WESTMINSTER -- Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Tyco Fire Protection Products recently held its annual Women in Technology program at the Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg.
Now in its 12th year, the program combines academic course work with practical knowledge to prepare young women for careers in the fields of engineering, technology and business. This year, 27 young women participated in the program from Gardner High School, the Leominster Center for Technical Education Innovation, the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Narragansett Regional High School, Oakmont Regional High School and Quabbin Regional High School.
After the students presented their projects, three scholarship were awarded and the student of the year was named. Morgan Freeman from Quabbin Regional High School captured first place honors, earning $1,000 and an Apple iPad Air. She was also named student of the year. Olivia Frawley from MontyTech received an Apple iPad Air for placing second, and Steffany Halfrey from Quabbin Regional High School earned a $250 award for third place. All 27 participants received a certificate of achievement from Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Tyco Fire Protection Products.
The Women in Technology students worked in teams under the direction of Tyco business mentors to develop ideas and solutions to real-life business challenges.
Dealership raising money for walk
WORCESTER -- The Harr Challenge is again raising money in support of the 16th annual U-Mass Medicine Cancer Walk, which helps fund the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence.
Harr Motor Group has set a goal of raising $50,000 for the walk, which will take place Sept 28.
Harr will jumpstart the challenge with a $25,000 contribution and then contribute a portion of proceeds from vehicle sales and service and auto body services provided to UMass and UMass Memorial employees through Sept. 25, the final day of the challenge.
Anyone can join the Harr Motor Group's walk team and raise money through sponsors. Donations may also be made in person at any Harr location or at TheHarrChallenge.com, and Harr Auto Group will donate $1 for every "like'' or "share'' of a Harr Facebook post through the duration of the challenge.
For more information or to contribute, TheHarrChallenge.com.
Health services walks for hunger
WORCESTER -- Pernet Family Health Service Inc. recently participated in Project Bread's Walk for Hunger in Boston.
Each May, Pernet's team joins more 40,000 people to walk all or part of a 20-mile course through Greater Boston, earning pledges collected to support the movement to end hunger in Massachusetts.
Pernet Family Health Service is a nonprofit organization that is a Department of Public Health-certified home health agency, providing in-home care for mothers, infants and children, as well as center-based food, emergency and social services for 11,000 men, women, youth and children each year.
Habitat holds Women Build week
WORCESTER -- Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester asked women from across the community to join in Women Build during National Women Build Week, the first week of May.
During the week, thousands of women from across the country volunteer on Habitat build sites to raise awareness and funds for housing.
The local Habitat organization hosted the event at two Worcester build sites, at 2 Stowell Ave. and 133 Plantation St.
Each build day had a morning and afternoon shift with lunch included for both groups. Habitat asked for a minimum donation of $100 to participate, which covered construction materials for the day and contributed to future projects.
Rotary Club raises more than $100,000
WORCESTER -- The Worcester Rotary Club recently raised more than $100,000, exceeding its 2014 fundraising campaign goal by nearly $20,000.
The club donated $50,000 of the amount to help the Elm Park Red-Wooden Footbridge Project. The rest of the money will be used to support other local community projects as well as international projects such those in Haiti, India, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Bank gives $500,000 to hospital project
MILFORD -- The Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation announced a gift of $500,000 from Milford National Bank to support the construction of a new emergency department, intensive care unit and private patient rooms at Milford Regional Medical Center.
The gift was part of the $16.5 million raised through the capital campaign for the project. The goal is $25 million.
The new, two-story structure at Milford Regional will more than double the size of the emergency department from 30 to 52 private treatment rooms, increase the number of patient rooms in the ICU from 10 to 16 expanding their size to accommodate the latest technology, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intent to convert all hospital patient rooms to private.
Hair Cuttery raises money for shelters
WORCESTER -- The Hair Cuttery recently teamed up with the National Network to End Domestic Violence for its spring Share-A-Haircut program.
On May 5 to 6, every time an adult received a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, including the salons in Worcester, a haircut was donated, through NNEDV, to a woman living in a domestic violence shelter in the local community.
In its 15th year, Share-A-Haircut has benefited 750,000 people. Originally, the program benefited children in need, but it has grown to help people of all ages. Earlier this year, 50,000 free haircut certificates, valued at $900,000, were donated to men, women and children across the U.S. in homeless situations. This May, Hair Cuttery has a goal of reaching more than 25,000 women in local communities, and, through the program, help inspire a fresh outlook.