“We serve because it is a calling,” Said Jean Dolin, as he captivated the room at the Social Capital Inc Luncheon. Take a look at the transcript of his speech here, and some of his words below.

” Many of us AmeriCorps members walk into our service term with the idea and the hope to
change or positively impact a community, a cause, and or a system. But after a while, we realize
that in addition of making these great impacts, our service term is also changing us, not just our
plans but also the idea of who we thought we were or what we want to do in life. The influence
of Social Capital on my life is simple. It helps my purpose to promote education, civic
engagement, and charitable works to come to life. Even in our struggles of being on the right
path, often, we get asked, as college graduates, “why don’t you just get a job and make real
money?” Because in truth the money we make as SCI AmeriCorps members cannot afford the
shoes that I want to wear, you know Cavalli…Italian Made. – Humor- … anyone like these
shoes?…
but my answer to these kinds of questions is simple. I do this because it is a calling. – a calling
for me, a calling for us for us to make a difference in our community. The same difference that
the people who came before me started, they knew that paving the way for me, a young black
gay immigrant man from Haiti was important. People who took this initial step of extending their
kindness to build a more equitable world, their works of philanthropy to create opportunities for
those who are disadvantaged; for me as an immigrant that had to face quite a few adversities
And after a year of being in the United States, I had been helped by so many kind people, that I
was motivated to start helping others and giving back.”

With emotions of gratitude, Jean talked about the importance of creating equal and equitable opportunities.

” In 2016, was recruited by the Boston Alliance for Community Health for the volunteer role of
public health ambassador to educate and engage the public. While I was looking for avenues to
carry out the message of social determinants of health in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, not
only I was surprised by how much knowledge residents were lacking but also how disconnected
they were. Especially those who had language barriers. So, upon acquiring the necessary
knowledge and training, my work to engage the community began, informing residents of issues
that were affecting their lives and their neighborhoods; educating residents how to have a voice
and, connecting community members with educational and funding resources. That work is now
multiplied because 5 months ago I signed on as an SCI AmeriCorps member and get to
contribute to the structure of those initiatives that bring everyone to the table and help to create
new tables when there are simply not enough. The lack of engagement and opportunities that I
noticed in communities of color and other disadvantaged groups while being an ambassador and
serving as an SCI, are some of the reasons why during my service, one of my goals is focusing
on allocating resources, identify and initiating programs that support the increasing number of
immigrants, people of color, and other underrepresented groups in leadership roles and
decision-making processes.
And while there many other issues that I could be working on what I have learned in my
philanthropic journey is that to change the world, it only takes one. One cause, one organization
that moves keep the machine of positive social change going. It takes one person to take one
action.

So to say that it is an honor to speak on behalf of all the SCI members today does not quantify
the feeling of pride and sentiment of togetherness that resides within me today. Because the
diversity of our stories is our and our work is our strength. And as stated in the seal of the
country e Pluribus Unum – out of many, one. _ Out of many, we are one.
Who are we? We are Social Capital AmeriCorps Members, and regardless of where we come
from, the color of our skin, or the languages that we speak, we serve America!”

 

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