United Way Awards $130,000 to 14 organizations to support summer programming for Lowell youth

June 30, 2017

Greater Lowell community helped raise funds for Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell initiative

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Summer Experiences of Greater Lowell will award $130,000 to 14 Lowell area youth organizations to support programs that provide safe, engaging, academic and cultural experiences for local young people during the summer months as well as summer jobs for older youth.  The total funds being awarded this year represent a $15,000 increase over last year.

Today’s effective summer programs are designed to provide enriching opportunities to young people that excite them about learning and provide them with real-world experiences to support their educational success,” said Michael K. Durkin, President at United Way.  “This is a true community partnership, with local people and businesses come together to provide a positive, lasting impact in our region.”

 The following 14 organizations received funds:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
  • Girls Inc of Greater Lowell
  • The Paul Center
  • Community Teamwork (CTI)/Spindle City
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica
  • United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
  • Greater Lowell Family YMCA
  •  YWCA of Lowell
  • Project LEARN
  • Lowell Community Health Center (CHC)
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA)
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank
  • The Caleb Group
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT)

Funds for Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell were raised at the 17th Annual Martini Spring Fling, held last month at Vesper Country Club.  The event was co-chaired by Joyce Leger of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Kari Reinking of TD Bank and Kerry Pucillo of UMASS Lowell.

Sponsors include TD Charitable Foundation, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Nancy Donahue, Circle Health, Brooks Automation, Enterprise Bank, Kronos, Lowell Five, UPS, Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, Eastern Bank, Lowell Summer Music Series, MEC Technologies, UMASS Lowell and Winn Companies. Funds for SEGL were also raised earlier this month at an annual golf tournament hosted by Lantheus Medical Imaging.

Last year, funds raised by Summer Experiences of Greater Lowell and United Way served over 2,800 youth, creating jobs, developing skills, closing the learning gap and providing safe, exciting summer adventures. Over the past 17 years, SEGL has raised over $1 million, helping to reach over 30,000 young people.