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United Way kicks off campaign and Fall Fest with parade

  • The Athol Area division of the United Way of Central MA will kick-off its campaign this year with a parade at the beginning of the Fall Festival on Saturday, September 15.   Proudly presenting the United Way Banner at last year’s parade were Ethan Goodwin, Mia Stange, Ayzia Britt and Cecelia Hastings.  The parade will begin at Fish Park at 8:45 a.m. and participants will march to Exchange Street, to Main Street, ending at the YMCA.  Participants will be collecting food donations in wagons which will go to local food pantries next week.  Parade spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to add to the food wagons. —Submitted photo


For the Athol Daily News 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ATHOL — The Athol Area United Way Kick-off parade will be held Saturday at 8:45 a.m. with representatives from the six member agencies marching from Fish Park to Exchange Street, ending on Main Street at the YMCA.

Hundreds of local youth, coaches, scouts, Salvation Army volunteers and others will march to announce the arrival of the 2018 United Way Campaign and begin the Fall Festival. This year, participants will be asked to bring a canned good to the parade, and others can donate along the route. The food will be donated to local food pantries, along with food being packaged during the United Way Day of Caring event at L. S. Starrett Co. on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Athol Area United Way (a division of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts) serves six agencies; Athol Area YMCA, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Literacy Volunteers of the Athol-Orange Area and the American Red Cross. 

Last year, more than 13,000 health and human services were provided to local people by the agencies. Those services include emergency assistance aide (food, shelter and clothing), recreational and educational services through the YMCA, including swimming, child care, camp and fitness activities,  literacy education, leadership development through the scouts and food and clothing assistance from the Salvation Army and American Red Cross.  

The Campaign will begin this month, and will continue throughout the fall. Individuals can donate through many of the local employers in the area, or by completing a pledge card available at the Y and other locations, as well as online at: www.uwncm.org. All money raised in the Athol area stays in this community to support the work of the six agencies. The United Way works to provide responses and solutions that protect, improve and empower the people in the Athol area.


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