FamilyWize, Walgreens, and United Way Collaborate to Encourage Preventive Measures to Protect Against Influenza
Flu shots vouchers donated by Walgreens provided at New Bedford Connect in New Bedford on September 30, 2016.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – October 1, 2016—FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens and United Way, are providing a series of community health clinic events at no-cost to make flu vaccination more accessible in underserved communities throughout the country. These organizations are working together to help deliver flu shots for uninsured and underinsured residents, and encourage preventive measures heading into the winter months and the peak of flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older to help protect against the seasonal flu epidemic. December through March is peak season for flu activity and individuals are urged to take preventative measures to keep themselves and those around them healthy.
On September 30th at the New Bedford Connect event, Walgreens administered no-cost flu shots to 50 people without health insurance coverage or are unable to afford a flu shot.
In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:
“At FamilyWize, we care about Americans affording what they need to stay healthy. Whether it’s prescription medications or preventative vaccines, our mission is to support the communities we serve and make a happy, healthy life accessible,” said Joseph Sanginiti, President and COO of FamilyWize.
For individuals affected by the flu and prescribed to antiviral drugs, visit www.familywize.org or download the app to find out how you can save on average 43 percent on your prescription medications.
Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped over 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription drugs which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations. To join FamilyWize, download our app at https://familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your-free-card/.
This past summer United Way partnered with the New Bedford Bay Sox on the Homers for the Hungry Campaign to promote hunger awareness in our community. For every Home Run hit at the Paul Walsh Field by a Bay Sox Player, Liberty Utilities would donate $20 to the United Way Hunger Commission. This season, 10 home runs were hit and Liberty Utilities donated $200 to the Hunger Commission. United Way is pleased to have partnered with these two great organizations for such an important cause.
On Thursday, September 30th, Darlene Spencer, Executive Director of United Way’s New Bedford Community Connections and Family Resource & Development Center was honored by JRI. Darelene was awarded the Champion of Children Award for her work with children throughout her career.
New Bedford, MA Mom is No Roof Left Behind Winner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 26, 2016 — Sherri Watkins of New Bedford, MA was voted the winner of a new roof through Care Free Homes’ No Roof Left Behind contest last week.
Bristol County, MA homeowners were nominated by friends, family and neighbors for the roof giveaway. Care Free Homes, a local home improvement company, ran the promotion and selected four finalists before inviting the community to vote for a winner. Thanks to a partnership with United Way of Greater New Bedford, GAF, and Care Free Homes, Watkins will receive a GAF Timberline HD roofing system at absolutely no cost.
The other three finalists were Bonnie Clarke of Fairhaven, Arlene Harnett of Somerset, and Maria Neves of Dartmouth. Each finalist will receive a gourmet cookie bouquet from Black Tie Cookies. Flour Girls Baking Company, Carter’s Clothing and Footwear, Pasta House of Fairhaven, Sail Loft of Padanaram, and Care Free Homes will donate additional prizes.
No Roof Left Behind is a national initiative that partners local contractors with deserving and struggling homeowners in their community. This is the second year Care Free Homes has participated in the program. A Fairhaven, MA mother won the contest last year.
People or businesses interested in No Roof Left Behind are encouraged to follow Care Free Homes, Inc. on their website www.carefreehomescompany.com/no-roof-left-behind and their social media pages on facebook, twitter, instagram and Pinterest for their latest news and updates.
Great Things Happen with the Help of Local Volunteers
As the leaves start to change and the temperature gets cooler, United Way of Greater New Bedford and many of the local workplaces that host United Way campaigns, rollout the Live United posters, pledge forms and banners to help support the community. On September 14th, United Way of Greater New Bedford launched their annual campaign, Great Things Happen When You Live United, to raise funds for programs and services in the Greater New Bedford community.
Seven local companies are providing Loaned Executives to help at United Way during the 2016-2017 annual campaign. These employees are “on loan” to assist throughout the busy campaign season from September to December. They assist with phone calls, deliver campaign materials, help make presentations, and provide general office help to expand the outreach of the LIVE UNITED campaign.
This year’s Loaned Executive team includes: Colby Bernhart, BankFive; Tanya Berrier, BayCoast Bank; Mary Camara, St. Anne’s Credit Union; Betty Durkin, Lockheed Martin; Jen Hassey, Bank of America; Stacie Long, Bristol County Savings Bank; and Wendy Mendoza-Rivera from New Bedford Housing Authority.
“The Loaned Executive team provides an invaluable service to United Way during the very busy campaign season,” said Maureen Sylvia, VP of Resource Development. “We view the Loaned Executive experience as a win-win opportunity. We are very grateful to the companies that provide a loaned employee and the individuals participating expand their contacts as they reach out to our workplace campaigns, they get an in-depth education about the many programs and services supported by United Way and they polish their presentations skills. Many of our current board members and active volunteers have come from the Loaned Executive program.”
In addition to the Loaned Executive team, United Way has assembled a Campaign Cabinet to spearhead the fundraising efforts. The Cabinet is being chaired by United Way board member Chris Hodgson of Coastal Financial. “Great Things Happen When We all work together,” said Hodgson. “We have an extremely talented group of individuals to assist with this year’s efforts. I know their time and talents will help to increase gifts to this year’s campaign and in turn help more Greater New Bedford residents.”
