FITCHBURG, MA: November 12, 2020 — United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) has made a $20,000 grant from its Stand United COVID-19 Response Fund to Clear Path for Veterans New England (CP4VNE) to provide financial assistance for local veterans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based in Devens, CP4VNE offers a variety of services to support veterans and their families. The UWNCM grant will help fund CP4VNE’s Peer Outreach Program, which ensures that veterans who are struggling can remain in their homes by directly paying expenses including housing, utilities, food and car payments. The program is expected to help 650 community members through June 2021.

Funds from the grant will also supplement CP4VNE’s holiday food drive, which distributes meal boxes for Thanksgiving and the holidays. In addition, UWNCM has provided CP4VNE with over 1,000 meals from its Combat Hunger meal packaging program and 225 face masks from Sew the Masks, a joint initiative with AIS, Inc. of Leominster to provide high quality masks for people who need them most.

The grant and additional support marks the first time CP4VNE has worked with the United Way. Donna Bulger, Vice President of CP4VNE, says she is thrilled to collaborate with UWNCM to make an even bigger impact for people in North Central Massachusetts.

“At CP4VNE we believe that community-based programming is the gold standard for Veteran Services. We are grateful for our partnership with UWNCM as they share our values,” says Bulger. “During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increase in needs, and no single organization can address this on their own. With our grant from UWNCM, we will help many more Veterans. We look forward to partnering on additional initiatives and leveraging our connection in the North Central Massachusetts area.”

“We are honored to partner with CP4VNE to serve those who have served us,” says UWNCM President Kory Eng. “We appreciate the work of this great organization and remain committed to serving our community during this difficult time.”

The grant is the most recent distribution from UWNCM’s Stand United COVID-19 Response Fund. Launched in March, the fund has distributed over $300,000 to help local agencies provide for basic and on-going needs of community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including food, housing, utilities and other essentials.