The United Way originated in 1887 in Denver, Colorado. It was not until 1921 that the organization had expanded all the way to Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The organization continued to grow through the 20th century, with an increase in member towns, partner agencies, and fundraising campaigns. In 2021, United Way of Franklin County and United Way of Hampshire County merged to be one organization.
Today, United Way of Franklin & Hampshire Region is partnered with agencies throughout the area to identify and fulfill the needs of the community. These include several non-profits which I have included previously in my blog such as Mary Lyon Foundation, DIAL/SELF, Franklin County's YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County.
There are many ways to get involved with United Way of Franklin & Hampshire Region. Consider giving a monetary gift which directly supports those most in need in our community. You could also donated necessities such as diapers or food items during one of their several drives which they run during the year. Additionally, you could donate your time by participating in programs like Read! Learn! Succeed! where you might read aloud to a classroom or deliver books.
Women's Way is also an integral part of United Way which fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Franklin County. You can help with their annual food drive, Supper for Six, by donating or distributing food bags to local families.
Find out more about United Way of Franklin & Hampshire Region and their programs at uw-fh.org.
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