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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women invites you to join them for a virtual meeting: FALLOUT: Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 on Women’s Support Services in the MetroWest
on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

As we navigate these unprecedented times, women’s support services are facing new challenges in meeting the needs of the women and girls that they serve.

The MetroWest Commission will be hosting a panel to discuss these new challenges and to explain what these services need in order to continue to provide support to women and girls in the region.

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Joining us for this discussion will be:

 Lucia Panichella, MetroWest Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships at Jewish Family Services
 Patricia Hohl, Director of Voices Against Violence
 Maureen Belger from Dignity Matters
 Colin Galllant from Planned Parenthood
 Marcy Ostrow, Intake Hotline Coordinator of the Jane Fund (Central MA)

“While certainly the Covid-19 pandemic has created for all of us a ‘new normal’, the financial and personal safety challenges facing women in our region has not changed. In fact, for many, these challenges have become more pronounced,” said Heather Panahi, Chair of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. “However, with ‘work from home’ and social distancing measure in place across the state, support services and non-profit organizations are struggling to identify and implement new methods of outreach in order to meet the needs of their constituents. The aim of this panel discussion is not only to articulate the needs and challenges facing women’s support services regionally at this time, but also to provide information on what services are available to women and girls in our area and how to access these services. We also hope that people who want to get involved, will learn a bit about how and where their help can be best utilized. ”

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Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a neighbor or a work acquaintance, all of us likely know someone who is in need of support. We all have a role to play in these challenging times; please join us for this important event.

This meeting is open to people of all ages and this is a free event. We do ask that you RSVP at Register to receive a link to connect to this event.

To learn more about the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, please visit the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women’s Facebook page at https:/

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The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women was enacted by law and established on January 8, 2015, to give voice to all women in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. We strive to provide a permanent, effective voice for the women living and working in the region. We work at the local level to raise awareness and advocate for issues affecting women in the 28 communities we represent (Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Wrentham

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.