Community Teamwork was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Today, Community Teamwork’s mission is much the same as it was in 1965. As Greater Lowell’s Community Action Agency, we mobilize resources for low-income people, providing opportunities for them to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and have an active voice and participation in the decisions that affect their lives.
In March of 2011, we moved our headquarters to the historic Bon Marche building located at 155 Merrimack Street in the heart of downtown Lowell. We also have nine program and service sites in Lowell and Lawrence and Wakefield and serve residents across 63 cities and towns in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Our relatively new headquarters serve as a central base to better offer clients, employees, partners and supporters an attractive, unified setting to deliver, manage and receive services as we continue building relationships and programs that make a difference to our community.
Today, we serve over 50,000 people, employ over 500 and partner with dozens of organizations including immigrant and refugee communities. Additionally, Community Teamwork’s subsidiary, Common Ground Corporation, partners with cities, towns and municipalities to create much-needed affordable housing, with over 200 units created to date. All of these deeply interwoven connections and partnerships make Community Teamwork and the community more resilient and responsive in helping people and the community as a whole reach their full potential.