Mission: The mission of uwncm is to create opportunities for a better life through innovative leadership that improves the human condition by mobilizing the caring power of the community.
Programs: United way of north central massachusetts made $2. 1 million in grants and distributions during the year. In addition to its grantmaking, united way is focused on mobilizing the caring spirit of the community through its volunteer center. The goal of these grants and distributions, and the work of our volunteers, is to provide immediate assistance to those in need, while creating a community where everyone has the opportunity for a better life. United way creates these opportunities through its work in the areas of education, income and healththe building blocks for a better life. United way's priorities include youth development and education, substance abuse and domestic violence, and emergency food and shelter. In addition to funding 42 programs, which delivered over 79,000 health and human services, through local nonprofits, united way also has community initiatives that include: united way youth venture, which inspires and invests in teams of young people, to design and launch their own lasting social ventures. The early literacy innovation zone of north central ma (innovation zone), powered by footsteps2brilliance is a public/private partnership that was implemented in may 2018. The innovation zone is comprised of 10 local school districts and/or communities (fitchburg, leominster, narragansett, clinton, garnder, lunenburg, athol-royalston, north middlesex, ayer-shirley, and winchendon) that partner with the united way of north central massachusetts along with footsteps2brilliance to bring region-wide literacy solution to address school readiness and third grade reading proficiency. School districts that participate in the innovation zone will be able to provide all members of their birth through 3rd grade community with comprehensive apps in english and spanish free of charge. The apps have been proven to accelerate literacy, vocabulary, writing, and critical thinking skills in young children. Real time data will be collected to ensure accountability and literacy acceleration. The volunteer center mission in the north central massachusetts region is to inspire, motivate and mobilize the community residents, businesses and students to become actively engaged changemakers in the 22 cities and towns by the united way of north central massachusetts. The mission is accomplished through community partnerships and collaborations that assist the local non-profit agencies to carry out their individual community missions. During the past year, the volunteer center has collaborated with local companies that are interested in one-day community service projects, family projects, the day of caring and the combat hunger events. One local company, ais, inc. That became our corporate partner for the new volunteer academic mentoring program, partnering for literacy. The leominster public schools is our community partner for partnering for literacy which supports the united way early childhood literacy. The program is an academic a mentoring program with a social mentoring component as well. The model is designed to have a ratio of one mentor to two mentees. The two mentees have the opportunity to form a peer relationship which is encouraged and supported by the mentor. The time commitment is one hour weekly for the entire school year. A model modification being implemented in the fall allows a ratio of one to one mentor to mentee. This flexibility enables children that require more assistance and attention to benefit from the program. The classroom assistants have a less committed and general role. They work under the supervision of the teacher and help students complete their class assignments. The classroom assistants must make a time commitment of minimally one hour a month. Some assistants are able to come to the school more often. The role is more flexible because the assistants are not assigned mentees. Partnering for literacy will utilize the new united way early childhood literacy initiative, footsteps2brilliance as a learning resource for the mentors. The volunteer center will be involved in the volunteer engagement and training for footsteps2brilliance as the program usage continues to expand in the 10 school districts that are part of the innovation zone. The volunteer center website continues to be actively used by individuals and companies seeking volunteer opportunities in the community. Volunteers that register for large events such as the day of caring and combat hunger are managed and tracked through the website. The website currently has 150 active agencies and over 100 active volunteer opportunities in addition to the special events. Doc 9/15/1740 agencies57 projects total 547 volunteerstotal volunteer hours 2,1882,000 lps students participate in the month of caringcombat hunger4 events, 7/1-9/15/17: total meals: 64,448o2 mini fitchburg state u freshman orientation events: 385ogreater athol combat hunger: 78ost. Bernard's high school: 82ototal volunteers: 545ototal hours: 1,029 7 events 5/19-june 29, 2018: total meals: 133,344omonty tech 125oaubuchon and ais, inc. 150o4th annual devens 75o4 mini fitchburg state u. Freshman orientation events 780ototal volunteers: 1,130ototal volunteers hours: 2,011meal distribution to local food pantries, community dinner, soup kitchens. Partnering for literacy, established as a pilot program in september 2017operated from september 2017-june 201810 volunteer mentors8 volunteer classroom assistants19 kindergarten student menteestotal volunteer hours: 235 hoursmass 2-1-1 which is sponsored by united way, is a free informational and referral service that connects residents to health and human services in the community. Hundreds of local residents have used the service. 75,188 calls from the area with 108,103 requests. Familywise affords prescription discounts and savings to local residents that are uninsured or underinsured, saving area residents over $1. 4m since the program was launched locally. $435,000 was saved this year from this program. United way's emergency shelter fund provides shelter to homeless individuals during extreme winter events and situations. Over 20 individual were helped with 27 nights of lodging.
united way youth venture (uwyv) reaches out to young people in youth-led social entrepreneurship and inspires them to make positive, lasting change in their communities. When young people learn early in life that they are powerful and capable of leading social change, they are more likely to contribute to lead throughout their lives. Uwyv is a three-way partnership between ashoka's youth venture, mount wachusett community college and united way of north central massachusetts. This program delivered 23 partner sites, mostly k-12 schools, and has reached over 13,566 students in the past year, actively engaging 9,127 students.
a special fund raising campaign was initiated a couple of years ago in response to the increased need for safety net services. This campaign proved critical to our being able to respond to a stubbornly high unemployment rate. Over 20,000 individuals and families (combined) received some form of food assistance including meals packaged by combat hunger initiative. Over 50 people received fuel or utility assistance. A total of $90,000 dollars was granted to provide emergency capacity building helping to prevent 1 agency from having to close its doors due to extraordinary - temporary, financial crisis, and prevent 2 agencies from a disruption of service provision or to increase the # of people they were able to serve.