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Build A Bed Inspires Teamwork by Local Banks to Benefit Children

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Local banks joined forces for their annual Build A Bed team-building initiative, an inspiring example of collaboration and teamwork helping to build beds for children in our community and communities throughout Massachusetts. What began in 2022 as a shared goal to help make a difference in the lives of children developed into a friendly bed-building competition between Newburyport Bank and Institution for Savings.

With the recent merger of Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank forming River Run Bancorp MHC, the 2023 local Build A Bed team expanded, adding Pentucket Bank to the roster. The three local banks decided to work together, encouraging employees to create mixed teams to include employees from the other banks. The Build A Bed 2023 teams successfully built 30 beds in support of the mission to provide A Bed for Every Child.

There are many children in Massachusetts who don’t have the luxury of their own bed. They are sharing with siblings or parents and in some cases, children are sleeping on couches, air mattresses, floors and beds that they have outgrown or areBuild A Bed Donations, Teamwork, Newburyport Bank broken. With sleep being an essential element to physical and mental health, the Build A Bed mission has been recognized by many as a critical necessity.

Bank employees kicked off the beautiful afternoon with lunch served by Michael’s Harborside giving bank employees a chance to say “hi” to friends and meet new ones as a warm-up for this amazing team-building activity. Executives from each of the three banks provided opening remarks: Mary Anne Clancy, Senior VP Marketing & Communications for Institution for Savings, Leanne Eastman, Senior VP Community & Public Relations Director for Pentucket Bank and Tim Felter, Senior Executive VP/CFO/CAO/Treasurer of Newburyport Bank. Wilson and Jeffrey, representatives from Massachusetts based nonprofit A Bed for Every Child, provided training for the 70 bank volunteers.

Instead of cars, the Newburyport Bank parking lot was filled with employees, materials and tools that volunteers used to build beds. It was inspiring to see the mixed teams; blue shirts representing Newburyport Bank/Pentucket Bank and the green shirts representing Institution for Savings. It was inspiring to watch businesses that could be categorized as friendly competitors unite for the greater good, putting competition aside and instead prioritizing the Build A Bed mission to help ensure that every child has a place to dream.

Build A Bed, Newburyport Bank Teamwork Initiative

Operation Backpack Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Operation Backpack, Pettengill House

The Pettengill House has begun its collection and signup’s for Operation Backpack, an annual backpack and school supply drive with a mission to ensure that students throughout our community, start the school year “ready to learn.” Operation Backpack provides NEW backpacks and school supplies to students in pre–k through twelfth grade who attend school in the Amesbury, Newburyport, Pentucket and Triton school districts. If you are able to donate, please refer to the list at the bottom of the article to view most needed items and drop off locations throughout: Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport and Rowley. Please drop off donations by Thursday, August 17th. Distribution of backpacks and supplies to families in need will begin the following week. If you need assistance with backpacks and school supplies for your children, please sign up to request an Operation Backpack appointment

Let’s work together as a community to make Operation Backpack 2023 the most successful collection year ever! Help spread the word to family, friends and neighbors so that we can collectively have a positive impact for local students. Consider partnering with co-workers, family or friends to spread awareness and collect items. Local Newburyport Bank employees set a goal to “stuff the van” by working as a team to collect donations from bank employees in addition to the Newburyport, Storey Avenue drive that was hosted from 9 am –  3 pm, on Friday, 7/28 where they collected additional donations.

Operation Backpack is a great opportunity for our youth to understand the importance of community giving and to realize that necessities like school supplies and backpacks are unaffordable items for some families. Don’t grab just any backpack, consider involving kids in the purchase and donation process and encourage them to make thoughtful decisions that will result in smiles and back to school excitement for other students.

If you prefer to shop online instead, you can visit the Operation Backpack Amazon Wishlist to shop for most needed items and have them shipped directly to The Pettengill House. You can also help this community wide effort by sharing the Pettengill House Operation Back Pack Facebook Post with your friends and family.

