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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awards $1,500 to Place of Promise

LOWELL — Place of Promise is the latest nonprofit to receive a $1,500 donation from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s We Share a Common Thread Foundation.

The award is part of the Give-a-Click program, which runs quarterly on the We Share a Common Thread Foundation website, WSACT.com. Each quarter, community members can visit the site to learn about the nonprofit contestants and cast their vote of support. At the end of the quarter, the organization with the most votes is awarded a $1,500 donation from the foundation.

Founded in 1994 by Elizabeth “Beth” Kidd, Place of Promise is a locally operated, faith-based organization in Lowell. It focuses on helping individuals in the community who have struggled with addiction to rebuild their lives. In addition to alcohol and opioid drug addictions, the people served are often also dealing with homelessness, incarceration, abuse, trauma, neglected medical conditions and mental disorders.

“We are so grateful to Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union and their We Share a Common Thread Foundation for giving us the opportunity to participate in the Give-A-Click program,” Kidd said in a statement.

Place of Promise operates on the contributions of donors and volunteers, has found the costs associated with helping its clients have risen during the coronavirus pandemic. The $1,500 will be put toward long-term adult residential programming to help fund those without financial resources or housing.

— Alana Melanson

Lowell House and Lowell Rotary announce Project Winter Survival Packs

LOWELL —  Lowell House and the Rotary Club of Lowell will hold a Project Winter Survival Backpack Day to assist those in the city struggling with addiction and mental health issues as they face winter.

Restrictions put in place by the coronavirus pandemic have led to a lack of shelter, access to health care and reduced capacity of treatment and support programs. This has been difficult for homeless people, especially those with substance use and mental health disorders. The upcoming winter is expected to further exacerbate the problem and put many lives at risk.

Lowell House and the Lowell Rotary Club will provide backpacks with basic materials to stay warm, dry and healthy to help those who are homeless on the streets, in shelters and temporarily housed during the winter. The organizations hope the measure will allow them and their partner agencies to help keep homeless individuals stay sober, safe and healthy.

Each backpack will include winter gloves, a winter hat and scarf, small medical kit with bandages and disinfectant, fleece blanket, water bottle with a tight seal, toothpaste and toothbrush, pair of white socks, feminine hygiene products and a laminated card with contact information and locations of support and emergency services.

About 75 to 100 backpacks will be filled and distributed on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Recovery Café, 20 William St., Lowell. Eligible recipients will receive an invitation card with a specific time to arrive. Social distancing and masks will be required at all times.

Such companies as Minuteman Press, Bomba socks, the Wish Project and 4Imprint have donated materials and other local companies and individuals have contributed funds to purchase additional supplies. More donations are welcome and details on how to contribute can be found at lowellhouseinc.org.

— Alana Melanson

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce hosting office hours

SHIRLEY — Business growth is a vital necessity now more than ever with the economic damage taken from the coronavirus pandemic, so guidance from leaders could be seen as a blessing.

The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting virtual office hours on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taking place over Zoom, the chamber will welcome state business leaders discussing business needs and assistance available through the state.

These leaders include Kevin Kuros of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, MassDevelopment’s Vice President of Business Development Kelly Arvidson and Chuck Merrill of Mass Growth Capital.

Those wanting to RSVP can do so by calling 978-425-5761 or emailing melissa@nvcoc.com.

— Jon Winkler

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