With funding from the EPA and the help of numerous volunteers, this past summer Groundwork Lawrence built twenty-one raised beds. Growing your own food in Lawrence can be a challenging activity for many residents because soil lead levels tend to be high and soil quality is low. Groundwork's Backyard Garden program alleviates this problem by building raised beds and providing a compost / loam growing medium. This enables residents to enjoy the benefits of growing their own fresh food.
Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is accepting applications for the Green Team. The Green Team school year employment program offers part-time paid positions for high school students, from Lawrence, MA to help lead and learn about local environmental and health issues, conduct research, raise awareness, challenge their peers to do community service, and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence. Green Team members will work 20 hours per month, as well as, volunteer 30 hours over the course of three months through a combination of after school and weekend work.
For the past seven weeks a select group of young adults from Lawrence have organized a work crew to remove solid waste from the Spicket River. The Spicket River Crew has worked tirelessly to make the river a better place for people and wildlife. The project is generously funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Natural Resources Damages Trust Fund. The Smith Family Foundation also provided funding for Groundwork to buy a truck to implement this project. Below is the first blog entry provided by crew member Santiago Reyes.
Lawrence, Its People & the Spicket River
Recently, Comcast Newsmakers interviewed GWL's Development Director, Amanda Cochrane. The video interview is available online, so take a few minutes to check it out. To watch it on Youtube, click here!
Every year since 2004, Bank of America recognizes community minded high school juniors and seniors from across the country and gives them the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience. As a selected participant of the 2013 Bank of America Student Leaders program, I was awarded an 8-week paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization. Furthermore, I represented Massachusetts in a Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C. along with 4 other student leaders from the Boston area.
LISC AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Coordinator: Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Groundwork Lawrence are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as Community Volunteer Coordinator from October 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014.
The member selected to serve in this capacity will be responsible for:
• developing a GWL Volunteer Tracking System which tracks volunteer organization names and addresses, contact person's email and phone number, and service capacity information and service work of interest
Groundwork Lawrence will be hosting two MassLIFT AmeriCorps members - a Service Learning Coordinator and a Community Engagement Coordinator.
The Community Engagement Coordinator at Groundwork Lawrence will assist GWL’s Project Director, who is responsible for managing the design and construction of open space and infrastructure improvements throughout Lawrence, including the Spicket River Greenway, Riverwalk Trail, the Shawsheen River Trail, the Manchester Lawrence Branch Rail Trail and community gardens.