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  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...
  Name: Ana    Town of Residence: Clinton, MA   Can you tell us about your family? We’re a family of five, but very soon we will be a family of six. I’m a stay-at-home mom with three kids. My husband sustains our family while I take care of the kids, whose ages are six, four, and two years.   Which WHEAT service do you benefit from?    - WHEAT Cupboard    - WHEAT Café    - Hidden Treasures    - Feed a Family    - Hope for the Holidays   Can you...
  Company: The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)   Name: Jonathan Tetrault   Location: Boston   Tell us about your company and what you do: The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, we distributed 68.5 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. We are committed to increasing our food distribution to provide...
Whether you’re new to running or have been doing it for years, training for a 5K run is a great way to get your heart pumping and improve your overall health. Short races like a 5K are perfect for the whole family!    Running or walking in a 5K has other benefits too. Coming together with family, neighbors, and friends to participate in a fundraising 5K just feels good! It’s a great way to connect with the community and bring awareness to...
  By Paul Mina, President & CEO of United Way of Tri-County   The leaves are falling and there’s a chill in the air which means we’re moving full steam ahead with our annual Feed-A-Family campaign here at the United Way of Tri-County.    We’ve been helping families across our communities achieve food security through our three food pantries and two community meal programs where we serve tens of thousands of clients every year. Our clients...
    Be Safe This Fright Night!    • Make Sure your costume is fire-resistant and reflective, its always a good idea to use glow sticks • Avoid masks that obstruct vision • Make sure children know not to enter a stranger’s house or car • Plan a route for teens as well as a curfew, and electronics should stay in their pockets • Tell children to stay in well lit areas and in groups • Kids should not eat anything until adults have inspected it  •...
Name Ruth   Town of Residence I have lived in Framingham for 76 years, my entire life.   Can you tell us about your family? My husband of 52 years passed away two years ago so I live alone now. I have kids and many grandchildren that live in the Worcester area.   Which direct service do you benefit from? Pearl Street Cupboard   Can you tell me how long you have been coming to or using this service? I have been coming here for eight years.   Can...

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