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Creating Change by Investing in People

As a society, we invest in roads and buildings, in water and electric systems because they are vital to our economic development and prosperity. So are people. But do we invest effectively in our human infrastructure?

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COVID-19 Underscores the Importance of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund

During a typical summer, 40 children from Greater Lawrence have the opportunity to spend a week at Windrush Farm in North Andover, one of the oldest therapeutic riding centers in the country. Through the farm’s Giddy Up & Grow program, not only do the kids learn to ride and care for the ponies, but they are also taught how to harvest vegetables from the farm’s bountiful garden, bake zucchini bread and engage in literacy activities based on stories starring the farm’s fabled residents.

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Investing in Human Potential: Antidote to Bleak Labor News

As we navigate through and past the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex County has within our grasp the antidote to recent labor market reports: human potential. Prior to COVID-19, Massachusetts had long enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but things have changed. While state data for June is not yet available, the Bay State’s May unemployment rate of 16.3% tied for the 4th highest in the country and was three percent higher than the national rate at the time.

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ECCF Announces 7th Round of Grants & Open-Application Cycle

Danvers, MA — Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) announced today that it has awarded a seventh round of grants from its Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund, which has been supporting nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic response in Essex County since the fund’s inception in March.

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ECCF Announces Sixth Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

Danvers, MA — Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) announced this week that it has awarded a sixth round of grants from its Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund, established in March to support nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic response in Essex County.

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Hope in Crisis: Exploring the Possibilities Post COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, we were thrust into a global health crisis that has so profoundly affected our way of life. Over the last three months, the Coronavirus pandemic has leveled unprecedented personal, societal, organizational and economic challenges against us, and it has exposed longstanding needs and inequities like rocks revealed in the receding tide.

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Mental health major focus of new ECCF COVID-19 Grants

Danvers, MA — Mental health providers are preparing for the “tsunami of need” that is heading their way in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The demand for mental health support – especially among Essex County’s most vulnerable populations – continues to rise as fear and anxiety about the virus, unemployment and social isolation build.

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