Planting a Legacy: Raheem and Marcus' Story
This year, in partnership with the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (MVWIB), and funding from the EPA, Groundwork Lawrence conducted two sessions of Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP), a five-week intensive program that transforms environmental challenges into job opportunities. Participants learned in traditional classroom setting and in hands-on demonstrations , earning a variety of certifications, including: Asbestos Abatement, Lead Abatement, OSHA 40, 2A Hoisting License, and more.

One of our trainees is Raheem, 22, of Lawrence. Raheem is the father of Marcus, an adorable bundle of toddler joy. We asked Raheem why he signed up for ETTP:

"When I heard about ETTP,  I was excited. I knew that the five weeks would be challenging, but I would walk away with the skills and certificates I need to better provide for Marcus."

Raheem is one of 25 graduates in 2016, joining an alumni network of over 175 trainees. ETTP alumni have become forest rangers, lead abatement workers, site superintendents, field technicians, and tree laborers for the current Green Streets initiative.

A major component of the ETTP is a well-rounded approach to workforce training, which includes soft skills development and resume writing.

"Groundwork Lawrence worked one-on-one with me to create a resume based on my previous experience and the training," Raheem explained. "After graduating, I was able to apply directly for a job with Philips Electronics North America, and now I work full-time. My family is so proud of me, and I feel like the father I need to be for Marcus."

Raheem took action to be a competitive prospective employee in today's workforce. And perhaps Marcus will follow in his father's footsteps in environmental training by joining Green Team in the future. We look forward to launching a Spanish component in Spring 2017.

Together, we are a part of planting a legacy and we hope you will come on Thursday to the Glow Gala to celebrate our 15th anniversaryTickets are available online until Thursday at noon, then $90.00 at the door.

Don't forget about CITC!
Reminder! A new way to invest in Groundwork is the Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC), which provides a 50% tax credit against Massachusetts tax liability or if you don't owe any taxes, a refund.  How does CITC work?
  • Make a donation of $1000 or more (must be more than previous donations)
  • We'll send you the link to process your tax credit
  • If you do not have any or sufficient tax liability, you will receive  a check from the state for the amount of your credit
  • Out of state filers are eligible
  • Donations qualify for the Federal Charitable Tax Deduction on the TOTAL donation
  • Everyone qualifies, including: individuals, donor advised funds, foundations, and corporate donations.
Questions? Please contact Susan978-974-0770 ext.7007.

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