Speaker Date Topic
Nancy Kannell Oct 07, 2022
Project Home Again
Project Home Again

Project Home Again - Nancy Kannell  

When an acquaintance who was down on her luck came to Nancy and said her stove was broken and she had no money to fix it or buy a new one, she had an idea. Eighteen years later, Nancy’s passion for helping others has led PHA to grow from a one woman operation to a staff of dozens of volunteers serving hundreds of families a year.

At Project Home Again, they partner with social service agencies in northeastern Massachusetts to bring new and gently used household goods, furniture and appliances to low-income families in need.

Our mission is to provide them with the things they need to live with comfort and dignity. We try to make the experience as positive as we can, letting our clients “shop” to choose items that reflect their personality and individual style. It’s what allows us to truly turn their houses into homes.

Our work is people-focused and people-powered, and there are three groups that make the magic of Project Home Again possible — our clients, our volunteers and our donors.

Kate Fitzgibbons Oct 14, 2022
Educational Supplies to Zimbabwe

Kate is a North Andover High School senior who is very involved in the school community.  After a visit to Africa she was deeply inspired to find a way to get school supplies to children in a village in Zimbabwe.  She wants to connect our regional Rotary clubs with Rotary clubs in Zimbabwe to help transport the supplies she and other students have collected.  

Beth Francis Oct 28, 2022
Essex County Community Foundation
Amy Pessia Nov 04, 2022
Feeding the Valley. Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s Role & Impact in Food and Nutrition Security
 Feeding the Valley.  Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s Role & Impact in Food and Nutrition Security

Amy’s personal commitment to fighting hunger began in 1997 when she joined the board of directors and volunteered at MVFB.  Amy served as recording secretary on the MVFB board until 2002, when she joined the staff as Assistant Director.  Amy served as Executive Director from 2005 – 2022, and took on the newly created positon, Director of Growth, in May 2022.  Amy received her associates degree in Communications from Endicott College and her bachelors in General Studies from Salem State College.  Her responsibilities at the Food Bank include raising awareness of the issues of hunger and health in the community, outreach to all constituencies, organizing and conducting fundraisers, volunteer recruitment, acting as liaison between the community and the organization, and providing supplemental support for all departments and programs at the food bank. 

Amy has served as vice-chair and chair of the Lowell Hunger Homeless Commission, and on the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Pop Warner Cheerleading and Football and Lowell Council on Aging Boards of Directors.  Amy represents the Food Bank on the Greater Lowell Health Alliance’s Steering Committee and Healthy Eating and Living Task Force; the Non Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell, on the Essex County/Merrimack Valley Food Resiliency Partnership and Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts, and was recently named a board member of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.  Ms. Pessia is a proud Rotarian, having served as President of the Rotary Club of Lowell in 2018-19.  Amy has received the Salute to Women in the Region Award from the Lowell Sun, and the Municipal Award from Lowell Telemedia Corporation, but her favorite accomplishment is raising her daughter, Sophia, aged 19, a second year college student. 

Carmen Vega Nov 18, 2022
Lazarus House
NO MEETING - Happy Thanksgiving Nov 25, 2022