February Member of the Month!
Remembering Jeanne Curtis
United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) announced today that it has received a $300,000 gift from long-time friend and supporter, Mrs. Jeanne Curtis. This is one of the largest single gifts from an individual that United Way of Central Massachusetts has ever received. Mrs. Curtis treasured United Way’s role in helping those most in need in the community and, as a member of The Women’s Initiative, she took pride in supporting programs that improve the lives of local girls. During her life, Mrs. Curtis believed in the mission and work of United Way and, through this gift, United Way will create an endowment celebrating her legacy by investing in both Women’s Initiative and Community Safety Net programs for years to come.
“I’m delighted that Mrs. Curtis bequeathed this extremely generous gift to United Way of Central Massachusetts,” said UWCM President and CEO Tim Garvin. “We feel privileged to be able to carry on Jeanne’s passion of promoting women’s leadership and philanthropy and look forward to funding worthy programs that, in turn, will spread her legacy of caring for those in need.”
Having lived most of her life in Worcester, Mrs. Curtis graduated from Holy Name High School, attended Worcester Business School of Science, and received an Associate Degree of Nursing from Quinsigamond Community College. Her leadership left an enormous impact on the community and on the lives of friends and family who knew her best. Maureen Gray, Women’s Initiative member, remembers her friend: “Jeanne lived life to the fullest but always made time to find ways to help others. Through her association with the Women's Initiative, she found a concrete way to affect outcomes. When asked for support, she readily agreed. She remains a true example of the spirit of philanthropy.”
by volunteering with area youth, encouraging young leaders to set goals and achieve dreams.”
- Amy Garvey, student volunteer