United Way of Central Massachusetts bestows awards at meeting

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United Way of Central Massachusetts bestows awards at meeting

WORCESTER —  The United Way of Central Massachusetts held its 93rd annual meeting and celebration at Mechanics Hall Wednesday.

John Polanowicz, state secretary of health and human services, gave the keynote address. Tim Garvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, and Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, also spoke.

Several awards were given out. Margaret Hanson of North Brookfield received the outstanding volunteer service award. Charles Brown of Reliant Medical Group and a campaign team from the Hanover Insurance Group were recognized for running exemplary campaigns in 2012. Benedict Ticho received the Distinguished Recognition Award.

Norman LaFlash, a letter carrier and a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, received the Labor Services Award. The city and the Worcester Public Schools were honored for commitment to the United Way and the community.

Marcy Reed, president of National Grid of Massachusetts, received the Orville Harrold Community Leadership Award. J. Christopher Collins, senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Unum Group, received the Aubrey Reid Award. UniBank received the Stoddard Award.

The Alexis de Tocqueville award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership, inspiration to others, volunteer spirit and philanthropic values, went to Maureen and Ted Coghlin.

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Picture: Timothy J. Garvin, left, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, chats with Maureen and Ted Coghlin, recipients of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, at the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ 93rd annual celebration at Mechanics Hall Wednesday. (T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA)

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

United Way of Central Mass to Hold Annual Celebration

Jeffrey Starr, GoLocalWorcester Contributor

United Way of Central Massachusetts will host their Annual Business Meeting and Celebration on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Mechanics Hall. At this annual event, individuals, businesses, and corporate teams will be recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work to assist United Way in carrying out its mission.

The evening will begin with the Annual Business Meeting and election of new board members. The Celebration program will start at 4:30 p.m. with entertainment by the award-winning In Da Zone Dance Team from the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester.

The Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, John Polanowicz, will be the keynote speaker. Tim Garvin, President and CEO of United Way of Central Massachusetts, and Dr. Eric Dickson, President & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, will also be making remarks.

“We hope that all individuals, partners, and businesses that contribute to the success of United Way of Central Massachusetts will join us for this evening of festivities. We also hope that those who want to learn about the great work we do will know they are welcome to the festivities,” says the United Way of Central Massachusetts.
The Theme of the Night

The focus of this year’s celebration and of Tim Garvin’s remarks is on the importance of the Community Safety Net, and United Way invites all guests to bring nonperishable food items (cans, no glass) that will be donated through the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive on May 11. Immediately following the program there will be a cocktail reception in Washburn Hall

“United Way’s Annual Celebration is not a fundraiser; it is instead an opportunity to gather and celebrate the great work this community does when we pool our resources and time and LIVE UNITED,” says the United Way.

“With the event focusing on Community Safety Net this year, United Way would like every attendee to walk away with a greater understanding of the importance of a community safety net.”
The Honorees

Honorees include: Margaret Hanson of North Brookfield, who will be awarded for outstanding volunteer service; Norman LaFlash of the US Postal Service, who will receive the Labor Services Award for his outstanding personal commitment and involvement in the community; Benedict Ticho, who will receive a Distinguished Recognition Award for the difference he has made in the lives of children in Central Mass over the past 40 years; Charles Brown of Reliant Medical Group and a campaign team of the Hanover Insurance Group, who will be recognized for running exemplary campaigns during 2012; the City of Worcester and Worcester Public Schools, who will be honored for their commitment to United Way and the community; Marcy Reed, President of National Grid Massachusetts, who will receive the Orville Harrold Community Leadership Award for her extraordinary leadership characteristics; and J. Christopher Collins, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Unum Group, who will receive the Aubrey Reid Award for his senior leadership in the company that played a major role in the success of the United Way campaign.

In addition, UniBank will be presented with the Stoddard Award, the highest honor bestowed on an organization. The last award of the night, the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, will be presented to Maureen and Ted Coghlin for their years of outstanding leadership in our community, volunteer spirit, inspiration to others, and philanthropic values.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please click here.

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GoLocalWorcester.com

Annual United Way Celebration Is May 8

The United Way of Central Massachusetts will hold its 93rd annual celebration on Wednesday, May 8, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 4:30 p.m.. It will feature Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz as the keynote speaker, as well as an award ceremony to honor those who have supported United Way’s mission as a charitable organization. Non-perishable food items will be collected to support the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 11.

A reception will follow immediately in Washburn Hall.

Contact 508-757-5631, ext. 342 for information.

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Worcester Business Journal

Dollars and sense: Shrewsbury 8th graders attend financial literacy conference

SHREWSBURY —  The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts hosted a Dollar $cholar financial literacy conference April 22-24 at Assumption College in Worcester.

Eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury were paired with women mentors from the Worcester area, who taught basics of financial literacy as well as details from their own career paths — with the goal of giving them the tools they need to achieve financial independence as adults.

The Dollar $cholar program, which began under an outside contractor, was taken over by the United Way’s financial literacy committee several years ago.

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Photo: Oak Middle School eighth-graders Alyssa Lovelace and Rahmah Nour get some help from mentor and Hanover Insurance employee Sarah Woodnorth. (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Shrewsbury Girls Learning to Be $cholars Thanks to United Way

GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

230 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury are being given the tools to be more confident with their money, learn how to use credit wisely, and gain a better understanding of a household budget at the 9th annual Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars, this week.

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with many local companies such as Hanover Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, and the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation is presenting three conferences at the Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College.

The conference, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow, is pairing Shrewsbury’s 8th grade girls with more than 100 area professional women who have agreed to volunteer as “Money Mentors” for the day. Many of the women have agreed to lend their time because they fully understand the current economic challenges and see the need in their own lives for financial skills.

The mission of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy and to create positive change for women and children. The Women’s Initiative is a volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, safe adolescent girls. Raising funds for its work through an annual campaign, the Women’s Initiative puts more money into programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health.

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Saint-Gobain Gives Back to the Community at Girls Inc.

GolocalWorcester Business Team

Saint-Gobain gave time and materials as they gave back to the Worcester community this week, refinishing the gym floor at local non-profit, Girls Inc.

Thanks to the connection forged through United Way of Central Mass. Brad Johnson, VP of Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, was quickly aware of the situation and happy to lend a helping hand. The company is the world’s largest building materials company.

“Volunteers from Saint-Gobain provided the supplies and labor to make a difference in the quality of the gym, all at no cost to Girls Inc. of Worcester. We are truly grateful for this unexpected gift that will save the organization from a significant expense and provide excitement and enjoyment to the girls in our community,” said Victoria Waterman, Executive Director of Girl’s, Inc.

Saint-Gobain has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees.

Greg Mihaich, Product Engineer, Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America refinishing the gym floor at Girls Inc.
United Way’s mission of connecting people and resources to improve the community inspired United Way employee, Phil Wettengel, to make the connection after he noticed the poor condition of the gymnasium floor at Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of Worcester was founded as the Worcester Girls Club in 1916, and has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of girls in the community. The organization’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by offering quality research-based programs in a safe environment and providing opportunities for girls to take healthy risks, build leadership skills and master physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges.

Saint-Gobain and its employees donated both the materials and their time to refinish the gym floor at Girls, Inc. this week, making a long-term significant difference in the quality of the experience for many girls in the city of Worcester, especially the 140 girls who play on the Girls, Inc. basketball team.

While United Way does fund projects, the group also has created a network of organizations, people, and businesses throughout central Massachusetts that, when connected to one another, change the community.

United Way funds programs serving people in 30 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts including Auburn, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Paxton, Rutland, West Boylston, Worcester, and more.

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Teaching Shrewsbury Girls to be Dollar $cholars

On April 22 – 24, 2013, 230 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury will be given the tools to be more confident with their money, learn how to use credit wisely, and gain a better understanding of a household budget at the 9th annual Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars.

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with many local companies such as Hanover Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, and the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation is presenting three conferences at the Hagan Campus Center Hall, Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA). Throughout the three days, Shrewsbury’s 8th grade girls will be partnered with more than 100 area professional women who have agreed to volunteer as “Money Mentors” for the day. Many of the women have agreed to lend their time because they fully understand the current economic challenges and see the need in their own lives for financial skills. The conference is expected to run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

The mission of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy and to create positive change for women and children.  The Women’s Initiative is a volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, safe adolescent girls.  Raising funds for its work through an annual campaign, the Women’s Initiative puts more money into programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health.

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The Shrewsbury Lantern

Teaching Shrewsbury Girls to be Dollar $cholars

On April 22 – 24, 2013, 230 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury will be given the tools to be more confident with their money, learn how to use credit wisely, and gain a better understanding of a household budget at the 9th annual Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars.

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with many local companies such as Hanover Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, and the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation is presenting three conferences at the Hagan Campus Center Hall, Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA).

Throughout the three days, Shrewsbury’s 8th grade girls will be partnered with more than 100 area professional women who have agreed to volunteer as “Money Mentors” for the day. Many of the women have agreed to lend their time because they fully understand the current economic challenges and see the need in their own lives for financial skills. These mentors also understand how important it is to give girls the tools they need to become financially independent women. Studies have shown that women who are financially independent are less likely to stay in abusive relationships.

