The Chelmsford Library is embarking on a year-long project to promote civic participation and education with our REACT Grant: Read, Engage, And Come Together.
Join us as we explore six key issues that most impact our community and society as a whole, through engaging programming, in depth, moderated discussions, films, readings, and quality resources. The schedule of these six areas are:
- October 2018: Promote the project and Voter Engagement
- November/December 2018: Poverty and Food Insecurity
- January/February 2019: Racial and Criminal Justice and One Book
- March/April 2019: Environment and Climate Change
- May/June 2019: LGBTQIA Equality
- July/August 2019: Immigration and Refugees
- September/October 2019: Public Education
You won’t want to miss what we have in store, so keep your eye on our calendar for more REACT programming.
As of the 2016 election, the population of American citizens of voting age (18+) was approx 224 million people, but only 157 million of those people were registered, and only 137 million of those reported to the polls to cast their vote in the 2016 Presidential election.
The turnout is far lower for important local elections. For example, mayoral elections in 50 US cities only garnered 15% of eligible voters.
What are the reasons for low engagement among US citizens?
Why is voting important?
What can be done to increase voter engagement?
- Visit Massachusetts Voter Resources to register online to vote, check your voter status, find out where to vote, and more – including recent updates
- Keep up with Town of Chelmsford Election Information for local voting information, sample ballots, precinct maps and voting locations, election results, and more
- Contact the League of Women Voters to find out how you can become a more empowered voter
- Get in touch with your local republican, democratic, or other political committee and get involved
Check out the full Voter Engagement brochure [pdf] for suggested reading, films, podcasts, and additional resources.
Poverty and Food Insecurity
- Merrimack Valley Food Bank – List of area food pantries by community, other programs, and how to help
Chelmsford Food Pantry – Located behind Town Offices at 50 Billerica Road, food pick-up times are Wednesdays 5:00-8:00, Thursdays 2:00-4:00, and Fridays 6:00-8:00. If you can offer support, drop-off hours are Thursdays 10:30-1:00, and there is also a drop-box at the Chelmsford Library
- The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell – Located at 13 Hurd Street in Lowell and open weekdays 9am – noon and Wednesday evenings 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Check website for holiday hours and how to make donations
Racial and Criminal Justice and One Book
Environment and Climate Change
Immigration and Refugees
The Civic Engagement REACT Program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.