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.

On Monday, January 21st, 2008, SCI Woburn was involved in two Woburn events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Woburn community celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King on Monday afternoon. A luncheon was held, while the Drum Major Awards were given to Woburn humanitarians for their civic contributions over the last year, scholarships were awarded, and Dr. King's impact on improving our nation's quality of life was remembered as well. SCI Woburn member Amanda Richardson and Program Director Crystal Johnson were in attendance.

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.

In 1986, under the title Of Liberty and Community, syndicated commentator Ellen Goodman observed that “For many of us, liberty isn't just the freedom from repressive authority, but from any authority. Independence isn't a declaration, but a centrifugal force. We often choose isolation, even loneliness...”. That is even more evident now.

The SCI initiative Woburn Arts and Culture Today represents a striving in the opposite direction. It is here and now, a non-commercial and non-competitive alternative to the usual from another place, from another time, for your consumption. It promises to enrich us by expanding access to physical space dedicated to, and assorted capabilities for, our own expressions and celebrations of who and what we are in this place, at this time. This is a valuable consciousness and practice to have and develop!

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: or call 888-883-6628

James Marzilli

Rep. James Marzilli of Arlington took the election for the Fourth Middlesex District senate seat Tuesday. The top vote-getter here in Woburn was Brion Cangiamila from Billerica.

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