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Nonprofits awarded$94,500
Sept 6,2014 LOWELL:  Twenty Merrimack Valley-based nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $94,500 in grant funding last month by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.
Funds were awarded to support community-improvement efforts in the areas of substance-abuse prevention, social enterprise, healthy communities, the creative economy, clean-water initiatives, elder services, children’s services and leadership.Read more:

Up with People Cast is looking for hosts
July 29, 2014, Lowell Sun: Families in the Merrimack Valley will have the opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes between Aug. 18-25 when an international cast of Up with People arrives on the first stop on its 2014 world tour.
Host families are being sought to keep one or more students from Up with People’s 100-member cast and staff which represents 20 countries and more than 25 states. Read More

Align Credit Union Supports Habitat
June 25, 2014: Align Credit Unions female employees proudly supported Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week in Lowell, MA. Read More:

Habitat for Humanity to take part in National Women Build. May 4, 2014, Boston Globe North:  Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity is taking part in National Women Build Week in May, designed to challenge women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. Though the national week is Monday through May 11, Habitat’s Greater Lowell chapter is holding an expanded participation period, Wednesday through May 17, focused on a building project at 133-135 White St. Women are asked to donate $100 to sign up; they will then have a chance to help in a number of ways, including building, office assistance, providing training, landscaping, and event preparation.  Read More:

Habitat for Humanity is awarded $5k
February19, 2014 (Wicked Local Woburn)  – The Northern Bank & Trust Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (HFHGL) toward Habitat housing in Billerica that will be built this spring for a low-income family. Read More

Finding a new purpose for everyday items at Billerica’s ReStore
Nov 11, 2013, Billerica Minuteman:
  The Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Boston Road hosted a guest speaker last week who described a plethora of creative ways to transform old building supplies and unused household items into stylish furniture, unique lighting and home décor with flare. Read More

Business Majors Trade Calculators for Hammers to Help Habitat for Humanity (and video)
Nov 22, 2013, UMass Lowell Web Site:  On three late fall Fridays, accounting students from the Manning School of Business set aside spreadsheets, calculators and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in favor of work gloves and dust masks to pitch in at a Habitat for Humanity construction site. The student volunteers painted, sawed, cut tile and broke down scrap wood, helping to put the final touches on four new homes on Rock Street in Lowell. read more

Video:  Billerica Access TV Interview with Brenda Gould, Exec Dir and Suzanne Marlowe, Mgr ReStore.
Nov 13, 2013, BATV :  Watch the interview (starts 41 minutes into the program) http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01248&video=176570

Greater Lowell Community Foundation awards Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell Grant for Critical Repair work for the elderly.  The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell $7000 to support Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Lowell’s Acre neighborhood.  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowellbelieves that sustainable homeownership for low-income elderly and veteran families is vital to a thriving community. “The generosity of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation award will enable us to impact more families in Lowell, starting with helping elderly veterans and disabled homeowners to thrive in their homes by creating healthier, safer home environments through critical repairs and improvements” says Brenda Gould, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. “Our Critical Repair projects will focus on painting, landscaping, and minor and major repairs.”

‘This is your home’: City woman’s dream realized (and VIDEO)
Oct 24, 2013, Lowell Sun: Sandra Medeiros stood outside her newly-constructed house on Rock Street, buttoning her 17-month-old son into his fall jacket, repeating the same four words over and over to him.  “This is your home,” she told him.  Medeiros, with her baby Calvin Medeiros-Gonzalez, walked through their new three-bedroom colonial Wednesday, saying this is a dream come true for her family. Medeiros will move into the house later this year, awarded to her through Habitat for Humanity Greater Lowell, a nonprofit which has worked to build 32 homes for families in need locally since 1991.  Read more:

