UWNCM to Celebrate United Way Day of Action with 40,000-Meal-Packaging Event

On June 21, tens of thousands of people around the world will volunteer to make their communities better places on the United Way Day of Action. Last year, more than 528 United Ways in 19 countries mobilized volunteers to address a variety of challenges for this annual day.

This year, UWNCM will celebrate by holding a Combat Hunger event at Fitchburg State University as part of a new student orientation. The event will be divided into four sessions on June 18, 21, 25, and 27 in which more than 850 students will package a total of 40,000 meals to be distributed to local food pantries, including the university’s on-campus food pantry.

Shane Franzen, Associate Director of Student Development at Fitchburg State, says that the Combat Hunger sessions, which have been included in orientation activities since 2017, are an integral part of the university’s mission of giving back, and are also a highlight with new students.

“One of the mantras of the university is Service. We want our students to think of others and how their actions affect those who may be a little bit more unfortunate than they are, including other students on campus,” says Franzen. “The event challenges them to break the stigma of food and housing insecurities. They tell us that leaving the event gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

Frances Longton, UWNCM Volunteer Center Manager, adds, “UWNCM is proud to partner with Fitchburg state for this event. It is critical to teach young people the impact that volunteering has on the community. They are our future leaders.”

While the Combat Hunger event at Fitchburg State is not open to the public, we encourage supporters to participate in the Day of Action by finding volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Center. Share your Day of Action experience on social media by using the hashtag #DayofAction.