AROUND THE VALLEY
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito At UMass Lowell Innovation Hub
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan joined Lowell Mayor William Samaras, City Manager Eileen Donoghue, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, members of the Lowell legislative delegation and other local leaders at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in downtown Lowell on Oct. 3.
The meeting aimed to highlight An Act to Promote Housing Choices, legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker that calls for targeted zoning reform to advance new housing production in Massachusetts and support the administration’s goal to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025.
Merrimack Valley Hospice Raises Over $100,000 At Cruising the High Seas – Food, Wine, Beer Sampling And Silent Auction
Nearly 350 sponsors and guests joined in the fun and placed their bids at Cruising the High Seas, the annual Food, Wine, Beer Sampling and Silent Auction to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice. The event was held Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.
The silent auction offered over 100 packages including great golfing, weekend getaways, nights on the town and beautiful jewelry donated by individuals and businesses from across the region.
West Newbury River Road Landscape Conserved
Greenbelt has announced that 31 acres on River Road in West Newbury, with woodlands and river views, has been permanently protected.
The property will become a new reservation, owned and managed by Greenbelt. Greenbelt plans to create a new footpath leading south from River Road and acquire permitting for a modest parking area and potential car-top boat launch on the Merrimack River.
Conserving this land protects wetlands that store floodwater during high rainfall events, keeps intact native forests that clean water flowing to the Merrimack and cool the air, and protects critical habitat, including rare plants in the Merrimack River tidal zone and a vernal pool.
The acquisition was made possible through a generous below-market value sale by the property’s former owners, and West Newbury residents who voted enthusiastically at Spring Town Meeting to approve $75,000 in Community Preservation Act to help fund the project.
Lazarus House Teaches Notre Dame Students Life Lessons
Notre Dame sophomores Abby Kiernan and Kate Thel visited Lazarus House through the university’s Summer Service Learning Program, funded locally by the alumni of the Notre Dame Club of Boston.
“We came in wanting to learn how to interact with people in poverty. We learned it is no different than interacting with anyone else,” Kiernan said. “It is no different talking to someone at a soup kitchen than talking to someone at a restaurant.”
“It has tremendous impact on them,” said Ted Gorrie, a member of its board, who believes students coming face-to-face with marginalized populations gain a new perspective on their own lives.
“I really have been very fortunate my whole life,” agreed Thel, who grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. “I have lived a privileged life going to private schools. But I have always been aware of the inequalities in American society, knowing there’s a wide population of people who do not have the same opportunities I do.”
There are less demanding service programs than Lazarus House, which provides food, clothing, shelter and job training to tens of thousands in the Merrimack Valley. Both women said their faith drew them to the challenging work done there.
“I came to see Lazarus House as a place where miracles happen,” Kiernan said. “I know I was supposed to be there.”
The students received a small stipend and scholarship for their work.
October 1 Through 31
4th Annual Give Hope… Get Mac!
Mr. Mac’s in Manchester and Portsmouth, N.H. and Tyngsboro, Mass. continue with their 4th annual “Give Hope…Get Mac!” month-long event to support the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition’s mission to care for women in New Hampshire that are struggling with their fight against breast cancer. Mr. Mac’s will donate $1 for every Take & Bake order of their macaroni and cheese specialties.
Portsmouth, N.H. and Tyngsboro, Mass. | Mr-Macs.com
Project LEARN’s 24 Hours of Giving Fundraiser
Oct. 8 will kick off Project LEARN’s 24 Hours of Giving Fundraiser. Donate online to support Lowell Public Schools (LPS) and the amazing work of Project LEARN. Your online donation will bring books to young kids, help girls learn to code and connect a Lowell High student with a career internship this spring.
Lowell, Mass. | ProjectLearnInc.org
Emmaus Paving the Road Home Fundraising Breakfast
This free-to-attend event will feature a breakfast Buffett at 7:30 a.m. and an informational program from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Haverhill, Mass. | EmmausInc.org
October 11 Through 18
YMCA Annual Campaign Week
For a whole week, Exeter YMCA will be hosting a variety of fundraising events including the Fall Pickleball Tournament, Family Day, Goat Chip Bingo and more.
Exeter, N.H. | SDYMCA.org
GLCF Celebrate Giving
Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation as they celebrate the impact of philanthropy on our community at Celebrate Giving. Learn more about upcoming initiatives and hear poignant stories about the impact of charitable giving from donors, nonprofits, and scholarship recipients.
Lowell, Mass. | GLCFoundation.org
5th Annual Raise the Woof Gala
Raise the Woof will be held at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts for an exciting, inspiring evening in support of the thousands of animals.
Boston, Mass. | MSPCA.org
2019 Horses Helping Horses Fall Beach Ride
This event will benefit the Equine and Farm Animal Center at the MSPCA Nevins Farm.
Ipswich, Mass. | Support.mspca.org
Take Action Walkathon
Join in the effort to keep Lawrence healthy, one step at a time. The two mile walk along the Merrimack River will be followed by family activities including music, face painting, games and local vendors.
Lawrence, Mass. | Lawrencebgc.com
Paint The Night Pink For Breast Cancer
Power of the Purse Plus
The Women Working Wonders Fund, a permanently endowed fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, presents the 2019 Power of the Purse Plus at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
Lowell, Mass. | WomenWorkingWondersFund.com
Pennies’ Seventh Annual Music for Change Fundraiser
Starting at 6 p.m., the Music for Change Fundraiser will offer a selection of small plates catered by sponsor For the Love of Food and Drink. They are known for their fresh local menus and unique style. You can expect an enticing array of small plates, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Plus, they will cater a green event — all place settings will be composted after use.
Newburyport, Mass. | PenniesForPoverty.org
Glow Gala Annual Groundwork Lawrence Fundraiser
Funds raised from this event will be put back into the community to feed school children, support park cleanup and providing young adults with work.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org