NoteWorthy – 6/14/20
AROUND THE VALLEY
Lawrence Starts Phase 2 on Monday
On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Commonwealth would be entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan on June 8. However, Mayor Dan Rivera announced that Lawrence will enter phase 2 on Monday, June 15.
Public health is the primary priority and motivator behind the reopening dates. As of June 7, Lawrence has recorded 3,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 122 deaths. The city continues to rank 3rd in cases per capita and 5th in total infections, with a low rate of testing; the city’s percentage of people testing positive was at 16% while the Commonwealth’s positive rate was a little under 5%.
“Today Lawrence is still one of the easiest places to catch and transmit the virus in the Commonwealth, and in an abundance of caution, to protect consumers and workers; waiting to open up businesses further, although difficult and painful, is in the best interest of public health,” said Mayor Rivera.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Raises Nearly $80,000 for Local Organizations
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union held its first Virtual We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser from May 13 to 20, raising nearly $80,000 to support the foundation’s mission.
The We Share a Common Thread Foundation was established in 2011 to help support the lives of people in the community by assisting with food, shelter, clothing, health and education. The 10th anniversary of the fundraising event was originally scheduled to be held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in February, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. Due to the generosity of the event sponsors, Fiserv and DCU, and the community, the first virtual event raised more than the previous year’s event and will allow the foundation to distribute funds to 125 local nonprofit organizations.
Visit WSACT.com for a full list of recipients.
GLCF Announces New Racial Equity Action Fund at Annual Meeting
Over 100 residents, business leaders and nonprofit professionals attended the virtual Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF)’s 2020 annual meeting on June 10. At the meeting, it was announced that a new Racial Equity Action Fund has been established by the foundation.
Unanimously approved by the GLCF board, just prior to the annual meeting, this fund was created to advance racial justice and equity building in Lowell. The foundation aims to address racial disparities as tin an effort to build a more fair and just community.
“It’s important for Greater Lowell to invest in making sure we are an inclusive and equitable community,” said GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “The Racial Equity Action Fund will provide support to organizations that are working to address systemic racial disparities.”
Windrush Farm Announces ‘Summer in the Saddle’
Windrush Farm is introducing a new summer program to let independent riders return to the saddle. Designed to limit person-to-person contact, “Summer in the Saddle” is ideal for riders who wish to get back in the saddle, whether weeks or years have passed since their last ride.
“Summer in the Saddle” will provide the opportunity to ride the well-trained ponies and horses of Windrush Farm’s therapeutic riding programs and to learn from highly experienced instructors. Independent riders can choose from flatwork, dressage or jumping lessons or on-site trail rides at Windrush Farm.
Through June 15
Staying In with the Valley Stars will feature a week of fun activities and opportunities to support Emmaus. Each night, Emmaus will share a new video that features some of the Valley Stars cooking, making cocktails and more. And don’t forget to check out their plentiful online auction, which features more than 100 different items. EmmausInc.org
Through June 16
The freshest party of the summer season is going virtual. The annual Farm to Cocktail Party has been re-imagined as Farm to Community 2020, an online food access fundraiser and celebration of Mill City Grows’ core belief that food is life and that food justice is now more important than ever.
There’s still time to check out the silent auction! To learn more, please visit their website here.
Through June 17
Artwork in this juried show includes fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, woodworking and photography. Every purchase supports Greenbelt’s land conservation work. To see a full list of events taking place during this show, click here.
Through June 23
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host the Dream Builders: Hope At Home Virtual Auction online from June 13 through 23 and a free LIVE Zoom Program on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m.
Create a bidder profile here.
Each May, YWCA of Northeastern Massachusetts honors a select group of remarkable women who contribute to the communities within our service areas at our Tribute to Women’s Luncheon at the Andover Country Club. However, in compliance with social distancing regulations, this year’s Tribute to Women will be a virtual event. The event will honor 22 women on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
To help support YWCA, or to learn more about the event, click here.
July 6 to August 20
Quest for Connections engages local businesses, nonprofits, families and individuals in a 8 week Virtual Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP). You can join anytime and participate for as many weeks as you want. A fun time for all ages!
Each Monday, NILP will release new tasks that centers around a weekly theme like family fun, sports, holidays, outdoors and more. You’ll complete tasks by uploading a photo, video or answering a trivia question on the GooseChase Scavenger Hunt app.
Learn more and sign up here.