NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

COG Holds Bake Sale for Animal Shelter

The NECC Community Outreach Group held a bake sale to raise money for the Northeast Animal Shelter on Wednesday, March 11, on the first floor of the Spurk Building.

The Community Outreach Group is a student run club that engages in local community service and carries out projects around social and environmental issues of concern.

Meredith Gunning, faculty advisor of the Community Outreach Group, said every semester the group holds different events. The type of events they choose to do “depends upon the sort of local non-profit organizations or projects the students want to be involved in for aiding the surrounding community,” said Gunning.

“The club voted on helping to raise funds for The Northeast Animal Shelter because it is a non-kill site which does a lot of good work with providing shelter and homes for various animals,” said Gunning.

Northeast Animal Shelter is one of New England’s largest non-profit, no-kill animal shelters located in Salem, Mass.

According to their website, “Northeast Animal Shelter receives no local, state or federal funding and is entirely dependent on contributions from the public to cover its annual operating budget.”

Jen Adams, Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator at Northeast Animal Shelter, said, “The key to our success rests in people who give their time to help animals find homes. Something as simple as a bake sale can help raise money for animals in need.”

Adams said the shelter received fifty puppies from Georgia this week alone. These puppies would have otherwise been euthanized.

Nicholas Stuart, NECC general studies major and Community Outreach Group member said, “We chose to support Northeast Animal Shelter for our bake sale because the values of the organization were parallel to our members’ values. We hope that by having the bake sale we are able to raise funds to improve the quality of life for the animals they harbor.”

Stuart is a proud member of Community Outreach and said being a part of it is important to him because “not only does it help the community, but it also helps show the charitable qualities of the NECC students.”