60,000 gallons of paint, 230 mops and brooms, curtains, bedding for hundreds of beds, couches, toys, and shampoo. Where can you shop for all this and more at deeply discounted prices? The United Way of Tri-County's Distribution Services Warehouse Store (UWDS) at 29 Bishop Street in Framingham.
Lil Chenell retired in June eager to do what she never had time for: getting involved in her community through volunteering. And that is exactly what she did when she came to United Way of Tri-County's Marlborough Community Cupboard to offer her services. Lil began volunteering last summer in the food distribution part of the pantry and made the switch to client intake when help was needed there. She is now a senior member of the intake team, helping to greet pantry customers as well as teaching other volunteers about the intake process.
On a Thursday at noon, three trained volunteers listen for ringing phones at the Call2Talk call center. They will answer calls from those who need a friendly, non-judgmental ear to ease their emotional pain. Call2Talk, the United Way of Tri-County's new confidential, mental health and emotional support helpline opened its phones for callers on December 2, 2013. Currently the line is open from 8 am - 11 pm and with enough support will soon be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 508-532-CALL (2255).
The United Way of Tri-County's 2014 Recognition Event honors the individuals, corporations, and community organizations who partner with United Way to impact our region in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Basic Needs. The breakfast event will take place on Thursday, April 10th from 7:30 - 9:00am at the Sheraton Framingham.
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.