Following the Dollar $cholar Conference, parents can reinforce the financial concepts and continue training their daughters to grow into financially independent women. Here are a few things that parents can do:

1. Review some of the conference modules presented at the Conference to introduce financial literacy terms (ie bank account, budgeting, interest). Show parent’s practical use of those terms.

2. Networking Bingo – use this exercise to find out how your daughter would introduce herself to someone other than family member by using eye contact, firm handshake, and confidence.

3. Cent$ and Cen$ibility – use this exercise to identify your own individual money personality (ie Saver, Negotiator, Spender, Stasher) and what money reveals about you.

4. Budget Sense – use this exercise to talk about the importance of tracking the money (income) we have and the money we spend (expenses) and how important it is to live within a balanced budget.
Practical Use:
– Help form habits on saving and spending for now and the future
– Show different ways that money actually works for them … Checking account, electronic banking (ATMs),  savings account, and credit cards
– Open up a savings account in their daughter’s name
– Teach the concept of philanthropy and its importance by sharing ways they give either time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in the community

The mission of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy and to create positive change for women and children.  The Women’s Initiative is a volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, safe adolescent girls.  Raising funds for its work through an annual campaign, the Women’s Initiative puts more money into programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health. For more information about United Way of Central Massachusetts, go to http://www.unitedwaycm.org.
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Shrewsbury Patch

National Grid Donates $155K to United Way for Heating Assistance

GolocalWorcester News Team

National Grid has made a generous gift of $155,000 to United Way of Central Massachusetts to help ensure that all families in central Massachusetts have heat this winter. This donation will go directly to the Worcester Community Action Council’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“National Grid is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our customers in the communities we serve. We are very proud to be a major supporter of the United Way and are especially pleased to support the Worcester Community Action Council in assisting so many of our customers with their energy costs,” Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, explains.

Last year, Worcester Community Action Council’s LIHEAP served 16,622 residents in central Massachusetts. This gift from National Grid is especially valuable as it comes just as resources from federal funding are dwindling.

“These funds will help over 400 households—from young families to seniors and many folks with disabilities who are on a critical financial edge. Most of our 16,000 fuel assistance households have exhausted their allowable benefits. This help will enable them to get a tank of oil delivered, avoid utility shut-offs, and keep them warm and safe during these final weeks of winter. National Grid continues to lead by example as a corporate partner that cares about the greater good,” Jill C. Dagilis, Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council explains.

Through contributions received from individuals, corporations, and foundations in central Massachusetts, United Way of Central Massachusetts provides resources to a number of programs at local partner agencies throughout the year. During the winter months, however, additional resources are needed to meet the increased and immediate demand for food, fuel, and shelter. United Way applauds National Grid for stepping forward to meet the need this winter.

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United Way Women’s Initiative To Host Soles4Souls Event in Worcester

Jeffrey Starr, GoLocalWorcester Contributor

The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is collaborating with the Greendale DSW Store to host a shoe event on March 13. Women attending the event should bring a gently-used pair or pairs of shoes for donation and can leave with a brand new pair of shoes or accessory for their wardrobe. Discounts to all participants will be provided by DSW on the night of the event. The event will last 4:30-6:30 pm.

The gently-used shoes will be donated to the local Feet Need Shoes Campaign and sent to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization that provides new shoes and A grade used shoes to people in need in over 128 countries. The Women’s Initiative will work in conjunction with the local Feet Need Shoes Campaign and UPS stores, who will be responsible for collecting and transporting all donated shoes.

“The mission of the Women’s Initiative is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy to create positive and measurable change for women and children,” says Anne Wettengel, Program Director of the Women’s Initiative.

“This shoe event gives us the opportunity to get the word out that the Women’s Initiative continues to address challenges facing adolescent girls and is dedicated to building a support structure around girls in our community.”

Though this is their first event of this exact kind, the Women’s Initiative started more than 10 years ago, and ever since their branding was built around shoes.

“The concept was to encourage women in the community to “Step Up” and support the cause to help adolescent girls,” says Wettengel.

For instance, in addition to this new event, every September, the Women’s Initiative hosts a Stepping Up for Girls event in September where more than 450 women join for the night to pledge their support.

“We continue to use the ‘Shoe’ theme in a variety of ways including through auctions, decorations, planters, on invitations and just this year, in favors with homemade chocolate shoes. This theme and event is such a success, that members have asked us to carry it into other aspects of our event planning. This event is a fun, creative way to thank our members for their continued support and because we are a women’s philanthropy group what better way to tie in our shoe theme and collaborate with another nonprofit organization to help people in need,” Wettengel says.

United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health.

For more information on this and other Women’s Initiative and United Way of Central Massachusetts event please visit their website.

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