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    MASS 2-1-1 is a statewide collaboration of local United Ways that recognize the need for people to access accurate information in non-emergency situations. By dialing 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-MASS (6277), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, individuals or families can be connected to valuable resources at appropriate community-based organizations or government agencies.   *The following are stories we have collected over the last few months...
  Name: Shanny    Town of Residence: Framingham   How long have you been working for Mass 211? 1 year and 4 months    What is your role at Mass 211?   I am a Utility Advocate Representative. As a Utility Advocate Representative my job is to make sure we provide callers with accurate information. The Utility Representative contacts electric companies in Massachusetts and speaks with Managers or Supervisors to get information on their discounted...
  Name: Joseph   Town of residence: Shrewsbury   Which UWTC program(s) have you volunteered for? Call2Talk    How Long Have You Been Volunteering here? 1 year    Do you volunteer regularly or occasionally? Regularly   Why did you decide to volunteer?   I was immediately interested after hearing an interview with a volunteer at a crisis/suicide line. I valued the opportunity to relieve suffering and have a direct impact on improving individual...
  Today, Tuesday, February 11, the 18 United Ways in Massachusetts will join United Ways across America to celebrate National 2-1-1 Day to recognize and spread awareness about this free resource number and website.   Operated by the United Way of Tri-County in Massachusetts, the Mass2-1-1 program was first launched in 1997 as a way to connect people with essential resources in their communities. The free, confidential, easy to remember phone...
  If you fell and broke your leg, you’d know to call 9-1-1. But if you needed to find local human service programs, would you know where to turn? There’s a three digit number you can call for that, too. It’s 2-1-1!    Mass211 is a free statewide information and referral program started by United Ways 20 years ago that serves residents in every city and town across the Commonwealth. Our goal is to provide the most accurate information available...
Name Elena    Town of Residence Framingham   Can you tell us about your family?   My husband was deported this year and I am now forced to be a single parent of 3 boys who are trying to adapt to the financial limitations and changes in our lives. I do my best to make ends meet but it is very hard as we do not qualify for any supports or benefits. I am very grateful for the food and gifts from the United Way. They made my teenagers very happy...
  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!

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