United Way of North Central Mass. provides grants to local agencies

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FITCHBURG – United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) has distributed $1,151,063 in funds to 44 local agencies through two grant programs.

Grants will support programs that target urgent community needs and provide extracurricular and extracurricular activities for children and youth.

Through its Community Impact Fund for 2022-2023, UWNCM has awarded $599,663 to 30 organizations, funding 40 programs. The Community Impact Fund is a long-standing initiative of UWNCM that supports programs that address the region’s highest priorities in the areas of early childhood education and youth development, basic needs and economic opportunity. /financial literacy.

This year’s grants are expected to create positive impacts for nearly 70,000 people, spanning the entire North Central Massachusetts region. Recipients range from Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens to the Wendell Clark YMCA in Winchendon.

Donna Bulger, vice president of Clear Path for Veterans New England grant recipient, says she appreciates the grant as well as UWNCM’s continued assistance.

“Clear Path is thrilled to have the support of the UWNCM, which includes funding that helps us expand the impact we have in the community, serving a population that includes seniors, veterans with disabilities, children and families,” Bulger said. “What matters most to us is the collaborative spirit we have with UWNCM staff. They contact us frequently with opportunities to complete our materials, to partner with other organizations to non-profit and simply contact us.”

UWNCM also recently distributed $551,400 to 17 agencies through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) After School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) program. Funds have been made available through a $4.5 million grant from DESE to a regional United Ways effort located in central, north-central, and south-central Massachusetts with the goal of help after-school and out-of-school programs rebound from the impacts of COVID-19.

Under this program, UWNCM previously distributed $398,800 in funding to 18 local agencies for 2022 spring and summer programs in nonprofits, public school systems, and cities and towns. The latest cycle is funding programs for the 2022 school year ranging from camping opportunities for young people with disabilities to teaching young people about filmmaking and media production.

Said Kelli Feigley, Founder and CEO/Executive Producer of grant recipient Fresh Films, “Through this grant, Fresh Films is able to continue to help transform the lives of underserved youth at Fitchburg High School and Boys and Girls Clubs of Fitchburg and Leominster. This incredible grant funds our weekly after-school film program which teaches the basics of filmmaking as part of our year-round career path to train young people to enter the rapidly growing media and entertainment industry and very lucrative. Our expanded learning programs are essential while students are still in high school, so they can have equal access to college and career opportunities. »

Speaking of the two recent grant distributions, UWNCM President Kory Eng said, “We appreciate the opportunity to support these vital programs through our Community Impact Fund. We also value our expanded partnerships with DESE and Central Massachusetts United Way, which have allowed us to nearly double our investments in community programs when demand for services is at an all-time high. We thank our volunteers, donors and community partners for their dedication and look forward to continuing to work together to support those who need it most.

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