Operation Backpack Donations, Rotary Club of Newburyport MAMonetary donations and gift cards are always accepted and appreciated as well. Donations can be made online or make checks payable to The Pettengill House, Inc., note “Operation Backpack” in the memo line, and mail to 21 Water Street, Suite. 4A Amesbury, MA 01913.  All donations are tax-deductible, and directly benefit children in our community.

Clients in need of assistance through the annual backpack and school supply drive can sign up through the Pettengill House food pantry in the beginning of August. If you are not a client and are in need of assistance, please contact the Pettengill House food pantry (978) 463-8801. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed during the third and fourth weeks in August by appointment only.

The Pettengill House is a nonprofit social service organization. This annual backpack and school supply drive supports Pettengill’s School Link Service Program. For more information, please visit www.pettentllhouse.org 

Most Needed Supplies (NEW Items Only, Please):

Sturdy backpacks, three-ring binders (1″-3″) binder dividers, lined filler paper, spiral & composition notebooks, pocket folders, index cards, sticky notes, washable markers, permanent markers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases/pouches pens (black & blue) glue sticks and mini staplers.

Drop-off Locations:

Amesbury:
Align Credit Union (19 Haverhll Road)
Amesbury Public Library (149 Main Street)
BankProv (5 Market Street and 1 Haverhill Road)
Institution for Savings (150 Main St.)
Stone Ridge Properties (20 Market St.)
St. Andre Bessette Parish (11 Sparhawk Street)

Salisbury:
Institution for Savings (7 Bridge Rd)
Pettengill House Pantry (13 Lafayette Road – drop-off hours Fridays 9-noon)
Salisbury Public Library (17 Elm Street)
Star of the Sea Chapel (141 North End Blvd)
Star of the Sea Church (18 Beach Road)
Suchecki Chiropractic (141 Bridge Road)
The Mom Comm (4 Elm Street, B1)

Newburyport:
Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency (57 State St.)
BankProv (66 Storey Ave)
Hope Community Church (11 Hale Street)
Institution for Savings (93 State St. and 68 Storey Ave)
Newburyport City Hall (60 Pleasant Street)
Stone Ridge Properties (1 Merrimac Street, Ste 2)

Rowley:
Rowley Public Library (141 Main Street)

Newburyport.com is proud to have The Pettengill House as a fundraising partner for the VIP Program. If you appreciate dining and shopping in our local community, you can support The Pettengill House by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card.  The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 130 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to The Pettengill House.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

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Newburyport Scout Troop 21 – Commitment to Community

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Newburyport Eagle Scout Ceremony for Scout Troop 21 with Elected Officials

Scout Troop 21 Commitment to Community

Young Leaders Volunteering Time for Outreach Projects

Newburyport Eagle Scout Ceremony for Scout Troop 21 with Parents

Making a Difference

The Newburyport Scout Troop 21 is place where young boys and girls can be part of an organization committed to fostering strong leadership skills with a focus on projects that have a positive impact within the community. Scouts start by learning practical skills combined with the development of strong moral character which ultimately enable them use their knowledge and capabilities to make their community a better pace for all.

Ceremony Honoring Eagle Scouts

Recently Eagle Scouts: Noah LaFlamme-Howe (L), Henry Blouin (C) and Bryce Ciampitti (R) from Scout Troop 21 were honored at the Scout Court of Honor held Saturday, January 14th at the Newburyport Senior Center. Family and friends gathered for the occasion as Eagle Scouts were presented with citations from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives as well as the City of Newburyport.

Newburyport Eagle Scout Ceremony for Scout Troop 21 with Elected Officials

Senator Bruce Tarr Citation from The MA State Senate

Representative Dawne Shand Citation from the MA State House

Mayor Sean Reardon Citation from the City of Newburyport

Troop 21

Meeting Location:
Immaculate Conception Parish
42 Green Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
nbptroop21@gmail.com

Leaders

Len Wallace, IV
Scout Master – Boys Troop

Dr. Michelle LaFlemme
Scout Master – Girls Troop

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Snow Angels of Newburyport – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Snow Angels, Newburyport

Newburyport’s Snow Angels Program is a snow removal service created to help senior citizens and those with physical disabilities. If you are looking for ways to give back in our local community please sign up to shovel! Currently the program is in strong need of volunteers as they have more requests than they do Snow Angles. Run by the Newburyport Youth Services and the Newburyport Council on Aging, the program connects volunteers with Newburyport residents that need assistance clearing their sidewalks and walkways.

