Building Communities

Changing Lives

May 2024

Dear Julia,

The signing of the Economic Opportunity Act on August 20, 1964, by Lyndon B. Johnson as part of the War on Poverty, launched a new movement and, over time—in virtually every county in America – rural, urban, and suburban – local people came together and established Community Action organizations.

For nearly 60 years, the nation’s Community Action Agencies, including Community Teamwork have inspired a spirit of hope, helped people change their lives, and improved communities. National, state, and local leaders tap into Community Action Agencies to promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity—and make America a better place to live for everyone. Today, more than 1,000 agencies, including Community Teamwork, are charged with the sweeping mission of addressing the causes and conditions of poverty that hold people and places back. 

How can you help us celebrate Community Action all month long, you might ask?

Throughout the month we will be sharing information on the work that we do here at Community Teamwork and the overall impact community action has on the lives of so many. Please help us spread the word by liking, commenting, and most of all, sharing our social media posts with your network.

Thank you to you, our many partners and supporters who have helped us fulfill the mission of Community Action over the years. We look forward to celebrating with you next week to honor this year's Champions of Community Action. Details can be found below.

Happy 60th Anniversary!

Gratefully yours,

Karen Frederick, CEO

Community Teamwork

May Kicks off Community Action Month -

A time to recognize and celebrate the work of Community Action Agencies around the country and to commemorate

60 Years of Community Action

Community Teamwork Celebrates 60 Years of Community Action during All Staff Day

For more information on the beginnings of Community Action, please visit:

Sargent Shriver and the History of the Community Action Movement (

Community Teamwork Through the Years:

President Biden Declares May Community Action Month

Read President Biden's Declaration Here

MASSCAP Celebrates 60 Years of Community Action with 23 Community Action Agencies from Massachusetts at JFK Library

Staff from CTI L-R: Margot Regan - Director of Development, Meghan Siembor - Division Director of Child & Family Services, Bob Seymour - Chief Technology Officer, Barbara Warren - Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services, Griselle Dubey - Director of Family Child Care Services, Melanie Bixby - Deputy Division Director School Age, Carl Howell - Chief Program Officer, Karen Frederick - CEO, Lisa Wholey - Chief Human Resource Officer, Sonia Ruas - Chief Executive Assistant, Saadia Ahmad Director of DEIB, Julia Ripa - Communications Manager

Click here for more information about MASSCAP.

#wemakeadifference #WeAreCommunityAction #WeR1000Strong #CommunityActionMonth #masscap #CommunityActon60 #60YearsStrong #BeCommunityActIon #CommunityActionWorks

Speaker David Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder of the National Community Action Foundation and Community Action's best friend in Washington D.C., discusses the history of President Kennedy and Johnson, the Great Society, the War on Poverty and the many bills passed in 1965 and 1966 by the great 89th Congress.

Featured Speaker, Elzie “LZ” Granderson - Op Ed Columnist, LA Times, ABC News Contributor, Life Out Loud w/ LZ Granderson podcast shared his thoughts on the "war on poverty", suggesting it be called "CALL TO SERVICE" instead. The idea is to see/help everyone, not out benevolence, but out of service. All people need a little grace - that’s what we do. Go outside your comfort zone!

Sponsorship Packet

To become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or for more information, visit:

Thank you Sponsors

Lowell Farmers' Market

Grand Opening Friday, June 7, 2pm-6pm

Come enjoy fresh produce, handmade crafts, food trucks (Empanada Dada, Sweet Bar, Eggroll Cafe), kids games & more!

The Lowell Farmers' Market is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join us in bringing back the charm of community and supporting local farmers. For more information, please contact our Farmers Market Coordinator, Emily Magovern

For more information about the Lowell Farmers' Market visit:


Please find our updated Community Needs Assessment, Annual Report, and Constituency Guide on our website at Annual Reports & Documents - Community Teamwork ( Hard copies are available upon request.


Housing Support Case Manager, Youth Services

 Early Learning Division is Hiring Teachers, Assistant Teachers and more

Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teacher Aides

Special Career, Excellent Benefits

Sign-On Bonus $3k* Full-Time (*Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Bus Drivers),

$1k Part-time


Top Pay and Benefits

Supportive Culture

Teach with Impact

CLICK HERE to see all career opportunities at Community Teamwork



Student stories lead 33rd UMass Lowell Commencement Ceremonies - The Sun 5/11/24

Community Teamwork celebrates 60 years of community action - The Sun 5/8/24

VITA Program Breaks all Records in Preparing Tax Returns - The Sun 4/16/24

Happy Returns: Business Students Put Tax Lessons to Good Use - UMass Manning Students Volunteer to Help Low-Income Community Members File Tax - UMass Lowell Online 4/10/24

Sarah Seguin Promoted to WIC Program Director - 4/1/24

CTI cuts ribbon on new housing - Summer Street The Sun - 3/27/24

Community Teamwork To Open Two Permanent Supportive Housing Project - 3/14/24

Thank You to our 2024 Newsletter Sponsor

There are ALWAYS Ways to Help

If you find yourself in a position to help, your contribution will aid our efforts on every front as we work together to care for our clients and families in their hour of greatest need, and emerge stronger than ever. 

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