News From the Road

2017 Appreciation Night - Best time ever!

Well over 140 people came to network and celebrate our community at Cafe Azteca

It was a time to welcome our Haverhill non-profits to our Greater Lawrence community, listen to wonderful social justice music with the Wobblies, and hear the incredible voice of Ms. Letriah Masters, founder of the non-profit Merrimack Valley Music and Arts. Announcements were made about the Unity March on May 1st in support of our immigrant community.
Essentially, it was a time for building community by building relationships. Photos of a special night on our Facebook page. Thanks to our sponsors: GOLD Barrett & Scibelli CPAs, Enterprise Bank, Netscout, InterPro Solutions, and McLane Middleton Law Firm. SILVER: Yaskawa Solectria, Pentucket Bank, and The Savings Bank.

Don't miss our Community InRoads TV Shows.

Our most recent guest, Heather McMann and Shay talk about Groundwork Lawrence.

Check out Heather and Shay here:

See Letriah Masters talk about Merrimack Valley Music and Arts in Haverhill at If you are short of time, fast forward to 45min to see some pretty phenomenal music with both her students and Letriah strutting their stuff.

Our first guests in 2017 were our nonprofit friends, Elevated Thought. Thank you Marquis Victor and Lily Lopez for joining us. You were wonderful. And of course, a special note of heartfelt appreciation to North Andover Cable Access TV for producing our show, with such care and good cheer. Check out Elevated Thought on You Tube.

Northern Essex Community College and Community InRoads Partnering on Certificate Program

You can earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Governance from Northern Essex Community College if you have participated in all the sessions offered through our Cultural Inclusion Program.

Individuals who have successfully completed our Cultural Inclusion Program for Lawrence Nonprofit Boards can waive 5 of the required 8 NECC classes to earn the certificate. In other words, all you have to take are the following 3 classes:
(Strategic Planning, Volunteer Management and Marketing).

The course descriptions can be found on NECC's website at:

For More information

Contact: Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222.

Another critical element of the program will be the opportunity to be paired with a seasoned nonprofit executive who will serve as a mentor; this opportunity will be offered to those who completed the new CIR/NECC Nonprofit Board Governance program as well as those who have completed the current NECC noncredit Nonprofit Management program.

Community InRoads honored

Merrimack River Watershed Council honored Community InRoads (formerly Jericho Road Lawrence) and its volunteers at their Annual Meeting.

Present, along with our ED, Program Director and president, were many of the volunteers who have assisted MRWC in the past. They are an incredible organization working to protect our precious Merrimack River and its watershed. It was amazing to see all that they have accomplished with a bare bones staff. A well deserved thanks to our volunteers who helped move this important mission forward.

More press for our Cultural Inclusion program

Read two excellent articles on our Cultural Inclusion program in the UU World magazine. Note, that when the article was written, Community InRoads was operating under the name Jericho Road Lawrence Click Here and the Center for Association Leadership on-line blog Click Here

Read About Our Cultural Inclusion Program in the Boston Globe

A great story about a great program Click here

Community InRoads - formerly Jericho Road Lawrence when the program was launched - is so pleased to be working with the YWCA on this great project, and with all the terrific recruits and nonprofits. Click here to read the article.

Read the news article on the launching of the second year of our Cultural Inclusion program below to see the complete listing of Latino recruits and participating nonprofit Boards.

Second Year of Cultural Inclusion Launched

8/28/2013. JRLawrence, along with our YWCA partners, launched the 2nd year of a pilot to encourage the talents of local Latino professionals on NPO Boards.

Take a look at our new, fabulous group of Latino/a recruits participating in the Cultural Inclusion Pilot. All 14 of the recruits participated in the program's Kickoff Meeting along with our Steering Committee, last year's recruits, and non-profit participants.

TOP ROW: Ana Silva, Angie Estevez, Patricia Sanchez-Reyes, Angie Sarkis, Martha Cruz, Rachel Concepcion, Lidia Maldonado, Jeidy Urena, Alicia Gil, Melba Acevedo

SECOND ROW: Yashira Robles, Lenin Tajada, Cristina Tejada, Emelissa Sacchetti

Nonprofit participants are: The Asian Center, Communities Together, Esperanza Academy, Family Services of the MV, Jericho Road Lawrence, Lazarus House, Merrimack River Watershed Council, and the YMCA.

