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Help Holly go to the Amazon Rainforest to teach conservation, reading and teacher development,

Good afternoon, my name is Holly Makowsky. I am a middle school science teacher, with an additional Specialist Teacher of Reading license, in Lowell, MA. I am looking for ways to approach potential donors for a service opportunity I am trying to fund.

What am I trying to do? My goal is to go to the Amazon Rainforest this upcoming July with the purpose of working with students and teachers, focusing on conservation, reading and teacher development, through the Conapac Library, located in the Amazon Rainforest, 50 miles downstream from the city of Iquitos, Peru. I need to raise $1400, plus airfare. The $1400 covers lodging and food, as well as resources for the students and teachers, through the library. In fact, 75% of the cost of this volunteer opportunity goes to the library. For airfare, it could be additional monetary donations or unused and unneeded frequent flyer miles.

Any help, advice or contacts you may have is appreciated.

Holly Makowsky

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Talents & Treasures

                        interview by Eszter Vajda



Lazarus House Ministries, Inc.

 January Enews 2013

"It's amazing when you watch a light in their heart turn on as they begin to see their own self worth ... "

Eszter Vajda talks to Bridget Shaheen, Exec. Dir. Of the Lazarus House Ministries, about an extraordinary concept that helps people get out of poverty and get a job.

Eszter Vajda talks to Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director of Lazarus House Ministries, about an extraordinary concept that helps people get out of poverty and into the workforce.

"Lazarus House has grown significantly over the last few years because we wanted to answer to the needs of the community and also offer a continuum of services that would not be just a band-aid but help people move out of poverty. We have a soup kitchen and food pantry - these are our first lines of entry into Lazarus House for many of our people and it introduces them to the possibilities . . . "


Watch the interview with Bridget Shaheen and learn about the amazing programs of Lazarus House and the impact of this organization on Lawrence and the surrounding communities.




Thank you to all our Christmas volunteers and donors!

Christmas 2012

We are winding down our Christmas programs after the whirlwind holiday season and are deeply grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness! 


Project Bethlehem supplies gifts to the community and because of our donor families, 15 homeless families had warmth and joy this past Christmas. Children's eyes grew bright as volunteers brought them bags of presents from our gift room. 


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A woman whose family lost everything in a fire wept as we brought gifts to her, saying "The only good thing that's come out of this is how people have been so extraordinarily giving and generous." 


This season Project Bethlehem served 423 families; that's more than 1500 people! Our Christmas volunteers greeted 282 donors as they dropped off gifts and also helped deliver donations to approximately 46 families living in our shelters or participating in Lazarus House programs. Thank you for exemplifying the true meaning of Christmas; we could not have done this without you! As you welcome this New Year, please know that you have made a difference.

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 IRS charitable rollover is retroactive for early 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 reinstated the IRA charitable rollover for 2013 and made it retroactive for 2012. For the 2012 tax year only, IRA owners can choose to report qualified charitable distributions made in January 2013 as if they occurred in 2012. Please consider such a gift to Lazarus House by January 31st! Thank you.




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"New Balance" Matching Gift Challenge

The New Balance Foundation has awarded a challenge grant towards our campaign.  New Balance will match every new gift pledged in 2013 to the Campaign for Dignity up to $150,000 in total.


Anne Davis, Managing Trustee, New Balance Foundation, said "Through our long-term commitment to Lazarus House, both financially and as volunteers, we strive to strengthen our connection to the local community.  We are proud to partner with Lazarus House in support of their vision to further enhance the services and facilities necessary to empower the lives of more people in dire need."


If you would like to "double your donation" and make a pledge as part of the New Balance challenge grant to the Campaign for Dignity  please donate online at; by mail at Lazarus House, Campaign for Dignity, P.O. Box 408, Lawrence, MA  01842; or by emailing Ray Joyce, Director of Development. Thank you!




What's Happening?

The Winter Auction is Open!

Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items for you to bid on to help raise money for people in need of our services in the Merrimack Valley. Bid on jewelry, photography, tickets, health & fitness, travel and more. The auction is open and accepting bids until February 8, 2013 at 9 a.m. 


Lazarus Open House

Tuesday, February 5th at 3 p.m. Meet at Good Shepherd Center, 412 Hampshire St, Lawrence MA. Otherwise call 978-689-8575 to schedule an appointment at your convenience.




Bilingual volunteer needed

A volunteer who speaks Spanish and English is needed to help exiting trainees with resume preparation, assisting with applications, job searching and mock interviews one day a week beginning in February. Please contact the volunteer coordinator if interested in this position.




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Friends of Kevin Guest Blog post from Steve Gamlin - When It Comes to Giving, Cecile is the Real Deal!

When It Comes to Giving, Cecile is the Real Deal!

In January 2009, I made a promise to myself: ten percent of EVERY dollar I make as a speaker goes to a non-profit, as quickly as possible. This goes for sales of my books as well. A last-minute event recently garnered a few book sales. The charitable share was ten dollars.

What can you get for ten dollars?

An amazing life experience.

A recent hectic afternoon already included getting my snow tires mounted and casting my vote in the election. Time was tight. As I made my way up Mast Road in Goffstown NH I saw the Hannaford parking lot approaching on my right. A quick game of mental volleyball drew my finger the directional, and I entered the lot.

With a soon-to-be-activated gift card in hand, I found myself standing in the ’14 items or less’ aisle with one person ahead of me. Then I heard a nearby cashier open her lane. From behind me, a sweet little voice told the gentleman behind her: “You go ahead, this young man is paying for my groceries”.

A gallon of milk and small bag of apples then thumped onto the belt.

With a smile, I turned to see an adorable senior smiling at me.

“Okay”, I replied with a smile, reaching for my wallet.

“Oh, no dear, you don’t need to do that, I was just joking” she nervously backpedaled.

“No worries, I do positive things for a living…and you’re the first person that ever said that to me!” With a laugh, I shook her hand. “I’ve got you covered”.

I then made her promise to pay it forward by sharing a smile with someone in need that day.

She agreed.

As we walked toward the exit discussing random acts of kindness, she pointed wistfully out the large glass windows. “A few months ago, I collapsed out there…a nice young woman came to help me and called 911.”

A few steps later, after the automatic door whooshed open, I introduced myself and she clasped my hand, informing me that her name is Cecile.

“Cecile, it has been a pleasure meeting you and making you smile today!”

With steps much lighter than the hurried ‘gotta get to all my errands’ ones of my entrance, I got to my black Honda CR-V. The rear-view mirror revealed a smile a mile wide. As I uncrinkled the receipt in my hand, I discovered this amazing experience had cost me just $7.93.

Cecile, THANK YOU! You showed me that we are ALWAYS in a place to commit and act of kindness for a fellow human being, as long as we keep our eyes and ears open.

I am so glad she was the person behind me that day.

Besides, the guy behind HER had a carriage which tested the limits of the 14 item rule...and I think one of them was a lobster!!!

How can YOU reach out this week and share your goodness and energy?

I bet it won’t cost much…and the rewards will be amazing!