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12/19/16

LUK Names Beth Barto New CEO

FITCHBURG – LUK, Inc., a nonprofit human services agency providing support for children and families since 1970, has recently announced that their nation-wide search for a Chief Executive Officer has come to a close, and is proud to announce Beth Barto, LMHC, as CEO. Read more!

9/22/16

21st running of United Way event offers a hand to those in need

Armed with little more than a gray T-shirt and a morning's worth of time, more than 600 volunteers traveled to various corners of northern Worcester County Friday to help those in need. This was the 21st year of the United Way's annual Day of Caring, which aided 59 local nonprofits this year with projects ranging from office work, general maintenance and landscaping. Read more!

8/10/16

Interns in LUK, getting 'real-world experience'

FITCHBURG -- Kiana Torres has known for years she wants to help others, but until this summer, the Fitchburg State University senior didn't realize how much work it takes. The psychology major is spending her last month of summer shadowing LUK Inc.'s occupational therapist, Becca Anderson, as she helps children and young adults deal with stress and anxiety in healthy physical and emotional ways. Read more!

6/15/16

LUK. Inc. Receives $5,000 Grant from Bank of America for Mentoring Program

LUK Mentoring is proud to be awarded a $5,000 grant from Bank of America to support mentoring activities in Central Massachusetts. For 12 years, the LUK Mentoring Program has been pairing positive adult role models with youth between the ages of 6 and 17 who would benefit from the presence of additional supportive adults in their lives. Read more!

5/16/16

LUK, Inc. Hosting Annual Day in the Park and 5K on Sunday, May 22nd!

LUK, Inc. is hosting its Annual Day in the Park to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month on Sunday, May 22nd, at Lake Quinsigamond Park in Worcester. The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm. Part of the celebration includes the 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk, and Stroll for Fun! The event is rain or shine, and the 5K course is flat and for all abilities. Read more!

4/25/16

50 Twin Cities youths attend Empowerment Summit

LEOMINSTER -- Local students learned a valuable lesson Saturday -- you create your own future. Nearly 50 students gathered at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to attend the annual Youth Empowerment Summit, organized by LUK Mentoring, the Boys & Girls Club and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D Early Jr.'s office. Read more!

4/13/16

LUK Gets Help from Local Lions, Sterilite

Youth in LUK’s residential services will feel a little more at home, thanks to Massachusetts District 33A Lions. For this year’s Services for Children project, Lions assembled Comfort Cartons – totes filled with a journal, colored pencils, earbuds, sensory items, a throw pillow and blanket, pillow cases, a towel set, and a stuffed lion.Read more!

3/14/16

Shelley L'Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Presentation

Four youth hockey players were awarded $250 scholarships to continue their hockey endeavors, through the generous financial support of the Fitchburg Women's Hockey League. The 2016 Michelle “Shelley” L’Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Awards are given to youth who have exemplified good sportsmanship through teamwork, fair play and pride, with respect for their school, opponents and officials. Read more!

1/27/16

Students Learn About Drugs In Online Chat

GARDNER  It’s easy to tell adolescents that drugs and alcohol are bad news and to never experiment with them, but that message can be hollow without any backing. Kids are smart enough to ask questions and wants answers, which is why the Gardner Community Action Team led Gardner students in participating in a national “drug chat” day on Tuesday. Read more!

1/27/16

Now Playing: An End To Stigma

GARDNER  The local effort to raise awareness for the state’s campaign to end the stigma against those struggling with substance abuse just became much more visible. Just a few months after many area leaders gathered at City Hall to declare Gardner a city without stigma, the Gardner Community Action Team unveiled its “State Without Stigma” poster at the Gardner Cinemas on Tuesday afternoon. Read more!

1/21/16

January is National Mentoring Month

January marks the 15th anniversary of National Mentoring Month. In order to celebrate, I felt that it would be appropriate to take a moment to reflect on how mentors positively affect our community, and what it means to have these role models involved in the lives of our youth. Read more!

