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Patch Picks: Five Local Nonprofits Making A Difference

These organizations are among those working to help local residents.

One thing that makes Lynnfield a great town is the level of commitment that many residents show to civic life and nonprofit work. As part of the new weekly "Patch Picks" feature section, here is a look at some of the nonprofit groups helping to improve the lives of people in town and elsewhere.

Gathering Change:  This organization consists of Lynnfield residents and others who help raise money for area food pantries and those in need through one simple idea - asking individuals to donate the change they often have sitting around the house. This money can add up rapidly. Just ask Donna Hegan of Lynnfield, who reportedly raised more than $1,100 for by asking her friends to . To learn more about the organization, visit their website.

Townscape: Many area residents know Townscape for its efforts to beautify Lynnfield by planting trees in various parts of town. Along with beautification, these efforts also carry environmental benefits. For example, shade trees planted at Pillings Pond can potentially help reduce algae blooms by cooling the water temperature. The group's annual Geraniumfest event will be held May 14 this year. For information, visit the Townscape website. Also, check out a recent about the group by Bruce Amaro.

Lymphomathon: Back in December, Lynnfield Patch spoke with Mike and Toni Klonsky and their friend Sheila Craffey, all Lynnfield residents, . The event aims to raise money to combat this dangerous disease, which Toni Klonsky, a mother of two, was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago.
On Sunday May 1, the 2011 Lymphomathon will take place around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. The event, which was previously held at the Salem Willows, attracts everyone from runners to moms with baby strollers. To make a donation or to get involved with the cause, visit the 2011 Lymphomathon website.

Friends of the Senior Center: This was one of the first nonprofit organizations ever profiled by Lynnfield Patch by Amanda Mello. This devoted corps of volunteers helps raise funds for everything from supplies to activities at the . The group's efforts are more appreciated than ever in light of a tough fiscal climate that has strained the resources of all town organizations and departments. 

Friends of the Library: With fundraising efforts like the annual used book sale, held each fall, the Friends of the Library help provide important funds to this town institution. Like the senior center, the library has also been coping with an upswing in demand for its services even as the fiscal situation remains difficult at best. For more information about the Friends of the Library, visit their website here.

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