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WORCESTER — The United Way of Central Massachusetts has announced the results of its most recent grant cycle. Thirty-five agencies were awarded nearly $2.9 million, representing 50 programs serving the greater Worcester community.

In total, United Way of Central Massachusetts will invest more than $5.7 million in the community this year, through these and dozens of other programs.

In addition to funding programs at agencies, United Way also invests in the local community through projects such as Mass 2-1-1, a free information and referral service, which received more than 5,000 calls last year; the AFL/CIO ramp program that built 19 ramps for handicapped people in the community last year; the Earned Income Tax Credit, which returned almost $3 million to Worcester’s low- and moderate-income families; the Women’s Initiative’s Dollar $cholar program, which taught nearly 200 adolescent girls the value of financial literacy for economic self-sufficiency; and United Way’s Volunteer Center programs, which engaged more than 1,700 volunteers last year.

Focused on connecting people and resources to improve the community, United Way funds programs serving people in 30 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, including Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Douglas, East Brookfield, East Douglas, Grafton, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Boylston, North Brookfield, Northboro, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Worcester.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

United Way Women’s Initiative awards nearly $300,000

WORCESTER — The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded $299,208 to fund 11 programs in Central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of area girls.

These programs are focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls by building, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy, safe and confident girls: Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, SMART Girls Plus program, $35,000; Clark University, All Kinds of Girls program, $14,000; Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Strong Girls Healthy Choices program, $30,000; Girls Inc. of Worcester, Dear World: Voices of Worcester program, $35,000; Latino Education Institute, Latina Achievers in Search of Success, Worcester State Foundation, $35,631; LUK Crisis Center Inc., Project Shine, $15,356; Seven Hills Family Services, Just Us Girls program, $18,345; The Community Builders, Plumley Village, One Circle program, $15,000; Worcester Youth Center, One Circle Program, $15,000; Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc., ASCEND Program, $28,000; YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Girls Promoting Safety program, $57,876 .

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In addition, Women’s Initiative continues to offer free community economic empowerment conferences, called “Dollar $cholar,” for eighth-grade girls in Worcester and surrounding towns. During the last few years, nearly 2,500 girls from Central Massachusetts were taught the value of financial literacy for economic self-sufficiency. This year, Women’s Initiative’s members mentored more than 400 girls from Auburn and Shrewsbury, teaching about budgeting and money, encouraging girls to explore their dreams, and giving them the opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Women’s Initiative, an affinity group of United Way, is comprised of women who have come together to make a difference in the community. It is part of a national trend of women engaging in leadership and philanthropy, organizing to create a powerful force to effect change in their society. Working with volunteer committees of community leaders, the Women’s Initiative has engaged more than 1,100 members in their work, with total collective fundraising reaching the $3 million mark during their 10th anniversary year.

United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community. United Way ensures that the most vulnerable have a safety net to stabilize them today, while working to break the cycle of poverty for the next generation. For more information about United Way of Central Massachusetts or Women’s Initiative, visit http://www.unitedwaycm.org.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Telegram.com

Co-Chairs Highlighted in “Business People”

Business People

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and founding director of the university’s Integrative Materials Design Center, recently received the inaugural Constance Tipper Silver Medal from the World Academy of Structural Integrity at the academy’s International Conference on Fracture held in Beijing. The medal, which recognizes international achievement at mid-career, will be awarded once every four years. Ms. Lados was honored for her research, technical accomplishments and pioneering contributions in the fields of metal fracture and fatigue, and her successful efforts to transfer knowledge to industrial applications.

Erik G. Wexler, president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, and attorney John Spillane of Spillane Spillane LLP have been chosen to lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ annual campaign this year. Mr. Wexler has been the CEO of St. Vincent Hospital since July 2011. Mr. Spillane is the senior partner of Spillane Spillane LLP and has been a practicing attorney since 1957.

Senior Living Residences has announced that Jennifer LaCroix of Holden has been hired as executive director of Cornerstone at Milford. Ms. LaCroix has more than 12 years of management and leadership experience in assisted living, memory care and hospitality. Prior to jointing Senior Living Residences, Ms. LaCroix served as executive director of Tatnuck Park at Worcester.

