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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.

 

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 Snow Angels official site and apply online or call the Newburyport Council on Aging at 978-462-0430 or Newburyport Youth Services at (978) 465-4434. The program runs from 12/1/2020 – 3/31/2021.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community and would like to volunteer, the program is always looking for new Snow Angels to join the team. You can register online or call the Newburyport Council on Aging at 978-462-0430 or Newburyport Youth Services at (978) 465-4434. The program runs from 12/1/2020 – 3/31/2021. Disregard dates on the NYS website referencing the prior year as the dates were just not updated.

Once registered, you and your shovel will be paired with a neighbor in need. Each Snow Angel 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.

AJH Healthcare Heroes Fund – Your Donation Helps Support Local!

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
AJH Healthcare Heroes Fund, Newburyport MA

A gift to the Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Healthcare Heroes Fund provides immediate resources to our nurses, physicians and hospital leaders to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an opportunity to help give back to folks in our local community who put themselves and their families at risk daily. All donations made through the AJH Healthcare Heroes fund stay local and are used to provide support for frontline workers serving our community.

The AJH Healthcare Heroes fund helps provide us with critical resources needed right now to be here for our community. We have reconfigured hospital spaces to accommodate more patients (and training staff to care for patients in a different setting), expanding ICU capacity, and procuring additional equipment and supplies. We have set up telehealth capabilities enabling patients to be cared for while maintaining social distancing, and have postponed non-urgent elective procedures, visits, appointments and surgeries. Your support will help to address these efforts and other emergency responses, and it is critically needed.

Please make a gift now to the Healthcare Heroes Fund by clicking here. If you make your gift in honor of a provider, we will let them know that they have inspired your giving!

If you wish to speak with the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, please contact Mary Williamson by email or at 978-463-1211As always, all gifts to Anna Jaques Hospital remain here, serving our community. Thank you for your consideration of the AJH Healthcare Heroes Fund. Every donation helps make a difference!

Anna Jaques Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital based in Newburyport, MA. AJH is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health and has a long history of providing top quality medical care for residents of the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. Not only is Anna Jaques Hospital a critical health resource for the community but the hospital is also a very important employer to many families providing jobs for over 1,200 individuals within the community.

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, AJH Aid Association Annual Gift

On October 17th, 2019 at its 131st Annual Meeting, the Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Aid Association presented a check to AJH for $130,000. Mary Ann Abbott, President of the AJH Aid Association presented a check to Mark Goldstein, President & CEO, David LaFlamme, chair of the Anna Jaques Board of Trustees and Matt Khatib, Chair of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation.

The funds were designated to the following areas: assist underinsured and uninsured low-to-moerate income patients in Seabrook

  • Assist underinsured and uninsured low-to-moderate income patients in Seabrook, NH
  • AJH Birth Center
  • Comprehensive Pain Center
  • Cardiac Cath/Interventional
  • Radiology Suite
  • Pediatric Psychiatric Unit

The Aid Association’s success is attributed to annual events like Great Chefs’ Night, the AJH Gift Shop, the beloved bake sales and plants sales, the art display and sales program, and the Holiday Arts & Craft Fair, to name a few. These events also 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 its community hospital. 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?

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.
Backpack and School Supply Drive, Newburyport

The Pettengill House has begun its collection and sign-ups for Operation Backpack, an annual backpack and school supply drive with the goal of helping every student 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, Triton, and Pentucket school districts. If you would like to donate, please refer to the list of needed items below.  Items can be dropped off at any of the listed drop-off locations throughout the community.  Please drop off all items by August 15th.

Newburyport.com would like to encourage everyone to consider how they might make this annual program an even bigger success this year. If you have kids, include them in the decision making process as you purchase backpacks and school supplies, as this is a great opportunity for your kids to understand the importance of helping others in our community. Don’t grab just any backpack. Take the time to choose things that will bring a smile to a child’s face and get them excited about going back to school!

You can also visit the Operation Backpack Amazon Wishlist to shop for needed items online 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.

Monetary donations and gift cards are always accepted and appreciated as well.  Please make checks payable to The Pettengill House, Inc., note “Operation Backpack” in the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 5551, Salisbury, MA 01952.  All donations are tax-deductible, and directly benefit the children in our community.

If you are in need of assistance through our annual backpack and school supply drive, please sign up through the Pettengill House food pantry on August 1st or 8th, or call The Pettengill Family Resource Center at (978) 792-5205 on or after July 31st to schedule an appointment. 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 

Items Needed (NEW items only, please):

sturdy backpacks, three-ring binders & dividers, spiral & composition notebooks, scientific & regular calculators, pens, no. 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil cases, erasers, markers, crayons, glue sticks, index cards, sticky notes, small staplers, scissors, rulers, fine-tipped sharpies, highlighters, graph paper, loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, protractors, thumb drives, lunch boxes, tissue packs

Drop-off Locations:

Amesbury: Align Credit Union, Amesbury Public Library, Cider Hill Farm, Holy Family Parish, Main Street Congregational Church, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, St. James Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge Properties, Unity on the River

Newbury: Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

Newburyport: The Dance Place @ The Tannery, Institution for Savings, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, YWCA of Greater Newburyport

Salisbury: Eclipx Salon,Institution for Savings, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Salisbury Public Library, Star of the Sea Church, Star of the Sea Beach Chapel

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 180 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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