Wicked Local/ Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local Newsbank Editor
The recent death of actor and comedian Robin Williams serves as a tragic reminder that depression is a serious illness, suicide prevention experts say. "People say, ‘You have all this success and money. How could you do this?’" said Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Society for Suicide Prevention. "But we know that’s not the case. It is an illness."
By Scott O'Connell/Daily News Staff
In the days since Robin Williams' death on Monday, suicide hotlines in MetroWest have seen a noticeable increase in calls from people struggling with the same sense of bleakness that reportedly overwhelmed the famed actor and comedian.
Boston Fed finds joblessness, wide use of food stamps
By Megan Woolhouse, Boston Globe
New England’s suburbs, often viewed as bastions of sprinkler-fed lawns and roomy SUVs, are also communities of hidden poverty, where one in four families relies on food stamps to stock cupboards with groceries and put food on the table, according to a report to be released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Wednesday.
MARLBORO — Dow Chemical Co. and the United Way of Tri County to support Marlboro youths through the Backpack Drive school supply program in memory of Dow employee Sandy Decker, who died earlier this year. Ms. Decker led the program at Dow for several years.
FRAMINGHAM - Summer interns and co-op students at Staples Inc.'s Framingham headquarters recently volunteered for the United Way of Tri-County's Tools for School program in Marlborough.
FRAMINGHAM – The United Way of Tri-County’s recent focus on supporting direct social services in the region the past two years resulted in a total “community impact” worth nearly $3.7 million, the organization announced this week.
The MetroWest Daily News
MARLBOROUGH - Nurses at Marlborough Hospital will hold a food drive this weekend to collect items for the Marlborough Community Cupboard, a food pantry run by the United Way of Tri-County.
Rachel Lebeau/The Boston Globe
In a move to serve residents who otherwise have difficulty accessing its services, the Franklin Food Pantry has launched a delivery service to provide assistance where its clients live and gather.
MetroWest Daily News/ Staff Reporters
FRAMINGHAM – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has awarded $14,957 to a United Way of Tri-County-run hotline that helps seniors in need in the region.
The money will support Call2Talk’s TeleCheck service, through which volunteers contact at-risk seniors in need of mental or emotional support.
Susan Petroni/ Framingham Patch
FRAMINGHAM- Within the year, each child participating in Ready to Read will receive 12 new books that they can keep in their homes and call their own.