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Financial Opportunity Centers to Open in Greater Boston to Teach Job Skills, Stability as Employment Increases

Growing statewide employment to “spur need for long-term financial stability and skills training”

Greater Boston is poised to receive two Financial Opportunity Centers to provide one-stop financial services to low-income families as federal data released this morning highlights an increase in employment throughout Massachusetts. Through a partnership between Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley with assistance from Citi Foundation and Walmart Foundation, the first center will officially open April 4th at LIFT-Boston in Roxbury followed by a second center at Chelsea CONNECT in July.  read more »

United Way Hosts Boston’s Largest Nonprofit Board Recruitment Event

13th Annual Board Connection to feature 66 nonprofits

United Way will once again host Boston's largest nonprofit board recruitment event by bringing together more than 60 nonprofit board representatives March 28th at One Financial Center to search for new members. The 13th Annual Board Connection will unite countless professionals seeking meaningful community leadership opportunities with executive directors and board members of nonprofit organizations looking to strengthen their volunteer leadership boards and communities.  read more »

United Way Uses Focus Groups to Engage Lynn Community in “Conversations”

Community by Community: Lynn initiative brings residents to the table

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United Way Empties Basic Needs Account to Assist Agencies

$378,550 is last of non-profits funds designated for basic needs services


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is emptying its account for funding basic needs services throughout the region. As demand for basic needs services continues to grow throughout the year, United Way is requesting support from the community to raise funds to be strategically delivered to agencies best serving our communities.  read more »

United Way Honors Community “Game Changers” at Annual Awards Ceremony

Brown Brothers Harriman Named Corporate Partner of the Year, Firm Shares Volunteer Honors

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley honored the people, businesses, and nonprofits that create real change and "get things done" in their communities at its annual awards ceremony last night. Brown Brothers Harriman took home two awards for the firm's efforts within the community including Corporate Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year (jointly awarded).  read more »

Dropout Prevention and Recovery

Community approach needed to keep kids in school

The Joint Committee on Education will vote today on a bill aimed at lowering Massachusetts' dropout rate through a variety of prevention and recovery measures, including raising the state's mandatory attendance age from 16 to 18, placing graduation coaches in schools with dropout rates higher than 10 percent, and ensuring alternative education options for students expelled from school.

Supporters of S. 185, An Act relative to dropout prevention and recovery, will speak out following the Education Committee Executive Session at the State House.  read more »

HMFH Architects Donates $15,000 to United Way

Donation will help build stronger communities by assisting local families
Vassilios Valaes, Lori Cowles, George Metzger, Cara Hanrahan (United Way), Chin Lin, Laura Wernick, Pip Lewis, Deborah Collins

HMFH Architects, a leading architectural firm focused on the design of innovative academic environments, announced today a $15,000 donation to United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to help local families recover from the recent and prolonged economic crisis. The funding, which was raised by individual contributions from HMFH employees and matched by the firm, will be invested to provide quality, affordable programs for children and to create opportunities for families to regain financial stability.  read more »

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