Donna Jarvis and Diane Stevens are long-time WHEAT staffers. Donna was an administrator, then assistant to the Director for 4 years. She is now Project Manager of United Way of Tri-County’s WHEAT Community Connections, and thrilled to be working at an agency and a job that she loves. Diane Stevens has been a cook in the Community Café, a transportation worker, a pantry worker and so much more to Wheat on and off for 15 years. Today she is Café and Pantry Manager, busy learning the parts of her job she had not already mastered.
Over the winter, five Clinton High School juniors developed a project to provide Clinton families with fresh produce. The group cleaned out a high school greenhouse and planted seeds and seedlings that resulted in fresh produce and flowers this year. Their harvest began in June and will continue through the fall.
On August 16th, a happy group of children and parents gathered at the Marlborough Community Cupboard to pick up brand new backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, one of the smiling people distributing food at Marlborough Community Cupboard is Sharon Pahlck. Sharon has been volunteering three days a week for the food pantry since moving from Pennsylvania to Marlborough last fall.
United Way Senior Vice President and UWWA member, Jen Maseda, worked with State Senator Karen Spilka's office and Jill Ashton, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to write and submit a bill for the creation of a permanent MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, responsible for conducting ongoing studies of all matters concerning women and girls in our area. The following is the testimony Jen gave at the State House in Boston, on September 17, 2013.
UWWA is spearheading efforts to increase access to early literacy opportunities for children and families in Framingham. Through the support of the Sudbury Foundation and the First Book program, United Way with the support of the Women’s Alliance will provide new books beginning in fall 2013 for children ages 0-5 so families can have access to a library of books to keep in their homes. Studies continue to show that early literacy is critical to an individual’s success later in life, but for many families, a home library is out of reach.
Jen Maseda, Senior VP at United Way advocated with over 100 women from across the Commonwealth for passage of legislation to positively affect women, families, and communities at our 2nd Annual Women's Advocacy Day coordinated by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women! Thankful for the dedication of the women and men who travelled from all over the state, Treasurer Grossman, Rep. Ruth Balser, Sen. Pat Jehlen, and so many more!
S927: Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women
Senate Hearing April 3, 2013
Jen Maseda, MS, MPH
Senior Vice President, United Way of Tri-County