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January 4, 2013

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BUSTING BREAST CANCER: The Essex County Busting Breast Cancer Initiative needs volunteer workshop leaders from Essex, Gloucester and Manchester, as well as a fundraising administrator and a publicity coordinator. During 2012 the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Know Breast Cancer, based in Manchester, will teach Essex County women three safe, inexpensive and healthy ways to help stop breast cancer before it can start. NBCPP/Know Breast Cancer is a 5-year-old nonprofit educational organization. Visit www.knowbreastcancer.net, email info@knowbreastcancer.net or call 978-526-8702.

SOCIAL DAY CARE PROGRAM: The Gloucester Council on Aging’s Social Day Care Program is looking for enthusiastic, responsible volunteers to assist the program coordinator with stimulating activities for 10 frail seniors. Shifts are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call Christie Parker at 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: RSVP of the North Shore is a volunteer network for people ages 55 and over, and offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with many area nonprofit organizations. RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SeniorCare Inc. Call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050, or visit www.seniorcareinc.org/rsvp.html.

CHARLIE THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP: The family of Charlie Thomas has established a scholarship in his memory to be awarded each year to a graduating Gloucester High School student. Charlie Thomas was a dedicated teacher who was devoted to his profession and enjoyed teaching students not only in the classroom, but also through extracurricular activities and sports. Students planning a career in education will be given preference. Send donations to the Charlie Thomas Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Thomas, 90 Langsford St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

NEIL G. RAMSDEN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Donations are being accepted for this memorial award given by the Essex teachers. This award is given to Essex seniors who are also graduates of Essex Elementary School and are enrolling in at least a two-year program of study. It is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, citizenship and service. Donations may be made in the form of a check made out to the Manchester Federal Credit Union, c/o Susan Hardy, Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St., Essex, MA 01929.

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