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Belmont Springs, UPS partner with United Way to ensure more than 300 homeless families have bottled water


BOSTON - In partnership with Belmont Springs and UPS, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley today delivered a donation of nearly 8,000 bottles of water to more than 300 homeless families in Allston Brighton, Back Bay, Brookline, Malden, Quincy and Waltham.  read more »

Health, Housing, and Hunger Prevention: the Building Blocks of Childhood Success


Boston – Today, health, housing, and hunger prevention advocates, joined legislators and discussed policies that address the inter-connectedness of health, housing, and hunger in a child’s development.

The group responded to a new report, Rx for Hunger: Affordable Housing, compiled by Children’s HealthWatch and Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston. It recommended funding an approach that incorporates safe, permanent housing as an integral aspect to preventing hunger and promoting the health of Massachusetts children and families.  read more »

Helpline calls reveal portrait of a community still in recovery

United Way reports that Mass 2-1-1 usage has surged by nearly 45% since last fiscal year

BOSTON - Despite indications that the economy may be rebounding, new data from Mass2-1-1, United Way's statewide helpline for health and human services, reveals that calls for help from Massachusetts residents continue to grow. In 2009, 2-1-1 answered more than 50,000 calls for help in Massachusetts. Comparison data measured over the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) shows a significant increase of nearly 45% in call volume across the Commonwealth between FY2008 and FY2009.  read more »

The Forgotten Stimulus: United Way invests $125,000 to increase awareness and expand access to the Earned Income Tax Credit

Changes to eligibility may mean more money for working families this year

BOSTON - As part of a larger strategy to help families hit hard by the recession move from crisis to financial stability, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley announced today that is investing $125,000 to raise public awareness about changes to the earned income tax credit (EITC), which could result in more money for working families this tax season. Created in 1975, EITC is a federal income tax credit for low to moderate income individuals and families.  read more »

United Way pledges $40,000 in emergency aid for Haiti and support for Boston’s Haitian Community

United Way also launches online action center to generate additional support

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Regional funders team up to raise the impact of philanthropy directed to urgent need


Boston -Leading philanthropic organizations in the Commonwealth have come together to strengthen the support network for people in distress and to commit more than $1.6 million in new funding to address urgent needs of people affected by the ongoing economic crisis in Massachusetts.   read more »

United Way unveils comprehensive campaign to help families in financial crisis

Campaign is kicked off with an immediate $350,000 investment and a call for community action

BOSTON - In the face of what many economists see as a "jobless" recovery, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley today released a comprehensive, community-driven campaign to help families out of financial crisis and toward financial stability.  The new campaign calls for 1) ensuring families are aware of the resources that exist to get them the help they need to get back on their feet; 2) expansion of the availability of swift emergency assistance for basic needs, and 3) increased support for the region's nonprofits to help bridge the gap from immediate emerg  read more »

Food Donations and Volunteers Needed

United Way Calls on Community to Help Fuel Thanksgiving Drive

BOSTON - On Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m.  read more »

United Way announces new $661,100 commitment in the fight to end homelessness.

Real Estate and Building Industries lead the charge in United Way Housing First effort

BOSTON -- On the heels of news that more than 1,000 families in Massachusetts have overflowed the capacity of emergency homeless shelters and are instead living in motels paid for by the State, United Way today announced that the organization will invest $661,100 to advance the Housing First strategies of 13 organizations in Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Lowell, Quincy and Somerville --communities that have all launched 10 year plans to end homelessness.  read more »

Local Restaurant Celebrates Milestone and the Importance of Community


NEW ENGLAND -- Remember when a pizza only cost five bucks? On Saturday, October 17th, Sal's Pizza will be turning 20. To celebrate, the long-standing community restaurant will be turning back time on its prices, while raising funds to advance the common good. The restaurant, with more than 30 locations throughout the region, will roll back prices on its 19" cheese pizzas from $9.99 to $5.55 -- the price of a pie when Sal's first opened.  read more »

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