11/13/15

We all can help end opioid epidemic

Just months ago, Alfred Rivera probably never dreamed he would be working on the front lines in the battle against the opioid epidemic. But that's exactly where the Fitchburg Public Library maintenance worker found himself Nov. 6 when he pulled into the McDonald's restaurant in Fitchburg's Cleghorn neighborhood. Read more!

11/11/15

$335,000 Grant For Mental Health Program

WORCESTER — Congress­man Jim McGovern, D-2nd, recently applauded the news that Community Healthlink, the largest and most comprehensive provider of behavioral health and addiction services in central Massachusetts, has been awarded a three-year, $335,000 Project AWARE-Community grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the training of over 1,000 adults in Mental Health First Aid. Read more!

11/10/15

Fitchburg library worker uses Narcan to revive woman in local restaurant

FITCHBURG - When Alfred Rivera pulled into a local McDonald's on Friday, he just needed a bite to eat. Moments later, he was saving a woman's life. Read more!

10/28/15

LUK Inc. Promoting Red Ribbon Week

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We write to encourage schools, parents, community and faith groups to unite and take the Red Ribbon pledge to live a drug-free life. Read more!

10/28/15

$625,000 Grant to Fight Drugs

GARDNER  The Gardner Community Action Team will receive a $625,000 federal grant to fund the community coalition’s efforts to curb substance abuse among youth. Read more!

10/22/15

LUK Runs High for Charity

FITCHBURG -- You might say the people who came to Destaré on Monday evening were quite lucky. LUK, a nonprofit social-service agency, celebrated the Mentoring Program's participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids with a wrap-up fundraiser, said Hilary Amedy, the Mentoring Program coordinator. Read more!

10/10/15

Grant Supports Mental-Health Training on Area Campuses

FITCHBURG - In the wake of campus tragedies like the shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, youth mental health has become a focus of national attention.In Central Massachusetts, this focus has taken the form of mental health education for adults who might be able to help struggling youth.Read more!

10/8/15

Narcan Offers Hope

FITCHBURG - Linda Gravelle’s son, Jacob, died from a heroin overdose six years ago. “I’m trying to make a difference,” she said Wednesday night. Ms. Gravelle was one of a few people on hand for the Narcan training put on at the Fitchburg Community Health Connections Center by the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative. Read more!

10/7/15

A Night Out That Serves A Purpose

GARDNER  When musician Zach Benton sang The Beatles’ “Come Together” at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out, it was not hard for the crowd to heed the advice of the song’s lyrics. 
With ideal fall weather, free pizza and popcorn, face painting and a bouncy house to keep children from screaming or squabbling, community members had every reason to stick around. Read more!

10/2/15

LUK Gets Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

FITCHBURG — This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded LUK, Inc. a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. Funds will be used to support The Learning Center, a supplemental educational program to assist youth in LUK’s Residential Services who are temporarily unable to access traditional education because of their out of home placement. Read more!

10/1/15

Event Battles Drugs, Crime

GARDNER - The upcoming National Night Out event hosted by the Gardner Community Action Team will be full of attractions and entertainment for a purpose. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Monument Park on Central Street. This is the third year the event has been held locally. Read more!

8/29/15

Beers for Good Makes Four Grants

FITCHBURG - Beers for Good made an $11,000 donation to four local nonprofits from the proceeds of hosting the Nashua River Brewers Festival. Civic Days and Red Raiders Lending Library each received $1,000, and LUK and Growing Places both received $4,500. Read more! 

7/31/15

Gardner Night Out, festival start August with fun

GARDNER — If you have the summer doldrums, things will be getting busy during the first week in August.  Read more!

7/29/15

National Night Out To Battle Crime, Drugs And Alcohol

GARDNER - Bringing the community together for a night of fun and education, the Gardner Community Action Team will host its third annual National Night Out next Tuesday. Read more! 