When snow falls, sidewalks and streets can become a hazard for providers, children, and those with limited mobility. While the city works hard to clear the streets, Newburyport residents are responsible for shoveling their own property’s sidewalks. For senior citizens and those with disabilities, shoveling heavy snow is not a possibility, and for many, paying for a service can be too expensive. This is where the Snow Angels Program comes in. From December 1st through March 31st, residents in need are matched with a volunteer to help.

In need of assistance? Visit the official site to request Snow Angel Assistance or call the Newburyport Council on Aging atSnow Angels, Newburyport 978-462-0430. If you are looking for a way to give back to the community and want to become a Snow Angel Volunteer , the program is always looking for new folks to join the team. The program runs from 12/1/2021 – 3/31/2022.

Once registered, you and your shovel will be paired with a neighbor in need. Each volunteer is matched to help one neighbor for the entire winter season. General guidelines are that Snow Angels hit the streets when there is 1/2 inch of snow or more and have the sidewalks cleared within 48 hours of the storm, a city requirement. Beyond that, Snow Angels and their assigned resident can work together to meet any specific needs such as making sure entryways are cleared in time for at home care services, visiting nurses, or meals on wheels.

For more information on Newburyport snow emergencies, parking bans, and snow removal visit our Newburyport Winter Guide.

Historic Carousel on Salisbury Beach – Newburyport Bank $250K Donation

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Historic Carousel, Salisbury Beach

A beautifully restored historic carousel and new pavilion has been constructed on Salisbury Beach thanks to the efforts of the Salisbury Beach Partnership andHistoric Carousel, Salisbury Beach a generous $250K donation from Newburyport Bank—a true community bank that gives back to the neighborhoods it serves. This project is part of a greater effort to restore Salisbury’s waterfront, creating a year-round family-oriented destination.

The pavilion is located at a space on Broadway that has been vacant for 25 years, donated by Partnership President Wayne Capolupo and his family. Along with the historic carousel, the pavilion is also home to a much-needed Newburyport Bank micro branch and event space.

The wooden hand-carved carousel, dating back to 1909, was built by W.F. Mangels at the Looff factory in East Providence, Rhode Island. During its heyday, the Looff carousel whirled and twirled at Harveys Lake Amusement Park in Pennsylvania. Now over 100 years later, the historic carousel has been completely restored and is once again bringing smiles to riders—big and small.

Historic Carousel, Salisbury Beach The carousel, one of only 300 of its kind, is made up of 44 hand-carved and painted wooden animals—including horses, giraffes, camels, and goats. As part of the fundraising for the project, families and local businesses have been given the opportunity to “adopt” one of the animals and sponsor it for the next 20 years.

Along with the Adopt a Horse program, all proceeds from prior year Sea Festival of Trees and the engraved brick campaign were also allocated to the historic carousel and pavilion. The Salisbury Beach Partnership has continued to raise up to $1 million in funds for the Campaign for the Carousel.

The Salisbury waterfront is no stranger to having a beautiful carousel for locals and visitors to enjoy. The Broadway Flying Horses, the original Salisbury carousel, was a beloved family tradition for over 60 years before being sold off and moved to Santa Monica, California in 2019. The new addition of the pavilion and historic carousel, along with many other investment like the new Welcome Center, Comfort Station, and oceanfront boardwalk have brought back the magic of Salisbury Beach.

