United Way of Central Massachusetts


Real, sustainable community improvement requires changes in public policy. LIVE UNITED is not about Democrat vs. Republican; it’s about understanding our nation’s crises in education, income, and health, and coming together to solve them.

One easy way to advocate is online. Through email and social marketing sites, people who make a difference advocate for change. United Way of Central Massachusetts uses Facebook to help spread the message about important issues in your community.

Let us know what's important to you and post to our United Way of Central Massachusetts Page or our "Helping Little Learners" cause.

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Helping Little Learners

The United of Central Massachusetts Facebook Cause promotes our focus on Investing in Educational Opportunities.

   1. To ensure that kids are physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively prepared to succeed in school.
   2. To provide safe and affordable high quality early education and care.
   3. To educate and strengthen parenting skills and support to help raise healthy children.

Join us and choose to LIVE UNITED for the kids in central Massachusetts. What does it mean to Live United? When we as individuals think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all; we build the strength of our neighborhoods; we bolster the health of our communities; and we change the lives of those who walk by us every day. Get involved. Make a difference in the lives of the children in central Massachusetts. Join us!
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Advocacy Spotlights

Advocacy at Work: A Reflection on 2012 Advocacy Efforts 01/03/13

As we set goals for the New Year, we want to take the time to appreciate and celebrate the successes of the past year. We made great strides in advocating for the programs and policies that advance the common good. Thanks to your support, United Way is making a real impact on the issues we all care about: education, family stability, and health. Read More

United Way Urges Congress to Protect Charitable Giving 12/04/12

Hundreds Converge on Capitol Hill Dec. 4-5 to Protect Charitable Tax Deduction. United Way of Central Massachusetts is joining hundreds of nonprofit leaders on December 4-5, 2012 in the nation’s capital to urge lawmakers to protect a 100-year-old American tradition of common-sense tax policies that encourage giving and help support critical programs and services for people in need. Read More

ADVOCATE: Join Us in Supporting the Earned Income Tax Credit Program! 08/27/12

Some recent improvements are set to expire at the end of the year which would negatively impact working families. Your voice is needed to urge Members of Congress to make these improvements permanent and to protect the EITC in conversations regarding deficit reduction and tax reform. Read More

ADVOCATE: Call to Action: Save AmeriCorps and National Service 07/30/12

The House Appropriations Committee recently released a draft of their funding bill that once again calls for dramatic cuts to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The bill directs agency staff to shut down CNCS and eliminates funding for vital programs including AmeriCorps and VISTA. Read More

Afterschool & Youth Included in the Governor’s Budget Proposal 01/01/12 youth volunteers

January 25, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick released his budget proposal for FY2013, and we are happy to inform you that afterschool and youth programs were supported in this budget proposal. The After School and Out of School Time Quality Grant (Line Item 7061-9611) at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was level funded in this proposal at $1.41 million. Read More

Join us in Celebrating Awareness of Children’s Mental Health 05/02/11 National Children's Mental Health Day

This year National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 1-7, 2011. Each year, communities across the country observe the day with events and social networking campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and increase understanding of the mental health needs of children and their families. There are a number of ways which you can choose to celebrate... Read More


by volunteering with area youth, encouraging young leaders to set goals and achieve dreams.”

- Amy Garvey, student volunteer

Amy Garvey