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 (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.

Congratulations to the Mini-Grant Award recipients for taking the first steps to improve the Woburn community. On the behalf of Social Capital Inc (SCI), CHNA and the Woburn Youth Council I commend you for being active citizens in your community.

Civic engagement is the cornerstone of building healthy communities. All of the award recipients for 2008 have explicitly answered the needs of the Woburn residents. More importantly, you are encouraged to identify a need and apply for the Mini-Grant Award coming in 2008-2009. We encourage you to remain cognizant of the needs in your community so we can collectively keep the Mini-Grant legacy alive.

Please contact me for more information or volunteer opportunities.

The Mini-Grants are made possible by the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

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.

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.

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.

At our next CoffeeHouse we will have as our featured perfomer, Pete Crowley and the Mirror Neurons.

Pete CrowleyA year ago, Pete Crowley was at an open mic and was urged to play. After not having played before an audience in at least five years, since his days as Serendipity frontman, he was finally convinced. Soon after he began playing at venues throughout the region. Recently the "Mirror Neurons" have been added to his sound, creating an organic fullness. Influenced by everything from bebop to Pantera to Howlin Wolf to Leonard Cohen, Pete Crowley and the Mirror Neurons' sound is innovative digestion and amalgamation of their panoply of influences.

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Visit Pete’s MySpace page for more information.

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

Boston Cares

Boston Cares has numerous corporate partners looking for group volunteer projects in the greater Woburn area. Volunteer projects are generally 4-6 hours, for groups of 25-50 volunteers, and can include anything from painting and repairs to sorting donations or activities with clients. Boston Cares organizes and leads team oriented volunteer opportunities and services in Greater Boston.