Lawrence Wins Culture of Health Prize

We are very pleased to report that our city of Lawrence, MA was one of the eight winners of the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize celebrates the strides communities have made to ensure good health flourishes for all. Announced today at RWJF headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, the Lawrence community will receive a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a Culture of Health. Lawrence is being recognized for leveraging its unique strengths and rallying community partners around a shared vision of health.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas introduces bill to create urban green space

WASHINGTON, DC – October 7, 2015 – Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today introduced new legislation to help urban communities turn blighted environments into public parks or other usable green spaces, while creating jobs in communities with elevated unemployment.

The Groundwork USA Trust Act was developed in consultation with the nonprofit group Groundwork Lawrence and would create a dedicated federal funding stream to ensure support for the twenty existing Groundwork programs nationwide, enabling other cities to launch similar initiatives.


Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:15 am - By Lisa Kashinsky

LAWRENCE — For Lawrence resident Sarai Concepcion and her 8-year-old daughter, Michelle Delacruz, cleaning up Campagnone Common on Saturday was both a bonding experience and a chance to better their community.

“It starts from family and education and the first thing we need to do is educate our kids so we can have a better planet,” Concepcion said.

Local groups win grants that support region's sense of place

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:00 am - By Terry Date

LAWRENCE — At the spring gathering of the Essex National Heritage Commission at the Everett Mills, 150 guests celebrate the region’s strong sense of place and the award-winning projects that enhance that dynamic.

Daylight streamed through tall windows at the Thursday morning event and brightened the sturdy hardwood floor that factory workers once trod. The long, wide room with a high ceiling smelled of brick and wood and looked spacious enough for a basketball game.

Cleanup set for Saturday in Lawrence aims for 2,000 volunteers

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:07 am | Eagle Tribune

LAWRENCE — The city hopes to attract up to 2,000 volunteers to participate in its Comcast Cares Day cleanup throughout the city Saturday.

The event is staged by Groundwork Lawrence and Comcast, with the support of Mayor Daniel Rivera.

Last year, 1,200 volunteers came out to clean Lawrence. This year, Mayor Rivera is hoping to increase that number to 2,000.