Whiting Street Fund

Given the current health and economic crisis, this is a good time to send out a reminder about the Whiting Street Fund.

The fund, established over one century ago, is designed to assist Worthington residents who are experiencing short-term financial needs. The fund helps individuals and families with expenses that directly affect their well-being. For example, assistance has been provided with medical expenses, fuel bills and car repair.

Any Worthington resident can apply for financial assistance by contacting a member of the the Whiting Street Fund board. The Board confidentially reviews all applications and if approved, arranges for the bill to be paid.

For more information or to apply for assistance, either email the Board at WhitingStreet@worthington-ma.us or call any member.

Members are:
Bruce Barshefsky (413.563.8888)
Diane Meehan (413.238.0001)
Cath Whitcomb (413.238.5968).

Mr. Whiting Street, a thrifty 19th century shipping agent, willed trust funds to 22 western Massachusetts communities to be used, in the language of that era, “for the relief and comfort of the worthy poor.” Mr. Street’s Last Will and Testament granted Worthington $3,000. For over 135 years prudent distribution of the interest from this bequest has benefited many individuals and families in our town who were temporarily in need of some financial assistance.

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