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Spindle City

A Program of the Volunteer Center

Spindle City Corps, also known 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.


The Lowell Spindle City Corps

Working in partnership with Community Teamwork, Inc., Lowell National Historical Park offers opportunities for local high school youth to participate in the Trades Skills, Ranger Interns, Summer Maintenance and Community Action Team programs.

Maintenance Teammaintenance team

Spindle City Corp Maintenance Team members work to beautify the city by helping clean and maintain public parks and spaces within Lowell. Tasks include clearing invasive plants, removing litter, painting fences, and making public parks and spaces more welcoming.

Community Action Team

Spindle City Maintenance Photo

The Community Action Team works closely with kids, adults, and families. These teens work to share the stories of Lowell, past and present, with visitors and community members. Tasks include creating and championing hands-on programs that will travel around the city to different outreach events and neighborhoods

Ranger Interns

Spindle City Community Action Team Photo

Ranger Interns work directly with the public in many ways, from greeting National Park Service Visitors to helping people plan their day in the Spindle City. Tasks include researching Lowell history, public speaking, staffing information desks and museum exhibits

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Volunteer Center

AmeriCorps Seniors Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Mill City Mentors Program, Spindle City Corps

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Employer Appreciation Breakfast

CTI Staff honored at the Employer Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, for their support of youth employment through our Spindle City Program. CTI’s support is crucial to the MassHire of View Program

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Uniting young people 16 to 21 years of age for community service and leadership development.

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