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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 »

Beanpot Coaches Recruited to Same Team


BOSTON - What could bring four Beanpot coaches to work together? On Wednesday, November 10 at 12 p.m., Boston University's Jack Parker, Boston College's Jerry York, Northeastern's Greg Cronin, and Harvard's Ted Donato will put aside all rivalries and unite at Boston University's Agganis Arena to raise awareness for United Way in its effort to ensure more youth have the opportunities they need to build successful futures.  read more »

United Way releases results from a three-year effort to reduce family homelessness

1,000 families permanently housed creating an estimated $3.6 in savings for the Commonwealth

BOSTON – A report from the Donahue Institute released publicly today details the results of a three year effort by United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) to transform a network of 12 shelters and homeless serving programs into Housing First organizations. Housing First is a groundbreaking and proven model of preventing homelessness that is gaining strong momentum in Massachusetts and across the country.  read more »

Mort Zuckerman to Keynote 17th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Breakfast

Event will honor Gerald Blakely, Jr. and the Late Edward H. Linde

BOSTON - On Thursday, October 28th at 8 a.m., Mort Zuckerman, co-founder chairman and CEO of Boston Properties, publisher of the New York Daily News, and editor of U.S. News and World Report, will address at the region's top real estate and building industry companies at a United Way leadership breakfast.  At the breakfast, President of Blakely Investments Gerald Blakely and Edward Linde, the late CEO of Boston Properties will be honored for their long-standing commitment to the community.  read more »

New England Patriots to take local youth through basic training


 FOXBOROUGH, MASS - On Tuesday, October 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. a group of New England Patriots players, including 2010 first-round pick Devin McCourty, will join United Way volunteers in leading 60 youth through basic fitness training at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The experience is part of Hometown Huddle, a long-standing partnership between the New England Patriots and United Way, aimed at encouraging more youth to get active and make healthy decisions.  read more »



BOSTON - September 1, 2010 - Boston Children's Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest permanent exhibit, Countdown to Kindergarten.  This school readiness exhibit, created by Boston Children's Museum, is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services with matching funds from Jane's Trust, The Barr Foundation, The Lincoln & Terese Filene Foundation, State Street Corporation and United Way of Massachusetts Bay. It will be located in The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Early Learning Gallery.  read more »

WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" to premiere in Boston tonight

Documentary aims to inspire social change in education

BOSTON - Despite the high marks that Massachusetts earns for education overall, the Commonwealth is last on a list of states ranked on the basis of well-being for children in low-income families. Over the next four years, 40,000 young people in the region are expected to drop out of high school.  In Massachusetts, 43% of third graders - and almost two-thirds of low-income students - do not read at grade level.  Research shows that 74% of children who read poorly in third grade continue to read poorly in high school, making it far less likely that they will graduate from high scho  read more »


Lt. Governor Murray highlights completion of 18 month Regional Network Pilot Program; Funds targeted to transform service delivery for most at-risk residents

WORCESTER - Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to ending homelessness in Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced $1.56 million in funds to support the Administration's Regional Networks Program. At an event to commemorate the completion of the 18-month pilot program, Lt.  read more »

‘Catalyst Fund’ created to support collaboration, shared ventures among nonprofit organizations

New initiative will provide technical assistance to spark, sustain promising, voluntary collaborations, partnerships and mergers in the Boston area

Boston- An innovative, new funding partnership has been established by the Boston Foundation, Boston LISC, the Hyams Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. This fund will help nonprofit organizations develop promising voluntary collaborations as a way to deliver greater impact from the important work they do in communities throughout the Boston area.  read more »

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