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Cleghorn Neighborhood Center



About the United Neighbors of Fitchburg

The United Neighbors of Fitchburg was founded in 1968 as the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center – a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the inequities of poverty. The Center originally served the Cleghorn neighborhood’s French-Canadian immigrants. Today, the UNF operates the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center and the Cleghorn Youth Center, and continues to work with the immigrant community —now, predominantly Latino – and the entire city of Fitchburg to develop leaders and fight for social justice.

The neighborhood center provides leadership and community organizing opportunities; adult education (ESL, GED prep in Spanish, citizenship classes, computer training); direct services (referrals, food pantry, translation); cultural events, and meets additional community needs.

The youth center offers a safe after-school environment for ages 5-18, promoting healthy decision-making and academic success through tutoring, leadership development, and fun and recreational opportunities. The UNF operates through grant funding, donations and volunteer efforts.


Mission / Vision

It is the mission of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg to promote and maintain a spirit of community among Fitchburg’s diverse peoples and neighborhoods, by fostering equitable economic, educational, health,  cultural, social and recreational opportunities, unifying Fitchburg’s varied immigrant roots, past, present and future.

The UNF vision is to build strong neighborhoods in Fitchburg (with an emphasis on the Cleghorn neighborhood) and to strengthen the Latino and Latino immigrant community in Fitchburg. We envision residents taking action in creating systemic change.


Core Programs

  • On the Road to Self-Sufficiency provides advocacy, empowerment, food, clothing, referrals, translation and other critical services to residents in need
  • Empowerment through Education offers diverse personal and professional adult educational opportunities, and free A-Z citizenship assistance through its Citizenship Preparation Program
  • The Cleghorn Youth Center provides academic support, leadership development and mentoring to youth (5-18) through its Teen, KIDZ and Summer UP programs
  • Organizing for Change develops the leadership capacity of local youth and adults, training them to organize around issues of health and educational equity, through the lenses of gender, race and ethnicity 

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