Reflections on work with Groundwork Lawrence from Bank of America Student Leader, Liliana Almonte

Every year since 2004, Bank of America recognizes community minded high school juniors and seniors from across the country and gives them the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience. As a selected participant of the 2013 Bank of America Student Leaders program, I was awarded an 8-week paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization. Furthermore, I represented Massachusetts in a Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C. along with 4 other student leaders from the Boston area.

We are Hiring - AmeriCorps Positions

Groundwork Lawrence will be hosting two MassLIFT AmeriCorps members - a Service Learning Coordinator and a Community Engagement Coordinator.

The Community Engagement Coordinator at Groundwork Lawrence will assist GWL’s Project Director, who is responsible for managing the design and construction of open space and infrastructure improvements throughout Lawrence, including the Spicket River Greenway, Riverwalk Trail, the Shawsheen River Trail, the Manchester Lawrence Branch Rail Trail and community gardens.

Farmers Market

Check out this week's performances at the Farmers Market - Peruvian's Musical Group Son del Sol. Also featuring at 2:30pm storyteller Nicolette Nordin. Come to enjoy the fresh flavors of this market's season.


Partner Blog: GWUSA Seeks Applicants for Executive Director Position

GWUSA is looking for applications from qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. Details about how to apply and the position opening are contained here: 2013 GWUSA ED JOB DESC.

Applications are due by June 30, 2013.

If you have questions about the position or the application process, please email: executivedirector @

A chilly morning sampling the Spicket River

Just over a week ago, a small group of hardy volunteers braved the cold, wet weather to be a part of our very first day testing the water quality of the Spicket River. We met in the parking lot outside Groundwork’s office shortly after 6 am. With temperatures barely reaching into the 40s, and light rain beginning to pick up, it wasn’t exactly an ideal morning to be outside. In spite of the weather, we soldiered on, armed with our swing-sample poles, sample bottles, high tech YSI Multi-Meter, and coolers.

John Raser Guest Post: A sensible transportation system would make exercising easier

by: John Raser

I’m a family doctor in Lawrence. Like my colleagues around this country, I spend much of my effort caring for people with obesity-related chronic illnesses: Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease. Partnering with patients to control these disorders is important and rewarding work, and I feel fortunate to be able to help. Yet I can’t shake the frustration of knowing all the pain, the disability, and the costs to individuals and to our economy related to these illnesses are almost entirely preventable.