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Partnerships in Lawrence, Mass. Annual Report
Posted By NECC Editor On June 22, 2011 @ 4:39 pm In | Comments Disabled
In 2012-2013 NECC retained and developed many active partnerships and reached thousands of individuals through support, programming assistance, and education. NECC strives to foster strong collaborations that provide mutual benefit to our students’ educational experiences as well as to the community’s identified needs. The NECC Office of Community Relations continues to work alongside the City of Lawrence on numerous events and initiatives specifically designed to reach and mobilize the city’s residents.
During 2012-2013, a formal collaboration was formed with Lawrence High School Humanities and Leadership Academy. The SOS/HLD pilot program was established to serve three important supportive functions at the high school:
The Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) is a strong organizational body, whose main focus is to enhance the health of the Lawrence community through the application of public health policies and initiatives. Many initiatives are developed through the combined effort of numerous community partners, including NECC.
In the past year, SOS, other student volunteers, and NECC staff participated in numerous MHTF sponsored events. Various collaborations developed as a result. Project Impact is a solid example of this type of partnership. In 2012, NECC students assisted the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to survey the citizens of Lawrence to discuss health inequalities and how best to address them. Students gained valuable interviewing experience and a deeper connection to the health issues affecting their neighborhoods. Other similar partnerships include the Diabetes Today Coalition, whose collaboration with local hospitals, Pfizer, the Lawrence Senior Center and NECC, helped organize the annual Lawrence Fiesta de Salud. Also, a partnership with the City of Lawrence and Groundwork Lawrence helped launch Family Fun & Fitness Day.
The YWCA serves many local residents on issues including domestic violence support services, counseling for emotional distress, and self-esteem and empowerment activities for women and girls. The Student Outreach Squad has provided supportive volunteer services at several YWCA sponsored events including: The 10th Annual Brides’ March, Women’s Safety & Wellness Day, American Heart Association’s Annual ‘Go Red’ Day, and International Women’s Day, and Take Back the Night, to honor those who perished due to domestic violence and abuse.
The Diabetes Today Coalition serves to promote awareness of resources and services to assist and educate residents of Lawrence who are living with diabetes, or at high risk of developing this condition.
NECC staff and SOS, along with NECC Medical Assistant and Respiratory and Nursing students, served in a variety of supportive capacities at the 2012 and 2013 Fiesta de Salud celebration. Our participation at this annual event, which attracts more than 800 local residents, has consistently been well received and welcomed as an essential community support.
The Lawrence Multipurpose Senior Center is the community facility where older adults join together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills. NECC has a long standing community partnership with the Lawrence Senior Center, in part due to their dual involvement in the City’s Mayor’s Health Task Force and the Diabetes Today Coalition. During 2012-2013, NECC participated in numerous events such as the 2013 Annual Oral Health Fair, Seniors Bake Sale, Earth Day clean up, and Oral Health Day that served older residents of Lawrence as well as the community as a whole.
GWL and NECC have been a steady community partners on numerous activities. Over the
past year, NECC staff and students worked closely with Groundwork Lawrence on the Annual Comcast Cares/ Earth Day community clean-up; the Spicket River clean-up; the Annual Kite Festival, Family Fun Day; and the annual Glow Gala fundraiser. Two NECC staff are now active members of their Board of Directors
NECC is proud to continue its relationship with the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative through participating in Campus Catalyst, cultivating budding new entrepreneurs as they test out their ideas, as well as sending four staff and faculty through the Sandbox Leadership Institute since 2011.
Lawrence Community Works is a community development corporation that weaves together community planning, organizing, and asset-building efforts with high-quality affordable housing and commercial development to create vibrant neighborhoods and empowered residents’. Over the past year, NECC has partnered with LCW on programming for their newly opened Lawrence Financial Stability Center (LFSC). NECC looks forward to bringing educational presentations to the LFSC, and having their staff present their financial literacy, asset building and financial counseling services to our college community.
NECC staff and SOS also engaged in various community building activities that have served to increase awareness of important social issues and their impact on local residents. Through participation in the White Fund Lecture Series and the NECC speaker series offered through the Exchange Club of Lawrence, many community members received first-hand information from local and nationally known leaders who understand these core issues and inspire residents to collectively explore possible solutions for their community. NECC also partnered with Jericho Road on the Cultural Inclusion Project, which focused on diversifying local non-profit boards of directors. Two staff served on their steering committee, and three NECC staff and faculty members are now new board recruits at local non-profits. NECC also continues to offer grant writing workshops through its Grant Resource Center (GRC) with support from the United Way. The GRC offers free community access to two premier databases, and workshops in Grants Research, and Grant Writing. In addition, NECC also provides participation and support for other numerous community wide events such as Semana Hispana, and the Bread and Roses Annual celebration.
The Office of Community Relations is pleased to serve the city of Lawrence and its surrounding communities, with identifying student volunteers and faculty to assist in a variety of local initiatives and program events. It serves as a repository of community information for both for the college and its partnering communities. The NECC Office of Community Relations is also the home of the Student Outreach Squad (SOS), a group of Work Study students who serve proudly and ably as the face of the college in our communities and participate in a variety of support capacities to our local partners.
We welcome the opportunity to partner with local groups and businesses to strengthen our ties to the Merrimack Valley region. Please feel free to contact our office if you wish to promote a local initiative or a Volunteer/Community service opportunity:
Silvia Banos, MPH
Phone: (978) 738-7437
Fax: (978) 738-7450
Phone: (978) 738-7440
Fax: (978) 738-7450
Northern Essex Community College
45 Franklin Street- L-123
Lawrence, MA 01840-1121
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