The Braley Wellington Group has announced the addition of Laurie Lavallee as assistant vice president of C.D. Whitney Agency, a Millbury-based insurance agency. Ms. Lavallee, a resident of the Blackstone Valley, has more than 25 years of insurance experience, specializing in commercial property, liability, automobile, workers’ compensation and financial reporting/systems integration. Most recently, she was a commercial underwriter for Harleysville/Nationwide Insurance Co.

Lea Ann Scales of Holden has been appointed vice president of access, transition and development at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, where she will oversee the college’s many K-12 programs and partnerships, development, planning and institutional research, and the MWCC Foundation Inc. She replaces senior vice president Sharyn Rice, who retired after 25 years at MWCC. Ms. Scales previously served as assistant vice president of public relations and marketing at Worcester State University since 2008. Prior to that, she served as an administrator at MWCC for more than 10 years, most recently as associate vice president of public affairs

The Leominster Credit Union board of directors recently elected the following officers for 2012-13: Anthony A. Gasbarro of Leominster, chairman; Michael J. Sauvageau of Fitchburg, vice chairman; Giulio G. Greco of Leominster, treasurer; Joyce A. LaFleur of Leominster, assistant treasurer; and Nancy L. Graves of Leominster, clerk. Joining the officers on the board are Amedeo E. Bilotta of Lunenburg, Bruce J. Bolivar of Holden, Andrew D. Cousins of Sterling, Henry C. Kulik Jr. of Westminster, Joseph V. Quintal of Clinton and Richard A. Sheppard of Sterling.

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United Way Awards $2.9M To 35 Agencies

United Way of Central Massachusetts has awarded nearly $2.9 million to Greater Worcester agencies that operate 50 programs, including those in education, health and family stability, the Worcester-based nonprofit organization announced.

The money from its most recent grant cycle will go to 35 agencies, which include: the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest, Catholic Charities, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Children’s Friend, Community Healthlink, Community Legal Aid, Dismas House of Massachusetts, Elder Services of Worcester Area, Elm Park Center for Early Childhood Education, Family Health Center of Worcester, Family Services of Central Massachusetts, Friendly House, Girls Inc., Guild of St. Agnes, Jewish Family Service of Worcester, Latino Education Institute, Lutheran Social Services of New England, Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Nativity School, Pernet Family Health Service, Rainbow Child Development Center, Regional Environmental Council, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, The CASA Project, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, UMass Memorial HealthCare, Valley Residents for Improvement, Webster Square Day Care Center, Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Worcester Roots Project, Worcester Youth Center, Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU Inc.), and the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

In all, United Way of Central Massachusetts will invest more than $5.7 million in the community this year, through these and other programs. Joseph Freitas, chair of the Community Impact Committee and vice president of finance at The Hanover Insurance Group, commented on the process and outcome of this year’s decisions, saying: “The community impact committee and the board have a responsibility to invest the donations of all of our contributors wisely, and we believe this slate of programs does exactly that.”

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Worcester Business Journal

United Way of Central Mass. names campaign manager

Erik G. Wexler, president and CEO of St. Vincent Hospital, and attorney John Spillane of Spillane & Spillane, LLP, will lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts campaign this year.

Mr. Wexler has been the president and CEO of St. Vincent since July 2011. Under his leadership, St. Vincent has been recognized for two years in a row as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

“I am thrilled to help lead this critical campaign that helps many of us, not only those in need, but members of our community that access charitable services for the betterment of our lives. The United Way has a long and rich history of providing funding to agencies with careful evaluation of their programs and services. It’s a pleasure for me to be a part of this effort and to inspire others to give for the good of us all,” said Mr. Wexler.

Mr. Spillane is the senior partner of Spillane & Spillane LLP and has been a practicing attorney since 1957. For 56 years, he has been providing legal advice and representation to small businesses and individuals throughout Massachusetts.

“I am very excited to lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts 2013 Campaign with Erik. I am impressed with the great number of existing United Way business partners that have made substantial and continuing investments in our communities. I look forward to working with them in this most important effort to build further capacity in providing for crucial community needs,” said Mr. Spillane.

Annually, the United Way campaign raises nearly $6 million from corporate, individual and foundation support. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaycm.org.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Telegram.com

Dynamy students form Youth Venture leadership team

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From left, Ximena Areiza, 15, of Worcester talks about the Youth Venture program as Dynamy Youth Academy program coordinator Etel Capacchione listens during an interview at Dynamy in Worcester . (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

By Amanda Roberge, CORRESPONDENT

WORCESTER — The beauty empowering youth as leaders in the community is that they are largely capable and willing to pay it forward.

