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  Hidden Treasures, WHEAT Community Connections’ thrift store in Clinton, offers goods at little-to-no cost to clients in need. Cassie, a local resident recently underwent open heart surgery and needed a recliner for her recovery. WHEAT’s Hidden Treasures was able to step in, complete a referral to give Cassie a recliner for free, and even delivered it to her home. Jodi Breidel, North County Regional Director at WHEAT, said, “We are happy to...
  Company: ConMed Corporation   Name: Dawn Stewart   Location: Westborough, MA   What is your role in the company?   I am the office manager for ConMed at the Westborough, MA location and have been with the company for fourteen years. Part of my job that I love is coordinating United Way activities that help our community.   Tell us about your company.:   Founded in 1970, ConMed is a global medical technology company that specializes in the...
  Name Scott Richardson   Town of Residence Upton   Why did you decide to become a member of the UWOTC Board of Directors, and what are your duties? To help a great organization continue to make a positive impact in people’s lives; I am currently Board Chair.   What is your favorite part of being on the board? The unreserved commitment of each board member to the United Way's mission and their collective energy and ideas to further the cause...
  We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year. May these days be filled with love, laughter and joy. We hope that everyone stays safe and enjoys this time of merriment. Look out for all our new blogs in 2020. See you in the New Year!
    Name: Carmen   Town of Residence: Framingham   Can you tell us about your family? I am a grandmother raising a 9 year old boy. We are the only two that live in our household.   Which direct service do you benefit from? Pearl Street Cupboard, Hope for the Holidays   How did you find out about this service? The staff at the Recreation Center at my apartment complex told me about Hope for the Holidays.   Can you tell me why you come to or use...
  Name Lee    Town of Residence Clinton   How long have you been working at WHEAT?   November 27, 2019 was my one year anniversary!   What is your role at WHEAT?   Food Pantry Coordinator and Kitchen Cook.   What is a typical day like for you at WHEAT?   Not every day is typical!! Typically, I will go to the stores to pick up products like meats, bread and pastries, and prepared foods. Certain days I will also pick up produce! I also do the...
  Name: Paul Betti   Town of residence: Hudson   Which UWTC program(s) have you volunteered for?    - Marlborough Community Cupboard    - Tools for School    - Hope for the Holidays   How Long Have You Been Volunteering here? 10+ years    Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally? Regularly (every Wednesday)   Why did you decide to volunteer? I wanted to give back to the community that I live and work in   How did you decide to volunteer with...
    By: Barbara LaGrenade   This year we have more people than ever before asking for assistance in the MetroWest/495 Corridor Region. They are our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Just yesterday a woman called looking for help for her two children ages 7 and 10 so they’d each have a present under their tree this year like all the other kids in their neighborhood. With cold weather and an early snow, her money was paying for rent, heating...
  Paul Mina, President & CEO   Last Tuesday hundreds of volunteers from our community were out in droves helping thousands of our neighbors from 18 cities and towns* pick up groceries for a full Thanksgiving meal as the first major holiday of our year-end Feed-A-Family program. Through Feed-A-Family, our three food pantries provide additional groceries beyond a client’s monthly grocery pickup for complete holiday meals at Thanksgiving and...
      By Paul Mina   At this time of year, I can’t help but to reflect and feel thankful for so much. Every day I’m thankful for my family, friends, a roof over my head, and food on my table. I’m thankful to do work I love leading a team of people who work hard to make a difference. I’m thankful to be part of a community that gives back every day to help our neighbors.   I’ve worked in social services for over 30 years and it’s not always easy...

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