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July 27, 2020

Worcester Together Fund surpasses $10M raised since start of pandemic

Photo | Grant Welker A quiet Main Street in downtown Worcester

The Worcester Together Fund has raised more than $10 million toward its Central Mass COVID-19 relief efforts, the funds’ organizers announced on Monday.

“From Leominster to Worcester to Dudley, the generosity of the community and the ability of so many local nonprofits, foundations, leading businesses and local government to come together to meet the communities’ needs has been truly amazing,” said Barbara Fields, president and CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, in a statement.

The Worcester Together fund was established in March and is a collaboration between GWCF, the United Way of Central Massachusetts and the City of Worcester. The initiative is centered around supporting Worcester County nonprofits responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding has come from many sources including a $1-million donation from the George I. Alden Trust, which organizers said set a pace for future fundraising efforts. More than $3.8 million came from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, launched by Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker.

Separately, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts plans to award $555,357 to 40 area nonprofits through its Community Impact Fund, as well as $300,000 in grants for families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the organization announced in a Monday press release.

The Community Impact Fund is designed to help address the area’s most critical needs, particularly with regard to health, education and financial stability.

“We are honored to support these dedicated and mission-driven organizations, as the need for these critical services has never been greater,” says UWNCM President Kory Eng, in a statement.

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