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By Christina Wynn

PITTSFIELD — Many of us know someone — a friend or a relative — who was directly affected by the trio of monster hurricanes or ferocious wildfires that impacted many areas of our country this past year. Perhaps they were forced to evacuate, leaving behind the home they had built along with all their personal belongings, and were in need of shelter, clothes and basic necessities. Maybe they could stay in their home,...

MARLBOROUGH - Four Marlborough nonprofits were recently awarded $2,100 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul Mission Church Conference and Marlborough Community Cupboard each received $550. Crossroads School and Special Olympics Massachusetts - which is headquartered in the city - were awarded $500.
By Jim Haddadin | MetroWest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM — With its staff and volunteers under a new roof, the Framingham Salvation Army Corps is retooling for the future.
The group, which recently left its home of more than 30 years on Concord Street, is adopting a new focus on youth and family services at its new facility on Howard Street.
The Framingham Corps recently...
By Jim Haddadin, Daily News Staff 
FRAMINGHAM — The United Way of Tri-County is seeking nominations for its annual awards honoring adult and youth volunteers.
The group will present its MetroWest/495 Corridor Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year awards at a ceremony this spring. The awards recognize two people who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment in their...
United Way of Tri-County is seeking nominations to recognize two volunteers for their hard work and dedication serving the community.
The awards will be given at the United Way’s April 5th Recognition Breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham.
Awards include a Youth Volunteer of the Year (ages of 12-18), and a Volunteer of the Year (over 18). All nominees must have...

Today’s significant winter storm brings with it blizzard conditions with snow totals up to 18″ in areas, damaging winds, and coastal flooding. Following the storm, bitterly cold weather, with wind chill values of -15 to -35, will return on Friday and persist into the weekend. For an a list of local warming shelters visit

By Jonathan Phelps / MetroWest Daily News
It takes a team effort to make sure those living on the street have a warm place to stay in the blistering cold.
Often times, a homeless person doesn’t know that a cold snap will linger for days and they try to brave it, said Kelly Hagerty, community intervention specialist in Framingham. Many organizations, religious and police departments pull...

By Cesareo Contreras / Daily News Correspondent
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at 8:11 PM

FRAMINGHAM – The Pearl Street Cupboard & Café plans to expand its free evening hot meal program to five days a week after the new year.

The United Way of Tri-County operates the café twice a week but is joining forces with the Salvation Army to expand the program.

The café, which seats 118 at a time, offers guests home-style fare,...

Wicked Local Framingham - The annual SMOC and United Way of Tri-County holiday luncheon for formerly homeless single adults was held Tuesday at the Greater Framingham Community Church. Some 150 people were served by 40 volunteers. [MetroWest Daily News and Wicked Local News Photos/Art Illman]