Responding to the Tragedy in Merrimack Valley




Wondering what you can do?  Here are some great organizations to support – And the link for the 350 MA petition, too.  Join us in telling Governor Baker we want a moratorium on any new gas infrastructure

  • Groundwork Lawrence  DONATE
  • Essex County Community Fund DONATE
  • MSPCA – Providing care for displaced animals DONATE
  • City of Lawrence – Deliver Items to the Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St., Lawrence

Desperately needed items: hand sanitizers, alcohol pads, socks, underwear for kids and adults, blankets, toiletries, feminine products, toilet paper, towels

  • Bread & Roses – operates a soup kitchen in Lawrence and is without gas and power. They are doing what they can to help those in need and are requesting support  DONATE
  • Lazarus House – Provides food and clothing to those who live in poverty. DONATE
  • Project Home Again – Donate


Special Highlight: Message from Emmaus House

 Disaster Outreach Collection: Emmaus House, for Rapid Rehousing Funds

People of lower income are at risk of becoming homeless after a fire destroys their home.  FEMA will be putting people in hotels for the short-term, but at some point those funds run out.

Emmaus House administers the Rapid Rehousing funds from the Department of Transitional Assistance for Lawrence and the surrounding communities. These funds are used for short term rental assistance and security deposits to rapidly rehouse persons in shelter.  As with most government funds, there are restrictions on income; those low to moderate families that fall just outside of the DTA limits are left to find other resources.

Emmaus can use DONATED funds to supplement the government funds, to assist those families that don’t meet the very low income levels for the federal funds, or to assist with needs that are not eligible- such as furniture.

As this disaster unfolds and short term care runs out,  people will need help and funds to find affordable apartments and resettle their lives. We are grateful for all who will help in the process. 

Where to send Checks: Emmaus House, PO Box 568, Haverhill, MA 01831

Donate on-line

350 MA petition  – Tell Governor Baker to put an immediate moratorium on any new gas infrastructure

Yesterday, “the Merrimack Valley faced an unprecedented tragedy
 – a series of “Armageddon-like” gas explosions that killed a teenager, injured ten others, and displacing thousands more.

While this explosion is tragic, it was not unforeseeable. [Un]natural gas is a dangerous fuel source that threatens the lives of our communities and our planet.

Given Governor Baker’s past support for public subsidizing of new gas infrastructure, we are calling on him to put an immediate moratorium on any new gas infrastructure a full investigation on the causes of this project and parallel risks to our infrastructure have been completed. We cannot continue to put the lives of our youth, our families, and our communities at risk in the name of utility profits and complacent government officials.”

Sign this petition to call on governor Baker to put an immediate moratorium on any new gas infrastructure.

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