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UMassFive is Supporting Local Communities this Holiday Season

November 16, 2021 - News

UMassFive is proud to support our local communities this Holiday season by participating in Monte's March for the third year in a row, and encouraging sleeping in and shopping local for your holiday gifts!

Monte's March

Each November, WRSI – 93.9 The River’s Monte Belmonte leads his annual walk against hunger through the Pioneer Valley. For those two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, Food Bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse and a number of supporters, push empty shopping carts 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness about and funds to prevent hunger in our region. Listeners are encouraged to make donations to benefit The Food Bank of Western MA.

This year, the march is taking place on November 22 and 23, and has a goal of raising $500,000 – the equivalent of 5,500 meals per day for a whole year!

To help Monte's March meet this goal, UMassFive teamed up with Buzz Points, allowing our members to redeem their points as a charitable donation to the Food Bank of Western MA. Donating with Buzz Points is as easy as redeeming! Login to your Buzz Points account online or on your phone with the Buzz Points app. Head over to Rewards and under the Charities section simply donate your Buzz Points to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

  • 900 Buzz Points donates $10 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • 2,250 Buzz Points donates $25 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s no need to stay up late or wake up early to stand in line at national stores for deals. UMassFive and Buzz Points are rewarding our members for keeping their holiday spending local by awarding 5X the points when they Sleeping In And Shopping Local at preferred businesses between 11/26 and 11/28! Not only do you get some extra sleep, but you’re also supporting local business owners in your immediate community, and rebuilding your collection of Buzz Points to get a little something for yourself this holiday season.

Not a Buzz Points user? You can still help the cause!

To make a monetary donation directly to Monte's March, click here, or to get more information about the march, please click here.