Newburyport Education Foundation – NEF – Investing in Education

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
NEF Newburyport Education Foundation

 

The Newburyport Education Foundation referred to as the NEF is a nonprofit organization that supports the Newburyport School System through fundraising and community involvement. The organization hosts multiple events throughout the year, provides opportunities for local donors to support campaigns benefiting the schools, and offers internships and other opportunities for students to further excel outside of the classroom.

The main mission of The Newburyport EF is to bring philanthropy into the schools and to create financial resources that can add to the quality of Newburyport’s education system. This financial support helps offset rising operating expenses, technology needs, and special education costs. The NEF Lighthouse Auction and the NEF Golf Tournament are the two of the primary annual fundraisers and as well as a couple of additional events each year.

The NEF focuses its campaigns on improving the school system in four major areas—STEM, Wellness, Technology, and Literacy. Along with these campaigns, The Newburyport Education Foundation also collaborates with local businesses, organizations, and residents to create opportunities for Newburyport’s students to further enrich their education. The goal of these programs is to create well-educated and conscientious students.

While other organizations like the Newburyport PTO also fundraise and support the public school system, the NEF focuses on multi-year campaigns. The PTO may be raising money to support the current year’s field trips while The Newburyport Education Foundation may be generating money over the course of two years to upgrade technology. Both organizations offer financial support to the Newburyport School System but focus on different goals.

The Newburyport EF also works to recognize the supportive Newburyport community through tributes. Parents and residents can recognize an exceptional teacher or neighbor by donating to the NEF in their name. The honoree will receive a  personalized card and pin recognizing their efforts.

For those interested in getting involved, there are many ways to connect with the Newburyport Education Foundation. Support the NEF through donations, attending an event, volunteering, and more. If you’re interested in making a difference in the Newburyport School System visit the official site or email info@newburyportef.org to learn more.

Enjoy Pictures and videos from past year NEF Events.

GNBA Offers Aide to Bura, Kenya with Newburyport Volunteers

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.

The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance is a non-profit organization working to connect residents of the local coastal community of Newburyport across the Atlantic to a rural community in Eastern Kenya—Bura.  The alliance is committed to fostering friendships, cross-cultural understanding, education, and leadership development between the two communities. While an entire ocean may separate Newburyport and Kenya, the GNBA manages to make a huge impact in the lives of those living in Bura from afar.

GNBA,  solely made up of supporters and volunteers dedicated to sharing the world of Bura, Kenya with Newburyport, is affiliated with Sister Cities International. The non-profit organization became a fixture in the Newburyport community back in 1992 and has thrived with an active group of volunteers ever since.

Interested in volunteering yourself or simply like to learn more? GNBA holds monthly meetings on the first Sunday of each month. While these get-togethers are currently virtual, meetings generally include a potluck supper and good company, along with valuable information and opportunities on how to get involved.

How do volunteers of GNBA make an impact in Kenya? The organization has many ongoing projects that directly impact the people that call Bura home. Currently, they are working on a wide range of areas including Education for Orphans, coed Soccer, Technology, AgroForestry, and COVID public health. Volunteers are welcome to join in on any ongoing projects and are also encouraged to initiate new projects in areas they feel passionate about.

Along with joining or creating a project and attending the monthly meeting, there are so many additional ways to get involved with GNBA and help the people of Bura, Kenya. Consider participating in one of the organization’s fundraisers it holds throughout the year or making a donation to the cause. Any form of volunteering is always welcome and appreciated. For more information contact Chris Bentley at 617-905-6371 or visit www.masskenya.org.

Looking for even more ways to get involved and help others? Visit our site for additional community outreach opportunities in the city of Newburyport and surrounding areas.

 

Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Aid Association Presents Annual Gift

By Mary Williamson, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, Mary brings more than 25 years of well-rounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital.
Anna Jaques Hospital
Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association Annual Gift 2022

On October 20, 2022 at the 134th Annual Meeting, the AJH Aid Association Executive Board presented a check to the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation for $115,000. This critical annual donation was graciously accepted by Mark Goldstein, President & CEO and Mary Williamson, VP of Philanthropy for the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation. The Aid Association is a group of approximately 200 local volunteers dedicated to fundraising through a series of community events. The AJH Aid Association has been raising money for Anna Jaques hospital since 1888 and as always, all funds raised locally remail local and are utilized to support critical local initiatives.