7/9/15

Week by week, investment pays community dividends 

FITCHBURG — Only halfway through Enterprise Bank’s “20 Weeks of Giving,” Community Banking Director Ken Ansin is already declaring the campaign a success. On May 1, Lowell-based Enterprise Bank began donating $1,000 each week to a deserving local nonprofit organization as part of their 20 Weeks of Giving campaign. Read more!

6/30/15

LUK Inc. receives $12K in funding

FITCHBURG — LUK Inc. will ramp up efforts to help runaway and homeless youth this year with $12,000 of funding from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. Read more! 

6/28/15

Bigger. Better. Brewfest.

FITCHBURG — Thousands of beer lovers flocked to Riverfront Park on Saturday to raise their glasses for charity. The Nashua River Brewers Festival, in its seventh year, is a community event hosted by charitable organization Beers for Good and by the City of Fitchburg. Read more!

6/28/15

8 Worcester groups receive Harvard Pilgrim 9-11 grants

WORCESTER – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation's Community Spirit 9-11 Mini-Grant program has awarded grants to eight nonprofit organizations in Worcester. Read more!

6/24/15

LUK Receives Community Foundation Grant To Address Youth Homelessness in North Central Massachusetts

Thanks to a generous $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, LUK will provide training and technical assistance to build capacity within the communities of the North Central region to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth (RHY). Read more!

6/23/15

Community Foundation Gives Grants

Leominster — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts recently announced 30 grants, totaling nearly $500,000 from its general endowment funds and field of interest funds, during an event at Apple Hill Farm. Read more!

6/16/15

Clearing the Air: 83% of Gardner Youth Choose Not to Smoke

GARDNER - Smoking is no longer the norm. That’s the message Baby’s Breath Project of GVNA HealthCare and the Gardner Comm­unity Action Committee are hoping to impress on people through 1,000 stickers on pizza boxes.Read more!

6/5/15

Groups Partner Up to Present Scholarship to LHS Senior

The Leominster Community Action Team partnered with the Leominster Education Foundation’s School to Career Division to present a scholarship to Leominster High School senior Alexandra Stathas at the 16th Annual Youth Leadership Summit Read more! 

5/22/15

Narcan Training Held at Leominster City Hall

Recently, a group of residents in Leominster attended a Narcan training held at in the Leominster City Hall auditorium. Read More! 

5/20/15

Gardner Receives $100K Grant To Fight Drug Abuse

GARDNER - As the government continues to combat substance abuse, Gardner, in conjunction with LUK services, has received a $100,000 state grant to create a regional collaborative to add­ress the issue. Read more!

4/22/15

Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation Awards $60,000

Gardner – The Heywood Healthcare Charitable Found­ation recently awarded $60,000 in grants to seven local agencies. Read More!

March 2015

What Works to End Youth Homelessness 

The National Network for Youth (nn4y) featured LUK's Compass Project in it's March Policy Brief. Read more!

2/23/15

Have a Heart hockey tournament still reaching out into community

FITCHBURG -- In life, Shelley L'Ecuyer loved few things more than helping children and the game of hockey. And even after her unexpected and tragic passing in 2010, L'Ecuyer's passions live on with the St. Valentine's Day Have A Heart hockey tournament, celebrated with the culmination of its 11th annual edition on Sunday at the Wallace Civic Center. Read More!

2/14/15

LUK Hosts Mentoring Gala

REGION Justin Schwartz was a normal guy with a rocky childhood who just wanted to help kids in the same position as he was while growing up.
So when he heard about the LUK Mentoring program, which connects children in need with compassionate adults, “It lit a fire in my stomach.” Read More!

1/20/15

Breakfast and warm clothing at Knights to celebrate MLK Jr.

LEOMINSTER -- A group effort of local organizations and agencies used the celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday to provide a hot breakfast and warm clothing for many of the homeless families living in nearby hotels. Read More!

