NoteWorthy – 8/12/18
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AROUND THE VALLEY
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Employees Offer ‘A Sharing Hand’ to Lowell Transitional Living Center
Several Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union employees recently assembled and donated 50 care packages to the clients of Lowell Transitional Living Center. The team filled the bags with summertime care items, including wash cloths, antibacterial wipes, bug repellant, rain ponchos, socks, reusable water bottles, battery-operated fans, lip balm, sunscreen and deodorant.
The credit union’s Member Service Center Specialist Kiomarie Ocasio launched the “The Sharing Hand” initiative in March 2017. Employees from the member service team and the collections department worked together to gather donations, purchase items and fill the bags. This is the third round of donations the team has put together.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Presents $5,000 in Grants Through Highland Street Foundation
With funding from the Highland Street Foundation Youth Philanthropy Initiative, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence recently presented grants totaling $5,000 to two Lawrence-based organizations: $3,300 for Lawrence General Hospital to purchase comfortable new seating for its Maternal & Child Special Care Nursery, and $1,700 to fund art therapy programs for young adults with autism at Fidelity House.
Based in Newton, the Highland Street Foundation Youth Philanthropy Initiative engages and empowers middle, high school and college students to collectively choose and fund nonprofit organizations that are addressing local and social issues. Since 2008, the program has trained more than 500 students to donate over $500,000 to nonprofit organizations within their communities.
Align Credit Union Supports Haverhill Police Department’s GREAT/DARE Summer Camp
Align Credit Union was proud support the Haverhill Police Department’s GREAT/DARE Summer Camp again this year. (GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.) The free camp ran from July 9 through August 10 at the Consentino School. At the camp, Haverhill children ages 8-11 enjoyed a variety of activities such as outdoor and team-building games, guest speakers and field trips.
“It’s easy for children to make poor choices during the summer when there’s less adult supervision. The GREAT/DARE Summer Camp gives kids a place to go during summer break while providing them with education, fun and friendship,” said Align President Ken Del Rossi. “Align is happy to help the Haverhill Police Department offer this wonderful program.”
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Joanna Duby has been promoted to medical director of Element Care’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). In her role as medical director, Duby will be responsible for managing the delivery of medical care to the over 1,000 Element Care PACE participants on the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and the northeast region of Middlesex County in Massachusetts. She brings more than 25 years of clinical experience as an internist and geriatrician to her new position at Element Care. For the last 15 years, she has been a geriatrician at PACE at Element Care where she has led interdisciplinary teams to deliver highly coordinated and personalized care for older, frail adults. Duby has also been instrumental in integrating an electronic health record at Element Care and adapting it for PACE’s unique needs. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, she worked as a physician at Beacon Medical Associates in Swampscott prior to joining Element Care.