At United Way, it is our valued partnerships with the nonprofit community that allow us to achieve so much more.
United Way Youth Venture – United Way of North Central Massachusetts and Mount Wachusett Community College
Thanks to our partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College, United Way Youth Venture (UWYV) helps to empower young people by providing them all the tools necessary to create civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses. Students interested in launching a team work with an adult Champion within each collaborating partner, identifying an ally (non-controlling adult mentor) to work through the application process, to help make their idea a tangible project benefiting the greater community. Success is measured not only by the number of teams launched, but also by measurement of personal and academic indicators before and during participation in the program.
Unlike traditional youth programming, UWYV does not have a clear point of exit, or end; as the program is truly transformative in nature, and creates such investment and ownership on the part of leading participants, many youth continue to engage in the program, and support their venture after they graduate high school.
A Venture can be any youth-created, youth-led organization designed to provide a positive lasting benefit in a school, neighborhood, or larger community. Participants are granted access to a variety of resources including: skill-building workshops and trainings, grant and scholarship opportunities, media opportunities and up to $1,000 in seed capital needed to launch their organizations.
In North Central Massachusetts the program now touches thousands of students and is having an enormously favorable impact on the community overall.
21st Century Scholars Afterschool Program - Helps students meet state and local standards in subjects such as reading and math. Increases student achievement in literacy, math, communication and problem-solving; assists with homework & helps develop effective habits for learning. Fitchburg Education Foundation
Bridging the Gap - Addresses multiple determinants of emerging anti-social behavior in first time juvenile offenders and other at/high risk youth. A 12-week comprehensive life-skills program offered in the Fitchburg and Gardner areas. The Salvation Army –Fitchburg
Camp Lowe Scholarship Program - Scholarship program to allow for 75 children to attend Camp Lowe for one week during the summer months. Camp Lowe operates during the summer months for 9 weeks. Montachusett Regional YMCA
Community Partnerships - Enhances school and community-based youth violence prevention programs. Provides knowledge to help understand the seriousness and long term ramifications of violent behavior. YWCA of Central MA
Crossroads Youth Development Program - Assists vulnerable Latino youth in Leominster/Fitchburg area by providing a safe environment to grow academically, socially & emotionally and to contribute to the well being of the community. Spanish American Center Inc.
Fitchburg Community Based After School Program Collaborative – Programming addressing the prevention of youth violence, drug abuse & teen pregnancy. Geared to engage low-income children and youth with a collaboration of existing, successful programs. United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc.
HOPE for Kids - Afterschool program for low-income children in k-12 in Gardner and neighboring communities. Committed to a “whole child” approach and works closely with families to bridge the gap between home and school. House of Peace & Education, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers - Promotes & fosters literacy, teaching adults to read, write & speak English. One-to-one tutoring for adults who struggle with limited literacy skills as well as students who cannot function due to lack of English language skills. Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area
Middle School Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention Groups – Program focused on increasing student resilency by significantly reducing the use of illegal substances and violence in school, empowering students to make positive life choices. Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.
Project Contact - Provides a positive summer camp experience for those who would not otherwise have one! Provides breakfast & lunch to children who might not other wise get healthy meals during the summer. House of Peace & Education, Inc.
Project Learn – Power Hour - Afterschool program designed to engage youth in learning, encourage academic success and become life long learners. Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
Sexual Assault Youth Education (SAYE) Program - Provides age and culturally appropriate education/prevention services designed to change social norms within communities to reduce the perpetration of sexual assault across the life span. Pathways to Change
Strengthening Families Collaborative – Provides support to at-risk families throughout the region through collaboration with Strengthening Families Alliance (15 collaborative partners including CAFS). Children’s Aid & Family Services, Inc.
