MRWC is setting up a summer program reaching out to teens in the area, called RiverArts. The program is in coordination with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program.
Our goal is to help kids fall in love with the river, creating a new generation that cares for it. We hope to achieve this by helping teens to learn some art skills through projects inspired on the wildlife, people, and scenery of the Merrimack River.
We are looking for artists to lead one 2h session within this program. Available dates are July 9th, July 23rd and August 6th**, between 12 and 2. Alternative dates/times are possible. The program is located at the Greater Lawrence Community Boat House in Lawrence. We are targeting teen participants (12 to 17). There is money available for supplies and participating instructors. Artists’ participation will also be recognized in our website and newsletter for exposure.
If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further details.
Feel free to distribute this message to anyone you think may be interested.
Thank you so much in advance.
**Tuesday is the preferred weekday, but Wednesday or Thursday are also possible.
How much are clean water, fish, and wildlife worth to you? $100? $1000? Or more?
Many of you value the Merrimack River as your water source for drinking, cooking, and daily living. Others use the Merrimack for boating, swimming, or a scenic walk. Bald eagles, migratory fish such as river herring and the threatened sturgeon, diverse mammals, and two million people call the Merrimack home.
2012 has been a time of resurgence for us here at the Merrimack River Watershed Council. We received US Congressional Special Recognition for our work! We have a new Executive Director, energetic volunteers, and new programs to protect, improve, and help you enjoy our Merrimack River.
However, due to these economic times, we continue to face significant declines in grant funding and charitable giving.
Easy Ways to help the MRWC
1. Join IGIVE. You can support the MRWC for FREE every time you shop online at any of the 1070 stores through IGIVE. Just sign up for a FREE IGIVE account, and we earn $5 immediately! We also earn $5 the first time you shop. I hope you’ll give it a try. Go to: http://www.igive.com to sign up today!
2. Donate to The Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps raise unrestricted dollars to cover immediate operational needs. In 2013, your donations will sponsor hands-on environmental education programs for children and adults and critical water testing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online at www.merrimack.org. Annual fund donations are a gift above and beyond your membership.
This Saturday, Oct. 13th, the Merrimack River Watershed Council received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas “for our continued dedication and commitment to cleaning and monitoring the Merrrimack River, and for educating the public about the importance of this wonderful natural resource.”
We participated in Congresswoman Tsongas’ 6th River Day, after finishing our river cleanup in Newburyport in collaboration with the Boat Camp Nature School. The cleanup was part of CoastSweep.
Other nonprofits who received the recognition included Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail, whose newly established trail marked the ceremony.
Many thanks to Congresswoman Tsongas for her continued dedication to the Merrimack River, and to those who helped in the River Cleanup (some of our volunteers are shown below)!