12/24/14

No place like a foster home for the holidays

FITCHBURG - I have been a foster and adoptive parent for over 11 years. In that time, my husband and I have raised three foster care daughters (older adolescents into their young adult years) and have adopted four younger children (one daughter and three sons between 2 and 9). I also serve as the CEO of a community based child welfare and social services agency in Central Massachusetts, LUK, Inc. Read More

12/23/14

Town uses $100K grant to target underage drug abuse

WESTMINSTER - The Board of Selectmen approved actions that would allow the Board of Health to accept a $100,000 grant to establish preemptive measures to reduce underage drinking and uderage druge abuse within the community. Read More

11/28/14

LUK, Inc. honors staff with Bert Tompkins Award

FITCHBURG - LUK, Inc. was honored to receive a trust fund by an anonymous donor (held with the Community Foundation of North Central MA) to honor LUK staff members that exhibit high professionalism and self-sacrifice in their work with area children, families and adults. Read More

11/28/14

Preventing youth suicide, a leading cause of death

PEPPERELL - Suicide is a relevant topic. It's the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More

11/25/14

Community Health Network Area 9 awards more than $25K in mini-grants

FITCHBURG - Community Health Network Area 9 has announced mini-grants awards totaling $25,668 to 15 North Central Massachusetts community organizations. Read More 

11/20/14

LUK's basket full of thanks

FITCHBURG- In the spirit of paying it forward, 50 families received Thanksgiving meal baskets in Central Massachusetts last year. Fifty more families will receive Thanksgiving baskets again this year. Read More

 

10/15/14

Anti-drug coalition marks first year

WESTMINSTER - Dozens of people from the substance abuse community met Tuesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Montachusett Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition and to reflect on the progress in the field. Read More...

10/12/14

LUK, Inc. awarded $200,000 for runaway & homeless youth program

FITCHBURG -- LUK Inc. has been awarded $200,000 through the Family and Youth Services Bureau through a Basic Center Program Grant. Read More...

 10/6/14

Officers home to save lives
Police to carry Narcan with them to reverse drug overdoses

GARDNER - City police officers will soon have a new life-saving tool at their disposal when they are certified to carry and administer the drug Narcan. Read More...

8/9/14

Montachusett Public Health Network offers Narcan training

FITCHBURG — In the midst of a public health emergency involving suspected fatal heroin overdoses, an organization is offering two Narcan trainings free to the public. Read More...

8/8/14

Grants aid community missions

FITCHBURG -- Assisting homeless youths and families, feeding needy children and providing advocacy for child victims in the court system were among the missions of 23 local organizations that received nearly $293,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Thursday. Read More...

7/6/14

Social-service agency embraces suicide-prevention training

FITCHBURG -- Last month the social-service agency LUK Inc. in Fitchburg made a deal with Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Read more...

6/3/14

Leominster Credit Union Celebrates LUK Mentees Diversity Through the Lens

Leominster Credit Union honored Aidan, a mentee of LUK, Inc.’s Mentoring Program and participant in the “Diversity Through the Lens” project, by displaying his photographic work of art in their main office. Read more...

4/25/14

LUK Inc's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit Huge Success

LUK celebrated the 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit on Friday, April 18th at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster and it was another successful event with over 100 more youth in attendance than 2013’s event! Read more...

4/16/14

'Let Us Know' 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit

The Boys and Girls Club in Leominster will host Let Us Know’s 15th annual Youth Leadership Summit on April 18 free to the public, with canned goods and other items being collected for local food drives. Read more...

4/4/14

Worcester youth homelessness effort on the financial rocks

Resources are being spread thin for the Compass Project, a collaborative effort that surveys and provides assistance to homeless and at-risk young people. Read more...

3/16/14

Several communities to follow Gardner's lead with 'drop box'

Gardner Police Chief Neil Erickson put a drop-box kiosk for residents to surrender prescription drugs inside the lobby of his police station nearly three years ago, and 10 other communities in North Central Massachusetts Read more... 

