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ECCF is consistently being recognized in the news, in magazines, and on the radio. These features show how our impact is spreading and creating meaningful change throughout Essex County.
State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system
LAWRENCE — Lawrence Public Schools made history yesterday when the troubled district became the first to be placed into receivership by the state. But the school system will make even bigger history if the receiver's turnaround plan works, something that may take years.
Twenty nonprofit organizations serving the Merrimack Valley region will receive over $40,000 in grant awards from the Merrimack Valley General Fund. The awards ceremony will be held this morning, December 13th, at Family Service Inc. in Lawrence. The grants will help stock shelves at local food pantries , support a variety of after-school programs, as well as fund programs for the elderly and the disabled. A grant to the Lawrence History Center will help fund the development of a curriculum guide for local schools to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bread & Roses Strike next year.
We are pleased to announce the awardees of The Webster Family Fund fall 2011 grant cycle. The Fund distributed a total of $27,300 to 8 nonprofit programs in the Greater Lawrence region. This year’s recipients were Acting Out! Theater Company, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Catholic Academy, Lawrence Community Works, Lazarus House Ministries, Notre Dame High School, YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Betty Beland on Tuesday November 15, 2011. Betty’s dedication to the support of the nonprofit community in the Greater Lawrence area was of profound and invaluable importance. Among her legacy of extraordinary accomplishments is her leading role in the establishment of the Essex County Community Foundation.
Danvers — With a lofty goal of empowering women and girls in the area, the Women’s Fund of Essex County took another significant step to that end by awarding 12 grants to deserving charities last week at their 9th annual luncheon.
HAMILTON — One could easily argue Anita Evetts was born to be a teacher. She had a piano in her second-grade classroom at Cutler Elementary in Hamilton and would play and sing with her students every day.
"She was brilliant at connecting with all children," said Janie Bellenis, a teaching assistant at Cutler and close friend of Evetts. "She was incredibly vibrant and fun. She made learning very fun."
The National Teen Leadership Program will hold its will hold its first East Coast program from July 15-17 at Endicott College...
Endicott College was selected as the site of its first East Coast retreat because of the presence of the Essex County Community Foundation's Youth at Risk conference, Kim said.
The 11th annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference will be held at Endicott College in Beverly on Wednesday, June 8th. Attended each year by over 500 professionals from all over the region, this event has become an essential conference for providers of services to youth. YAR enables providers to deepen their knowledge of critical practices and reconnect with peers as they work to reduce the problems faced by many young people. Conference attendees can choose from over 20 workshops on topics ranging from the treatment of trauma and substance abuse to the effects of immigration on families, suicide prevention in adolescents, and identifying and treating youth with Aspergers Syndrome.
The annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers is set to take place on Saturday, May 14th. Participating post office branches encourage residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food items by their post box prior to their normal mail delivery time on Saturday the 14th.
This food drive has become one of the most important food drives of the year for food pantries and soup kitchens to stock their shelves for the early summer months. Please support your local food pantry by participating in this national event and thank your letter carrier for helping alleviate hunger in the community.
It might sound like a less-than-exciting way to spend a warm spring Saturday. But this Saturday, about 300 Essex County nonprofit board members will get together in Hamilton to learn about topics like fiduciary responsibility and donor retention.
They say the Essex County Institute for Trustees helps them keep the area’s arts groups, food banks, and other nonprofit organizations running successfully in difficult financial times.
ECCF works to promote local philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofits that provide many of the services we benefit from every day such as cultural events, historical preservation, education, health services, social services, environmental protection and more.
On Saturday, March 26, ECCF will hold the 2nd Annual Essex County Institute for Trustees at the Pingree School in Hamilton to bring together the leadership of many of these organizations to learn, share best practices and bring a sense of community to the nonprofit sector in Essex County.
ECCF manages over 100 Charitable Funds and more than 135 scholarships. This $18+ million family of funds includes Donor Advised Funds for family philanthropy (the best alternative to family foundations), Agency Funds (the endowment and reserves of nonprofits), and ECCF's program funds.
