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How Are Groton’s Non-Profits Fairing During the Pandemic?

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News of how Groton’s nonprofits are fairing during the pandemic were excerpted from Groton Non-Profit Council Meeting Minutes below.
Arts Nashoba (children’s theater) is in limbo, only source of revenue is ticket sales, their winter production needed to be cancelled just before performance, tentative postponement to the Fall.
Shanklin Music Hall has been using this time to make upgrades to their building.
Groton Neighbors has been assisting Seniors with grocery shopping as transportation to doctor appointments has not been happening during the shut-down.
The Prescott School Community Center has successfully moved to Zoom classes with lectures scheduled this fall.
Groton Community School is still in session with virtual learning. They have had to delay the re-opening of their building due to the pause in construction due to Covid.
Nashua River Rail Trail has experienced more traffic, which in turn has resulted in novice users not understanding the proper protocol for bikers and walkers.
Groton Community Dinners has had to suspend planned dinners. This organization is open to all and is free. All food for meals is donated.
Groton Elelectric Light Department has (GELD) felt a negative effect due to Covid and large customers not using as much electricity. Residential use has increased. They sustained $120,000 in damage due to the recent Microburst.
Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) reviewed their transition to online programming. Their land protection, climate change, and trail sign programs continue to move forward.
Lawrence Academy - Caitlin O'Brien reported that a group of school parents and residents has been preparing to offer training to school and community leaders on issues of race, diversity, and equity, through SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) nationalseedproject. org. This training is a 36-hour commitment and provides guidance on social justice and diversity.
Groton Dunstable Educational Foundation was able to do fundraising earlier in the year resulting in funding for four virtual classes, two for Florence Roche and two for Swallow Union.
Groton Historical Society has had to postpone/cancel many programs due to the pandemic.
Indian Hill Music Center has pivoted to on-line learning and will be conducting summer programing virtually. Construction of their new facility is back up and running, on track for opening in 2022.
Garden Club held their plant sale for members only and have continued to beautify various parts of Groton through their work, while social distancing.
The Girl Scouts has continued to offer programs virtually.
The Groton Interfaith Council stated that the Temple will be opening with restrictions.
Groton Conservation Trust (GCT) has had to cancel in-person events but has pivoted to on-line Webinars. They had success with a recent offering through the Prescott School on I Naturalist. Many residents have been enjoying various GCT properties during this pandemic. The recent microburst caused significant damage to some properties.
The Groton Grange has been meeting virtually and is trying to hold their June workshop on Preservation later in the Summer.
• “A Better Groton, A Better World,” a new Facebook Page, has been created to be a platform for respectful political discussion, especially around the Black Lives Matter movement and current demonstrations for Racial Justice and Equity.
• As of now, Grotonfest is still set to proceed on 9/26/20 This annual outdoor town-wide festival is an excellent opportunity for non-profits to share their message and meet potential new members and supporters. Check their website for updates over the summer http://grotonfest.com
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