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  Name: Meghan   Town of residence: Milford   Which UWTC programs have you volunteered for? I have volunteered at the Jack’s Abby United Way 5k and for Ready to Read.   How long have you been volunteering here? This was my first time doing anything for Ready to Read, but I volunteered at a the 5k in October of 2019.    Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally? I like to volunteer whenever I can. I work a lot right now, saving for college, so...
    Name: Katherine    Town of Residence: Wayland   How long have you been working for Mass211? 1.5 years    What is your role at Mass211? Information and Referral specialist    What is a typical day like for you at Mass211? Answering calls non-stop, particularly since the pandemic began. I’m surrounded by incredibly dedicated and supportive colleagues, as well as supervisors.   What is your favorite part of working for Mass211? I believe the...
  Every year Jack’s Abby teams up with the United Way of Tri-County (UWTC) to raise funds and awareness of the organization’s community programs and services through the Jack’s Abby United Way 5k. The money raised goes directly to the UWTC program participants select when registering:  one of the three United Way food programs, the Ready to Read early literacy program, or the Call2Talk mental health and suicide prevention program.    Today we...
Name: Betty   Town of residence: Lancaster   Can you tell us about your family?    My husband of 50 years passed away a year ago in March. Life has changed a lot. I was in rough shape for a while there, really depressed. I don’t have anyone else I could live with; it is just me.   Which direct service do you benefit from? WHEAT Community Cupboard     How long have you been coming to WHEAT? A few months.   Why do you come here?   When my husband...
  Name: Oren    Town of residence: Framingham   Which UWTC program(s) have you volunteered for? Call2Talk    How Long Have You Been Volunteering here? Since June 2020    Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally? I do my best to come in twice a week!   Why did you decide to volunteer?   I just graduated from college and am living at home in Framingham for the first time since high school. As I search for a full time job and prepare for grad...
Name: Betsy   Town of residence: Natick   Which UWTC program(s) have you volunteered for?     Pearl Street Cupboard  Pearl Street Café   How long have you been volunteering here?    I have been here for four months.   Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally?    I volunteer regularly.   Why did you decide to volunteer?    I decided to volunteer because I had more time due to COVID and I wanted to help somewhere.   How did you decide to...
  Name: Barbara Brunzell   Town of Residence: West Boylston, MA   What does LOSSteam MetroWest do?  LOSSteam MetroWest is a crisis response team whose volunteers are called to the scene of a suicide to provide immediate emotional support and local resources to the family and friends of the deceased. The goal is for the newly bereaved to reach out for help as soon as possible after their loss.    How long have you been a part of LOSSteam...
*A Call2Talk call taker fields calls on the suicide hotline By Eileen Davis, Call2Talk Director September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to remember those affected by suicide and raise awareness of this important issue and the impact it has on lives across our communities. It is also a time to promote programs for treatment and/or emotional support for anyone who is struggling.    Thoughts of suicide, like many mental health...
  By Paul Mina, UWTC President & CEO   No matter where you live, hunger effects every community. It’s sometimes hidden, but as our state continues to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger is an issue that is both growing and gaining visibility.    Right here in Massachusetts, 1 in 7 people now struggles with hunger (1 in 11 pre-COVID). Their faces might not be what you first imagine. People who have unexpectedly lost their...
  MEET BECKY!   Name: Becky Cosby   Town of residence: Marlborough   Which UWTC program(s) have you volunteered for?  Marlborough Community Cupboard.   How long have you been volunteering at the Marlborough Community Cupboard?  I have been volunteering for a year and a half.   Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally?  I volunteer regularly.   Why did you decide to volunteer?  It started with a community service day for my department at Bose...

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