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.

Youth Council volunteering

On Tuesday, December 11, Woburn Youth Council members volunteered at a NuPath residential facility in Wilmington. This facility houses five men with high functioning autism. Members of the council and the residents put together photo frames decorated with holiday motifs for their families.

The members were supervised by NuPath staff and SCI AmeriCorps members Yekaterina Fillippova, Ashley Napear, and Leigh Wilmot, who coordinated this volunteer opportunity. Yekaterina and Ashley are Youth Leadership Coordinators at the Boys and Girls Club and Leigh Wilmot is an Outreach and Technology Coordinator at NuPath Inc.

For more information on NuPath's programs, visit NuPathInc.org.

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The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has left us all reeling and took too many young lives, too soon. With the holidays approaching, it is difficult to imagine the grief the families and friends of the victims must be experiencing. 

Let's send 1 million cards to the families and friends of the victims in Connecticut and let them know that are thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

Christ The King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT has graciously agreed to accept these cards and distribute them to the appropriate receivers. Please send your condolences, holiday wishes, and notes of caring and friendship to:

Family and Friends
85 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470

Holiday House tour

At SCI, we have been getting several questions about when we will doing our much anticipated Holiday House Tours. In the past, these tours have allowed residents to tour some of the most interesting and festively decorated homes in Woburn. Always a good time, these tours provide a wonderful opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the company of new and old friends alike. 

Because SCI enjoys putting these Holiday House Tours together so much, we have decided to do them every other year as a way to keep the interest renewed in the event and to give us time to find new houses to add to the tours. If you are interested in joining the committee for next year's holiday season to help us find houses, please contact Karen Rice at (781) 935-2244.

Christmas Tree

It is better to give, than to receive! As you do your holiday shopping this year, try not to forget that some families struggle to provide holiday gifts for their families.

Devereux, a private, non-profit agency that serves young people from birth to age 22, is looking for volunteers to run a gift certificate drive to help foster families have an enjoyable holiday season. 

Devereux has agencies all over the country, but the agency based out of Woburn is looking for volunteers to help collect gift cards, movie passes, and restaurant certificates that will go to teenagers placed in foster homes.

Holiday Wishes Donation Drive

Help a local child in need this holiday season with the Holiday Wishes donation drive at the North Suburban YMCA. You can really make a difference in making a child's wish come true.

All you need to do is come to the Y and pick a star off of the wall with a requested item written on it.

Then bring the unwrapped gifts to the Welcome Center by Tuesday, December 18 at 6pm with the star tag attached. There are still about six stars left! The YMCA will still accept gifts until Thursday for late drop-offs.

For more information, please contact the Y at (781) 935-3270.

Youth Choir

There are so many opportunities to celebrate this holiday season! The Fine Arts Department at the Woburn Public Schools is providing you with some great options:

On Tuesday, December 4, check out the Holiday Concert at the Kennedy Middle School. The concert kicks off at 6:30pm and admission is free (donations will be accepted at the door). Come enjoy some holiday classics, new and old, performed by the school choir and band.

On Thursday, December 13, join the Woburn Memorial High School for Winterfest! The show will start at 7:00pm. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and children, and free for children under 6. Audiences will be entertained by  musical performances from the Concert Choir, Acappella Choir, Drumline and Concert Band.

On Wednesday, December 19, come to the Holiday Show at the Joyce Middle School! The concert will kick off at 7:00pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

holiday basket

Want to win the ultimate holiday gift this year? Then enter the holiday basket drawing at the Woburn Public Library and you could be the lucky recipient of a basket filled with over $150 of prizes. 

All you have to do to enter is purchase tickets at the library. You can get one ticket for $2, three tickets for $5 or six tickets for $10. All proceeds from the drawing will go directly to the Woburn Public Library Building Fund. 

Enter now and take your chances at winning a ton of great gifts like gifts cards and assorted wines.  The drawing will take place at noon on December 20. For more information and to see a full list of  basket items, click here.