Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation | August 11 – August 18

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
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The Social Innovation Forum has built a portfolio of 106 organizations and social businesses - what better way to keep our community informed, active, and social than through our popular SIF Community Summer Series? Each week, we will share events hosted by our partners, past and present. Be sure to get out there and support our inspiring greater Boston social impact community!

The Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | August 11 – August 18

1 | Unwrap your yoga mat with Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, 2016 Innovator
Free Yoga in the Park!

Wednesday August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Boarding House Park, Lowell MA

The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association is teaming up with bjia yoga and the Lowell National Historical Park to host this OMazing evening. Stretch your body and mind in a free class lead by Barbara Dunsford with your community! The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association is to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs.

This event is free and open to the public. All yogis and abilities are welcome.

2 | Get active (again!) with InnerCity Weightlifting, 2012 Innovator
Moves on the Roof – Free Fitness Series

Tuesday August 14, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Kendall Center, 90 Broadway, Cambridge MA

InnerCity Weightlifting has teamed up with Health Yoga Life to hold fitness classes on the Kendall Square Roof Garden. Condition and strengthen your body along-side your community with a workout adjustable to your fitness ability. InnerCity Weightlifting is conquering violence on the Boston streets by giving troubled youth the opportunity to become personal trainers.

Registration is free and required here. The Free Fitness Series will continue every Tuesday through September 25.

3 | Transport yourself to Italy with ZUMIX, Inc., 2006 Innovator
Community Potluck Dinner

Thursday August 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come out for the last ZUMIX summer potluck dinner: Pasta Party & Storytelling Open Mic! Bring a dish and join your community for celebration, great eats, and stories. There will be a featured showcase by Director’s Cut, Hello, It’s Me, Recording Lab. ZUMIX, Inc. is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music and creative technology.

This event is open to the public.

4 | Hit the pavement with Groundwork Lawrence, 2013 Innovator
The Greenway 5k

Sunday August 12 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | 50 Island Street, Suite 101, Lawrence MA

On your mark… get set… go! Join Groundwork Lawrence for their annual 5k to support the community and city of Lawrence. Bring your family and friends to walk or run on a beautiful summer day. Groundwork Lawrence strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being.

Registration is available here.

For more information and updates on the 5k click here.

Free Fun Fridays! with Highland Street Foundation, SIF Funding Partner

Every summer, the Highlight Street Foundation teams up with Massachusetts’s most popular cultural sites to open their doors for free to the public to maximize opportunity. All are welcome! Here are the sites participating on August 17 (*New sites every week*).

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum | Boston MA | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Plimoth Plantation | Plymouth MA | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Commonwealth Museum | Boston MA | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Lynn Museum | Lynn MA | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society | Boston MA | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Fort Devens Museum | Devens MA | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees | Harvard MA | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Old State House | Boston MA | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield MA | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets | Boston MA | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Carolina serves as a Program Intern at the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) through the Forest Foundation. She is assisting in the recruitment of nonprofits for the Social Innovator Accelerator, helping with event programming, and researching and writing for the SIF blog.

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Did we miss something? Contact Carolina at crosas@socialinnovationforum.org to have your summer events included in future Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation posts!

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