Habitat for Humanity Teams with NetScout and Leading Massachusetts-based Businesses to Improve Opportunities for Affordable Home Ownership
Panel of executives to gather at NetScout’s headquarters in Westford, Mass. to raise awareness for a program that aids people in securing affordable housing. 
NetScout Oct 17, 2013 NetScout Systems, Inc. today announced that it will host the Habitat for Humanity Executive Summit at its headquarters in Westford, Mass. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, bringing together business and community leaders for a dialogue on corporate philanthropy. NetScout CEO Anil Singhal will be joined by Jack Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Bank and Trust in Lowell, and Stacey Alcorn, Co-Owner of 14 RE/MAX Prestige offices in Greater Boston, to share their experiences with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell and discuss how others can support the charity. Read More:

Westford housing panel still crafting plan for Edwards Parcel,
Oct 8, 2013, Lowell Sun:  The Affordable Housing Committee continues to plan housing on a portion of the 40-acre lot off Forrest Road known as the Edwards Parcel, though members say a citizens’ petition has them under a time crunch.
Affordable Housing Committee member Rob Downing told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday the group is under more pressure to provide answers since abutters to the parcel filed a citizens’ petition for Special Town Meeting on Oct. 21. Their proposal asks voters to protect the entire parcel by putting it under the control of the Conservation Commission. Affordable Housing Chairman Paul Cully said he is preparing to propose an amendment on the Town Meeting floor this month, to ask a now 3.4-acre portion of the site to be exempted. Cully said Habitat for Humanity has expressed extreme interest in building homes on the site, though the specifics and finances of that work are not yet known.  Read more:

PTC Needham goes Green and Donates to ReStore
July 2013.   In December of 2012, PTC Needham underwent extensive renovations during its “Refresh” project. The end result? A beautiful looking office, but a surplus of old tables, chairs, carpet, and refrigerators – all of it still usable, but destined to end up in a landfill. However, with the initiative of one employee, PTC Needham was not only able to find a new home for the furniture, but help build one too.  Read more:

Stacey Alcorn to Launch New Book at Habitat for Humanity CEO Summit
August 19, 2013, PR News Wire.  Motivational speaker, blogger, and Boston entrepreneur to announce the release of her new book “REACH! – Dream, Stretch, Achieve, Influence” at the October 22 CEO Summit hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. Read More:

Thieves hit Habitat homes in Lowell
June 22, 2013 Lowell Sun: A pair of thieves caused about $1,500 in damage to a pair of duplex homes being built on Rock Street by Habitat for Humanity for four families that have 14 children between them during a break in earlier this month. Read More:

Shed Winner Drawn During Habitat for Humanity Anniversary Party ,
June 2013, Reeds Ferry: The “Ol’ School Rockers” were playing to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Billerica MA.  The sun was out, kids were dancing to the music and people were shopping in the store.  2:00PM arrived and after some comments and thanks to the community for their support, the drawings started.  I picked the winners for a “his and her” tool box, and a blue scooter. Read More: 

Win A Reeds Ferry Shed at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Billerica
May 2013, Reeds Ferry:  The best thing about Girl Scout cookies is not only are you helping out the Scouts, you also get to eat a box of Thin Mints… Helping a good cause while you simultaneously benefit is nice; it’s a win-win. Here’s another one; how about a spot where you could buy building materials that you had to buy anyway, but all the proceeds from your purchase went to help a less fortunate family build their own home?  Yup; there’s such a place; it describes the “ReStore” in Billerica MA operated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. Read More.

Women at Work
May 19, 2013, Lowell Sun. In today’s fast-paced world, the meaning of the American dream changes daily and varies from person to person.  Some describe the concept as being their own boss or becoming financially independent while others might say it means providing a better quality of living for their children.  Regardless of any one opinion, the over-arching theme of the American dream is achieving success through hard work.  On May 10, the Massachusetts chapter of the Real Estate Stagers Association had 15 members participate in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell’s Women Build Week to help achieve the American dream for two single mothers, both with at least four children.  Read More

Women get a chance to shine
May 2013, habitat.org.  On Rock Street in Lowell, Mass., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell has plenty of projects to go around. They’re in the process of building two side-by-side energy-efficient duplexes; enough housing for four families. In their sixth year of participation in National Women Build Week, Greater Lowell opened up seven volunteer days from May 2-11, in which 105 women eagerly signed up to participate.  Read more

Eastern Bank honors local charities:
April 2013, boston.com. HFHGL Executive Dir, Brenda Gould catches football thrown by Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL player Doug Flutie.

