NoteWorthy – 8/12/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on August 12th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 8/12/18

From left, Jocelyn Torres, member service center representative; Caitlyn Aguiar, assistant member service center manager; Dorian Ma, member service center representative; and Kiomarie Ocasio, member service center specialist.

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.


NoteWorthy - 8/12/18

Development Associate Debbie Papalia (far left), client Brian Lazala (third from left) and Service Navigator Frances Lariviere (far right) accept a $1,700 grant to fund art therapy at Fidelity House from Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence youth members Edward Lundy (second from left), Marielis Rodriguez (third from right) and Yoangeliz Diaz (second from right). The grant was funded by the Highland Street Foundation.

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.”



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.



August 13

The 28th Annual Anna Jaques Hospital Fore Your Health Golf Tournament will be held at the Renaissance Golf Club. Chaired by former mayor Byron Matthews since its inception, the tournament has raised over $2 million to benefit various programs and services at Anna Jaques. Haverhill, Mass. |

August 18

Join the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Haverhill for The Harbor Place Summer Event Series: Dog Days of Summer on the Boardwalk along the Dempsey Boardwalk in downtown Haverhill! Show off your pup in the Pooch Parade, followed by the Top Dog competition in the plaza! Stop by the Doggy Oasis to cool off and have a drink. Make your way to the Bow Wow Beauty Bar for a free bandana or bow! And be sure to check out all of the dog related vendor booths and make some friends. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Haverhill, Mass. |

August 20

The 14th Annual Tee Off for The Arc Golf Tournament will be held at the Haverhill Country Club. Whether attendees choose to golf or not, they’re welcome to stay that evening for dinner and the fundraiser’s live and silent auctions. Haverhill, Mass. |

The Homeland Heroes Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Sky Meadow Country Club to support its mission of re-assimilating service members into civilian life. Salem, N.H. |

August 25

The Harbor Place Summer Event Series wraps up with Country Night on the Boardwalk along the Dempsey Boardwalk in Downtown Haverhill! Join the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Haverhill as they rock out to country hits. Ever wanted to learn how to country line dance? Professional line dancing instructors will be on hand to teach you all you need to know! Your $10 ticket (a donation to Career Resources Corporation) includes an evening of live entertainment, light appetizers and refreshments. Haverhill, Mass. |

August 31 – September 2

This Labor Day weekend, join St. Anthony Maronite Church for their 44th Annual Mahrajan – Lebanese Festival! In addition to live entertainment, including folkloric dance and belly dancing, there will be homemade Lebanese cuisine; raffles; hookah; and games for children. Lawrence, Mass. |

September 9

Join the Haverhill Fire Department‘s 3rd Annual 5K Road Race, which will begin at Smith’s Tavern at 11:30 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

The 8th annual Ride for Angels will take place at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. This multi-length bicycle ride will take riders of all levels through many scenic Merrimack Valley communities to benefit Angel Flight New England. North Andover, Mass. |

September 10

The 13th annual Fore Melmark New England Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission of serving children, adults and their families affected by a broad range of intellectual disabilities. Andover, Mass. |

Merrimack Valley Food Bank will hold its 25th annual Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner at Indian Ridge Country Club. Participation in the tournament directly supports the organization’s hunger relief efforts in nearly 50 communities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Andover, Mass. |

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 27th Annual Golf Tournament at Haverhill Country Club. In addition to a fun day of golf, attendees will enjoy lunch and dinner, a free swag bag and pair of golf gloves, raffles, auctions and more. Haverhill, Mass. |


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