GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 5, 2013

WORTHY CAUSES


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — :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.

:HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS: Hospice of the North Shore has a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities currently available in Gloucester, Rockport and surrounding communities. Volunteers are needed to help with companionship, transportation, errands and respite care. Patient visitation is needed in both homes and long-term care and assisted living facilities. HNS offers ongoing volunteer training sessions. All volunteers are provided with comprehensive training and ongoing education and support. Call 978-774-7566, email info@hns.org or visit www.hns.org.

:HELP LINE VOLUNTEERS: The substance abuse help line seeks volunteers for 24-hour, seven-day-a-week information and education phone service to persons affected by alcoholism and substance abuse. Close proximity to the MBTA. Call 617-536-0501, ext. 201, or visit www.helpline-online.com.

:ROGER J. PARADY JR. SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship has been established in memory of Roger J. Parady, for a graduating senior of Gloucester High School who has been accepted by Salem State College, and is pursuing a career in the field of education. Parady was very proud to have graduated from Salem State College which educated and prepared him to go on and become a successful and dedicated teacher of history for more than 33 years. His passion for teaching was evident by the number of students, who, when reflecting upon past teachers, regarded Parady as their “best teacher ever,” a teacher who respected each one as an individual, instilling his confidence that each one had the potential to become successful with hard work and staying in school. Parady often spoke of his appreciation to the city of Gloucester for giving him the opportunity to teach in this community that he loved. Those wishing to donate to his memory may do so by sending their donation to: Roger J. Parady Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

:RED CROSS: The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is a humanitarian organization that assists disaster victims and helps community members prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The organization relies on the generosity of its dedicated volunteers and is always eager to welcome more. Call 978-922-2224.

:MARGARET F. PARSONS SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship in memory of Margaret F. Parsons, former office nurse for Cape Ann OB-GYN, Dr, Lawrence Ross and Dr. Hamer Lacey, is awarded to a graduating senior of Gloucester High School who plans to major in the medical sciences and has demonstrated good character, dependability and self-help skills. Applicants must show financial need. Grades are not a determining factor. Send applications and donations to: Margaret F. Parsons Scholarship, c/o Patricia Sargent Burleson, 600 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

:CATHOLIC CHARITIES: Help your Cape Ann neighbors by providing a donation to the local Catholic Charities Gloucester Office for basic needs — food, utility and rental assistance — during these difficult economic times. Send donations, with “Basic Needs” written on the memo line, to: Catholic Charities North, Attn: Sarah Gindel, 60 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Call 978-283-3055 for more information.

:DRIVERS FOR SENIORS NEEDED: RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.

:GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION: The Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) supports innovation and excellence in the Gloucester Public School District. GEF funds educational programs and initiatives across all district schools, grade levels and disciplines that have real impact on teaching and learning. Visit www.thinkthebest.org. Financial contributions may be made online or by mail to: GEF, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

: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.

:WELLSPRING HOUSE: Wellspring House is looking for volunteers for its ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and ALI (Adult Learning Initiative) programs. Call 978-281-3558.

:LINDA WIEDITZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Donations are being accepted for the Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.

:HAWC VOLUNTEER TRAINING: HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change, www.hawcdv.org), is seeking volunteers for a 24-hour hot-line service to help end family violence. Volunteers must complete 30 hours of training on evenings and Saturdays. Training provides volunteers with the information needed to answer the 24-hour hot-line, which can be answered from your home. Email info@hawcdv.org.

:PAT ROY SCHOLARSHIP: The board of directors of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship in honor of past President Pat Roy, the first woman leader in the organization’s history. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a young woman pursuing business courses in college. The chamber will provide an annual endowment of $500 and welcomes additional contributions from those wishing to honor Roy’s accomplishments as a key member of the Woodman family business and in strengthening the business and civic climate of the region. Send checks to the Pat Roy Scholarship Fund, c/o Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

:CAPE ANN ANIMAL AID:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane., a no-kill, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding appropriate placement for adoptable animals, seeks donations of cleaning and office supplies, animal toys and treats, collars and leashes. CAAA also seeks volunteers to help care for the shelter dogs and cats and to help with special fundraising events. All volunteers must attend an orientation before starting. Visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.

:CAROLYN O’CONNOR SCHOLARSHIP:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color The Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship has been established by the Cape Ann Chamber Businesswomen. The $1,000 scholarship, named in honor of the group’s first chairwoman, will be awarded annually to a Cape Ann woman looking to change careers or re-enter the work force. Each applicant must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, be a legal resident, and be accepted into an accredited college, university or job training program. Applications are available at the chamber office or by calling 978-283-1601. Contributions, made payable to Businesswomen’s Scholarship Fund, may be sent to Chamber Businesswomen’s Division, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, MA 01930.