Teen Center - Provides services to the middle & high school youth by offering opportunities that will help develop their social & leadership skills through structured activities, homework help, classes, volunteerism, & involvement in the community. Montachusett Regional YMCA
Youth Program - Provides services to youth (12 years) offering recreational activities that enhance academic, & social development in a safe, supportive, & supervised environment. Montachusett Regional YMCA
BWR Community Based Domestic Violence - Serves the needs of victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children. Provides a 24 hour hotline, 90 day emergency shelter, crisis intervention, high risk assessment, individual counseling, support groups, advocates in six District Courts. Addresses domestic violence at all levels: crisis intervention, support, prevention and education. YWCA of Central MA
Companion/Escort Volunteer Program - Services to elders and disabled adults to enable them to continue living independently in their homes through a range of services, including: companionship, escort to and from medical appointments, shopping assistance, respite for caregivers, S.H.I.N.E. (serving Health Information Needs of Elders) referrals, and telephone reassurance. Montachusett Home Care Corporation
Community Services Center - Drop-in center focused on HIV prevention, education, testing & substance abuse. Includes: food pantry, assistance getting health care, referrals to services, primary medical care via a CHC operated mobile medical van.
Family/Support Advocacy - Services include support groups, self advocacy training, family education and training and more. Collaborates with local specialized & generic resources to assist families with a cognitively disabled member to meet their needs. The ARC of Opportunity in N. Central MA
Medical Transportation - Coordinated travel arrangements to & from out of town medical appointments for elderly & disabled individuals in rural areas. Gardner Community Action Committee
Summer Fun Program - Provides breakfast & lunch for income eligible kids 0-18, as well as educational, craft & recreational programs with a mentoring component for children 13 & up - during the summer months. The Salvation Army - Fitchburg
Transistion to Independent Living (TIL) Services - Assists older adolescents & young adults to take charge of their lives & reach their fullest potential. Youth receive intensive case management including links to area resources & educational and vocational referrals. Youth and young adults have the opportunity to learn crucial skills necessary to function and compete in the adult world. L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
Family Resource Center - A group education & support model, effective in helping shape/change behaviors, providing a low-cost method for assistance to struggling families. Designed to establish respect and develop common goals in a group setting. Catholic Charities
Money Management Program - This program provides services to ensure financial stability and security for elders and younger disabled adults in the community through either Bill Payer volunteers or Representative Payee staff. Montachusett Home Care Corporation
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Basic Life Skills & Emergency Assistance - Provides Emergency Material Assistance (food, clothing, shelter) to individuals and families in need. Catholic Charities
Disaster Relief – Response and Preparedness – Stabilizes lives and alleviates homelessness by accelerating the recovery process after a disaster. Immediate assistance provided for basic needs – food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and mental health counseling. American Red Cross
Emergency Assistance - Serves low-income clients, addressing issues of poverty such as hunger/malnutrition, along with immediate crisis such as rental eviction, house foreclosure and utility terminations. Provides for basic human needs. Gardner Community Action Committee
Fellowship Table Program - Provides a free nutritious, balanced meal for individuals in need in a safe environment. Predominately addressing hunger and malnutrition, this meal site also serves as an outlet for isolated individuals to share a common meal, socializing with others in a hospitable location. Gardner Community Action Committee
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry - Food Pantry to provide groceries and referrals to people in need. Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
MIHN Family Shelter – Provides safe and clean housing in a congregate setting, addressing the needs of up to eight families. Through volunteer and staff network helps each family transition back to permanent housing through case management and benefit assistance. Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
CARE AIDS Services Food Resource Program - A multi-service program that provides a Food Resource Program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the area. Montachusett Opportunity Council
Leona E. Fleming Food Pantry - Provides food to families and individuals who have no food and no resources to obtain food. Provides food on a regular basis to households in need. Montachusett Opportunity Council
Homeless Outreach - Provides homeless outreach to North Central Massachusetts. Our Father’s House
Comprehensive Emergency Assistance - Provides emergency assistance for those in need. Helps with food assistance, rental/mortgage, utility assistance, emergency disaster services, camp experiences, seasonal assistance, referrals, clothing and furniture. The Salvation Army-Fitchburg
Aralia Shelter - A confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children who are in imminent danger of physical harm. YWCA of Central MA