In June 2020, I was contacted by Sarah Sweeny from Military Friends Foundation who offered me a $1,00 COVID 19 Military Relief Fund grant to goes towards immediately assisting veterans and their families and families of Fallen Service Members to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money from this grant is going to be use to deliver 300 BBQ Chicken Dinners to Veterans in the City of Haverhill. It’s important that we work together, come together and support one another. This project that quickly came together does just that. With the help and support from Military Friends Foundation, AMVets Post 147, VFW Lorraine Post 29, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, Disabled and Limbless Veterans, Winchester Knights of Columbus Council 210, Market Basket, Institution for Savings Bank in Newburyport, Senator Diana DiZiglio and her staff, Rep. Andy Vargas, Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, members of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and several local business owners and members of the community we will be able provide support directly to the homes of our veterans.Continue reading
I would like to share with you an idea that started off as me wondering if me service dog could talk and share his story with my niece and nephew what it sound like? How would explain his work as a service dog? What was his life like abandoned on the streets? Or the his experience in the shelter?
Mocha, The Superhero Service Dog a children’s book now published through Amazon tells the story of a rescue dog who’s life in the beginning was not all that good. Abandoned on the streets of the big city, sick, lonely and hungry. This story is told from Mocha’s point of view. Mocha has had quite the experience throughout his life. Throughout of his story you hear and learn about several struggles, and obstacles he has overcome and he never gave up. Even when he learned he might be put down do to his health, Mocha stayed positive.Continue reading
Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, the Newburyport Salvation Army, NCR Bus and Anna Jaques Hospital and volunteers are working together to provide a turkey dinner on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Those who would like a free hot meal are welcome to join us at the Newburyport Salvation Army located at 40 Water Street. We are that you arrive at 5pm. Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is preparing enough food to serve approximately 150 meals.
This meal would not be possible without the help and support from Anna Jaques Hospital and helping Merrimack Valley Hope Mission cook all the turkeys needed for this dinner. We are also great appreciative of NCR for donating a bus which will allow us to have a shuttle doing pick ups at Park Circle, the Heritage House, the Sullivan Building, and the James Steam Mill Building. The shuttle starts at 4pm and we asked everyone who would like to use the shuttle to be ready by 4-4:15pm beginning at Park Circle. Residents should wait inside the lobby by 4 pm at all stops and a volunteer will visit each the lobby to alert residents that the bus has arrived. The bus will start at Park Circle and proceed to: Heritage House, Sullivan Building, James Steam Mill then onto the final destination of the Newburyport Salvation Army. Bus will make a return trip following dinner. We are asking those who are looking for a ride to reserve their seat by calling 978-308-9186 and leaving us a message.
Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is also seeking help from volunteers and donations as well to help make this event a success. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the event please contact please call, text or email Don Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 914-8720.
The Merrimack Valley Hope Mission (MVHM) is a group of committed volunteers who perform missions on behalf of homeless and housing insecure individuals. Their various missions support numerous local nonprofit organizations devoted to homelessness, women in recovery, and foster children and are supported by dozens of caring individuals, families, groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and churches. MVHM is collectively devoted to improving the lives of those in need and provide food, water, clothing and personal essentials on a continuous basis throughout the year. The work is street-based outreach — they “meet people where they are”. All donated items are delivered directly to people who live outdoors or spend a great deal of time outdoors, which defines our initiatives as unique and actionable forms of compassion. For more information, join the Facebook group at http://www.merrimackvalleyhopemission.org.
I would like to take a moment and share with you a project that we are doing to help and support those who live outdoors. Today, folks may find themselves in situations, or struggles that are far out of their control. Things that can drastically change and affect their life – sometimes even leaving them living outdoors.
The 2018 Yankee Homecoming Committee is excited to announce the Annual Yankee Homecoming Veteran Luncheon. This luncheon aims to bring our Veterans and their guests together to make new friends, provide on-going resources, and to acknowledge the service that our Veterans gave to this great country. The Veteran Luncheon will be located at the Hope Community Church, 11 Hale Street, Newburyport, MA on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 12 noon – 2 pm. We would like the community to extend a special thanks to our luncheon sponsors: Fairway Mortgage, Hampton by Hilton, and Domino’s Pizza. Continue reading
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In 2017 I started a volunteer group called Preserving Newbury, and last year we started a Community Flag Retirement Box which is located at the Byfield Fire Department. The high volume of flags the box continues to collects got me thinking – where are people replacing their flags? Why can’t they do it right here at the same time when they retire their flag? (FYI – several thousand flags have been connected at this location since 2016).
I tossed around this thought to a few people and then the idea came up of taking an old newspaper vending machine and converting into selling American Flags. So I reached out to the Daily News of Newburyport and explained to them the idea and within a few weeks they had an old newspaper box for the project.