The Aid Association’s fundraising success is a collaborative effort that can be attributed to a variety of very popular local events including: the Holiday House Tour, the Thanksgiving pie sale, the annual plant sale, Great Chefs’ Week, the Seaside Soiree and the tree of light. These local events reflect the important role that the Aid Association plays as they bring together local businesses, community leaders, hospital supporters, and philanthropic individuals in support of our community hospital. In addition to these successful annual events, sales from the very popular Anna Jaques Hospital gift shop also contribute to the fundraising efforts. The Anna Jaques Aid Association works closely with the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation which also helps raise funds for the hospital.

For more details, visit AJH Aid Association

Asset Builder Awards, Recognition for Supporting Newburyport Youth

Asset Builder Awards, Newburyport

The Asset Builder Awards are a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge youth, adults and organizations throughout Newburyport who are supporting young people through their work or character. Our story image features prior year winners. Come help recognize the 2020 winners as Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition host the 12th Annual Asset Builder Awards happening on March 19th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Newburyport Senior Center. Nominated by members of the community, the recipients are selected for awards based on their natural ability and desire to support youth in Newburyport. Their relationships with youth in the city are positive, encouraging, supporting and empowering. Below is the list of 2020 Asset Award winners.

2020 Asset Builder Award Winners:
Frank Crump, Newburyport School Crossing Guard
Lisa Hutchings, Joppa Flats Education Coordinator
Madison, Bridget, & Charlotte MacMillan, Outstanding Youth
Kathleen Petrie, Molin School Teacher, NPS
Richard Tierney, Newburyport Youth Hockey Coach

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. The greater number of assets a younger person has, the lower number of high risk behaviors they get involved in. The BEACON Coalition uses this model as their framework for prevention.
Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition will be accepting nominations for the eight main categories of the 40 Assets.

Anyone can recognize an individual or organization by submitting a nomination. The 2020 nomination deadline is February 14th and below is a list of the eight asset categories. If you missed the nomination deadline, make sure to recognize someone next year. Nominations can be filled out online and forms are also available at the Newburyport High School, Nock Middle School, Newburyport Rec Center and the Newburyport Public Library. They can be dropped off at the Newburyport Rec Center (formerly the Brown School) or mailed to 40 Milk Street Newburyport, MA 01950. For additional information regarding the event and nomination forms, please contact 978-465-4434 or Beacon@cityofnewburyport.com.

Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition accept nominations for the eight main categories of the 40 Assets.

  • Support: This award recognizes an individual or organization who actively supports and advocates for youth. More than just a good friend, this is an individual that is trusted, respected and able to connect people to the resources they need. Or a family that models healthy communication and support!
  • Empowerment: Do you know of a young individual who has taken on challenges throughout the community in hopes of making a difference? Or an adult or organization that works to empower young people by building skills or creating opportunity for leadership.
  • Positive Identity: We would like to recognize an organization that helps to build self-esteem in young people and/or a young person who displays a positive model of identity to his/her peers.
  • Commitment to Learning: Do you know an organization that strives towards expanding the knowledge of young people throughout the community, or a young person that is dedicated to learning and pursuing further knowledge and inspire others to do the same?
  • Positive Values: This award will recognize a young person who has demonstrated honesty, character and conviction in their everyday life. A person with integrity does what is right, not what is easy.
  • Constructive Use of Time: Do you know an individual who uses their free time toward programs, creative activities or other positive programs? Or an organization whose purpose is to support youth in using their use of time to better themselves/others?
  • Boundaries & Expectations: This award recognizes an individual who is considered an adult role model or positive peer influence. This individual has a good sense and supports appropriate family, school and neighborhood boundaries.
    Social Competencies: Do you know an individual or organization who supports excels in planning/decision making, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, resistance skills, and/or peaceful conflict resolution?
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