Spindle City Corps
Giving Back to the Community
Spindle City Corps, also know as Lowell’s Urban Peace Corps, is a partnership with the National Park Service in Lowell and was established in 1995 to provide the city’s youth with an opportunity to give back to their community. Modeled after City Year in Boston, the Spindle City Corps unites young people between 16 and 21 years of age for a demanding schedule of community service and leadership development.
The Corps membership is racially, culturally and economically diverse by design. This makeup reflects the ethnic diversity in the city of Lowell. By dividing this diverse group into teams that work together throughout the summer, the Corps promotes an understanding among the membership that cannot be achieved in most other environments.
Projects vary in size and scope from working with the elderly in nursing homes, preparing lunches for the Healthy Summer Program, or offering companionship and playtime to low-income children. Other projects such as painting, building playgrounds, and beautifying open spaces around the City are more physically demanding.
Corps members learn to work together and to understand the impact they have on their communities. They participate in team building exercises that help build trust and understanding and they develop leadership skills to build confidence in themselves. This is much more than a summer job. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the world, to meet new friends and think critically about the future.
- Great opportunity for leadership and community service.
- Reaching young people 16 to 21 years of age.
- Ethnically and racially diverse by design
- Making a difference in our community and the world