Monday, December 3, 2012
North Shore Community Action Programs bestowed its annual Fred Berry Community Service Award to Beverly Bootstraps this month for having a "big impact on the citizens of Beverly."
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Monday, December 3, 2012
[The following was submitted by North Shore Community Action Programs.] One hundred people turned out Nov. 14 for the Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony celebrating the 47th year of North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP). The anti-poverty agency presented its annual Senator Frederick E. Berry Community Service Award to Beverly Bootstraps, an organization that, in the words of Acting Executive Director Laura M. MacNeil, has had “a big impact on the citizens of Beverly.” The Senator Frederick E. Berry Community Service Award was established in recognition of Senator Berry’s inspiring leadership and his dedication to improving the lives of low-income families and individuals. Senator Berry will retire at the end of this year, after …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
More than 200,000 low-income households are expected to benefit from the program. Eligible homeowners and renters can apply via NSCAP.
More than 200,000 Bay State households will receive help paying for heating fuel this winter thanks to a federal grant of $141 million that Massachusetts received Friday. Gov. Deval Patrick said the state will get $8.2 million more this year than last year in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program money. The money, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to help eligible households pay winter heating bills. The program runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. Eligibility for the program is based on household size and the gross annual income of every adult (18 or older) household member. The maximum income eligibility for the program is 60 percent of estimated state median income. Benefit levels vary depending on …
Friday, November 2, 2012
New English speakers and several newly minted citizens (having spent the required five years waiting to become Americans) were brought through the voting process by a quartet of enthusiastic instructors at NSCAP headquarters on Central Street.
On Nov. 1, 45 adults in North Shore Community Action Programs' English for Speakers of Other Languages program participated in a mock election to get ready for when they will cast their ballots for real next Tuesday. The students have come to the United States and Peabody from all over the globe -- Morocco, Albania, Senegal are just a few of the native lands represented. NSCAP staff set up in the agency's offices at 75 Central St. with copies of the ballot, thanks to the City Clerk's office, and one of the temporary voting booths from City Hall. Three teachers (who are all from Peabody) have spent the past few weeks teaching their adult students vocabulary related to the candidates, their positions and the statewide ballot questions this …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The new acting director wants to change that as she leads the anti-poverty agency forward.
Reflecting on her new job, Laura MacNeil talks more about being excited for North Shore Community Action Programs and the programs the anti-poverty agency has up and running. NSCAP's board of directors named MacNeil the acting director of the nonprofit organization last month. NSCAP, which is based in downtown Peabody, is the leading anti-poverty agency in the area and offers all sorts of programs for residents in need, from fuel assistance to job skills workshops. There are more than 130 people on staff in various capacities. "Sometimes I feel like we're the best kept secret on the North Shore," said MacNeil, who has been the deputy director at NSCAP for six years. NSCAP serves Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Danvers as well as several other …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Peabody-based nonprofit announced that Laura MacNeil was promoted as Acting Executive Director earlier this month.
The area's designated anti-poverty agency, North Shore Community Action Programs, announced today that Deputy Director Laura MacNeil has been promoted to lead the agency on a provisional basis. NSCAP is based out of downtown Peabody and also serves Salem, Beverly and Danvers as well as many other surrounding cities and towns. As the designated anti-poverty agency for the area, NSCAP does receive and administers government funding for various programs. The announcement made no mention of Elizabeth Hogan, who has been the executive director at NSCAP for 17 years and largely the public face of the organization during that time. A subsequent email from a staff member explained Hogan left in July. The announcement said MacNeil was made Acting …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Peabody-based agency has a savings match program for low- to moderate-income clients with the goal of first-time homeownership, post-secondary education or training or startup of a small business.
Monday, August 6, 2012
[The following was submitted by North Shore Community Action Programs.] Anthony J. Giglio was a man with a plan. A Realtor in Woburn and the North Shore for more than three years, he saw an opportunity to take his career to the next level by owning his own agency. Through hard work, adherence to a business plan and a disciplined approach to saving -- with help from NSCAP’s Individual Development Account program -- he realized his dream this year. Today, Giglio and his business partners Roland and Gale Spadafora are the proud owners of RE/MAX Legacy on Pleasant Street in Woburn. “The former owner had decided to close the office down,” Giglio explains. “But the three of us didn’t want to leave the real estate market in Woburn. We came up …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Peabody-based nonprofit is offering free tax preparation services once again through April 14 at centers in Peabody and Beverly.
Do you know what Earned Income Tax Credit is? The Internal Revenue Services indicates that one out of five eligible taxpayers don't, even though they're entitled to claim it on their yearly tax return and substantially increase their tax deductions. The EITC has come to be regarded as the nation’s largest federal anti-poverty program, created in 1975 to help the "working poor" keep more of what they earn, according to North Shore Community Action Programs. The Peabody-based nonprofit is calling attention to the tax credit and the sixth annual Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day on Jan. 27. “The Earned Income Tax Credit puts money that they have already earned back in the pockets of working families, people we know are struggling right …