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By ANITA FRITZ (Greenfield Recorder) Staff Writer Published: 7/9/2020 5:17:30 PM   By the middle of next year, the beginning of fiscal year 2022 for many, the United Way of Franklin County and United Way of Hampshire County are hoping to have merged to become one agency serving two counties and beyond. “It might just make sense for there to be one entity moving forward,” United Way of Franklin County Interim Executive Director Sarah Tanner said.   “We’ve been working in unison for decades,” United Way of Hampshire County Executive Director John Bidwell agreed. “We’ve already started merging...
June 26, 2020 - United Way of Franklin County and United Way of Hampshire County are pleased to launch a consolidated, single United Way Diaper Bank to serve both Franklin and Hampshire Counties.  Made possible by a grant from the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Mass, the United Way Diaper Bank will serve to provide diapers to low-income, vulnerable families on a monthly basis. Distributing directly to a network of over 15 community-based sites, including family support programs and food pantries, the United Way Diaper Bank is projected to be...
March 3, 2020 United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) and United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC) are exploring how to more effectively serve the two counties through collaboration. Why are we doing this?Community impact surveys show that our two counties have overlapping needs, such as housing and food insecurity. As a result, many social service agencies serve both counties and are funded by both UWFC and UWHC. Regional social service needs don’t stop at county lines. That is why the boards of each organization are engaging in a community-focused process to study the benefits of different...
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – United Way of Franklin County was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Franklin First Federal Credit Union for United Way’s early reading initiative, ‘Read! Learn! Succeed!’The gift of $7,000 will be used to support the program for the remainder of the school year. ‘Read! Learn! Succeed!’ aims to start children reading early, which can greatly impact their long-term learning. Each month of the school year, volunteers visit 25 classrooms, read the selected book and then distribute a copy to each child.  Click here for full press release.     
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students all over the country rely on school for at least one meal a day and a brief school vacation can cause a struggle for some of these students. Women’s Way, an affinity group of the United Way, packed bags of food for families in Western Massachusetts who will struggle while the kids are home on break. The Supper for Six Food Drive is in its 12 consecutive year packing bags at St. James and Andrews Church in Greenfield. The food was donated by a number of local organizations from banks to schools. Franklin CDC donated 300 pounds of vegetables in one-pound...
by Cheyanne Gracia for The Greenfield Recorder - One of the benefits of living in a media-saturated world is that we can easily and quickly respond to community need. However, in the muddied landscape of crowdsourcing sites, Facebook donation buttons and nonprofit fraud, the donor is left to figure out which programs are authentic. The community investment process is twofold, with the compliance panel conducting a comprehensive assessment of agencies applying for funding and the program panel, which focuses on need and impact. Dan Kunhardt is currently the chairman of the compliance panel and...
By ANITA FRITZ, GREENFIELD — More than 10,000 diapers were collected during the diaper drive run by the Franklin County Diaper Task Force, United Way of Franklin County and Community Action Pioneer Valley, and more are coming in. Deb Billings, a member of the task force and this year’s diaper drive organizer, said about 8,000 were collected on the Greenfield Common during United Way’s Day of Action on June 22. She said the rest came from collection boxes that were set up throughout Greenfield, including at the YMCA and several local businesses. After a one-year hiatus due to the former...
A reminder that the Review Applications for all funded programs must be submitted no later then 4:30 p.m. February 15, 2019. Questions should be directed to kbsteiner@uwfc.org. 
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...

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