AROUND THE VALLEY
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Small Acts That Give Back
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union closed out its 2019 Small Acts That Give Back initiative with a Small Act at Fletcher Street Market Basket in Lowell.
For the second consecutive year, Credit Union employees surprised shoppers with a Market Basket gift card and a Jeanne D’Arc tote bag to assist with their shopping.
Brown Spring Farm Is Now Permanently Protected
West Newbury’s Brown Spring Farm will continue to be a working farm long into the future thanks to a collaboration between Greenbelt — Essex County’s Land Trust, the town of West Newbury and a new farmer who now has a farm to call his own.
A town meeting vote in West Newbury last spring that approved $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for the project enabled the town and Greenbelt to acquire a private Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on the property. The APR, which permanently eliminates the rights to develop the farmland, makes the value of the restricted property affordable to a new farmer.
Tuscan Brands Donates Christmas Dinner and Gifts to Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
As last year’s Christmas party got underway at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Tuscan Brands founder Joe Faro — a longtime club volunteer and donor — smiled as the 650 youth members joyfully anticipated their holiday dinner followed by Santa’s arrival to distribute donated gifts.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence received more than 1,500 presents and gift cards this holiday season from individuals and companies including New Balance and Planet Fitness, which also made a generous donation. Tuscan Brand’s holiday dinner, which consisted of fresh bread, salad, homemade pasta, meatballs and cannoli, was served by board members, longtime donors and volunteer groups such as Marshalls.
Community Needs Assessment Survey
Community Teamwork is reaching out to a wide range of businesses and organizations across many sectors of its community action service footprint, which consists of Lowell and the surrounding towns of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford, to elicit help in disseminating the survey. The goal of the needs assessment survey is to have a robust response from a diverse population that reflects the community that Community Teamwork serves, in order to shape its programming and service offerings.
Community Teamwork is urging as many people as possible to complete the survey. Individuals who complete the survey have the option to enter a raffle for a $100 Visa gift card. The survey can be found beginning Jan. 7 on the Community Teamwork website at www.commteam.org, or at the following locations.
English version: SurveyMonkey.com
Spanish version: SurveyMonkey.com
Portuguese version: SurveyMonkey.com
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Stay Work Play NH Welcomes New Board of Directors and Slate of Officers
Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire nonprofit whose mission is to attract and retain more young people in New Hampshire, has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors and a new slate of officers.
Joining the organization are Stacy Covey, current general accounting manager at Planet Fitness World Headquarters; Janelle Gorman, chief financial officer at TRM Microwave; and John Greene, community relations and economic development specialist at Eversource Energy.
Co-chairing the organization in 2020 are E.J. Powers, executive vice president at Montagne Communications, and Kaitlyn Woods, senior media relations specialist at Eversource Energy.