Lowell 5 & Lowell Memorial Auditorium Partner to STOMP out Hunger!

Lowell, MA – STOMP, which returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 9, 2010 and March 10, 2010, is partnering with The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank to help STOMP Out Hunger.  From March 1, 2010 to March 6, 2010, the Lowell Five will be accepting non-perishable food donations at each of its 14 branch locations.  Coupons offering a 10% discount on tickets to STOMP will be available for anyone that makes a food donation.  All food donations will go to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
STOMP is an international percussion sensation that has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews.  The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
About STOMP Out Hunger
STOMP has made it its mission to partner with food banks across the country to STOMP Out Hunger.  The show began its quest to reduce hunger in North America with a partnership with Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, in December of 2007.  The producers were looking for a way to give back to the community and with the timing of the holidays the partnership was a natural one.  However, due to the current economic climate including high unemployment rates and state budget cuts, hunger organizations have seen an overwhelming demand for food assistance.  As such, STOMP has dedicated itself to bringing attention to the heightened needs of food charities across the country all year round by sponsoring canned food drives and donating ticket proceeds in as many cities as possible.
About Lowell Five
Founded in 1854, The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank is a state chartered mutual savings bank and the oldest financial institution in the City of Lowell.  With over 200 employees throughout its 14 locations and $700 million in assets, Lowell Five has been instrumental in the economic development of the region.  Recognized as one of the 2007 Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal, Lowell Five maintains a leadership role on numerous community boards and organizations.  Lowell Five provides superior banking products for personal customers, businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities and is insured with both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).
About Merrimack Valley Food Bank
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported 501C-3 non-profit organization that provides nutritious food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless and hungry.  They are one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, day and residential programs that in turn, serve individuals and families.


CTI Offers Free Budgeting WorkShop During Women’s Weeks

CTI Offers Free Budgeting Workshop During Lowell Women’s Week

Lowell, MA—As part of Lowell Women’s Week, CTI puts the spotlight on family and individual finances in a free Budgeting Workshop to be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, from 1:30-3:30pm, at CTI’s Family Resource Network, located at 169 Merrimack Street, 3rd floor. “We’ve reserved 20 seats for women across the community to join us for an inspiring and educational workshop that will feature a professional Financial Literacy Counselor and Educator,” says Center Director Chris Santos Gordon. “She will provide practical suggestions for building a budget and discuss how every woman can more successfully accommodate household expenses, while reserving something for savings.” CTI’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will provide delicious food samples and healthy family recipes that can be made on a tight budget.  Attendees will be able to take away a free copy of Susie Ormand’s latest book Women and Money; receive “give aways” from the WIC program to make meal preparation easier; be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Market Basket Gift Certificate; and be eligible to sign up for free one-to-one Financial Counseling.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please call Gladys Santiago at 978 654-5080, ext. 11. Registration is limited to 20 .

Saffron Circle Kicks Off Fourth Year of Grant Giving

Saffron Circle Kicks off Fourth Year of Grant Giving

Boston, MA, February 1, 2010 – Saffron Circle, www.saffroncircle.org, a giving circle of multi-generational and multi-ethnic Asians in greater Boston, is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications for its fourth year of grant making.  Launched in May 2006, the Saffron Circle is committed to supporting local organizations that address the needs of the Asian community in greater Boston. It is the first Asian giving circle in the Boston area and only the third Asian giving circle in the United States. Continue reading

Child Development & Education, Inc. Seeking a Child Care & Education Coordinator

Child Care and Education Coordinator

We are seeking a dynamic candidate for a full time position in our Lowell office to work with family child care providers. Responsibilities may include enrolling, placing and monitoring children in subsidized child care along with the ability to facilitate provider trainings, provider curriculum, technical assistance, and represent the Agency in community outreach. A bilingual candidate fluent in Spanish or Khmer is preferred.  The candidate should possess strong skills in organization, communication and computers. Knowledge of the Department of Early Education and Care regulations and policies is important. Degree or EEC lead teacher and/or CDA certification preferred. Valid driver’s license and use of car required. Salary based on experience.

Please forward resumes to:

Child Development and Education, Inc.

Attention: Yasmin Ruiz, Lowell Regional Director

151 Warren St. Suite 215

Lowell, MA 01852

Fax: 978-275-3842

E-Mail: y.ruiz@cdedu.us

Cape & Islands Regional Network 24/7 Homelessness Hotline


Serving individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Serving the communities of Barnstable County, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
Staffed by trained homelessness prevention advocates
Immediate local emergency housing, food and transportation available
Referral to the right resources for assistance, assessment and ongoing support Continue reading

Keys to Ending Homelessness Series #2 Education, Employment & Business Incentives

Register Now!!!

Keys to Ending Homelessness Conference 2

Education, Employment & Business Incentives

March 5, 2010

UMass Inn & Conference Center

For more information: Please see the attached Conference Flyer & Registration Form

March 5th KEYC-2 Conference Flyer & Registration Form.pdf
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Newly Appointed HUD Northeast Area Director ~ Richard Walega

President Obama has selected Richard A. Walega to serve as HUD Regional Director for Region 1 in New England.

Walega served with the New Bedford, Mass. Housing Authority as Deputy Director for Modernization from 1993 to 2007 as Assistant Executive Director from 2007 to 2009. Late in 2009 he was named its Executive Director and has been acting in that role since February 1, 2010. He oversees capital programs for the authority, led its effort to receive four ARRA competitive Recovery Grants and has been in charge of its transition to asset based management. He leveraged over $125 million in federal and state capital aid to modernize public housing and has used his extensive experience in housing finance to oversee the rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing.

Prior to his service with the New Bedford Housing Authority Walega was a principal with the Agelaw Group where he provided real estate consulting services to a variety of public and private sector clients. He also served as the Director of Development for Peabody Construction Co. Inc., in Braintree and as a City Planner in New Bedford. He has a BA in Political Science from Boston College and an MA in Government from the University of San Francisco.