Groundwork Lawrence Newsletter April 2018

Group photo of volunteers at Earth Day 2018
Thank you for GWL Earth Day / Comcast Cares Day!

Thank you to every volunteer who came out to support GWL Earth Day / Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 21! Over 800 people cleaned Lawrence's parks and streets, planted trees on the beautiful Campagnone Common, and took time out of their weekend to make a difference. Now, we can all look forward to enjoying the freshly cleaned parks and open spaces this spring and summer.

We want to give special thanks to Comcast for supporting a ninth year of collaboration, and we can't wait for next year! Thank you to the City of Lawrence, the Lawrence Senior Center, Covanta, Lawrence General Hospital, Telemundo's Grace Gomez, and Lawrence Public Schools Nutrition Services for all of your support.  
Spicket River Brewery Tap Takeover

Immediately after GWL Earth Day / Comcast Cares Day, Spicket River Brewery generously hosted a Groundwork Lawrence benefit and post-cleanup celebration at the Claddagh Pub. We are so thankful for their support, and for hosting our volunteers for cool libations after a hard day's work!
Lesly Melendez to be Honored at YWCA

Lesly Melendez, Deputy Director of GWL, Champion of Lawrence, Lover of Trees, Mama Bear, and Overall Fantastic Person, is being honored this year at the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts' Tribute to Women on May 17. Each May, the YWCA hosts an awards luncheon, Tribute to Women, to honor a select group of women living or working within the YWCA's service area who have made remarkable contributions in their professions and communities. Additionally, the luncheon raises crucial funds for more than 26 YWCA programs and services in the greater Lawrence, Haverhill, Lynn and Southern NH areas.

Lesly is a fearless and dedicated advocate for the City of Lawrence and its residents, and we are so proud to call her our friend and colleague. See here for the complete list of this year's honorees. 
The Story of Us: Our City, Our Story, Our World - May 14

Groundwork Lawrence Green Team will be hosting a storytelling event,    The Story of Us: Our City, Our Story, Our World    on May 14, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Ferrous Park on Island Street in Lawrence. Green Team members have been exploring their personal stories and learning how theirs is a critical tile of the larger mosaic that makes up their neighborhood, the city of Lawrence, and ultimately the world. The event will be a multimedia presentation open and free to the public, and is a creative expression of  a yearlong self-exploration process around social and environmental justice.

Please let us know you'll be there and RSVP here. 
We're Hiring - Join the GWL Team!

Interested in youth development in Lawrence? We are recruiting for the following summer positions: Green Team Leader and Urban Adventures Counselors and Junior Counselor

Additionally, we are hiring a full-time Project Manager for our Green Streets urban forestry program, and Seasonal Planters for the tree-planting crew this summer.
 
Starting Seeds Workshop - May 21

Are you interested in learning how to use your own starter seeds in your garden rather than buying starter plants? Join us for a Starting Seeds Workshop on May 21st where you will learn how to save money by growing your own plants with starter seeds!

This is the second workshop in our Spring 2018 Garden Series, where aspiring gardeners of all experience levels can dust off their green thumbs!

You can learn more here. Contact Maria to sign up. 

The Garden Workshop Series and other Groundwork Lawrence food programs are supported, in part, by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. 
Summer Institute 2018 at Boston College: The Present and Future of Indoor Farming

If you work in a Lawrence school, then you should attend the Summer Institute at Boston College where you can learn how to set up your own hydroponic system! You will learn how to set up a compact system that can grow up to 60 plants at a time!

Hydroponics is the science of growing plants without soil, using only tap water and nutrient powders. Instructors will teach you how to put a hydroponics system together, as well as how to manage it. You will also receive NGSS aligned curriculum materials and a hydroponics kit of materials to get you started. There will also be training on how to use the technology needed to monitor the system. 

The Summer Institute runs from August 14th to the 16th, 2018, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at  Higgins Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. It is FREE for you to receive this training! Stipends to cover transportation and parking are available.

For more information email:  Caitlin Abber
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