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GLCAC to Honor Francis, Lavoie Schuster  for Leadership in Aftermath of Gas Explosions

GLCAC to Honor Essex County Community Foundation for Leadership in Aftermath of Gas Explosions

April 5, 2019

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the annual Heroes in Action Awards will be Beth Francis and Carol Lavoie Schuster of the Essex County Community Foundation. Under the dynamic leadership of Francis, the President and CEO, and Lavoie Schuster, the Vice President for Grants and Services, the Foundation responded to the gas explosions b

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GLCAC Offers Free Help Filing Taxes & Getting Tax Credit

GLCAC Offers Free Help Filing Taxes

February 5, 2019

LAWRENCE – Free tax assistance is available for low- to moderate-income families and individuals at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc. GLCAC’s tax team is ready to help anyone earning $55,000 or less complete their tax returns and file for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can result in a substantial refund. GLCAC’s trained, volunteer tax preparers are av

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Bank of America Supports GLCAC’s Fuel Assistance Program

Bank of America Supports GLCAC’s Fuel Assistance

January 28, 2019

Bank of America Supports GLCAC’s Fuel Assistance Program LAWRENCE – Bank of America has partnered with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. to help keep residents impacted by the gas fires warm this winter. Bank of America recently donated $50,000 to support GLCAC’s fuel and heat assistance programs. “GLCAC is extremely grateful to Bank of America

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WIC Helps Mothers, Young Children Maintain Healthy Diets

January 7, 2019

ANDOVER —If a baby is born prematurely, he or she is likely to face health challenges. The child may be underweight and lag in development of skills such as walking and talking. Many young children in this predicament have to follow a strict diet. Ashley Mason, director of the local WIC program, mentioned an Andover child who was born after only 26 weeks. This child was much smaller th

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Health Care Update: Information Regarding the Affordable Care Act

Important Affordable Care Act Info

December 17, 2018

You may have heard news about a federal court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, and you may have questions about your health care. As a Health Care Navigator, we work closely with the state's Health Connector, which provided us the following information: The decision made by a federal judge in Texas regarding the Affordable Care Act does not have any immediate impact on the Health Connecto

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Help Available to Replace Lost Immigration Documents

Help Available to Replace Lost Immigration Documents

November 5, 2018

Residents who lost immigration documents in the September gas explosion may contact GLCAC’s Immigration Services program for help with getting replacements. GLCAC’s Immigration program can help residents replace permanent resident cards and naturalization certificates. GLCAC is working with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Office in Lawrence to fast-track the issuanc

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GLCAC Accepting Applications for Fuel Assistance

GLCAC Accepting Applications for Fuel Assistance

October 26, 2018

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. will start accepting applications for fuel assistance beginning Nov. 1. Funding is available to help pay a portion of winter heating bills for income-eligible households in Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Reading and North Reading. Residents are encouraged to apply even if they work, live in subsidized housing, or if utili

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins at GLCAC Nov. 1

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins at GLCAC

October 25, 2018

LAWRENCE – The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is available to help residents sign up for health care during the state’s open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1. Open enrollment for plans offered by the Massachusetts Health Connector runs from Nov. 1, 2018 through Jan. 23, 2019. This is the time of year when anyone without health insurance can sign up for covera

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GLCAC Opens New Food Pantry in Lawrence

GLCAC Opens New Food Pantry in Lawrence

October 10, 2018

Pantry to be open weekly for all members of the community LAWRENCE - The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is opening a food pantry at its main office, 305 Essex St. in Lawrence to help combat food insecurity in the region. “People are struggling to put food on the table and rather than send them to an unfamiliar place, our clients and members of the community will be a

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An American Dream

An American Dream

September 3, 2018

Juan Franklin Trinidad walked into the immigration office at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc looking for help to become a U.S. citizen. GLCAC’s immigration specialist guide him through the lengthy and complicated process, and the agency helped reunite Franklin with his four children from the Dominican Republic. GLCAC offers free immigration services to qualifying fa

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Daniela’s Story: Affordable Preschool Key to Success

Daniela’s Story: Affordable Preschool Key to Success

August 17, 2018

Daniela Chavez-Hernandez was 16 when she emigrated from her home country of Mexico with her mother and three sisters, not knowing a word of English. Her father had died in an accident on her first birthday. Daniela spent seven years earning an associate’s degree, graduating with honors at Northern Essex Community College in 2017. Through perseverance, hard work and assistance from orga

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GLCAC’s Head Start Enrolling Now for the Fall

Head Start Now Enrolling For Fall

July 26, 2018

LAWRENCE - The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is accepting Head Start students for the 2018-19 school year. The program serves children ages 15 months – 5 years old from Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover. Head Start is one of three preschool options offered by the GLCAC that give parents affordable childcare so they can work or complete their education. GLC

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GLCAC Parent Recovery Program

July 26, 2018

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. has received a $37,303 grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to fund the first year of a speciailzed program for young parents who are in recovery from substance use. The “Parenting Through Recovery’’ program will promote ongoing recovery and maintenance of sobriety, while increasing parenting skills. &l

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6th Annual Community Resource Fair Aug. 15 at Campagnone Park

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR 2018

July 15, 2018

LAWRENCE – When individuals and families face challenges, they may not realize help is available if they know where to turn. With a goal of connecting Greater Lawrence residents with a wide variety of service providers, the 6th Annual Community Resource Fair is planned for August 15th. Sponsored by the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc., the Community Resource Fair featu

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GLCAC Free Lunch Program Methuen

Free Lunch

June 25, 2018

GLCAC Hosts Free Summer Lunch Program in Methuen METHUEN – The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is offering free lunch to children and teens in Methuen this summer so all students continue to eat healthy meals while school is out of session. All children 18 and under, regardless of income, can show up at GLCAC’s Head Start program, 24 Gill Ave. in Methuen,

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Child Poverty Funds Cut by More than Half

Child Poverty Funds Cut by More than Half

June 5, 2018

Lawrence, Mass. —June 5, 2018— Effective programs that help families to make ends meet, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, SNAP, fuel assistance, school lunches, Head Start, and Social Security cut the number of people in Massachusetts living in poverty by almost half and reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than half, according to a new report on poverty called &q

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