WORCESTER — The United Way of Central Massachusetts has announced the results of its most recent grant cycle. Thirty-five agencies were awarded nearly $2.9 million, representing 50 programs serving the greater Worcester community.
In total, United Way of Central Massachusetts will invest more than $5.7 million in the community this year, through these and dozens of other programs.
In addition to funding programs at agencies, United Way also invests in the local community through projects such as Mass 2-1-1, a free information and referral service, which received more than 5,000 calls last year; the AFL/CIO ramp program that built 19 ramps for handicapped people in the community last year; the Earned Income Tax Credit, which returned almost $3 million to Worcester’s low- and moderate-income families; the Women’s Initiative’s Dollar $cholar program, which taught nearly 200 adolescent girls the value of financial literacy for economic self-sufficiency; and United Way’s Volunteer Center programs, which engaged more than 1,700 volunteers last year.
Focused on connecting people and resources to improve the community, United Way funds programs serving people in 30 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, including Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Douglas, East Brookfield, East Douglas, Grafton, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Boylston, North Brookfield, Northboro, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Worcester.
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