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November 5, 2013

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ROCKPORT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: The Rockport Educational Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, raises funds from private sources to improve and enrich the Rockport educational system. Donations are used to support projects in the schools for which there are insufficient funding. For more information, contact the Educational Foundation for Rockport, c/o Superintendent’s Office, 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport, MA 01966; or visit www.rockportedfoundation.org.

CONSERVATION COMMISSION: The Gloucester Conservation Commission seeks environmentally conscious volunteers. The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect environmental resources and the adjoining uplands from adverse impact by enforcing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the city Wetlands Ordinance. The commission also advises other city boards on environmental matters and encourages public outreach on conservation issues. It meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Anyone who is interested should send a letter to the Conservation Commission, 3 Pond Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.

FIREFIGHTERS RELIEF ASSOCIATION: Gloucester Firefighters Relief Association 2010 city-wide fundraiser is currently underway. This organization is dedicated, by way of member and other donations, to providing financial assistance to members in need, as well as death benefits upon passing. An example of a member in need would be the 80 year-old retired firefighter who needed help in purchasing a hearing aid. The association was able to help him. The FRA also maintains the firefighters lot in Cherry Hill Cemetery near Addison Gilbert Hospital. This organization does not conduct cold calls. All donations are solicited through written correspondence and media notices such as this. Send donations to: GFRA, c/o Gloucester Fire Department, 8 School St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

FUND TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS: The nonprofit organization based in Manchester provides one-time assistance to families in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester, Rockport and Wenham who do not qualify for any state funding. The fund, which gives 100 percent of contributions to families in need, defines families as a minimum of at least one parent and one child in the home. The board uses a volunteer professional intake coordinator to evaluate and assess the needs of families requesting assistance. Most families are referred by social service organizations or clergy. All inquiries and contributions may be sent to the Fund to Prevent Homelessness, P.O. Box 17, Manchester 01944.

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