This holds true for We Are Youth, an eight-person team of teens working to coordinate a group leadership experience with the help of several nonprofit agencies, who are proud to foster and support another tier of socially conscious youths.

The group of incoming juniors, who have been a part of Dynamy Leadership Academy’s Youth Academy since their freshman year and will continue to be guided with that program until they graduate, collaborated on the WAY concept and recently presented its idea before a United Way panel as part of the organization’s Youth Venture Program.

“Everybody (on the panel) was blown away,” said Kim Coates, who works as a liaison between Dynamy and United Way/Youth Venture as part of her work as an AmeriCorps Vista Partnership Specialist. “It has very impressive to me how they have handled and managed the constructive criticism I gave them as they were getting ready to go before the panel. They took what I said and turned it into an amazing presentation.”

Their concept as a Youth Venture allows the group of students, who represent a diverse mix of cultural experiences and backgrounds, to begin their own leadership team, where they can oversee yet another group of younger teens as they embark upon their academic careers in high school.

Essentially, they will take the lessons, life skills and academic tutoring they received at Dynamy during ninth and 10th grade and share it with another group of kids.

“We plan to help get them involved with community service efforts, help them become better leaders,” said Ximena Areiza, a Worcester Technical High School student involved in WAY.

Etel Capcchione, the program director for the Youth Academy at Dynamy, said the students hope to share what they have learned within the Youth Academy to some of the younger teens who did not get accepted into the program, making it a smaller and gentler version of what they themselves have had the opportunity to participate in.

WAY was awarded the full funding of $1,000, which member James Kariuki said will be used to purchase bus passes and office supplies for their mentees so that they can attend frequent meetings at the Dynamy office without transportation problems.

Many students who become part of the programs at Dynamy, he said, face economic disadvantages and can benefit from not only the access to a bus pass but also to the positive role modeling that occurs at the center. The WAY team seeks to make that experience available to a new group of students who may have otherwise been overlooked.

“Some of our goals include having their grades improve and also getting them involved with the community,” added Mr. Kariuki. They will mentor, tutor and provide support and programming for the selected youth to improve their life skills and college readiness.

The team will gather over the summer to fine-tune their curriculum and goals before starting up with the application and selection process, which will lead to them deciding on six incoming freshmen who will make a good team.

Along with Ms. Areiza and Mr. Kariuki, the team includes Kacie Brown, Giovanni Reyes, Cashious Okyere, Chris Portilla, Brittney Richards and Michaela Bates.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

United Way Awards Nearly $300K To Central Massachusetts Girls

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The eleven programs hope to reduce the level of violence affecting girls. Photo from the YWCA of Central Massachusetts

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded $299,208 to fund 11 programs in Central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of area girls.

The following 11 funded programs are focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls through the strategy of building, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy, safe, and confident girls.

They are: SMART Girls Plus, Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, $35,000; All Kinds of Girls, Clark University, $14,000; Strong Girls Healthy Choices, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, $30,000; Dear World: Voices of Worcester, Girls Incorporated of Worcester, $35,000; Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS), Latino Education Institute (LEI) Worcester State Foundation, $35,631; Project Shine, LUK Crisis Center, Inc., $15,356; Just Us Girls, Seven Hills Family Services, $18,345; One Circle Program, The Community Builders Plumley Village,$15,000; One Circle Program, Worcester Youth Center, $15,000; ASCEND Program, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc., $28,000; Girls Promoting Safety, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, $57,876.

In addition to funding programs and events, Women’s Initiative continues to offer free community-wide economic empowerment conferences, called “Dollar $cholar,” for eighth-grade girls in Worcester and surrounding towns. During the last few years, nearly 2,500 girls from central Massachusetts were taught the value of financial literacy for economic self-sufficiency. This year alone Women’s Initiative’s members mentored more than 400 girls from Auburn and Shrewsbury teaching, not only about budgeting and money, but encouraging girls to explore their dreams and giving them the opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Women’s Initiative is an affinity group of United Way, comprised of women who have come together to make a difference in our community. It is part of a national trend of women engaging in leadership and philanthropy, organized to create a powerful force to effect change in their society. Working with volunteer committees of community leaders, the Women’s Initiative has engaged more than 1,100 members in their work, with total collective fundraising reaching the $3 million mark during their 10th anniversary year.

