---- — LAWRENCE — Two Lawrence non-profit groups, Groundwork Lawrence and JSI Research and Training Institute, are among five in the state to receive $25,000 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to create local programs to deal with environmental and/or public health issues.
Groundwork Lawrence’s Safe Soil program will seek to educate low-income residents about the dangers of gardening in contaminated soil, steps they can take to reduce their exposure, composting and practices they can follow to grow produce organically.
JSI Research and Training Institute plans to train youths from five Latino churches to take a leadership role in conducting environmental education programs among church members on toxic exposures in the home that affect health, particularly the health of children.
Dunkin Donuts to help Boys & Girls Club in Lawrence
LAWRENCE — The Dunkin Donuts store at 104 Marston St. will donate all proceeds on Sunday Dec. 16 and Sunday Dec. 23 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. The money will help provide programs for over 3,200 local children that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement.
Crab Shack to
host benefit for Lazarus House
METHUEN — On Dec. 20, Joe’s Crab Shack is hosting a benefit for Lazarus House Ministry where between 10 to 20 percent of food and drink sales will be donated to Lazarus House.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at the restaurant located at 105 Pleasant Valley St. To print a flyer, go to www.lazarushouse.org.
Credit unions merge
Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union has merged with Merrimack College Federal Credit Union.
In choosing Merrimack Valley, the board of directors of Merrimack College Federal Credit Union said it had one goal: Find a credit union that will bring the greatest value to its members and staff. MVFCU President and CEO Peter Matthews said the Merrimack College Federal Credit Union Board, management, staff and membership were in support of choosing Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union as the future financial partner for its members.
Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union is a $474 million asset not-for-profit community credit union serving anyone who lives, works or worships in the Merrimack Valley region with branch locations in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, and Plaistow.