United Way proactively reaches out to the services providers (food pantries and agencies that provide heating assistance) to gauge the demand for basic needs. When the demand exceeds the needs, United Way will make additional grants.
For past grants, United Way has made partnered with the following agencies: Gardner CAC, Our Father’s House, Salvation Army, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Catholic Charities, Ginny’s Helping Hand Food Pantry, Spanish American Center, Loaves and Fishes, Gardner VNA Community Services Pantry, Townsend Ecumenical Food Pantry, Leona Fleming Food Pantry, Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network and Winchendon Community Action Council.
Residents who need to know where to go for emergency assistance can call 2-1-1, which is a free call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Mass 2-1-1 hotline is prepared to connect callers with help for basic needs and other health and human services.