Who won the Westford Snow Sculpture Contest?Westford Patch, April 10, 2013

Habitat keeps building for the future -
April 9, 2013, Lowell Sun
One of the things that community relations director Kim Trainor of Habitat for Humanity of Lowell likes most about her job is that she gets to help people to help themselves. “This is not a handout program. It’s a hand up. I absolutely love my job,” said Trainor. Read More

Video – Billerica Selectman for reelection speaks about Habitat and the The ReStore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNsxOFOAkBA

Billerica volunteers put Marshall stage in the spotlight-February 14, 2013, Billerica Minuteman.  Ashe said they have also been fundraising to replace the worn-out seats in the auditorium by selling sponsorships at $150 per chair or $1,200 per row of eight. Cabot is one of the companies that purchased a row and several town and public school administrators have purchased seats. Read More:
Room 50 Alive, unique and inspiring tales from the Mayor, Lowell. MAIt was the persistent encouragement of her 14-year-old son Deandre that pushed Sandra Medeiros to gather the required documentation and fill out the application to become a home owner through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.  She applied in October. She was notified she had been selected on Thanksgiving. Tuesday morning, Sandra was part of a team of 17, including a pack of carpentry students from Greater Lowell Technical High School, who lifted the 3,000 pound front wall of what will be her family’s home at 49 Rock St. Read more

Volunteers, GL Tech students help build new life for city woman:
February 6, 2013, Lowell Sun.  Sandra Medeiros lifted the wall of her future Rock Street home in the city’s Acre neighborhood Tuesday morning with a crew of volunteers and students from Greater Lowell Technical High School.
  “I never thought…” said Medeiros about the prospect of living in her own home, before her voice broke, tears welling up in her eyes.  Four homes, including Medeiros’, are being built on Rock Street by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.  Read more: 

Video: Rock Street Wall Raising  by Lowell Sun:  February 6, 2013

Video: Rock Street Wall Raising : February 5, 2013

Habitat for Humanity has strong ties to Carlisle
January 23, 2013, Carlisle Mosquito.  Started by the Fuller family of Georgia, Habitat for Humanity (HFH)has been in operation since 1976. Since then, Habitat has helped to build or repair over 600,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than three million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (HFHGL) started its work in 1991, and since then has built 31 homes, serving 131 people, not counting current projects. They also planned out ten critical repairs to veterans’ residences between 2012-2013. Two Carlisle residents currently sit on the board of HFHGL, read more:

Habitat receives grant for house in Lowell
December 25, 2012, Lowell Sun. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell has been awarded $87,800 to help build one home on Rock Street, in Lowell. This is the second collaboration between the local Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat. In 2010, 1 Carter Way was built due to the generosity of Thrivent Financial. The grant provides 50 percent of the cost of construction, and was given to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Read more:

video: Robert Robillard – A Concord Carpenter works on a home in Concord MA and donates items to the ReStore in Billerica, http://vp.telvue.com/player?autostart=true&height=240&id=T00341&noplaylistskin=true&video=137869&width=320

Take the Wheel with Ford and Raise As Much as $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell
December 11, 2012, Chelmsford Patch . Drum Hill Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program to the Lowell community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.

Drum Hill Ford pitches in for Habitat
December 11, 2012, Lowell Sun: Drum Hill Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program to Lowell in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.

Habitat For Humanity breaks ground on four homes in Lowell
November 6, 2012, Boston Business Journal: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is converting a former salvage yard on Rock Street in Lowell, Mass. into four new homes

Habitat for Humanity and NetScout Systems partner for build in Lowell
October 29, 2012, Westford Patch. Under blue skies on Thursday October 25, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell  (HFHGL) broke ground on a new four home, affordable housing project that is reclaimed land at 49-55 Rock Street in Lowell, Mass.

