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🎾 Friends of Tewksbury Tennis
Website/social media: Website Facebook
Accepting new members? Y, but we don’t have ‘membership’ per se
Meeting info: The leadership board of trustees meets about 3-4 times per year, quarterly.
Volunteer opportunities: We’d love to have tennis players who want to meet others to play, coordinate casual matches, or volunteer to support the Tewksbury Open in June.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? We support tennis for players of all ages. We offer free lesson clinics occasionally advertised on our FB page, for kids 10yo+. The Tewksbury Open is for adults and juniors. We support the TMHS boys and girls tennis teams, and fundraise for team needs and senior player scholarships. Parents are welcome to participate in this ‘booster club’ while their teens are on the team.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Christian Panasuk, 978-821-2335 or email@example.com
Mission: The mission of the Friends of Tewksbury Tennis, Inc. is to act as a Booster Club to support the game of tennis in the Tewksbury community for youths 18 years or younger. FTT is a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
💐 Power of Flowers Project
Website/social media: Website – Facebook
Accepting new members? YES
Meeting info: Our workshop is located on the grounds of the Tewksbury Hospital in Building #23. We have workshops daily (as long as we have flower inventory) Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – noon.
Volunteer opportunities: We offer volunteer opportunities to: create floral bouquets, deliver bouquets to care facilities in the Merrimack Valley and Southern NH areas, and pick up donated flowers from local venues
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Must be 18+, have access to a computer and an email account, and have a desire to bring joy to people who are feeling lonely and isolated.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Lisa Fabin-Bett, Director of Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-226-8545
Mission: Power of Flowers Project Shares Hope and Happiness by providing a kind connection to seniors and veterans in care communities and those who receive meal delivery primarily in the Merrimack Valley of MA and Southern NH. Our 100+ dedicated volunteers repurpose donated flowers into 400 individual bouquets per week and deliver these gifts to provide an unexpected moment of joy and improve the well-being of a vulnerable population.
🫁 Public Health Museum
Website/social media: publichealthmuseum.org/ FB: publichealthmuseum /Twitter: @ThePHMuseum Instagram: publichealthmuseum
Accepting new members? Y
Meeting info: Old Administration Building, 365 East Street, Tewksbury, MA
Volunteer opportunities: Looking for volunteers to lead indoor and outdoor tours and share the history of public health with visitors and school groups. Training provided. Non-profit experience for membership and fundraising welcomed. An interest in history and education or public health a plus.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Some opportunity for community service hours. Availability on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and or Saturdays helpful, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Info@publichealthmuseum.org
Mission: To celebrate the history and achievements of public health. The Public Health Museum preserves the past, inspires future practitioners, educates the public, and advances the
future of public health through partnerships with academic institutions.
🗳️ Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee
Website/social media: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter
Accepting new members? Y
Meeting info: We have four to six regular meetings per year, generally Saturday mornings at Town Hall, as well as socials during months we don’t get together.
Volunteer opportunities: Charitable drives, sign holding, postcard writing, generally around elections. We also do food drives and other charitable efforts throughout the year.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Full members must be registered Democrats, so 18 as of the next election. We welcome junior associate members and volunteers of all ages.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Community outreach coordinator Bridget Garabedian at email@example.com
Mission: The Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee is the local arm of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. TDTC members work in a variety of ways to promote our shared principles. We also actively support candidates at the regional, state, and national levels. We welcome new members who are registered Democrats and residents of Tewksbury. Our committee consists of 35 elected members, 20-year members, and a large and growing roster of associate members. Some of our members are also part of the Democratic State Committee.
🌻 Tewksbury Garden Club (TGC)
Website/social media: Website
Accepting new members? Yes
Meeting info: The TGC meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., from September to June. Members are asked to attend at least 7 meetings per year.
Volunteer opportunities: The TGC is a club with many volunteer opportunities. All active members are expected to join at least one committee. Opportunities for civic involvement include maintenance of certain town properties, assisted living garden therapy groups and public education. All of these activities occur outside of scheduled meeting times.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? There is no age limit for the club, and we will work with youth groups or school-aged individuals on an as-needed basis.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Susan Young 617-962-6113
Mission: The Tewksbury Garden Club was formed over 50 years ago with the intention of creating a group where residents could go to learn floral design and provide civic beautification to the town. Currently many meetings are more educational, but we also enjoy hands-on projects. The emphasis is on creating an environment of education, civic responsibility, comradery and community support. All of our community support work occurs outside meeting times. The Garden Club is committed to supporting the local community by maintaining the plants at the War Memorial, Gazebo, and Water at Town Hall Common, the native plantings at the Town Hall Annex, the day lily garden at the Library, the plantings at Muster Park and the decorative pots at the Town Hall, Annex, and Library. The TGC supports the elderly community by providing projects to seniors at assisted living facilities. The Arbor Day program for third grade students and the Fall Festival provide venues for community education. The GC also provides support with scholarships to senior high school students and directed donations to town and area 501(c)3 charities.
