Keep track of events for all groups here! Groups can always use assistance getting their projects off the ground. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help out a group!
The 2022 Community Chill Night is DIY Lowell’s fourth annual chili and stew cook-off event! After two COVID years off, we’re back with music, games, community awards, and a DIY “Chilly” Dessert! Our goal is to build community in Lowell by bringing together young people and elders, downtown and neighborhoods, townies and newcomers. This annual fundraiser celebrates the projects and events that have activated our underused spaces, brought diverse populations together, and made Lowell better. Check out the Community Chill Night page to donate/RSVP, nominate an individual or group as Volunteer of the Year and for the Community Transformation Award, register a chili/stew contest entry, volunteer, and more!
We’ll kick off the top projects chosen with over 70 votes:
Along with a Wildcard Idea chosen at the summit and the Multilingual Poetry Trail, the result of DIY Kerouac!
We help people of all backgrounds and ages build community, learn civic skills, and create fun projects. This summer, we’re asking you to give us five! How do you do that? First, donate $5 (or any amount you’d like) by clicking on the button below. Then, give us a virtual high-five on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by telling us why you donated with a short selfie video or a couple lines of text and the above graphic. Why is building community important during this time?
Finally, pass the high-five to a few friends by tagging them. Don’t forget to use #GiveUsFiveDIY and tag @diylowell and include the link to https://diylowell.org – Help us reach our $2,000 goal!
Or use the following form to set up a monthly, recurring donation via Paypal:
(Click here for PDF Job Description, 162 kb)
Do-it-Yourself Lowell is a grassroots organization that helps community members learn how to make small projects and events happen together. Over the summer, we ask people in Lowell for community project ideas. Next, anyone who pledges to help out can vote for their favorites. The winning ideas are discussed at a summit in late July. After the summit, DIY Lowell helps community member teams make the projects happen.
Lowell is a big place, and we need help reaching out to Lowell’s diverse community to get people’s ideas and get them involved in the project. We know there are great ideas in every part of the city, we want to get as many folks involved as possible, and we want to get people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds working together. As a Street Team member, you will work as a team, learning and creating different marketing methods to reach out to the community and ask them to participate. Open to students and adults.
Job is 5 hours/week from August 2 to September 30. Applicants must be available at least 1 weeknight and 1 weekend day a week.
- Team Orientation and Meetings: Attend a short orientation and bi-weekly meetings to discuss outreach strategies and tasks
- Community Tabling: As a team, reach out to events to reserve a table, manage a DIY Lowell table at community events, speaking to strangers with confidence, providing information about DIY Lowell, listening to their ideas and questions, and encouraging them to participate in DIY Lowell
- Small Group Engagement: Contact groups such as neighborhood groups, community organizations, and churches via email and phone to set up meetings and speak to groups
- Social Media: Maintain DIY Lowell’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, sharing submitted ideas, photos, and project examples from Lowell and other towns
- Other Outreach: Work as a team to manage additional marketing as assigned, including posting flyers around town, taking pictures, contacting media, and other creative strategies
- Logistic Support: Provide logistical support for summit event, including help with planning and setup
- Ability to confidently interact with a wide variety of people in Lowell across a spectrum of backgrounds and ages-those with bilingual abilities are strongly encouraged to apply
- Comfort with public speaking to both small groups and one-on-one
- Knowledge and skill using a variety of social media outlets
- Availability and willingness to travel to events in Lowell on evenings and weekends
- Enthusiasm and interest in DIY Lowell’s goals
- Responsibility, self-motivation, and organization
- Willingness to encourage your personal network to participate in DIY Lowell a plus (this could include your family, neighborhood, school friends, or colleagues)
- $14/hour stipend
- Excellent resume builder for community engagement, marketing,and event planning
- Work collaboratively in a fun environment with another Street Team members, DIY Lowell founders, and others
- Good opportunity to network within the Lowell community and meet people from many organizations and professional groups
- Sick time accrued at 1 hour/30 hours worked
Please submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Deadline: July 26, 2021, 5:00pm. Applications must include both resume and cover letter.
