United Way's Community Builders is asking individuals, nonprofits, community and faith based organizations to submit innovative volunteer projects that will generate new volunteers while creating a positive impact on the region. Individuals, organizations or groups interested in applying can find the application on United Way's website, www.uwncm.org. The deadline is March 11.
Each year Rollstone Bank & Trust chooses a local charity for which to raise money. Customer donations were at an all-time high this year, and combined with a 100% match by the bank, a total of $10,000 was presented to five area food pantries. Rollstone Bank & Trust wanted to provide aid to the areas where its customers live, so the chosen pantries were Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO), Ginny's Helping Hands, and Loaves & Fishes. The Bank has branches in or neighboring the towns that each of these pantries serve.
With applications for heating assistance steadily rising, Workers' Credit Union has announced a $10,000 contribution to the United Way of North Central Massachusetts' Emergency Shelter Fund. "The latest blast of cold weather is a reminder that it is going to take additional resources, such as Workers' Credit Union's generous contribution, to help struggling families through this winter," said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.