Framingham Patch/ Mary MacDonald
The United Way of Tri-County has launched a free mental health helpline, connecting people in need to trained volunteers. The service is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, at 508-532-CALL (2255).
The Boston Globe/Kathleen Burge
Some of the people who come looking for free groceries these days at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham were once on the other side of the United Way’s ledger: as volunteers and donors.
But then they lost their jobs, and began struggling to feed their families. And those who rely on food stamps saw their benefits cut last month after the 2009 federal stimulus package expired.
Wicked Local/Christine M. Quirk
Maynard — Good kid, helpful, and giving back – these are some of the ways staff describe Jonny Caso, the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley’s Youth of the Year.
"He’s such a good boy," Executive Director Wendy Allegrone-Leslie said. "He’s done a lot here. We’ve really seen him grow into a mature young man."
The MetroWest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM -- The police chief and Board of Selectmen have chosen six organizations that the town's Boston Marathon runners will raise money to support.
The MetroWest Daily News/Paul Mina, Guest Columnist
FRAMINGHAM — Hunger does not discriminate against race or gender. Hunger affects families and entire communities and in Framingham it impacts thousands of residents.
Scott O'Connell/The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham-- The United Way of Tri-County's new mental health hotline is gearing up for an early December opening, the program director said on Tuesday.
"We're really excited," Eileen Davis said. "We definitely wanted to open in time for the holidays."
Sentinel & Enterprise
LANCASTER -- Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., will host a Wheat Community Connections & United Way of Tri-County informational meeting and diaper drive at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wheat is a direct service of the United Way's food security initiative. The Clinton-based organization serves Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling residents.
Danielle Ameden/The MetroWest Daily News Staff
FRAMINGHAM — For a growing number of families in the area, a holiday feast is a luxury they can’t afford, Jen Maseda says.
With breadwinners out of work or underemployed, the cost of food and other necessities can be a burden. That’s why the United Way of Tri-County, where Maseda is senior vice president, has been seeing 60 additional faces every week when it serves up a free hot meal and gives out groceries at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Cafe.
The MetroWest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM — United Way of Tri-County has launched its annual “Feed a Family For Fifty’’ initiative to help feed individuals and families this holiday season.
This year’s campaign goal is feed 1,000 families throughout the region.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is now able to deliver disaster information faster than ever before. Thanks to an agreement with Mass 2-1-1, the public can easily access disaster instructions by dialing 2-1-1.