Radhames Nova, CEO of the Boston division of ALPFA (Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting) spoke about how a Lawrence nonprofit, the Boys and Girls Club, transformed his life and how in turn he gave back to the community.

Thanks to Northern Essex Community College for donating the kickoff event's space that accommodated 50 participants - and to the MV Sandbox for paying for the great supper from Union Street Grille.

AGM Grant Research Database Back by Popular Demand

The Grant Resource Center at Northern Essex Community College's library in Lawrence now has both the Foundation Center database and the AGM database to help you find new grants.

For awhile, the Resource Center stopped the subscription to the AGM database, but it is back by popular demand.

The Grant Resource Center is free to the public. There's plenty of parking and the librarians are there to assist. So pay them a visit at their Franklin Street campus in Lawrence if you are looking for new funding sources and don't want to spend well over $1,200 for access to these 2 databases.

In order to ensure there is someone there to help you, call the Grant Resource Center ahead of time at 978-738-7400, to make an appointment. This is a joint endeavor between our friends at Northern Essex Community College and Community InRoads.

Watch the Essex Art Center Interview on Community InRoads TV Show

Leslie Costello and Les Wood are our esteemed guests.

Thanks to North Andover Cable Access Media, Community InRoads has its own TV show which introduces some of the surrounding suburbs to the extraordinary non-profits we work with. Recent press has called Lawrence "The City of the Damned," characterizing it as a city riddled with crime and bad actors. We are proud to introduce you to our non-profit friends who shine the light on the strength and determination of many of the city's residents who have transcended tremendous obstacles to improve the quality of their lives. This is what makes Lawrence special to us. This is Lawrence, "The City of the Grand."

Community InRoads and the YWCA Launch Cultural Inclusion Pilot

Fifty participants gathered together to kick off this exciting endeavor to increase the pool of Latino professionals sitting on Lawrence's nonprofit Boards.

The pilot, which is being guided by a Steering Committee of Latino and nonprofit leaders, involves 11 very impressive Latino recruits and 7 Lawrence nonprofits including Community InRoads (formerly Jericho Road Lawrence), the YWCA, Esperanza Academy, Fidelity House, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Family Development Charter School, and Neighbors In Need. The program will involve interactive sessions on Board governance as well as facilitated cultural competency sessions for the pilot's nonprofit and Latino participants.

The kickoff meeting brought together all stakeholders for a very lively 3-hour session which involved socializing over a great Mexican meal from Cafe Azteca followed by an overview of the pilot's goals and activities. Thanks to the Sandbox Institute for purchasing the dinner and to Northern Essex Community College for providing us with the perfect space for the event.

Judith Kamber, an Associate Dean at Northern Essex Community College and trained facilitator in appreciative inquiry, led an extremely effective activity intended to pave the way for understanding one another as individuals and the unique cultural history that shapes each of us. Our inspirational guest speaker, Rachel Concepcione (Associate VP of Eastern Bank) shared her own compelling story as a Latina growing up in Lawrence and emerging as a leader in the city.

Ultimately, Community InRoads,the YWCA and our Steering Committee plan to improve upon the pilot through lessons learned so that the model can be used by other communities wishing to cultivate Boards more representative of the demographics they serve.

For more information, contact Joan Kulash at 978-604-8803

Read about Community InRoads in N. Andover Citizen

FYI. This article was written when Community InRoads was called Jericho Road Lawrence. More

See Community InRoads (formerly Jericho Road Lawrence) in the Merrimack Valley Magazine
The Quota International Awards our Executive Director

Our Executive Director honored with the Dr. Nina Scarito Leadership Award.

We thank our friends at Quota International Lawrence Division for a wonderful evening at the elegant Merrimack Valley Golf Club and for a superbly scrumptious dinner event The highlight of the evening was our terrific nonprofit friends and volunteers who came out on a dark and rainy night to share in the celebration.

Community InRoads Launches Learning Community for Volunteers

This is part of a new Board Tune-Up (BTU) service working to strengthen individual nonprofit boards.

The learning community is training a carefully selected group of high-level volunteers with unique leadership and team building skills. The volunteers will be working with 3-4 nonprofits to facilitate a self-assessment process called "Board Roles to Board Goals", designed by Jay W. Vogt. The process helps nonprofits assess and improve their board performance. To learn more about the Board Tune-Up service More