3/3/14

LUK Inc and the Fitchburg Women’s Hockey League Celebrate 10th Annual Have a Heart Hockey Tournament!

fwhl luk photo This year’s 10th Annual Have A Heart hockey tournament was enjoyed by over 330 players representing 28 women’s recreational hockey teams from throughout the New England region as well as family and friends. As part of the 3rd Annual Michelle “Shelley” L’Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Four youth hockey players were awarded $250 scholarships by LUK’s CEO, Richard Hooks Wayman, on Sunday, 2/23 to continue their hockey endeavors, with the money generated by the Fitchburg Women's Hockey League. Read more...

 2/25/14

Fitchburg-area officials seek ways to treat opioid abuse

If local police officers were trained in administering Narcan, would they be able to better combat opiate overdoses? Read more...

2/23/14

LUK Inc First Annual Mentoring Gala Raises 15000

Thank you to everyone who donated, sponsored, volunteered, attended and all around supports our program in all the ways that you do. We could not have had such a fantastic 1st annual event without so many of you! Read more...

1/31/14

LUK to host first-ever Mentoring Gala benefit Feb. 12 in Leominster

For the past 11 years, the LUK Mentoring Program has been addressing this crucial missing aspect in the lives of young people as they recruit local residents, aged 18 or older, to act as mentors to these youths. By sharing high-quality activities and exposing the kids to new experiences, these mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce them to new ideas. The commitment isn't that burdensome, either: All the program asks is that the mentors volunteer one hour a week for one year.  Read more...
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1/20/14

Leominster photo project on diversity helps kids see the world differently

LUK Inc. mentors and mentees explored "Diversity Through the Lens" Saturday, unveiling their exhibit of photographs of their interpretations of diversity. Read more...

 1/19/14

Good Deeds

Newspaper co. starts support program (last paragraph on site)
WORCESTER — Boston Globe Media Partners and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette have announced a new community program called TOUCH (Telegram OUtreach for CHarities) designed to give subscribers opportunities to meaningfully support their preferred nonprofit organization at no cost. Read more...

12/16/13

LUK Inc Celebrates the Spirit of Giving

Every holiday season, LUK staff and volunteers come together to provide children with gifts that they may not otherwise receive during this time. The Giving Tree list grows larger each year but this year has seen the highest number to date with close to 700 youth in need of a little holiday cheer. Our community partners have set up Giving Trees at many different locations throughout our communities where people can stop by and take an ornament with a youth's age, gender and gift request on it. Read more...

11/29/13

Caring in our Community

Tell someone you have a terminal illness, and you’ll get a casserole, tell them you have a mental illness, and they’ll lose your number. It’s difficult to talk about mental illness when there is a social stigma attached to such a disease, and yet according to Cathy Gaudet, RN and organizer of the 3rdCommunity Wellness Event held at City Hall, 1 out of 4 families are affected. Read more...

10/26/13

Prescription drug drop-off today in Worcester, Fitchburg

A prescription drug take-back day is being held Saturday in Worcester and Fitchburg. Read more...

10/15/13

LUK Inc Announces New CEO

LUK Crisis Center Inc.’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hooks Wayman, on November 4, 2013. Read more...

10/06/13

LUK mentoring program awarded $10G grant

FITCHBURG -- The LUK Mentoring Program announced it has been awarded a Mentoring Matching Grant of $10,000 from the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand quality youth mentoring to meet the needs of communities in Massachusetts. Read more...

07/18/13

LUK to host basketball tournament

FITCHBURG -- LUK Inc. is hosting the 15th annual Common Ground Community Event and Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Street Park.

04/19/13

LUK honors area youths for community service

LEOMINSTER -- Hundreds of student leaders from around the region gathered at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster Thursday morning to celebrate the community-service accomplishments of their peers at LUK Inc.'s 14th Annual Youth Leadership Summit. Read more...

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