Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation | June 30 – July 7

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 | June 30 - July 30

1 | Make new friends of all ages with Generations Incorporated, 2010 Social Innovator 
“Thanks for The Memories Café” – Grove Hall

Monday July 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | BCYF’s Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester MA

The first Monday of every month, Generations Incorporated is teaming up with the City of Boston’s Alzheimer’s Initiative and BCYF’s Grove Hall Community Center to hold a creative space for all ages! There will be refreshments and a guest artist workshop. Generations Incorporated is closing the opportunity gap by connecting students with senior citizens in literacy programs. A Memory Café is a safe, relaxed space for those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. Those requiring special assistance must be accompanied.

For more information contact Patricia McCormack at Patricia.Mccormack@boston.gov or 617-635-3992.

2 | Wear your red, white, and blue to celebrate with Madison Park Development Corporation, 2003 Social Innovator
3rd Annual Community Garden Fourth of July Celebration

Wednesday July 4, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Hope Community Garden, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard Roxbury MA

Looking for a fun way to spend the 4th of July? Join Madison Park Development Corporation for their annual Fourth of July Celebration! Enjoy live entertainment and food with your family, friends, and community. And what Independence Day is complete without fireworks? MPDC is committed to creating social change through real estate development and asset management. They also foster community building and engagement, especially through the enrichment of arts and culture.

For more information contact Leslie Stafford at lstafford@madison-park.org or 617-849-6231.

3 | Engage in some friendly competition with Haley House, 2003 Social Innovator
Family Game Night at Haley House Soup Kitchen

Friday July 6, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Haley House, 23 Dartmouth Street, Boston MA

The first Friday of every month, get to know your fellow community members and challenge them to a game! The Haley House strives to fight social inequality through health and culinary programs, and artistic engagement. They also serve and distribute meals through their soup kitchen and food pantry.

This event is free and open to all ages.

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 Friday July 6 (*New sites every week*).

  • Boston Children’s Museum | Boston MA | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Peabody Essex Museum | Salem MA | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum | Hyannis MA | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Battleship Cove | Fall River MA | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum | Westfield MA | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Gore Place | Waltham MA | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green | Falmouth MA | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Hancock Shaker Village | Pittsfield MA | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum | Plymouth MA | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • New England Quilt Museum | Lowell MA | 10:00 am – 4:00 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!