FITCHBURG, MA, April 26, 2018 – 120 energetic Monty Tech students helped launch the 2018 United Way’s Combat Hunger initiative on Wednesday, April 25. The students worked from 10 am to 2 pm helping to package meals.  Coordinating their efforts were Monty Tech’s Victoria Zarozinski, Director of Student Support, Kathy Hanson, the school social worker First Sgt. Paul Jornet, who oversees the school’s JROTC Program, and Sheila Harrity, Ed.D., Monty Tech’s Superintendent.

“We are so appreciative of the many individuals, businesses, and organizations who volunteer their time, talent, and financial resources for the welfare of their North Central Massachusetts neighbors,” commented UWNCM President Phil Grzewinski. Grzewinski also expressed his gratitude to Combat Hunger’s The only sponsor for the MT event was MT. These sponsors are for the May 16 event.

The next Combat Hunger event is on May 16, 2018 at Great Wolf Lodge where 150 volunteers will help package more than 40,000 meals from 10am to 2pm. The event is made possible by the two Premier Sponsors, Aubuchon Hardware and Great Wolf Lodge, as well as this year’s Gold Sponsor, AIS, Inc. (Affordable Interior Systems).  “Food insecurity is a reality in our region and volunteers are eager to help end it. The event response has been amazing with only two remaining volunteer positions for this event.” said Fran Longton UWNCM’s Volunteer Center Manager.

Upcoming 2018 Combat Hunger events include:

June 13, 2018 – 4th Annual Devens Event at St. Anthony of Padua Church

June 19, 21, 26, 29, 2018 – Fitchburg State University’s freshman orientation sessions for students only.

The 23rd Day of Caring on September 21 is the largest United Way volunteer event of the year.  It is another great ways to get involved and improve life in North Central Massachusetts.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can learn more at

Anyone who is interested in donating to the United Way may make a contribution at or by calling 978-345-1577.

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.