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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
02/10/2010

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
02/03/2010

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
01/14/2010

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

12/14/2009

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
12/07/2009

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
11/04/2009

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
10/30/2009

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

10/16/2009

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 »

More than 1,000 women business leaders “stand tall” to help today and strengthen tomorrow

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10/12/2009

BOSTON- Wall Street wonder Carla Harris, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, author of Expect to Win, and newly  honored as one of U.S. Banker's Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance, today urged more than 1,000 of the region's top women business leaders to "make giving back a part of your success equation."  Harris was the keynote speaker at this morning's United Way's Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast, which brings local women together through philanthropy to effect change in the lives of children, youth and families.   read more »

Corporate volunteers come out in droves for United Way’s Community Care Day

09/23/2009

BOSTON - This Thursday, September 24, more than 1,300 Massachusetts employees took to the community to participate in United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley's (United Way) 18th Annual Community Care Day, an effort to better the region through single-day projects while fostering long-term volunteer engagement. Volunteers have become increasingly important as human service organizations try to save money under rising costs of operating and a growing community need.  read more »

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