What a truly amazing day it was today at GAR Park in Haverhill. Merrimack Valley Hope Mission was able hand out personal hygiene products (covering everything from toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, razors and more), sweat shirts, pants, socks, sneakers, backpacks, over 100 pairs of new Timberland boots, about 150 sandwiches, couple cases of MRE’s, blankets, sleeping bags, quilts, and so much more. This was all made possible by over 100 different resources and people donating stuff
Community Santa Home Visits in Newburyport and area Selective Dates in December (1 – 24)
Don’t miss the opportunity for your child to have Santa, Mrs. Claus or one of Santa’s Elves stop by for a home visit. Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit good children in the Greater Newburyport Area. The visitors from the North Pole will arrives with gifts, take some Santa Selfies and photographs, and listen to the children’s wish lists. The Santa Home Visits program has been running for three years in the Newburyport and surrounding area. Another similar Santa gift giving group in the area is Ozzie’s Kids in Haverhill who delivers more than 600 gifts each year to Haverhill’s residents. Visit http://www.CommunitySanta.org and Message Santa’s Elves to schedule your special visit
Newbury Wreath Laying Ceremony — Saturday, December 16 at 11 am
Remember. Honor. Teach. On Saturday, December 16th at 11 am, we are seeking volunteers to place wreaths on Veteran gravestones at seven Newbury Burial Grounds and Cemeteries. To volunteer in the wreath laying ceremony, help place the wreaths in the cemeteries, or other volunteer needs leading up Wreath Day please contact us at email@example.com.
Boston Celtics Acknowledge Vietnam Veterans on December 23.
This year, the Boston Celtics are hosting a special event celebrating the heroism and acknowledging the service of more than two dozen Vietnam Veterans. Nominate your favorite Vietnam Veteran (can self-nominate or a loved one can nominate) to be entered into a lottery to win one of sixteen tickets. The featured game is on Saturday December 23 at the TD Garden with the Boston Celtics taking on the Chicago Bulls. Requests can be submitted via email to Don Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Andrew LaCourse at email@example.com.
As you may already know, since January 2016 I have been working with numerous State Representatives and State Senators on improving Emergency Medical Care and Services for Veterans on the state level. Although this is a Federal level issue, I feel it’s important for Massachusetts to continue to be the leading example on addressing some many important issues.
On Wednesday, October 25 at 2pm in Hearing Room B2 the Veterans and Federal Affairs committee will be hosting a Public Hearing on ‘An Act establishing emergency medical services for veterans’ – Bill H.2765. This public hearing testimonials will be shared with the committee either in person or presented in a letter. This legislation would make it so all veterans could utilize local emergency rooms for medical emergencies at no expense to the veteran. In the cases where the VA won’t pay the emergency room bill, and the veteran does not have health insurance then MassHealth would cover the cost of treatment. Not everyone who served in the military qualifies for VA Healthcare, not all veterans are eligible for VA Healthcare, and the VA is not obligated to pay for emergency room visits.
This is can be a huge stress and burden for the veteran, or hold them back from getting their medical emergency addressed because they fear having to deal with the bill. Those who do seek treatment without coverage can face bad credit for not being able to pay for the bill. This legislation will help avoid all of those issues, and will allow veterans get receive emergency medical care with no bill.
When we are in an emergency our veterans are there for us, now it’s time for us to be there for them when they are in an emergency. I feel we owe it to our veterans to have their backs when they need us most.
I am seeking veterans who would be interested in showing their support in favor of this bill with a testimony. It would be great if we could throw a lot of support behind this legislation, either by you in person to the State House and testify or provide a written testimony which would be delivered to the Committee.
I will need all written testimonials by Monday, October 23.
Please share this request and note with any veterans you may know.
For the third year in a row Preserving Newbury will be hosting Wreaths Across America in Newbury Massachusetts. Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue to expand their annual wreath-laying ceremony which started at Arlington National Cemetery and now stretches to cemeteries all around the country. This program was started by a Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester. Wreaths Across America was able to provide every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery a wreath for the first time in 2014 – 227,000 in total. This year Preserving Newbury’s goal is to provide a wreath for every Veteran grave within the town’s limit – 600 in total.
Preserving Newbury understand that we have Veterans’ Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring. However, our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedom. In many homes across the United States there sits an empty seat for a loved one who is serving, or a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is why our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. This mission last all year round – not just for a single day. Throughout the year, Preserving Newbury works numerous ways to show our veterans and their families that they are never forgotten.
When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave we encourage them to speak that Veterans’s name aloud, and thank them for their service and sacrifice. In Newbury we have veterans who have served in just about every war and conflict that the United States has been part of – from American Revolutionary War – to the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Stretched amongst 7 burying grounds and cemeteries there are 600 veterans and one resting place of an unknown civil war solider. With Newbury being founded in 1635 some of these veterans served and played a critical role in the American Revolutionary War and the founding of our country. It would serve as a great honor to place a wreath at every veteran headstone within Newbury. If we go over our goal the remaining wreaths will be placed at veteran graves in surrounding communities.