United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community. United Way ensures that the most vulnerable among us have a safety net to stabilize them today, while working to break the cycle of poverty for the next generation. For more information about United Way of Central Massachusetts or Women’s Initiative, go to http://www.unitedwaycm.org.

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GoLocalWorcester.com

Coghlin Companies Hold Record-Breaking United Way Campaign

WORCESTER, Mass., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/—Coghlin Companies, Inc. associates have shown they “Live United” by holding a record-breaking campaign for the United Way. The three week fundraising drive resulted in many more associates contributing this year than in the previous 10 campaigns hosted by the company, which increased the total dollars raised by more than 35% over the 2012 campaign. Over the past five years, the Coghlin Companies have contributed more than $250,000 to the United Way of Central Massachusetts through associate, family, and corporate donations.

“We had a fantastic campaign,” said Jim Coghlin, Jr., a former United Way of Central Massachusetts chairperson, who still serves on the board. “This is a true testament to our associates; walking the talk that giving back to the community remains a core value of the Coghlin Companies.” The Coghlin Companies, a leader in contract manufacturing, support the campaign by bringing in speakers from United Water organizations, holding raffles, and awarding prizes. “Hopefully people are motivated to give for the cause alone, but a little fun can help motivate, too,” said Coghlin.

As Coghlin Companies services have expanded over the past 126 years to include prototype development, product development, and medical device manufacturing, members of the Coghlin family have supported the United Way with dollars as well as time. There have been three generations of the Coghlin family who have chaired the overall campaign for the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Involvement with the United Way allows Coghlin to have a full circle perspective of the annual campaigns. “I have the opportunity to have a voice in seeing where the resources go,” said Coghlin. “Our associates can be confident their dollars are going to solid organizations which are generating results. We’re looking out for them.”

About Coghlin Companies, Inc.

Coghlin Companies, Inc. is a privately held company specializing in helping companies cost effectively improve their time-to-market. Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Coghlin Companies spans four generations representing more than 126 years of manufacturing experience and leadership. Subsidiaries include: Columbia Tech, which provides turnkey manufacturing services to a diverse customer base, including OEMs in the bio-science, semiconductor, LED, medical device, green energy technology, data storage, and automation systems and controls industries; DCI Engineering, an engineering design and pre-production support services company; and Cogmedix, an FDA compliant and ISO 13485 certified medical subassembly and finished medical device contract manufacturer.

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The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch

Chin ’14 Spends Summer Organizing Volunteer Drive for United Way of Worcester

June 6th, 2013 Nikolas Markantonatos

NAME Lauren Chin ’14

HOMETOWN Arlington, Mass.

AREAS OF STUDY Psychology major with education minor

WHERE SHE’S INTERNING United Way of Central Massachusetts as the Day of Caring program assistant. Day of Caring is an annual volunteer drive where more than 1,000 people work together at local nonprofit agencies to promote volunteerism and leadership.

INTERNSHIP DURATION June 3 to Aug. 9

WHAT SHE’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO “Helping plan and organize an event for the community to come together. Being the program assistant will be a great opportunity for me to learn about and connect with different non-profit organizations in Worcester. I am eager to assist in running an event that will have an impact on the entire community and that people enjoy and want to participate in.”

WHY SHE’S BLOGGING “To share my experience at United Way with the Holy Cross community. My blog will also be a resource for me to return to in the future to recall both my accomplishments and the lessons I learned during my internship.”

CAREER GOAL “I hope to work at a non-profit organization or in education. I plan to work in a position that enables me to connect with and bring together members of all ages in the local community. I want to have a hands-on role in working with the people around me to help them reach their potential.”

ABOUT SIP Internships through the College’s Summer Internship Program are developed through the strong network of Holy Cross alumni, parents, and friends throughout the country and are earmarked and designed specifically for Holy Cross students. This year 157 students have internships at 118 sites offered through the program.

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Holycross.edu

United Way Honors UniBank

UniBank, a merger between Uxbridge and Whitinsville Savings Banks, recently received the 2012 Stoddard Award from the United Way of Massachusetts.

The Stoddard Award recognizes the outstanding leadership provided by a company to the United Way, through exceptional employee campaigns and strong volunteer representation. It is the highest honor the United Way of Central Massachusetts bestows upon an organization.

In 2012, UniBank donated more than $68,000 to the United Way, and 74 percent of the bank’s employees contributed to this sum.

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Banker & Tradesman