Athol, Mass. – The Athol Area United Way has announced that it is merging with United Way of North Central Massachusetts, based in Fitchburg.
“After careful consideration, the board voted to merge with the United Way of North Central Massachusetts,” said Janet Mann, board president of the Athol Area United Way.
According to Mann, the merger will benefit the greater Athol region serving Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston because United Way of North Central Massachusetts has staff and resources that can revitalize their annual fundraising efforts.
“They have been terrific to work with, providing campaign assistance to our United Way for the past two campaign cycles,” said Mann. “While we have an incredible group of volunteers who have done a remarkable job, we also need professional staff to help take the organization to the next level.”
Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts, says he looks forward to working with the community. “We have an incredible amount of respect for the work the volunteers are doing and we look forward to working closely with the community,” said Grzewinski. “It is important to note that all the money raised in the community will stay in the community.”
Deb Vescovi, a board member of the Athol Area United Way and senior vice president of Athol Savings Bank, said the new partnership will be good for the community. “As a major supporter of United Way, the combined entity will bring new energy that will be beneficial to the community.”
According to Athol Area YMCA’s Jeanette Robichaud, her organization is looking forward to working with the staff and volunteers of United Way North Central Massachusetts. “As a United Way agency, we are excited about the merger of these two organizations. United Way funds are essential to be able to provide the people in this community the programs and services they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Three board members from the Athol Area United Way will be joining the board of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.
Each year, United Way seeks the community’s support through workplace campaigns, corporate gifts and individual donations. These donations are used to support a variety of health and human services programs in the community.
It is expected that the merger will be completed by the end of the month.