Many people in our community work, sometimes several jobs, while still struggling to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and pay for necessities such as transportation and childcare. Safe, financially stable families are crucial to the success of this community – especially its children. Adult education, job training opportunities, and financial literacy training are all pathways that allow people to move from poverty-level jobs to family-sustaining careers with a livable wage.
United Way commits to reducing the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020.
To reach this goal, United Way of Central Massachusetts is focused on supporting programs that:
- Increase workforce development opportunities
- Reduce unemployment
- Increase number of affordable housing units
Despite our continued efforts and more than $759,730 invested in the last few years, the local child poverty rate for families with female head of household rose slightly between 2010 and 2013 from 34% to 36.6%. More work needs to be done and with your support, we can reach our goal.
Our Family Stability Partners
- Services for New Americans Employment and Education
- Central Massachusetts Housing Assistance
- Housing and Income Stabilization/POWER Program
- Latino Education Institute (LEI)
- Club E
- Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC)
- Worcester Roots
- Co-Op Youth Leadership Program
- Young Parents