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Community Involvement

Lawrence Community Involvement

Have you considered partnering with Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence? We collaborate with residents and community organizations on various projects and initiatives and we would like to partner with you!
We offer:

In addition to the above, we are happy to collaborate on new initiatives or projects based on your needs. Contact us today to learn more.

Grant Resource Center (GRC)

Not-for-profits and individuals in the Merrimack Valley and beyond are invited to the Lawrence Campus Library to do their grant research on Associated Grant Makers grant funder database and The Foundation Center Directory Online Professional (FDO), TWO premier membership-only databases, for FREE! If you or your organization is looking for funds to further your mission, complete a project, or build capacity, come visit the GRC at 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence and access the AGM and  Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online databases to do your research to find grants!


This spring we will be holding one series of three workshops during April and May. Registration instructions and workshop descriptions are found below. Thank you for your interest in the Grant Resource Center at NECC, with support from  Associated Grant Makers!

Instructions to Register:

Please visit http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/courses-programs/non-credit/bus-skills/grants-research-and-writing/ and click on “Register” in the upper right corner.


Introduction to Grants Research – Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:30 AM-12:300 PM at Riverwalk

The Introduction to Grants Research Workshop introduces you to the world of Philanthropy. You will discover the wealth of opportunity that exists in terms of foundation grants. We will introduce you to the process of grants research and all that it entails. You will learn how to approach the foundations, and most importantly how not to. Learn how to tell your organization’s story for best effect.  We will identify for you the best websites and databases that are critical to finding the right grantmaker for your organization. A primary focus of the workshop is to highlight key resources (books, websites, and databases) that will be essential to getting a “yes” to your grant proposal. Facilitated by Georganna Woods

 Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners – Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:30-11:30 AM at Riverwalk

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to create a winning grant proposal!  We’ll look at the different types of grant proposals, the typical components of a proposal and the steps in the process.  We’ll also talk about how you can make the process as efficient as possible – how to get the proposals out and still have time to provide services to the community!  This workshop is geared to those new to grant writing. Facilitated by Lisa Perry-Wood

Introduction to Grant Writing II: Beyond the Basics - Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:00 noon at Riverwalk

Do you have some experience in grant writing but would like to go to the next level?   Our facilitator will share years of experience in both writing and reviewing grants.  In this workshop you’ll learn: how to plan your grant for maximum funding success; the secret language used by successful grant writers; how to think like a reviewer; simple ways to package your grant for maximum effect; grant writing Dos and Don’ts based upon sample grants that we love and grants that we can’t believe were submitted. The workshop will provide time for interaction with concrete examples and lively discussion. Facilitated by Lisa Perry-Wood

For an appointment to use the Grant Resource tools at NECC’s Library (Grant Resource Center), please contact Mike Hearn mhearn@necc.mass.edu (978) 738-7400.

For Workshop Questions, contact Dawna Perez, dperez@necc.mass.edu, (978) 738-7605


Are you looking for a mature student to help out in your organization 5-10 hours per week? Does your organization need help with an event (set-up, registration, general support)? Maybe the Student Outreach Squad can help!  SOS is a group of trained students who are excited about helping our local community, representing NECC proudly at local events year-round.

Temporary Contact Niurka Aybar, naybar@necc.mass.edu  (978) 738-7451


Hispanic Cultural Enrichment

The Hispanic Cultural Enrichment Program promotes diversity, provides students with unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and builds relationships within the Merrimack Valley region. Through this program, the college partners with local community organizations to offer first-class cultural performances to enlighten the minds and enrich the lives of students and area residents. Highlights of the program include the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from September 15 through October 15, with historical exhibits and cultural performances which have included Latin jazz, Spanish guitar and flamenco dancing, poetry readings and modern dance.

Contact Gisela Nash, gnash@necc.mass.edu, (978) 738-7413

Lawrence organizations who partner with NECC

  • Bread and Roses Heritage Committee
  • Community Day Charter Public School
  • Diabetes Today Coalition
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Jericho Road Lawrence
  • Movement City After School Program
  • Lawrence Community Works
  • Lawrence Cultural Council
  • Lawrence High School
  • Lazarus House
  • Mayor’s Health Task Force
  • Lawrence Youth Task Force Team
  • The White Fund, Inc.
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Clothesline Project

Contact Us

Dawna M. Perez, PhD, Associate Dean, dperez@necc.mass.edu, (978) 738-7605
Gisela Nash, Director, Title V/Student Success Programs, gnash@necc.mass.edu, (978) 738-7413
Karletty Medina, Career Coach/Success Programs, kmedina@necc.mass.edu  (978) 738-7479