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By JOSHUA SOLOMON  Recorder Staf   GREENFIELD — The annual United Way of Franklin County “Supper for Six” fundraiser, helping to prevent students from going hungry during the February school break, has a fresh new take.   In addition to a food drive of non-perishables Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. James Church, the United Way will receive foods from the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s Food Processing Center.   The partnership will bring close to 300 pounds of local, diced carrots to the drive, in addition to the roughly 500 shopping bags full of meals that...
GREENFIELD — Still very much in its infancy, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is looking at how it can coordinate the work of varied providers toward improving the health of residents in Franklin County and the North Quabbin.   “We can only really improve health when we care outside of our silos,” said Franklin Regional Council of Governments Director of Community Services Phoebe Walker, who leads the group. The CHIP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps grant.   At its annual meeting, an array of organizations showed gradual steps...
  Congressman Jim McGovern, right, speaks with Franklin County Community Meals Program Board President Jack Golden, left, and Executive Director Andrea Leibson. Recorder file photo   By ANDY CASTILLO  Recorder Staff Thursday, December 14, 2017    North Quabbin’s Franklin County Community Meals Program has received a $1,500 grant to help feed those in need. The money, raised by Fallon Health’s “Golf and Gather Fore a Cause” fundraiser, will support the Orange Food Pantry. Specifically, the money will pay for the pantry’s “building, food, utilities, and staffing, to make sure the Orange Food...
News Release: United Way Worldwide Opposes Tax Reform Measure, Urges Lawmakers to Follow Suit December 1 2017   Cites damaging impact to millions of low-income families reliant on the charitable sector   ALEXANDRIA, VA (December 1, 2017) – United Way Worldwide tonight announced its opposition to the Senate tax reform bill (H.R. 1) and is urging Senators to vote against its passage, saying the legislation provides little to no benefit to low-income families and will dramatically undermine the organization’s work.    “On behalf of those who will be impacted in nearly every community we serve, I...
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

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