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Workers' Credit Union $10K donation to provide heating and food assistance

For Release (Tuesday, February 02, 2009) – Workers’ Credit Union made a $10,000 donation to United Way’s Community Support Fund, which is providing emergency food and heating assistance to local families.

“Workers’ Credit Union’s commitment to the community is second to none,” commented Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

In October, United Way created the Community Support Fund to provide immediate emergency relief to individuals and families in the North Central Massachusetts region.

As contributions are received, United Way is directing 100% of the dollars to existing health and human service providers in its 19-town service territory. So far, over $89,000 in distributions have been made for food and heating assistance. 

“The credit union realizes that many families are struggling and we are pleased that we can offer some assistance,” noted Fred Healey, president and CEO of Workers’ Credit Union.

According to a United Way survey of area non-profit service providers, some local pantries are seeing up to a 60% increase in requests for food assistance.

Contributions can be made to the fund by calling 2-1-1, online at or by mail to United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Attn: Community Support Fund, 285 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Residents who want to learn about where to go for emergency financial assistance can contact 2-1-1 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit The Mass 2-1-1 hotline is prepared to connect callers with help for basic needs and other health and human services.