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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted with broad bipartisan support in 1997 to provide funding to states to reduce the numbers of uninsured children in the United States. CHIP focuses on low-income children in working families who do not have access to employer-based coverage, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Before its enactment, over 23% of low-income children were uninsured. Today only 5% of children remain uninsured.   CHIP provides healthcare coverage that is necessary for a child’s early development.  For the first 10000 days of a child’s life, access to...
By JOSHUA SOLOMON  Recorder Staff Tuesday, May 23, 2017   SHELBURNE FALLS — Standing in front of a group gathered at the Senior Center for an Opioid Task Force community meeting, Eric Fahey talked about how he dropped out of school at the age of 16 and later battled addiction.   It is in that life that Fahey learned to repair things. He became sober in November of 1989. Shortly thereafter the carpenter by trade was asked to help out with a theater program.   “You grow up in a situation where you have to figure out how to survive you become a fixer,” Fahey said. “Unfortunately that’s what...
By CHARITY DAY and AMY CLARKE Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017, by The Recorder Those of us working on the United Way of Franklin County’s Women’s Way Oral Health Initiative enthusiastically read the Recorder’s recent editorial entitled “Meeting the Need for Dental Care.” We strongly support initiatives that increase access to dental care, and we are actively creating opportunities for community members to help make that happen. Many in our community will connect Women’s Way with two things: It’s Blooming Backpacks and Supper for Six. These are our two signature events held each February and...
Looking for housing and not sure where to go? Look no further! Community Action! Family Center in collaboration with the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority is offering a free housing search workshop. View flyer for more details. 
On May 2nd, hundreds of nonprofits across Pioneer Valley will partake in a 24hr online giving event, Valley Gives Day. Valley Steel Stamp of Greenfield has pledged $3,750 to match donations made to United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) during Valley Gives Day. “Valley Steel Stamp has a commitment to supporting the local community where our employee’s work and live. By matching donations to United Way of Franklin County during Valley Gives Day we will encourage more people to give and make a difference in their community,” said Steve Capshaw, owner of Valley Steel Stamp.    This is the first...
Join Comcast employees, friends and family for an incredible Comcast Cares Day project at the Y's Camp Apex, Saturday, April 22, 8 am- 2pm. Volunteers will clean-up outdoor trails, paint the pool, wash windows, landscape and get camp ready for Franklin County’s youth campers this summer! View flyer for more information. To be a part of this day, contact Jayne Trosin at 413-773-3646 ext 448 or jtrosin@ymcaingreenfield.org
The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) will be hosting a series of meetings to allow you an opportunity to comment on proposed fixed route changes for July 1, 2017.  With the uncertainty of budget cuts for FY18, we are trying to create efficiencies within our existing service which may lead to deviations and/or reductions in stops and times along our routes. Discussion will take place on what future weekend service should look like if we are successful in obtaining earmark funds for partial Saturday service.   Meetings will be held on the following days:   April 12, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:...
The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, a United Way Partner Agency, administers Down payment Assistance and Buy Down Programs on behalf of the Leverett Affordable Housing Trust. Residents of Leverett who are interested in the program should review the information posted below. Visit their website to learn more about their other programs helping thousands of residents seek and secure affordable and safe housing in the Franklin County area.  Program flyer Application and checklist  
The Wells Street Shelter, a program of ServiceNet, is in need of some items for people who use the shelter. Please see their Wish List and contact them directly.  Wells St. Shelter, 60 Wells St., Greenfield, MA, 01301, (413) 772-0499 Shelter is open 4:30 PM to 8:30 AM, Mon. – Sat. Open all day Sun. and holidays.  When the shelter is closed, donations may be left the ServiceNet Resource Center or in foyer
Have you or a family member had a problem getting dental care due to MOUTH pain in the past 3 years? Health Care For All is seeking people in Western and Central MA to participate in focus groups. Learn more here.

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