AROUND THE VALLEY
Rep. Marcos Devers Celebrates Local Educator
One in nine children in Massachusetts lives in a food-insecure household. When children are hungry, it impacts their focus and learning abilities in the classroom. Concerned teachers across the Commonwealth are going above and beyond, often tapping into personal resources, to ensure students are nourished throughout the school day. To recognize the efforts of teachers, Project Bread and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recently presented the Teacher Champion Awards, and local Lawrence Public Schools educator Sarah Cordero was honored as a recipient.
On Monday, Oct. 7, Rep. Marcos Devers visited Cordero at International High School in Lawrence to deliver a citation for her work as a Teacher Champion. During the event, Cordero gave Rep. Devers a tour of the food pantry that she started with funds from Project Bread and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Cordero says she recognizes the correlation between decreasing hunger in order to increase academic performance. In Sept. of 2018, she raised money to supply students affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions with food and other necessities.
Ruth’s House Hidden Gem Gala Raises More Than $30,000
Ruth’s House hosted their third annual event with this year’s theme “The Hidden Gem Gala” on Sept. 14 at the Haverhill Country Club. The event raised more than $30,000 for local programs that support those in need in the Merrimack Valley. More than 250 people were in attendance for this annual celebration.
Executive Director Anne Moriarty shared a letter from a client, “On behalf of my family, we would like to thank Ruth’s House for supporting our family in tough times. Your donations of clothing, blankets and personal care items have helped throughout these difficult times. Three simple words define Ruth’s House: hope, care and love. Your staff is always so pleasant and kind.”
Andover Community Trust Invites Public To A Sneak Peek Of First 100% Permanently Affordable Homeownership Community In Andover
On Oct. 29, the Andover community is invited to tour three duplexes being built at 8 Lupine Road. The Lupine Road project represents the first 100% permanently affordable homeownership community in Andover.
This construction site showcases the value of partnership among nonprofits, schools, the town and religious community by bringing together ACT, Habitat for Humanity, the Town of Andover, South Church Andover and the Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS). ACT purchased a 1.4-acre site from South Church Andover, designed three duplexes of affordable three bedroom ownership units and partnered with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity to build the project. Approximately 200 GLTS students will be part of this construction and will be trained in trades of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC and GLTSs newly instituted landscape program.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Care Dimensions Appoints Lowell Resident New VP of Philanthropy
Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, has named Donna Deveau as the new vice president for philanthropy. In this role, she will lead efforts to build private support of Care Dimensions’ work and mission.
As vice president of philanthropy, Deveau is responsible for creating and providing leadership for a comprehensive and cost-effective fundraising program. Deveau oversees annual giving, capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, special events, memorial giving and other initiatives with a goal of attracting maximum support from Care Dimensions’ constituency of individuals, businesses, foundations and community organizations.
Deveau comes to Care Dimensions with over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, including management and oversight of comprehensive philanthropy programs for home care and hospital organizations.