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Member/Staff Forum
Upcoming Events & Meetings
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2017 SCC Annual Meeting
Jobs for Somerville in 2017
Development Without Displacement in Union Square
Social Equity Campaign 2016 Surpasses Goal
Union Square Apartments Ribbon Cutting
SCC Is Hiring

Member/Staff Forum
SCC Deputy Director Meridith Levy, a former community organizer, answers the question,  Why do we organize at SCC

"Community organizing can be defined most simply as people working together to get things done (Si Kahn)...  SCC supports community building efforts in general, because we are dedicated to building power among community members through a direct and strategic organizing approach in order to reach our deeper goals of social equity." 

Watch New Video in #SucceedtogetherSCC
Politics and the post-holiday money pinch combining to give you the blues?  For some of us, every day brings mounting overdue bills and a constant struggle to make ends meet. 

But, SCC and Financial Stability, the second in the three-part #succeedtogetherscc video series, illustrates that encouragement, hope and help from local community members is what's needed now.

After you watch it, share this feel-good video with your friends on Facebook for a chance to win a gift card as our thank you!  Watch now.

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This month, we look at the role of community organizing within SCC and its impact on sustaining Somerville and a dynamic, diverse community. Our Deputy Director Meridith Levy, a former organizer, and organizers Rene Mardones and Karen Narefsky explain why organizing is at the root of all that we do -- as they look ahead at 2017 campaigns.

We also give you an overview of our record-breaking 2016 Social Equity Campaign. Thank you to all who supported our work in this way!

I also personally invite you to be part of our 2017 SCC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

SCC CEO Daniel LeBlanc

PS -- As you think about next year's tax deductions, please consider SCC.

You're Invited: SCC 2017 Annual Meeting

SCC cordially invites you to attend our 47th annual dinner and meeting on:

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Join us for socializing, dinner, a brief program and music. The program will be followed by live music from Somerville's own "Tuna Rangers."  Bring friends and family. Everyone is welcome.
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Jobs for Somerville: Creating Change
MassDOT Jobs Rally 1
The City of Somerville has the opportunity to establish a municipal system in 2017 that has the ability to support workforce development in a sustainable way. And Jobs for Somerville has been working over the past four years -- and continues to press -- for the City of Somerville to establish an ordinance that creates a Jobs linkage fee and a Jobs Trust Fund.   Read more.

Development Without Displacement in Union Square
For the last three years, Somerville Community Corporation has been part of the Union United coalition, fighting for development without displacement in Union Square. 

Certainly, the policy aspects to our campaign are paramount.  But there's another reason we do the work that is just as important as the policy outcomes: the process of developing new leaders and building their power. 

When we join with other Union United members in our monthly coalition meetings, we ... create opportunities for members to share ideas, make decisions, and take leadership.  

2016 Social Equity Campaign Surpasses Goal
We couldn't be prouder to announce that Somerville Community Corporation raised $386,000 through our Social Equity Campaign this year. This far surpasses our goal to raise $300,000 for an increase of 193% over our 2015 total of $200,000. 

New Apartments Celebrated in Union Square
SCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony in early January to celebrate the full occupancy of the Union Square Apartments at 181 Washington Street, Somerville, where construction was recently completed on 35 new affordable, energy efficient units.

 SCC  CEO Daniel LeBlanc and SCC's real estate team were joined by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone; Susan Terrey, the Commonwealth's assistant undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development; local elected officials; the development team and project lenders; and Union Square residents for the ceremony. 

SCC seeks a Career Coach to join our Economic Opportunity team through the First Source Jobs Program.  Read more.

In conjunction with Local Initiatives Support Corporation, we also are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a First Source Program Case Manager. 

The candidate will begin service on February 1, 2017, (or Feb. 16) and serve a minimum of 1,700 hours though the end of his/her term on November 30 (or December 15). 

As always, we appreciate feedback. Be sure to join us on Facebook & Twitter for the most current info on what we're up to and how to get involved. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Daniel LeBlanc
Somerville Community Corporation