We wanted to share this lovely appeal from our Program Director, Emily Ferrara:
As the Last Leaves Fall
Squirrels gather nuts, then bolt up trunks.
Skunks bulk up at night on fallen apples.
Monarchs skirt the milkweed-silken fields.
Birds take wing to fairer ground, warm climes.
Here in Lowell, we’re hunkering down
For the next New England winter
Of snow emergencies, slick sidewalks
Of holiday blues and cheer.
As light declines and Thanksgiving nears,
Let the season’s windfall lift our hearts.
Let’s count our blessings (and our funds),
invest today in the promise of our much-loved city.
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Although I don’t often write “occasional poems”, I decided to give it a try for this special DIY Lowell occasion — our annual fund appeal.
As many of you know, not quite 6 months ago, I became the first program director of the wonderful grassroots organization known as DIY Lowell. Building on nearly 5 years of volunteer-driven success, I have been lucky to collaborate with the founders, advisory board, community of volunteers and supporters to implement the fourth annual Community Idea Summit program and launch four new projects for the 2019-2020 cycle. At the same time, we’ve been working to grow the organization’s capacity, and to expand our outreach efforts to promote broader and more diverse participation.
As giving Tuesday approaches, please consider making a donation to help DIY Lowell continue its work to empower residents to dream up and effect positive change in Lowell. Thank you!
(photo by Emily Ferrara, cross-posted from https://emilyferrara.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/a-diy-lowell-appeal-in-verse/)
We had an amazing turnout at our fourth annual Community Idea Summit with more than 40 people ready to volunteer their time and energy to kick off community projects. We hope we’ll see great success by summer 2020 for all four! You can help by attending their first meeting or, if that time doesn’t work for you, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with thoughts or interest.
Underground Railroad Monument will look at a potential short-term walking path with signs and long-term interpretive signs at key locations teaching about the anti-slavery movement and the underground railroad in Lowell. They’ll need folks good at fundraising, knowledgable about history, or connected with diverse communities to help!
Their first meeting is Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at Coffee and Cotton.
Open Arts Spaces is DIY Lowell’s first Young Idea Project. They will identify a space or spaces for young people (ages 13-21) to explore visual or performing arts in a youth-focused environment with mentorship from local artists. They need input from young people, visual and performing artists, educators, and other community members who want to help make this idea happen!
Their first meeting is October 17 at 4:00 pm at Lowell Community Health Center, 6th floor Community Health Education Center, 161 Jackson Street, Lowell.
Ghost Sign Projections will select three historic signs – maybe including the Lawrence Mills mural near the Riverwalk, the Coca-Cola sign downtown, and one other ghost sign to create a living projection. They’ll need people with knowledge of projector equipment, working with downtown building owners, and making animated art.
Their first meeting is Wednesday, October 23, time TBD at 491 Dutton Street.
Did You Know Signs for Lowell will work with community leaders to zip-tie temporary signs with facts about Lowell’s zoning, land use, and more to inspire people to think about how Lowell’s laws shape its community and become interested in local government.
The first meeting is being chosen by poll to be on Friday, October 18 or Friday, November 8 at 7 pm.
Keep track of events for all groups here! Groups can always use assistance getting their projects off the ground. Contact email@example.com if you want to help out a group!