October 2019 Scharfman Grants Awarded to Nine Local Leagues

Nine local Leagues received Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education grants in October 2019:

LWV Bedford:  In Spring 2020 LWV Bedford will print voter guides in partnership with The Bedford Citizen. The guide will be focused on informing and engaging Bedford residents in preparation for the Town Election and Town Meeting.

LWV Cape Ann:  The LWV Cape Ann held a Gun Forum at Gloucester High School in December 2019. The event was free and open to the public.

LWV Cape Cod Area:  To distribute U.S. Constitutions in small booklet form (“Pocket Constitutions”) at voter service events.

LWV Grater Haverhill:  LWVGH has been attending Naturalization Ceremonies in Lowell. These funds will be used to purchase miniature flags to hand out with voter registration forms to new citizen candidates as they enter the auditorium. A League member will explain to the candidates how to complete the form and that completed forms will be collected at the end of the event and mailed to their local city or town clerk.

LWV Melrose: The LWV Melrose held a Voter Education Forum for their local election in November 2019. Candidates for office took questions from the moderator which were submitted by the public.

LWV Norwood: The LWV Norwood mass mailed voter service materials to people who were not yet registered to vote.

LWV Plymouth: To hold a Civics Bee on March 29, 2020 for high school students.

LWV Westford:  LWV Westford, the Westford Historical Society and Museum, and the Westford Cultural Council is presenting a speaker series that celebrates the anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  The grant will help cover the cost of one particular event, “After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920-2020” and a roundtable discussion “Women in Politics in Westford”.

LWV Winchester: LWV Winchester is hosting an educational theatrical performance at Winchester High School, “We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History.” This musical portrays the women who struggled throughout history to gain the rights for women.