Help WHAV Help Others with Your Membership or Donation Before Midnight

2020 is on its way out and most, it appears, are ready to say “good riddance” at midnight tonight. Before the year ends, however, please consider a monthly membership or substantial gift to make sure WHAV has the resources to keep delivering local news in 2021. Like other nonprofits, WHAV is struggling to make ends meet even as it helps others get the word out about relief aid. History tells us people turn to their radios—including online variations—during a crisis, and 202 was no exception. WHAV rose to the challenge, providing breaking news; greater coverage of government during this time of remote meetings; the most comprehensive listings of cancellations, postponements and closures; live interviews with newsmakers on the front lines; podcasts; and special broadcasts.

Podcast: Perry Identifies Affordable Housing as a Top Concern as She Takes Over at Community Action

Affordable housing is one of Kerri Perry’s top priorities as she takes the helm of Haverhill’s venerable Community Action. Perry recently succeeded John Cuneo as chief executive officer of the anti-poverty agency. Perry, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says the need for affordable housing is an issue that has been around for many years—and one that continues to outgrow the supply of public housing units. “But, a lot of people won’t qualify for that and the wait list (for public housing) is simply just too long. When you have a five-year wait list to access housing, that generally is not a great solution for families.

Tonight, Spend a Family-Friendly Christmas Eve with 97.9 WHAV

Christmas music until 6 p.m., Dec. 25, except as indicated below. 8 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart returns as George Bailey in this radio adaptation of the 1948 movie. When Stewart regrets ever being born, his guardian angel grants his wish on Christmas Eve. Besides Stewart, others appearing are Donna Reed as Mary Hatch and Victor Moore as Clarence.

Podcast: Trahan Looks Beyond the Pandemic, Promotes Worker Training Opportunities

Congresswoman Lori Trahan says she is looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, working to expand worker training opportunities. Trahan, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, discussed the National Apprenticeship Act she helped pass in the House. She calls it a framework to restart the economy. “The passage of this legislation will expand access to apprenticeships and will definitely aid in our economic recovery. And I think we do have to think about this sequentially.

Podcast: Haverhill Garden Club Says There is Still Time to Show Your ‘Holiday Doors of Haverhill’

With guidance urging people not to congregate this holiday season, the Haverhill Garden Club has found a socially distant way for people to enjoy each other’s creativity. The Club’s first “Holiday Doors of Haverhill” celebration encourages residents to decorate their front doors and then send in photographs for online sharing. Haverhill Garden Club member Kathy Fitts, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, explains. “Well our group was thinking about what a difficult year this is, and, of course, some people don’t feel like decorating because they’re grieving. But, a lot of us who are lucky enough not having a direct touch, but are feeling a lot of anxiety this season, and not be able to have the annual Christmas parties or Hanukkah gatherings or whatever people celebrate.

Podcast: Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, Community Action Handing Out Grocery Gift Cards to Needy

With poverty rates climbing in Greater Haverhill, the Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is partnering with Community Action of Haverhill to put grocery gift cards in the hands of families that need help most. The Christmas project, says Merrimack Valley Hope Mission founder Joseph D’Amore involves collecting donations of $25 Market Basket gift cards from that are then distributed by Community Action. “So I decided to partner with Kerri Perry, the new executive director at Community Action. What we decided to do was to empower the staff with Market Basket food cards of $25. We’ve generated a little more than $3,000 in gift cards.

Podcast: Time Running Out for Those Seeking Health Insurance Coverage; State Offers Plans

For those that need health insurance in 2021 or already buy from the state’s marketplace for health and dental insurance, the open enrollment period is ending shortly. A recent guest on WHAV’s morning program was Audrey Morse-Gasteier, who serves as chief of policy and strategy for the Massachusetts Health Connector. She reports many people are looking to pick up, expand or replace coverage due to a job loss, life-changing event or rate increase. “And this is the time of year when any resident of Massachusetts can enroll in health coverage through the Health Connector and find their way to affordable coverage. This is the message we try to make sure people are hearing about every year during open enrollment.

Podcast: Common Ground Café Plans to Provide Meals and Gifts to Homeless this Christmas

The holiday season brings out the best in people and organizations who are interested in helping others. Among the many groups in Haverhill is Common Ground Café and food pantry at 194 Winter St. Founder Ron Mills, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says Common Grounds’ plan for Christmas is to provide homeless individuals a gift, along with a meal. The women will be getting a purse, while the men will be receiving a drawstring bag. “In that bag will be personal hygiene items, socks, hats, gloves, hand warmers.