greater lawrence

gas crisis

On September 13, 2018, the communities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover experienced devastating gas explosions and fires, resulting in the death of an 18-year-old man, multiple injuries, more than 60 homes leveled or severely damaged and thousands of businesses closed.

In response, ECCF launched the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund. Together with state, local and nonprofit partners, the Fund raised and delivered more than $13 million in funding to more than 10,000 households and businesses affected and in grants to nonprofits supporting the long-lasting impacts of the crisis.

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nonprofit & municipal partners

Lead Nonprofits:

  • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Lawrence Senior Center

Additional Nonprofits and Partners:

  • City of Lawrence
  • Community Day Charter School
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Lawrence Community Works
  • Lazarus House
  • Town of Andover
  • Town of North Andover
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA

crisis response

get in touch

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Carol Lavoie Schuster

Vice President for Grants & Services
(978) 777-8876 x133

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community voices

“The release of these funds will put cash directly in hands of the neediest families affected by this disaster. These funds will help those affected directly and catastrophically start to re-build their lives.”

– Daniel Rivera
Mayor, City of Lawrence

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