Social Capital- Falmouth: MA

According to our textbook, social capital in communities of place can be defined by “social relationships that facilitate collective action in a community.” (2016 Green & Haines)

Falmouth has many social events, interactions, and organizations that help bring the town together.  The most popular event in Falmouth is the Christmas parade.  The Parade starts at the shopping plaza then goes down Main Street, and it ends at the village green.  It is the largest parade in Southeastern Massachusetts.  The parade features decorated floats, live animals, marching bands, and costumed characters.  (53RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE)

Photo courtesy of CapeNews.net

Photo courtesy of CapeNews.net

The Falmouth senior center was established in 1970.  It is located close to downtown, in an area between Woods Hole and East Falmouth.  It is open free of charge to anyone over 60 years old.  It’s membership serves approximately 4,000 seniors and offers a large amount of social activities.  A few examples of the social activities are book club, sewing and quilting, and poker.  They also offer exercise classes like yoga, Zumba, and line dancing.  At the senior center they also offer health related programs for example blood pressure clinics, flue shots, and hearing screenings.  The senior center offers volunteer opportunities for people to help out the seniors in Falmouth.  For example they have shopping help and home repair services.  (Town of Falmouth)

Photo courtesy of Yesterdays Country Band

Photo courtesy of Yesterdays Country Band

Every year Falmouth celebrates No Guff Week.  No Guff Week is a period when staff and students work together to create a positive atmosphere.  They avoid name-calling and put-downs.  It started in 2001 with Greg Gilbert and Doug Riebesehl.  After the first celebration Riebesehl was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident.  Sense than No Guff has been help to remember Doug Riebesehl.  It has been a way to bring the town together and creating a positive atmosphere in the schools. Every student who goes to Falmouth Public School celebrates this event and involves the community as a whole.   (NO GUFF Week)

References:

 53RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://web.falmouthchamber.com/events/53RD-ANNUAL-CHRISTMAS-PARADE–6813/details
Green & Haines (2016) Asset Building & Community Development: Fourth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
NO GUFF Week – Falmouth VIPS. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2016, from http://www.falmouthvips.org/no-guff-week.html
Town of Falmouth – What we are about. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2016, from http://www.falmouthmass.us/deppage.php?number=314