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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.
Call2Talk becomes part of the state-wide Mass2-1-1 Platform 2017 Marks 20th Anniversary of 2-1-1 Nationally   Framingham, MA – On February 11, the United Ways in Massachusetts joined United Ways across America in celebrating National 2-1-1 Day, calling attention to this free comprehensive Information & Referral Service that has been in operation here in Massachusetts since 2006 and nationally is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary in 2017. On Wednesday, February 22nd , Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be in Framingham to announce the merging of the Call2Talk, United Way’s Mental Health/...
2017 Marks 20th Anniversary of 2-1-1 Nationally Governor Charlie Baker has declared February 11, 2017 as 2-1-1 Day in Massachusetts. . The Governor is committed to raising awareness of Mass 2-1-1, which receives more than 110,000 calls annually and responds to over 250,000 web queries from people in the Commonwealth seeking resources.    February 11, also marks the 20th anniversary of 2-1-1 nationally. recognizing this  free, user-friendly phone and online system that serves 90% of America's population, and connects some 16 million people a year to critical resources, information and services...

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