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GLCF Center for Business Philanthropy Receives Donation From Juniper Networks New England Innovation Center

Jun 30, 2017 05:49AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by GLCF.)

WESTFORD, Mass. – Clean River Project, a nonprofit organization which seeks to remove trash and debris from the Merrimack River in an effort to restore the river and its beaches to their former pristine state, today announced that Juniper Networks New England Innovation Center (NEIC) and its Employee Giving Community Program is donating $10,000 through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Center for Business Philanthropy. Clean River Project will run an educational program for lower income youth this summer. This will be a hands-on program taking the students out on the river to conduct environmental studies, where they will learn about water quality, pollution, hazardous wastes and other contaminants, sonar technology, and the history of the Merrimack River.

“Here at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, our mission has always been to improve the quality of life for the people in the communities we serve by connecting donors with non-profits that serve the causes that matter to them,” said Jay Linnehan, Executive Director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. “Working with Juniper Networks to bring philanthropy into the workplace in order to give back to their community has been a wonderful experience.”

Through grant-making guidance from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Juniper employees reviewed donation proposals and selected finalists. Employees learned about trending needs in the community and how local non-profit organizations are addressing these needs. Of the 15 grant submissions, three finalists were selected and invited for a pitch proposal at Juniper Networks in Westford, Massachusetts. The finalists presented how the proposed projects address community needs, how donations would support programs, and how employees could partner with the organizations through volunteer projects. The donation of $10,000 was awarded by Juniper Networks NEIC employees to Clean River Project, which will put those funds to good use removing tires and debris from the Merrimack River.

Through this donation, these committed employees sought to support an organization that serves youth and provides programs that focus on environmental programs for underserved students.

About Greater Lowell Community Foundation
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization comprised of over 350 funds, currently totaling over $32MM, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in 20 neighboring cities and towns. The Community Foundation annually awards grants and scholarships to hundreds of worthy nonprofits and students, and is powered by the winning combination of donor-directed giving, personal attention from its staff, and an in-depth understanding of local needs. The generosity of our donors has enabled the Community Foundation to award more than $11 million to the Greater Lowell Community since 1999.

About Clean River Project
Clean River Project (CRP) is dedicated to cleaning and preserving New England's lakes, rivers and streams. It was founded in 2005 by a group of local boaters on the Merrimack River who were appalled at the condition of the water and riverbanks. The volunteer group has since removed thousands of tons of trash and debris from the river, including 8000 tires and 73 motor vehicles. CRP serves the more than 600,000 Merrimack Valley residents who rely on the Merrimack River as their drinking water supply, as well as the thousands of other citizens who use the River for recreational purposes and the hundreds of species of wildlife who inhabit the watershed.

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