📜 Tewksbury Historical Society
Website/social media: Website Facebook
Accepting new members? Yes: Microsoft Word – Membership Form July 2022 to June 2023.docx (tewksburyhistoricalsociety.org)
Meeting info: When and where do you meet? We meet about every other month at the Library or Town Hall. However, our work is ongoing and as needed.
Volunteer opportunities: Depends on your interests, abilities and time commitment.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Adults, high school age and above.
Volunteer/membership contact(s):Doug Sears, cell 978-376-7390
Mission: The purpose for which the Society is organized is to act as a repository for Tewksbury history. It shall maintain any property entrusted to it and collect, preserve and interpret items of historical and traditional significance. The Society shall encourage research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. The Society shall sponsor history-based activities in the town on a regular basis. In so doing, it shall promote a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the Town of Tewksbury and its residents.
🖼️ Tewksbury Library Art Show
Website/social media: Info will be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/118958718127814
Accepting new members? No membership at this time; just apply to show your work.
Meeting info: Our drop off, set up, and pick up is usually the last Tuesday of every other month in the Tewksbury Library in the Fairgrieve Room.
Volunteer opportunities: No help needed at this time.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? There is no age limit on participating.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Contact Valerie Borgal: firstname.lastname@example.org 978-658-4693 h 978-337-0280 c
Mission: We want to give an opportunity for artists in Tewksbury and surrounding towns a place to show their artistic creations and bring an appreciation for the arts to our community. A theme is given for each month’s presentation that brings a cohesiveness to the exhibit.
🦁 Tewksbury Lions Club
Website/social media: Facebook
Accepting new members? Yes
Meeting info: Second and forth Wednesday of every month
Volunteer opportunities: Yes
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Adults
Volunteer/membership contact(s): John Deputat email@example.com
Mission: Community. Service. Bringing passionate, kind-hearted people together to serve local needs: that’s what Lions clubs are doing in more than 200 countries around the world. Lions see a problem and take action to solve it. They seek to understand one another and the people they serve. They build relationships that lead to opportunities. In short, when Lions serve, life improves
🪡 Tewksbury Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Website/social media: www.tewksburypiecemakers.com
Accepting new members? Y
Meeting info: Regular Guild meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, doors open at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury. We do have annual dues.
Volunteer opportunities: N/A
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Adults and children 12 years and older when sponsored by a member.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Cheryle Laffey, firstname.lastname@example.org. call or text 978-604-4434
Mission: We are a group of ladies and gentlemen that enjoy quilting. We work on our own projects BUT we also work on many charity projects. Charity projects are usually done during the day, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at the Senior Center.
🥕 Tewksbury Public Library (TPL) Community Garden
Social Media: Facebook or Instagram @TPLCommunityGarden
Accepting new members? Yes! Plot requests need to be made annually and an application and waiver must be signed each season. For new folks interested in joining, all applications must be received by April 15 and will be reviewed as they are received and plot assignments will be made dependent on availability. If needed, a waitlist is maintained throughout the season so please check in throughout the first half of the year if you are interested in joining.
Garden Season: May 1st until November 1st. During this time period, gardeners with plots are expected to maintain both their own plot and their companion plot. Gardeners are allowed and encouraged to begin work in their plots prior to May 1st, however, the minimum commitment is as stated. Group work days take place on the weekends throughout the season as well.
Volunteer opportunities: If you are not interested in having your own plot during the season but are interested in working in the garden, we are always looking for volunteers! Teens under the age of 18 can reach out to apply for the Teen Garden Initiative in the spring. Application details will be available at tewksburypl.org than. Folks over the age of 18 that are interested in helping maintain community plots, harvesting for the Community Market, and/or staffing the table at the Community Market on Thursday evenings throughout June-September, can complete a volunteer application, waiver and CORI form and submit those to Nicole at email@example.com.
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Plots are available to Tewksbury residents with a TPL library card.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): Nicole Goolishian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: The Tewksbury Public Library Community Garden is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn about growing and harvesting food, volunteerism, composting, maintaining open spaces, and what it means to develop a sense of stewardship for the community at large. Additionally, the garden serves as an active partner with the Tewksbury Food Pantry by providing the Pantry with freshly grown, organic produce. The Tewksbury Public Library Community Garden aims to provide resources, programming, and materials to support this dual mission. Gardening here is open to gardeners of all levels of experience.
🐘 Tewksbury Republican Town Committee (TRTC)
Accepting new members? yes
Meeting info: The TRTC typically meets the first Monday of every month in the Tewksbury Town Hall Meeting Room at 7 p.m. (Meeting dates and times are listed on the Events page of our website.)
Volunteer opportunities: Candidate support, public relations, communications, event planning, data analysis, digital marketing
Age or other limit to join or volunteer? Adults can join, but we welcome student helpers and can offer volunteer hours.
Volunteer/membership contact(s): email@example.com
Mission: The purpose of the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee is to promote the principles of the Republican Party and to promote the election of Republican candidates. We take action. We attend candidate sign stand outs, help knock on doors, sponsor community events, and so much more.