UU Manchester co-sponsors public events to highlight lead poisoning dangers in Manchester

Lead exposure and poisoning is a crisis in Manchester that effects children in all demographics, but disproportionately impacts low-income families and children of color.

The UUCM Social Responsibility Committee and Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) are co-sponsoring two free public events, featuring presentations by Manchester Public Health, to be held Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Beech Street Elementary School and Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Parkside Middle School. Presentations will introduce parents and families to the possible lead hazards in their homes, encourage early childhood testing, and explain the necessary actions and available services following a positive test.

These two events are similar to the one hosted and held here at our Church in January. Locations for these two new events were chosen as family-familiar in highly impacted neighborhoods. SR Committee and GSOP volunteers have been publicizing the event with multi-lingual communications throughout those neighborhoods and to the most effected populations, including door-to-door canvassing.

Both events are free and open to the public. Everyone concerned about the impact of the problem on the city’s vulnerable populations and interested in the work of Manchester Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission are encouraged to attend. Question and answer sessions with Manchester Public Health will follow the presentations. Refreshments will be served and childcare is available for families. Interpretation services will be offered.

More Volunteers Are Needed!

Volunteers are needed at the events to greet attendees, direct them to the event room, serve refreshments (provided by local businesses), and help with clean up after the event. If you want to help, contact Liz Alcauskas, Jackie Spenard, or Parker Prescott.

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