DIY Lowell is a grassroots group dedicated to helping community members make small-scale projects and events happen together. It connects people with ideas to funding, technical assistance, and most importantly to one another. Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) is DIY Lowell’s fiscal agent. CBA is a Lowell-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. DIY Lowell is an equal opportunity employer.
DIY Lowell wants to wish everyone an amazing 2021! There are so many things we missed last year–being able to gather and plan in person, all our community festivals and events like Points of Light and Folk Festival, and being able to meet with friends at restaurants and pubs. However, one thing we didn’t miss was Lowell’s amazing support!
Thanks to the community, we:
- Transitioned to a new Program Director, Alexis Ploss
- Worked with the Ghost Signs Alive project team to finish their J.C. Ayer projection, now exhibiting until 9:00 pm every night
- Kickstarted the Helping Centralville Connect project in cooperation with many stakeholders and the Solomon Foundation (Survey still open for those who missed it in 2020!)
- Joined with Free Soil Arts Collective and Commonwealth Places to start the Visualize Lowell’s Black History project
- Had an amazing, fun Café Crawl, giving punchcards to dozens of people who each visited up to ten cafés and won gift cards and other prizes
- A lot of other behind-the-scenes work, including beginning coordination of re-starting the Young Ideas Project “the Space” and growing it to additional youth groups, “Quarantine Café” virtual community meetings, and more!
Want to help us out?
Check out the Ghost Signs Alive fundraiser on the Lowell Virtual Market – the team is selling limited edition soap inspired by Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral and hand-crafted by Red Antler Apothecary and five distinctive postcards designed by the team–from a single postcard for $1.50 for a $15 for an entire gift basket.
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Note: You may still donate, but the Great Lowell Re-Opening Café Crawl is over–stay tuned for the winners!
Want to support local business and DIY Lowell at once? Join us on the Great Lowell Re-Opening Café Crawl!
For a $20 donation, you’ll receive a Café Crawl Card and two special thank-you stickers in the mail. When you present your card to a participating café, they will check off their name on the card and give you a special (cafés and specials listed below), limit one special per card per café.
- Customers are limited to one special per café per card.
- Share a photo on Twitter or Instagram at each café you visit tagging @diylowell and #diylowellcafecrawl to be entered into a weekly raffle for gift cards from participating cafés and more pulled each Saturday in November.
- Email a photo of your card with as many punches you can get before Nov. 30, because each punch will count as a raffle entry for you in our FINAL RAFFLE on Dec. 1.
- If your card is filled up with punches from every café, you’re entered into the grand prize: naming a drink for a week at Brew’d Awakening!
What are you waiting for? Donate with major credit cards or with a Paypal account by clicking the button below (donation is made secure via Paypal’s system but you can use any payment method)–make sure to share your current mailing address in so we can mail you the stickers and card! You may also pay by check with the instructions here. Don’t forget to email your mailing address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you send a check.
|Brew’d Awakening||61 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852||$2 off a purchase of $5 or more|
|Coffee and Cotton||250 Jackson St., 4th floor, Lowell, MA 01852||One free medium drip coffee (hot or iced) with any food purchase|
|Gallery Z||167 Market St., Lowell, MA 01853||Coming soon!|
|Little Delights Bakery||132 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852||Free Cupcake with purchase|
|Panela Restaurant||7 Hanover St., Lowell, MA 01850||Free hot Colombian chocolate, in-store or to-go, when you order any breakfast item|
|Purple Carrot Bread Co.||107 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852||Free medium coffee hot or iced with purchase of $3 or more|
|Rosie’s Café||155 Middlesex St., #1B, Lowell, MA 01852||Medium coffee + muffin for $5.00 (save 50 cents)|
|The Worthen House Café||141 Worthen St., Lowell, MA 01852||50% off one appetizer|
|Wham’s Café||737 Lakeview Ave, Lowell, MA 01850||Free Kahawa Coffee or Soda Can with each order or $1.00 off a 16oz or 24oz Smoothie or Frappe|
Special thanks to all participating restaurants and to the DIY Lowell Advisory Committee for organization and support.