With a Community Foundation's special ability to pool many smaller funds, ECCF can diversify holdings, increase safety, employ expert managers, provide greater oversight, and achieve economies of scale for Fund Holders. Every three years, ECCF issues a Request for Proposal for investment managers and selects a diverse group to guard and grow these assets.
Hamilton- A food pantry that serves Manchester and Essex families may be losing some storage room and workspace but not its spirit of serving the North Shore community...
Acord is one of dozens of pantries on Cape Ann and the North Shore surviving to support others in spite of economic or real estate setbacks. Collaborating its efforts with various pantries, Acord receives weekly drop-offs of food from the Gloucester-based The Open Door food pantry's truck and other donors.
Jan Plourde and her family ran a special kind of business supporting teachers and parents with teaching tools and ideas for 22 years in the Boston area. The Learning Tree Store in Danvers and Stoneham served as a community hub for teachers to buy toys, books and teaching supplies, as well as to access new ways to teach their young charges through teacher training and support. When the recession hit in October 2008, the store lost 35% of its business and after two years had to close its doors.
Danvers, MA- ECCF is pleased to welcome Anne Dodge to the ECCF board of Trustees. Anne brings over 30 years of nonprofit board work to her role at ECCF. Following a 3 year stint as an investment officer and trader of US Government securities with the Bank of Boston, Anne began her long and committed involvement with the leadership and governance of educational and religious institutions in our region.
Jonathan Paschal, 12, and his brother Jordan, 6, were dropped off each day over the summer at the Children’s Center in Methuen, but that wasn’t always where they stayed.
“They took trips to the beach, to lakes, to Canobie Lake Park,’’ says their mother, Tracey Anderson. “Jordan loves the water. Jonathan was more a fan of Laser Craze.’’
The boys covered a lot of ground during the Children’s Center’s summer program, thanks in part to grants provided by the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a collaborative donor effort administered by the Essex County Community Foundation.
Hamilton —The word philanthropy used to conjure up images of affluent men sharing their wealth with those in need. But in 2010 philanthropy is now a woman’s world. And if the 270 dynamic, community focused women who attended The Women’s Fund of Essex County Eighth Annual Grant Awards Luncheon at the Peabody Marriott on Oct 21 are any indication that philanthropy movement among women is increasing in strength.
...Through a week-long artist-in-residence program at the Witchcraft Heights School, students in all grades worked with children’s author and poet Jeff Nathan, who taught them writing skills through lessons infused with humor and song...Grade five teacher Kathy Marchetti raised $6,000 to pay for the program, securing a $1,000 grant from the Salem Education Foundation, donations from the PTO and a school fundraiser, and a $3,000 matching grant from the Essex County Community Foundation. Read article...
In Lawrence, everybody knows what time it is by looking at the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. And today, they’ll prove they care with a centennial celebration for the four-sided, 267-foot-tall landmark.
“We hope it’s a symbol of the continued revitalization of Lawrence,’’ said Jay Caporale, executive vice president of the Essex County Community Foundation.
The clock tower, with its 22-foot clock dials, is one of the tallest in the world, the foundation says. “The fact that it was so enormous was a tremendous sense of pride to all the laborers who worked in these massive textile mills,’’ said Barbara Brown, executive director of the Lawrence History Center.
LAWRENCE — It was a towering icon of American industry, a ringing symbol of the working class in this city and across the nation for half a century. By the late 1950s it had become something else: a crumbling relic of Lawrence's vanishing glory and a 267-foot-high roost for generations of pigeons that left behind tons of droppings during the four decades they had the run of the place.
Burlington- As local communities, non-profits, and hospitals continue to face challenges, Congressman John Tierney is launching a series of grants workshops to highlight new and ongoing opportunities to bring federal dollars to Massachusetts.
Middleton —On Sunday, July 18 an expected 400-500 cyclists of all ages will participate in the 6th annual Reid’s Ride.Cyclists will pedal 28 miles along a scenic route that launches from Lynnfield High School and passes through six towns along the North Shore and Cape Ann from Lynnfield through Middleton into Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and ending in Gloucester before finishing at historic Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park for a barbeque, music, and prizes.