Habitat For Humanity to build new city complex
October 26, 2012, Lowell Sun. Construction has started for the complex’s first four homes, and additional homes will be built in later phases. Two of the homes will be built on adjacent Willie Street.”With each Habitat home built, the cycle of poverty takes another step toward extinction,” Kim Trainor, the director of community relations for Habitat for Humanity, said in a statement.

Up With People”I really want to share our culture with the people of the world 
August 16, 2012,Eagle Tribune: Nicole Hamel’s year of traveling with the dance and musical troupe “Up With People” might have come to an end, but the 19-year-old Methuen girl’s commitment to the group hasn’t.

Up with People to hold benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity
August 16, 2012, Reading:  When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest.

Up With People to hold benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity – Reading, MA – The Reading Advocate  When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest. Up with People’s all-new production is entitled “Voices,” which features the energy and talent of 100 performers representing 20 countries between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. The show’s beneficiary, Habitat for Humanity, will receive all the proceeds from the ticket sales. Read More

Habitat and Pyara Spa celebrate end of Women Build Week: North Shore Magazine: August 2012 Pyara and Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week event has been featured in the Scene section of the newest issue of Northshore Magazine. This is the Best of the Northshore issue which is the biggest and most read issue of the year!

Habitat announces new Executive Director
June 14, 2012, Westford Patch: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is happy to announce the appointment of Brenda Gould , a resident of Westford , as our new Executive Director. Brenda was chosen out of an applicant pool of more than  forty qualified and talented  candidates.

Habitat for Humanity in Bedford and Habitat’s ReStore in Billerica
July 7, 2012, Bedford Citizen: After years of planning, negotiation, and hard work the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell’s project in Bedford is nearly complete.  Of the eight residences promised for the multi- acre site on North Road, seven are finished, and the last one nears completion.

ReStore is Open
June 28, 2012, Billerica Minuetman: The week of June 11 was a busy one for the team at the ReStore on Boston Road.

ReStore: A Story Video  Billerica Minuteman:

ReStore: Video with Suzanne Marlowe, ReStore Manager:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1GwNzqXgvU

Inmates Lend Hand to ReStore:
June 25, 2012 Lowell Sun: Inmates from the Massachusetts prison system recently pitched in to help with groundwork, paint and cleanup for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which opened on June 16.
Pick up a lamp, help build a house:
June 16,2012, Lowell Sun: Where mechanics once fixed engines and brakes, there are aisles lined with cabinets, countertops, lamps and appliances.
Billerica’s ReStore Opens June 16: 
June 14, 2012, Bedford Minuteman:  The Grand Opening of the Billerica ReStore, 257 Boston Road,  will be held on Saturday June 16 at 9am and you are welcome to attend.
Billerica Ford location to reopen as ReStore:
June 10, 2012, Billerica Minuteman:  WHAT IT IS The Ford Iverson car dealership, closed for months, is going to be reopened this summer as a Habitat for Humaniaty ReStore.
Pan Am Railways in Billerica helping the ReStore prepare for grand opening:
May 25, 2012: The  showroom floor at the ReStore, located in the old Iversen building,  is quickly taking shape after a new round of volunteers stopped by to help in mid-May.

Habitat for Humanity Builds One of the Most Energy Efficient Homes in Westford:
April 24, 2012, Westford Patch:  Habitat For Humanity built one of the most energy efficient houses in Westford saving over 40% on energy bills

RE/MAX Prestige Forges Foundation Partnership With Habitat For Humanity:
April 19, 2012, Westford, MA —A multi-year agreement forged in Westford today links more than 300 agents in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with Habitat for Humanity’s goal to end poverty housing.

Billerica ReStore preps for spring opening :
Mar 17, 2012 Drive by the old Iversen building on Boston Road and you’ve most likely seen the showroom full of cabinets.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell 
Jan 16, 2012, Bedford Minuteman: Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell in Westford to hold Interfaith Day of Service in Bedford
Jan 12, 2012, Bedford Minuteman: Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.