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2016 Summer Member Picnic

The 2016 SCC Annual Summer Member Picnic brought our members and friends together from across the city to celebrate the many great wins in Somerville this year for SCC members and other low-, moderate-, and middle-income residents. We shared information on the jobs linkage legislation, Somerville’s groundbreaking new inclusionary zoning law, solid jobs and training news from the First Source Program, the purchase of the first five of our 100 Homes initiative, and much more. 

But the emphasis of the evening was on fun, food and maintaining connections and friendships. So, even the information sharing was done in a uniquely entertaining way.

Our picnic committee put together a scavenger hunt, in which participants went to separate program stations to learn about the work that members have done over the past year to maintain the City as a diverse and welcoming one.

Members at the 2016 SCC Member Picnic

Everyone completing the “hunt” was entered into a raffle to win four AMC movie tickets provided by Federal Realty.

The scavenger hunt also gave people the opportunity to explore SCC’s offices, which we are in the process of buying and making our more permanent home. 

We also enjoyed fabulous food from Estela Calzada of Comida Autentica Mexicana, music by SCC Financial Literacy graduate Samantha Cain and even an impromptu singing performance by one of our youngest “supporters.”  

We also took footage of the picnic for the new SCC video, which is now in the final stages of production.

We invited everyone at the event to be part of the final scene, a colorful display of people and posters – in English, Spanish. Portuguese and Haitian Creole – that represented the diversity and focus of our work. 

Thanks to the many people who helped to make the picnic a great time for all. 

Learn the story of SCC - watch the mini documentary:

Members of the community in Somerville, MA come together for an illuminated walk to bring attention to gentrification and housing affordability in East Somerville. Produced in collaboration with the Somerville Community Corporation and Mister Francis. Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Eldridge. Produced by Elizabeth Eldridge, Andrew Eldridge.

For tenants of the 100 Homes program, if you are in need of an urgent repair please call 1-617-410-9915. For life-threatening or other emergencies please call 911.

Somerville sits on the original homelands of the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Naumkeag, and Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live and work.

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