In 2005 Donna Hunnewell assembled a small board and filed for the 501C3. then in 2006 thanks to a faithful board of directors and great support from the Lowell Sun, Lowell Wish signed a lease.It would be another year until in 2007 Lowell Wish could raise the funds to secure the entire space thanks to the Parker Foundation, The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Development Block Grant managed from HUD. Lowell Wish Project was listed in the Catalog for Philanthropy in 2006. This statewide group annually recognizes some 100 non-profits for their efficiency and mission accomplishments making them deserving of public philanthropic support
In 2007 Lowell Wish now had 13,000 sq ft of space and spent the year scaling up. Recognized by the State of MA as proud recipients of State of MA Earmark 2007 for $75,000 and $27,500 in 2008 to support our free furniture program as an intrinsic support for low income housing for the region. .
In 2008 Lowell Wish Project became a Better Business Bureau Approved Charity. In 2009 Lowell Wish joined the many partners of Anton’s Cleaners Statewide Coats for Kids program. We processed more than 9,000 coats in 2008 and provided 2,500+ to clients of our more than 100 social service agencies.
In 2010 Lowell Wish Project began the name change to The Wish Project to reflect the expanding geographic region served which now included all of the Merrimack Valley.
In 2012 The Wish Project changed the mission to be 51% helping the poor but 49% about helping the planet. This was the year that the colors changed from red to green to reflect the increased effort to be Zero waste. In this year more than 500 tons of goods were recycled. Eight percent of those goods went back into welcome homes.
In addition, in 2013 The Wish Project was recognized by the Cummings Foundation and the Department of Environmental Protection for outstanding work.and in 2014 The Wish Project began work in January to build a sterilization truck to process all goods coming into the warehouse.
Plans for the future
The long term the goal is to purchase a building to house and expand our operations.