United Way of Central Massachusetts

About United Way of Central MA: Meet the CEO

imageSince arriving at the United Way of Central Massachusetts in March, 2006, Tim Garvin has energized the 90-year-old philanthropic organization, which connects people and resources to improve the community. Tim is a consummate professional in working to accomplish this mission.

In his four years at the United Way, Tim has stabilized the organization financially: revenue has increased; spending has decreased; and more funding is being granted into the community to make a lasting impact in the lives of children, youth, and adults most in need. Tim is most proud of the current partnerships with Public Schools, local and government officials, and partner agencies to ensure all children and families have the tools to succeed.

Under his leadership, the organization is paying particular attention to ‘Education,’ ‘Health,’ and ‘Family Stability’ and recently leveraged extraordinary public support to advance this work. United of Central Massachusetts led a team of community leaders, which included Clark University and Worcester Educational Collaborative, who submitted a proposal to the Department of Education for a one-year $500,000 planning grant. The grant has been funded and will support the Promise Neighborhoods model, which will significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children in Main South—one of the most distressed areas in Worcester. The Partnership along with the residents of Main South and a host of agencies, businesses, and community-based organizations will focus its efforts on this gritty, diverse, low-income neighborhood in the city of Worcester, which has struggled for many years to regain its footing after a precipitous post-industrial decline and major demographic changes. The Partnership is taking a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that children in Main South have access to a continuum of cradle-through-college to career solutions, with strong schools at the center.

Currently, Tim is serving a second term as the chair of the Council of Massachusetts United Ways (COMUW); looking for ways to promote collaborative effort and shared successes among all 20 United Ways in Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Tim spent 19 years in leadership roles within non-profit agencies including serving as the Vice President/Executive Director of the Central Branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston; Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Family YMCA/Oak Square YMCA; and as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Jamaica, West Indies.

Tim Co-Chairs the American Diabetes Association Advocacy Group, where he spends many hours speaking with legislators and advocating for people with diabetes at the state and national level. Additionally, he serves on the stakeholders advisory group for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. He is a volunteer soccer coach; and his greatest joy is spending time with his three children: Colin, Erin and Meghan; and his wife of 20 years, Theresa. 

For an inside look at what’s happening at United Way today, visit Tim’s Blog, “Live United Daily”Tim's Blog