments for this CoffeeHouse were donated by Roma's Bakery and coffee was donated by the Starbuck's Coffee at 200 West Cummings Park. All in all the CoffeeHouse was a rousing success, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our next CoffeeHouse on March 26th.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming Woburn Arts & Culture Today events click here, enter your email address, and from the list choose "Woburn Arts & Culture Today"!

The Woburn Coffee House is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

2008 Mini-Grant Award Recipients Make a Difference in Woburn

The Woburn Youth Council (WYC) Mini-Grant Award recipients for 2008 are addressing a variety of issues. Although some projects are annual, they uniquely touch the lives of Woburn residents every year. This year’s projects are focused on beautification, conflict resolution, literacy and domestic improvements.

February 27th at the Woburn Coffeehouse

Yesterday's CoffeeHouse featured Pete Crowley and the Mirror Neurons.

Pete Crowley and the Mirror Neurons played a 45 minute set of acoustic music. In between songs, CoffeeHouse staple Amy Jayne sang two of her original pieces. When it came time for open mic, local storyteller Mike Cohen treated attendees to a story, and frequent CoffeeHouse attendee Donna played three songs for the audience. As a special treat Pete Crowley closed the show with one final song.

CoffeeHouse refreshments were donated by two local businesses. Cookies were donated by Sweet Santangelo's and coffee was donated by the Starbuck's at 200 West Cummings Park. All in all the CoffeeHouse was a rousing success, and SCI looks forward to seeing everyone at the next CoffeeHouse on March 12th.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming Woburn Arts & Culture Today events click here, enter your email address, and from the list choose "Woburn Arts & Culture Today"!

The Woburn Coffee House is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

Community Survey

SCI is conducting a survey to learn more about community life, how our weekly email and other SCI activities have helped and how we can improve. Please visit our survey webpage, and answer the questions therein. Keep in mind that your responses are completely confidential. The survey ends the first week in March, and taking the survey gives you the chance to win a 10 dollar gift card to Panera Bread*. Thank you in advance for your participation!

*Did you take the survey but not get a chance to enter the raffle? If so, please contact us.

Shop Whole Foods to Support SCI

Grocery shop to help Social Capital Inc! A few days a year, Whole Foods supports a local non-profit by donating a percentage of their sales to help fundraising efforts. On Tuesday, March 4, 2008, SCI Woburn will receive 5% of Whole Foods Woburn's sales. Stock up the cupboards and shop 'til you drop to help SCI continue to support the community! Proceeds support SCI Woburn and the 2008 WorldFest Woburn. Store hours are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. If you haven't checked out Whole Foods yet, this is a great time to do so! Whole Foods Market Woburn is located at 400 Cambridge Road.

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