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Today is Giving Tuesday
Please consider a year end donation

Dear Friends and Supporters,
Today, on Giving Tuesday, I am happy to share our Annual Report with you. This year’s report is dedicated to the many community partners who have helped us continue to provide uninterrupted services to those most vulnerable in our communities. 

From our partners who helped provide PPE and Vaccinations for our staff, to partners who worked with us to provide temporary housing to homeless individuals, to partners who lent us temporary space for us to provide early learning and childcare to hundreds of children, to the generous funders and supporting partners, and the many more partners who stepped up during COVID-19 – we THANK YOU!

We are able to continue our work through the generosity of our partners and donors like you who, year in and year out, help to support our mission. Please consider a pledge or donation by December 31, 2021, to help us meet the increasing needs in our community. 

To make a donation, please visit our new website at Donations of $1000 or more qualify for Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credits, which provide donors with a 50% refund/credit on their donation.

The needs in our communities are great. With your support, we can continue to make a positive difference for so many. For that, we are truly grateful. We greatly appreciate your consideration and we wish you good health and happiness throughout the Holidays.

With Thanks and Gratitude,

For more information please VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE

Karen Frederick, CEO
Community Teamwork
Common Start Coalition Rally

We recently joined Common Start Coalition in a rally at Lowell City Hall in Calling For Affordable Early Education & Child Care. Approximately 20 CTI staff joined Representative Vanna Howard and many others in supporting the Common Start Legislation.

We know Early Education staff need equitable, livable wages to continue working in the field. And, we need to recruit enough staff to open all of our very essential classrooms. We know parents need affordable child care to return to the workforce, and we know employers need employees to keep their doors and businesses open. The current crisis in this field is having an effect on us at Community Teamwork, across the City, State, and Country. Lowell is solidly behind making affordable, accessible child care a reality and ensuring that ALL Early Education and Care staff are paid equitable, living wages.

About the Common Start Bill:
WEDNESDAY November 10th
Support Runaway and Homeless Youth
National Runaway Safeline
The lack of a high school diploma or a GED is the number one contributor to elevated risk of youth homelessness. At CTI Youth Services, we connect youth and young adults to local resources that enable them to complete their education goals.

Information from The Voices of Youth Count from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Youth homelessness hides in plain sight. We see you and want to get you on a path to stability. Call 212 or 978-905-7385 to get the help and resources you need. Check out for our online Referral Form and local resources.
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
$5.9 Million Grant Initiative to Communities/CTI
Planning Committee Kick-Off Meeting
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program {YHDP) is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. Our region was recently awarded $5.9 million toward this initiative through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). This grant is provided to selected communities to fund planning activities to support the implementation of their plans, housing projects, and services to support housing navigation and stability for young people. YHDP encourages communities to think innovatively about project design to and access available flexibilities given to YHDP communities to fund projects.
On Wednesday, November 17th, over 65 youth and individuals representing many social, educational, behavioral and health organizations from YDHP-selected communities met for the first of several gatherings to initiate regional collaborations, engage with young adults, and develop systems to end youth homelessness as a community. The goal of this YHDP grant is to support our selected communities (see map above), including rural, suburban, and urban areas across Massachusetts in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

Supporting Organizations

The co-applicants in this process
Heating Assistance Annual Household Income Guidelines (2021-2022)
Weatherization and Conservation
You work hard. Heat is expensive! Do you need help keeping warm this winter?

Y​our family ​may qualify for payments towards  winter heating bills, discounts on monthly utility bills, a no-cost home energy assessment, free appliance replacement, and other energy-saving improvements for your home, all at no cost to you.

CTI Fuel Assistance Telephone #: 978-459-6161
(Includes information/application for HEARTWAP/WAP/AMP)

Fax #: 978-458-8594

Financial Education Center -
Join us for the Financial Literacy Academy! A free 6-session course covering all the hot topics such as Budgeting, Credit, Saving and so much more! Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm!
Dates: Nov 30, Dec 2, 7, 9. 14 and 16
Call 978.770.3037 or email Tracy Parenteau to register.

If anyone you know is looking for help with their financials, please feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help. Call 978.770.3037 or email Tracy Parenteau to register or schedule your appointment and safeguard your financial future!

The Financial Education Center at Community Teamwork is hiring! Come join our team and make an impact in our community. Looking for a Career Coach - Learn more here!

REACH LoWELL seeks to eliminate disparities among the Southeast Asian and Hispanic/LatinX communities. Areas of focus include increasing access to healthy foods, physical activity and community resources.

As part of the Nutrition area of focus, we want to learn from you about what support might be helpful to Lowell families to ensure their babies benefit from a healthy start.

Participation is voluntary. You can choose not to answer any of these questions. All information is kept private. Answers will be grouped so that no individual answers are shared.

If you have any questions please contact, Linda Chan Flynn, REACH LoWELL Program

Community Teamwork has been selected by local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program!

For the month of December 2021, Community Teamwork will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford store located at 66-2 Drum Hill Shopping Center, Chelmsford MA. It also helps reduce plastic use!

Assistant Facilities Manager

We are seeking an Assistant Director of Facilities who will be responsible for the daily management of CTI’s building and grounds; ensures optimal functioning of building systems including mechanical, electrical, and fire/life safety. Works closely with Director of Facilities to provide oversight, program development, and project management of all CTI Agency owned and leased properties.

This newsletter is sponsored by our Premier Partner, Enterprise Bank, who continues to support Community Teamwork's mission each and every day.

We appreciate all of our Sponsors whose continued generosity allows us to fulfill our mission.

If you would like to donate to help support the new Center, please contribute to the Greater Lowell Family Foundation c/o
The Rita O’Brien Dee Center for Behavioral Health and Development Fund, 100 Merrimack Street, #202, Lowell, MA 01852 or online at

There are ALWAYS Ways to Help
If you find yourself in a position to help, your contribution will aid our efforts on every front as we work together to defeat COVID-19, care for our clients and families in their hour of greatest need, and emerge stronger than ever. 

To make a donation to help Community Teamwork fulfill its mission, please