Joining Chris on the Campaign Cabinet are Scott Dubois, Pidalia; Joan Pilling, Bristol County Savings Bank; Maria Pinarreta, BankFive; and Vernon Miles, RMS Mortgage.
Last year,65,000 residents received services provided through 21 local non-profits agencies thanks to United Way funding. In addition, United Way has five direct programs; Hunger Commission, Community Building Mini-Grants, Summer Fund, 2-1-1 referral line, and VolunteerSouthCoast.org. United Way of Greater New Bedford also is the fiscal partner for New Bedford Community Connections Coalition working to strengthen families and ensure the well-being and safety of children in Greater New Bedford. United Way’s service area includes; Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester and Wareham. To Give, Advocate or Volunteer, please visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org.
United Way of Greater New Bedford joins Care Free Homes, Inc. for No Roof Left Behind
United Way of Greater New Bedford is hiring for 2 positions: a Family Support Worker and a School Liaison. To view job descriptions, click on the links below:
Please submit your resume to email@example.com by September 23, 2016. Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the email subject line.
Free locally grown produce is available for low income residents of New Bedford and surrounding towns thanks to the United Way of Greater New Bedford. For the second summer, United Way’s Hunger Commission will operate a Mobile Market in the North & South Ends of New Bedford. This mobile food pantry allows families and individuals access to fresh produce- something they may not be able to afford while on a tight budget.
“Families in our community continue to struggle and often times find themselves having to decide between eating healthy (which can be expensive) and paying other household bills,” said Michelle Hantman, President and CEO. “With our Mobile Market, we are able to give families a healthy option at no cost to them.”
The fresh produce distributed is grown locally by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA and at Sampson’s Farm in Westport. The Mobile Market is made possible with the support of Bank of America and Southcoast Health.
Produce is distributed on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm (Wednesdays in the case of rain) on alternating weeks in the North and South End. The Mobile Market is located in the South End across the street from Dennison Memorial Community Center on Aug. 2nd, Aug. 16th, Aug. 30th, Sept. 13th and Sept. 27th and North End across the street from St. Anthony’s Church on July 26th, Aug. 9th, Aug. 23rd, Sept. 6th and Sept. 20th. Low-income families and individuals are invited to visit the Mobile Market every other week. Photo ID and proof of earned income are required. Preference is given to households with some level of earned income who often don’t qualify for other assistance.
In 2015, United Way’s Mobile Market served 165 households over the course of 12 weeks handing out over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce including potatoes, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and assorted fruit.
To learn more about the Mobile Market, the Hunger Commission or United Way of Greater New Bedford, please visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org.
Team up with Fun 107, WBSM, and Wareham Crossing, to bring school supplies and backpacks to local children in need! Here’s what you need to know about helping out.
What is Stuff the Bus?
Stuff the Bus benefits local children in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Once all the supplies have been collected from various supply drop-off locations, the United Way of Greater New Bedford will help to distribute them to local children who otherwise may not be ready for their first day of school.
Who Gets the Supplies?
In the Southcoast alone, there are over 35,000 children who live in poverty. This coming school year, 1 in 4 children on the Southcoast will have to go to school without the necessary supplies needed to set them up for a successful school year. That’s where YOU can help!
What Should I Donate?
Where Can I Donate
Join us at Wareham Crossing’s Outdoor Movie Night on July 25th and bring your supplies before you settle in to watch Inside Out. We’ll be set up alongside the United Way waiting for your supply donations! Everyone who donates that night will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to see Fifth Harmony in Providence!
Other Drop Off Sites Include:
Stuff the Bus is brought to you by Townsquare Media, Wareham Crossing, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, BayCoast Bank, Big Value Outlet, Yesteryear Cyclery, Diane Lopes Income Tax Services and the United Way of Greater New Bedford.
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United Way of Greater New Bedford is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission.
Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work.
United Way of Greater New Bedford completed the extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day to day operations with the help of the Massachusetts Service Alliance. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, United Way is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and therefore better meet our mission.
“Service Enterprise has been a learning process for us at United Way of Greater New Bedford. During the training sessions, we learned a lot about our own organization and what we could be doing differently to better accommodate volunteers and in turn, ourselves,” said Victoria Grasela, Marketing & Community Relations Officer. “Since training has concluded, we have implemented new policies and procedures that we are confident will allow us to work better with volunteers as we move forward.”
As part of the process, we formalized volunteer job descriptions; developed a volunteer intake form and hour tracking system; and created a volunteer handbook. All the steps taken to become a Service Enterprise will allow us to interact and serve volunteers better.
“Service Enterprise has been instrumental for our organization. It has helped us to formalize volunteer processes to make our organization operates stronger and more efficiently,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “We are proud to be the first in our cohort to have gone through this process to lead by example and help other local organizations become Service Enterprises as well.”
United Way of Greater New Bedford was one of five organizations on the SouthCoast to pursue this certification and is the first non-profit south of Boston to receive this certification. We also serve as a coach for the new cohort looking to achieve certification in 2017. For more information about Service Enterprise, please visit: www.pointsoflight.org or www.unitedwayofgnb.org.
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