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Updated 01/212018

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United Way of Tri-County Volunteer Opportunities

If interested in volunteering, contact Barbara LaGrenade:

Activity: Marlborough Community Cupboard
Location: 255 Main Street, Room 113, Marlborough
Parking: Municipal garage across the street.

Description: In 2011, The Marlborough Community Cupboard (MCC) became a direct service of UWTC and is a central location for Marlborough residents who need help meeting their basic needs. MCC provides a food pantry as well as grocery delivery for homebound seniors (with BayPath Elders) and homeless families living in hotels (with Families in Transition). MCC also provides free gently-used clothing, small housewares, and referrals to other social services for all clients. Food is one of the most basic needs and the goal of MCC is ensure healthy, nutritious food is available to all. Many Marlborough residents do not have the security of knowing from where – or if – their next meal will come. Hunger is not just an issue for the homeless, disabled or those struggling to find work. Most households served by MCC have at least one working adult, making the struggle to achieve food security even more surprising. Our clients are often underemployed, unemployed, seasonal workers, new Americans, veterans and elderly residents living on fixed incomes in retirement. In an average month, MCC serves 400-450.

Volunteer Opportunities Available: Sorting, bagging and assisting clients with nutritional foods and clothing

Activity: Wheat Community Connections
Locations: 272 High Street, Clinton
Parking: Street parking only

Description: Wheat Community Connections provides hunger relief, improves the quality of life for families, and connects families and neighbors in need to essential services and resources in the greater Clinton community including Clinton, Berlin, Bolton, Lancaster, and Sterling. Wheat Community Connections operates the Wheat Community Cupboard and Community Café as part of the United Way of Tri-County’s Food Security Initiative which aims to ensure that all residents are able to meet their daily nutritional needs so they can thrive. In an average month, the Wheat Community Cupboard serves 670 individuals including 190 children (0-17), 368 adults (18-64), and 112 seniors (65+) by providing groceries including staple pantry items, bread, frozen meat, and fresh produce. The Wheat Community Café prepares a hot meal five nights a week and serves an average of 1,051 meals each month.

Beyond hunger, poverty is a second issue many area residents face. Wheat Community Connections operates a product philanthropy program through the Hidden Treasures Thrift Store. Gently used clothing, furniture, household items, books and toys are donated for resale to the community at affordable prices. During times when money is tight, Hidden Treasures further helps Clinton area residents provide for their families in a dignified manner.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:

  • Wheat Community Cupboard
    • Sorting, bagging and assisting clients with nutritional foods
    • Office assistance needed consisting of miscellaneous tasks which also consists typing data into an on-line program.
  • Hidden Treasures
    • Sorting donations and displaying merchandise

Activity: Pearl Street Cupboard
Location: 10 Pearl Street, Framingham
Parking: Municipal garage across the street.

Description: Hunger is not just an issue for the homeless, disabled or those struggling to find work. Most clients served at the Pearl Street Cupboard have at least one working adult in their family. Our clients are unemployed, underemployed, seasonal workers, new Americans, veterans and the elderly. With 9.1% of Framingham residents living at or below the poverty line – just $23,550 per year for a family of four – many individuals and families struggle to make ends meet. Beyond basic living expenses, there often isn’t enough money remaining for food each month. In an average month in Framingham, we provide groceries for 683 families consisting of 1,044 adults, 646 children, and 209 seniors, totaling 1,899 individuals. Each family is given groceries based on their family size, including non-perishable pantry items as well as frozen meat, dairy, eggs, bread, and fresh produce. Addressing food security ensures that all individuals achieve their full potential to survive and thrive. UWTC is committed through our goals to helping all Framingham residents reach their full potential by ensuring that the most basic needs – food, clothing and shelter – are met.

Volunteer Opportunity Description:

  • Pearl Street Cupboard
    • Sorting, bagging and assisting clients with nutritional foods

Activity: United Way Distribution Services
Location: 29 Bishop Street, Framingham (For GPS use 7 Bishop St.-UW building is to the right)
Parking: Directly behind building in parking lot

Description: UWDS receives new or gently used items for distribution to local non-profits, schools, municipalities, individuals and non-profits. The items come from the generous contributions of corporations throughout New England and through Good360. Corporations participate in this service provided by UWDS, keeping overstocked items out of landfills and getting goods into the hands of those who need them.

Local non-profits refer their clients to UWDS. People may need new household items after a fire, equipment and supplies for school, an economical new start after finding a job. United Way Distribution Services is a product philanthropy program through which new and gently used items are donated and sold to the public at 15-25% of the MSRP. Products include office furniture, home furniture, linens (sheets, towels, and pillows), small appliances, kitchenware, and toiletry items.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:

  • Assist with various warehouse activities including sorting and stocking donated products.

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