The Centralville River Path project is a multi-year initiative to improve the riverside path in Centralville between Bridge Street and Aiken Street–and its entrances at Gold Star Park and near the Ouellette Bridge. Over 2021, DIY Lowell advanced several community outreach efforts, including working with “Stitching Urban Fabric” for pro-bono landscape design services, to envision a welcoming, safe, and fun pedestrian and bicycle path. The vision was phased, with the intent that DIY Lowell would undertake short-term pop-up improvements in 2022, and larger interventions would start in 2023.
Community engagement has been an integral part of the process and a driving force behind the design. Initial input gathered from an online survey was used to develop
three different design concepts for the path and trailheads. The community then provided feedback on those concepts at two pop-up public meetings and a second online survey. The concept was vetted at a final public meeting in Spring 2022. The result was a captivating vision of a clean, safe path with bold entrance signage, signature pergolas, ecologically friendly pollinator gardens, selected invasive removal, and ADA-accessibility. You can view the entire concept document–including short-term and long-term plans here. (PDF, 17 MB)
DIY Lowell is now raising funds toward a $20,000 goal and a $40,000 stretch goal for the quick-build demonstration improvements outlined in the document. Use the button below to donate to the River Path project, or email email@example.com if you know of a grant or sponsorship opportunity!
It won’t end there! We are proud to work with Lowell Litter Krewe, who will lead the creation of permanent improvements over 2023 with funding secured by the State Delegation. They’re going to work hand-in-hand with us and the community that uses this amazing resource making the vision a reality!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
THE RIVER PATH project facilitation is funded by the Solomon Foundation’s Streets for Recovery program.
Dear friends and family,
During the past ten days, DIY Lowell has witnessed and listened to the Black members of our community and the other diverse voices calling for reform in cities across the United States, including our own.
DIY Lowell’s utmost values are diversity, inclusivity, and community involvement. Our mission includes bringing people of different backgrounds together to learn from one another on how to make meaningful change in our community. We focus on public spaces, supporting projects that are inclusive, non-discriminatory, and provide a forum for diverse people to enjoy Lowell on equitable ground.
As we’ve discussed this mission in light of the national—and even more importantly, the local—conversation, we have come to agree that we must focus on promoting an idea: community spaces must be actively anti-racist. People of all backgrounds must feel safe, welcome, respected, and free from harassment. Our community must ensure this regardless of their race, their circumstances, or their appearance. We wish to let everyone know: we support the Black Lives Matter movement and the nationwide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. We add our voices to the urgent calls for reform.
DIY Lowell is committed to actively invite and include everyone. Over the last year, we have sought grants to reach out to more diverse members of our community, through meeting them where they’re at, translating and interpreting, and holding special focus groups. We’ll redouble our efforts and prioritize this work.
Just as importantly, we’ll continue listening and urge anyone who feels so moved to contact us and let us know how we’re doing. We don’t always hit the mark, but we want to know if we’re aiming in the right place. Please tell us.
A community leader friend once told us that Do-it-Yourself Lowell would be more accurately called “Do-it-Together Lowell.” We believe in the power of community members learning from one another, gaining the skills and connections to claim their Right to the City. We believe that not only must our public spaces be equitable, but also that all aspects of our city must be equitable. We look forward to playing a role in achieving that equity for all.
– The DIY Lowell Team
DIY Lowell has an exciting job opportunity! We’re looking for someone special to take over leadership of our program in 2020 and beyond. We’re seeking a Program Director, a 12 hour/week position ideal for anyone wishing to become immersed in the City of Lowell’s thriving arts and multicultural community. We need someone ready to work with diverse folks, including young people (ages 12-21). We encourage people interested in community development, nonprofit administration, and/or all-ages civic engagement education to apply.
The DIY Lowell Program Director will be the sole permanent paid position in DIY Lowell and will focus on marketing and fundraising, along with program facilitation and outreach.
Please click here for the full job description and information on how to apply (pdf). Application period closes on May 29, 2020.