Thriving neighborhoods  •  Healthy families  •  Community-led solutions



What we Do


We advocate for, educate and work with Lowell residents to meet critical needs and help make their vision for the community a reality.  

Our programs: 

  • Develop and support grassroots community leaders and activists
  • Provide residents with information about key issues that affect them
  • Engage residents in civic and community life
  • Identify and work to fill gaps in services
  • Help families access resources and services, and strengthen neighborhood connections

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News on Facebook!


  • VOTING RIGHTS LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD  -  In late October, a federal judge rejected the City of Lowell's Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed by Ropes & Gray on behalf of 13 diverse Lowell plaintiffs, that challenges the City's at-large voting system.  Read the Lowell Sun's article for more detail about this latest development. For additional resources and fuller explanation of the lawsuit, go to Resources - Voting Rights

  • EMPOWER PROJECTS UNDERWAY  -  Congratulations to our current class of Empower graduates, who have completed their nine-week series on community organizing and grassroots leadership. Graduates have embarked on two community-building projects : 

    • Neighborhood clean-ups to take place quarterly in specific areas of the City that need it most, beginning in November with the canal at Hanover and Merrimack Streets in the Acre. 

    • Drumming circles each month in the Middlesex-Marston Street neighborhood to engage neighbors, build community and help reduce aggressive and anti-social activity. Drum circles can help reduce stress, build positive relationships, and are a lot of fun! 

To get involved in a project or learn about our next Empower program - beginning March 2018 - email Nancy Coan or call 978-454-5405.

Help lowell residents lead community change!


  • Leadership training for grassroots activists to build effective community organizing skills for leading community-based projects
  • Immigrant and refugee support through Citizenship Clinics for eligible green-card holders, Know-Your-Rights forums, and coalition building to address unmet needs in Lowell
  • Emergency diapers and resources for families through the Lowell Diaper Bank, and by filling gaps in family-based services
  • Community organizing around voting rights, affordable housing and more, to support Lowell residents who want to learn about and take action on key issues that affect their quality of life

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Empower, a 9-week course that trains grassroots community activists to lead change in Lowell.

Empowera 9-week course that trains grassroots community activists to lead change in Lowell.