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 as well as by our partners. Be sure to get out there and support our inspiring Boston nonprofit community!
Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | July 1 – July 7
1. Celebrate the 4th with Madison Park Development Corporation, 2003 Innovator
2nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 6:00 - 10:00 pm | Hope Community Garden - 55 Malcolm X Blvd. Roxbury, MA
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with food, fireworks, and friends at MPDC. Unfold your lawn chairs and blankets at Hope Community Garden for an eventful evening underneath the fireworks. MPDC is an innovative organization generating positive social change in respect to real estate development, asset management, and cultural revitalization in and around Roxbury. They are on a mission to build healthy neighborhoods and foster a vibrant community that is dedicated to the support and well-being of its residents.
2. Enjoy free fun on Friday with Highland Street Foundation, an SIF funding partner
Fun Free Fridays
July 7, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Falmouth Museums on the Green, 65 Palmer Ave. Falmouth, MA
Get an early start to your weekend festivities with Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Friday” events. This Friday, come explore the cultural essence of Falmouth Museums on the Green, while enjoying Red, White, and Blue ice cream treats and listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Highland Street Foundation is excited to offer these Friday events as a way to increase accessibility to some of Massachusetts’ most coveted cultural venues. If you are unable to visit Falmouth Museums on the Green, you can learn more about the various museums, parks, and attraction sites that have collaborated with Highland Street Foundation to offer free admission this Friday.
3. Learn about pollinator gardens with Mill City Grows, 2014 Innovator
GTP Workshop: Pollinator Plants & Beneficial Insects
July 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Rotary Park Garden - 22 Richmond Ave. Lowell, MA
Mill City Grows and local gardeners are inviting you to an afternoon of community gardening. MCG will be teaching about the vital role of pollinator plants and insects in maintaining healthy, successful, and sustainable ecosystems. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with local community members to install and plant pollinator beds at the Rotary Park Community Garden. Mill City Grows is a Lowell-based organization promoting food justice and environmental sustainability through an experiential and educational approach. Check back in throughout the summer for more updates about Mill City Grows’ community gardens, urban farms, community leadership programs and school-based garden programs.
Tickets are $10 per family and free for members of MCG community gardeners. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-806-3309 to RSVP for the event.
4. Get a sneak-peak of new play by Company One Theatre, 2015 Innovator
A PlayLab Public Reading of LEFTOVERS
July 9, 2:30 - 5:00 pm | Dudley Café, 15 Warren St. Boston, MA
Our friends at Company One Theater have been transforming the Boston theater scene through innovative and socially provocative performance by artists who represent the diverse Boston communities. This week, doors are open for a sneak-peak at the script and playwright of LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder and directed by Summer L. Williams. As an initiative of C1’s PlayLab program, the event allows for audience participation and active feedback as a part of the script development process.
This event is free and open to the public.
About the Author
Hannah served as Social Innovation Forum’s Program Intern during the summer of 2017, providing support for the 2017-2018 SIF Social Innovator Accelerator application and evaluation process. She is currently studying psychology at Yale University.