Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation, July 15 - 21

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
Summer Blog Series

With a portfolio of 106 organizations and social businesses, the Social Innovation Forum wants to help keep our community informed, active, and social through our Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation Summer Series. Each week we will share events being hosted by our past Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Be sure to get out there and support our inspiring Boston non-profit community! 

Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | July 15 – July 21

1. Get movin’ with InnerCity Weightlifting, a 2012 Innovator
Moves On The Roof 

July 18, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Kendall Square - For exact location, please contact Josh Feinman, Director of Development at  joshf@innercityweightlifting.org.

A picturesque rooftop view sounds like great motivation for a Tuesday evening workout! Work up a sweat with ICW from the rooftop garden of Kendall Square. The workout is sure to be fun and challenging for all ages and fitness levels. Moves on the Roof is the first of many free summer workouts organized by InnerCity Weightlifting. The organization seeks to reduce youth violence by providing networks, opportunities, and space for economic mobility and social inclusion.  

2. Support your local farmers with Groundwork Lawrence, a 2013 Innovator
Farmers Market

July 19, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Campagnone North Common, Lawrence MA 01841 (Haverhill St side across from the Senior Center at 155 Haverhill Street)

This week offers numerous opportunities to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers! Groundwork Lawrence invites you to enjoy the view, flavors, and the smells of summer, at their weekly farmers markets. In addition to improving the accessibility of healthy foods, Groundwork Lawrence revitalizes open outdoor spaces, provides youth education and initiates employment opportunities, in a full-fledged effort to build healthy communities.   

This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Rose Gonzalez at 978-974-0770 or rgonzalez@groundworklawrence.org.

3. Dive into the weekend with Hale, a 2016 Innovator
Swimathon

July 20, 5:30 pm | Membership Beach at Hale Reservation - 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA 02090

Get your laps in at Hale Reservation’s Swim-a-Thon! It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather while promoting community engagement with the natural environment. The first wave of swimmers will begin promptly at 5:30 pm, swimming as many laps as possible during a 30-minute period. Following the event, grab a spot on the beach and stay for a relaxing family movie night. Your participation will help fundraise money for Hale Reservation, an organization committed to providing educational and recreational outdoor opportunities.

Tickets are $10/person. For more information please call 781-326-1770 or check out the website here

4. Dance the night away at Haley House Café, a 2003 Innovator
Afrobeats Dance Boston

July 21, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Haley House Café 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

If you missed the many previous events with Haley House, you are in luck! Haley House Café is hosting yet another community event, this time in partnership with Afrobeats Dance Boston. The Afrofusion dance workshop is free and open to the public. Come be a part of Haley House’s innovative approaches to empowering individuals and encouraging communities to challenge the systems and attitudes that foster inequality. 

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Author

Hannah Coy is a Program Intern at the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) this summer. Working closely with SIF’s program team, Hannah supports the 2017-2018 Social Innovator Accelerator application and evaluation process and is a co-author of the summer events blog series. Hannah studies psychology at Yale University, where she is also a member of the varsity women's soccer team.

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Did we miss something? Please email Hannah at hcoy@socialinnovationforum.org to have your summer events included in future Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation posts!