Your gift not only changes lives, it saves them!

Your support is making a difference. Just read about Starlin, the Pepperell resident whose life was saved by a state-of-the-art chest compression device purchased through a collaborative grant from the Community Foundation, or Maria, a young woman raised in Lowell’s Acre neighborhood, and her journey to college to learn about the difference your gift makes.

“I immediately flew up the stairs and saw my father laying on
the floor.”

EMTDerek found his 67-year-old father, Starlin, unresponsive on the floor of his home. He immediately called 911. Emergency medical technicians were dispatched. Derek’s dad was suffering a cardiac arrest. Through a grant from the Community Foundation, the Town of Pepperell had recently equipped its ambulance with a state-of-the-art LUCAS chest compression device. The device delivers steady compressions to the chest, and worked so well that before reaching the hospital, Starlin’s pulse returned and he became responsive. Today, Starlin has recovered and is doing well.


“Attending college was something I never really thought possible.”

Maria-AybarMaria, a talented and bright young woman from Lowell’s Acre neighborhood, was ready to attend college, but she didn’t know how she would be able to afford the cost. Maria’s family immigrated to the United States when she was a child. Maria worked hard and received two scholarships from the Community Foundation that served as her “stepping stone” to college. Currently, she is succeeding in her studies and completing her bachelor’s degree.Maria dreams of working for the United Nations in the area of education.


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