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Out-of-school time programs and school districts partner to promote students' reading achievement


The Department of Early Education and Care awarded a $250,000 grant to the United Way to support out-of-school time programs in partnering with local schools to promote students' literacy development and academic retention during summer 2010.

Governor Patrick Declares 2/11 Mass211 Day in the Commonwealth


Governor Deval Patrick has declared February 11, 2011 as Mass2-1-1 Day in Massachusetts and expressed the need to raise awareness about an available service for Massachusetts citizens and to the unique public/private partnership that exists between the United Way System and the Commonwealth. “We are so pleased that the Governor has declared February 11, 2011 as a special day to draw attention to this worthwhile service that everyone can benefit from” said Paul L. Mina Executive Director of Mass2-1-1. On Friday, February 11th, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P.  read more »

United Way and Bank of America invest $125,000 to provide local families with free tax prep service

Free tax filing for low-to-moderate income families will be available at eight local sites

BOSTON - As part of a larger strategy to help families hit hard by the recession regain financial stability, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Bank of America announced today that they will invest $125,000, from a Bank of America grant, to increase access to free tax filing services for low-to-moderate income families and raise public awareness about the earned income tax credit (EITC). The free tax filing sites will be located in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Lawrence (two sites), Lynn, Quincy, and, for the first time, Waltham.  read more »

United Way releases $180,000 in extra funds for emergency basic needs

Aid will be targeted to four communities hardest-hit by the recession

BOSTON- On the heels of one of the coldest weeks of the year, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley will release an extra set of emergency funding in Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn and Quincy, four communities that have been hit especially hard by the ongoing economic crisis.  The one-time surge in funding totals $180,000 and will be targeted to aid residents with emergency assistance for rent, utilities, food and other basic needs.  read more »

United Way to grant $1 million in emergency funding for basic needs

Despite helping 10,000 last winter, 4,000 cases of need went unmet

BOSTON - Facing another winter with unemployment rates above 8 percent, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley is announcing an investment of $1 million to help local families who have fallen into financial crisis due to the prolonged recession. The investment will be distributed through a network of more than 25 partner organizations throughout Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley, and the North and South Shores. The million dollar investment kicks off a special annual drive to provide emergency funding for basic needs.  read more »

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