United Way of No. Central Mass. Grants $555K to 30 Nonprofits
United Way of North Central Massachusetts

July 28, 2020 — The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, based in Fitchburg, last week announced it granted $555,357 to 30 local nonprofits that are addressing the region’s most critical needs related to health, education, and financial stability.

“We are honored to support these dedicated and mission-driven organizations, as the need for these critical services has never been greater,” said Kory Eng, president of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM). “We look forward to working together to strengthen our community during this unprecedented time.”

The grants to the nonprofits, from UWNCM's Community Impact Fund, will support 40 programs that provide services, including housing and shelter, food and nutrition, early literacy resources, and youth engagement.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts
  • The Arc of Opportunity
  • Athol Area YMCA
  • Boy & Girls Club of Lunenburg
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester
  • Children’s Aid & Family Service, Inc.
  • Community Health Connection, Inc.
  • Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc.
  • Ginny’s Helping Hands
  • Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts
  • Growing Places
  • Habitat of Humanity of North Central Massachusetts
  • House of Peace and Education, Inc.
  • L.U.K. Crisis Center
  • Literacy Volunteers of Montachusett Area
  • Literacy Volunteers of Orange-Athol
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
  • Mass 211
  • Montachusett Home Care Corporation
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Nashua Valley Boy Scouts of America
  • North Star Family Services
  • Our Father’s House
  • Pathways to Change
  • The Salvation Army of Athol
  • The Salvation Army of Fitchburg
  • Spanish American Center
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts

In addition, UWNCM said it has raised and is distributing more than $300,000 in grants to help families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, bringing its total recent grant distributions to nearly $1 million.

The grants, from UWNCM' s Stand United COVID-19 Response Fund, will help support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing for food, housing, utilities, and other essentials. Grants are being deployed through September 2020 in response to evolving needs.