United Way of Central Massachusetts

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Saint Gobain holds annual Tent Sale 10/15/14

Don't miss this annual event! Great for the Do-It-Yourselfer, the Handy-man, or Handy-Woman. Come take advantage of their overstock items at amazing discount prices. All proceeds benefit United Way of Central Massachusetts. Read More

Donors Make a Difference! 10/01/14

Last year, United Way of Central Massachusetts invested more than $5.4 million in the community. Hear the stories of some of our donors who make this possible. These donors know what it means to LIVE UNITED and, as a result, make a huge difference in the community. Read More

Angelica’s Story 09/16/14

Angelica is one of 66,000 people whose lives are affected by United Way of Central Massachusetts every year. In May, there were 4,600 families living in homeless shelters across Massachusetts. Your collective donations to United Way make a huge difference in the lives of people in our community. Read More

Step Up with Women in Central Massachusetts on September 17! 09/08/14

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts will host its annual Stepping Up For Girls event on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The program, networking, and reception will be held at Mechanics Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Read More

Day of Caring is September 10, 2014! 08/20/14

United Way invites you to volunteer for Day of Caring 2014 and make a difference in the community! Join the 1,200 volunteers and LIVE UNITED by working on more than 70 projects to improve the community. Read More

Worcester Youth Leadership Institute for Area High School Students 08/19/14

New group, led by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce,introduced high school students to area businesses and civic leadership from July 7 - August 20. Over the summer, some area high school students had an opportunity to participate in an inaugural Worcester Youth Leadership Institute. Read More

2014 Outstanding Women in Business Nominations are Open! 08/06/14

Women in Central Massachusetts play a critical role in the regional economy as business owners and executives. This fall the Worcester Business Journal will once again celebrate these women and the unique perspective they bring to the local business landscape. They are seeking nominations from the community. Read More

Attention Nonprofits: Day of Caring Registration is Open! 07/23/14

United Way of Central Massachusetts is looking for meaningful, done-in-a-day projects to be completed by volunteers from the area’s corporate sector, colleges, and unions. Agencies that register their projects on or before July 25, 2014 will be entered into a raffle for great prizes. A luncheon to recognize volunteers will be held between shifts. Read More

2014 Lois B. Green Leadership and Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Awardees 07/16/14

Congratulations to the 2014 Lois B. Green Leadership and Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Awardees, Sue Mailman and McKenzie Gratton. Both of these women demonstrate a commitment to promoting women's leadership and philanthropy to effect positive and measurable change for women and children. Read More

Youth Invited to Get Active in the Community! 06/19/14

United Way launches its fifth annual Summer Youth Volunteer Program. United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Summer Youth Volunteer Program is the perfect way for local youth aged 13-17 to become active in the community, meet new people, and have fun! Projects focus on key issues including health, hunger, staying active, and cleaning up the environment. Read More

The Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Celebrates Success 06/12/14

Returning nearly $3.6 Million to the Community, an increase of 6.4% over last tax season. United Way of Central Massachusetts, part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, celebrated this tax season’s successes with a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in April at Worcester State University. Read More

Citizen Spotlight: Gail Sealey 06/12/14

United Way presented Gail Sealey from Hanover Insurance Group with the Individual LIVE UNITED Spirit Award at the Annual Celebration in May. Gail is one of those amazing individuals who treasures her family, loves her job, and genuinely gets joy from helping others. For the past 25 years, Gail has impacted this community by sharing her talents, time, and resources.t for Huma Read More

United Way Announces 2014-2015 Campaign Tri-Chairs 06/05/14

Dr. Eric Dickson, Mike Tsotsis, and Dr. Abraham Haddad will lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts 2014-2015 campaign. All three of these leaders bring a wealth of knowledge to these volunteer roles. Annually, the United Way campaign raises nearly $6,000,000 from corporate, individual, and foundation support. Read More

Program Highlight: Project Shine 06/05/14

Project Shine, a self-efficacy, leadership, and violence prevention program for adolescent girls, offers a safe space for young girls to share their stories and voice their opinions. The girls have fun expressing themselves through activities including making collages, journaling, meditating, and role-playing. Read More

Program Highlight: Latina Achievers in Search of Success 05/07/14

Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS) engages sixth grade Latino girls and their mothers in a resiliency building program focusing on self-exploration, personal development, cultural enrichment, early college awareness, and career exploration. This more extensive and personal model is the only culturally specific violence prevention program of its type in Massachusetts. Read More

United Way Annual Celebration 04/30/14

Celebrating Extraordinary Businesses and Individuals! United Way of Central Massachusetts will host their Annual Business Meeting and Celebration on Wednesday, May 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Mechanics Hall. At this annual event, individuals, businesses, and corporate teams will be recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work to assist United Way in carrying out its mission. Read More

Largest Annual One-Day, Food Drive Held on Saturday, May 10 04/30/14

United Way of Central Massachusetts and The National Association Of Letter Carriers strive to collect 400,000 pounds of food. Letter carriers will do much more than deliver mail on Saturday, May 10, 2014. They will help fill the food banks in the central Massachusetts area that have become bare in these tough economic times. Read More

Women’s Initiative Awards More Than $300,000 04/28/14

Addressing the Issue of Violence in the Lives of Girls. The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded more than $300,000 to fund 12 programs in central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of area girls. Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is the premiere women’s leadership and philanthropy group in central Massachusetts. Read More

Greater Worcester GIVES 04/24/14

Greater Worcester Community Foundation is hosting the region's first ever community-wide online giving challenge on May 6, 2014! For 24 hours, between 12:00am through 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 6, donors can make gifts of $25 or more to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in Worcester County. Read More

Announcing the 2014 Awardees! 04/22/14

Every year during the Annual Celebration, United Way honors individuals and businesses that made a significant contribution to the central Massachusetts community. Here is the list of awardees that will be honored at United Way's Annual Celebration on May 8, 2014. We hope you will join us for the afternoon of celebration! Read More

2014 Lois B. Green Leadership Award and Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award 04/17/14

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Lois B. Green and Meredith Wesby Awards. These awards will be presented on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the annual “Members Celebration.” The Women’s Initiative Awards Committee encourages you to nominate a woman in the community that embodies leadership and values of our co-founders. Read More

Patti Verderese of Auburn, MA Receives the Inspire by Example Award! 04/16/14

As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts honors outstanding volunteer, Patti Verderese of Auburn, MA with the Inspire by Example Award. Patti will be recognized at United Way’s Annual Celebration on May 8, 2014 at Mechanics Hall. Alex Zequeira, President of Nativity School of Worcester, describes Patti as “a committed and faithful volunteer. “ Read More

United Way Needs Your Support Today! 04/03/14

United Way of Central Massachusetts has not been able to meet the growing financial needs of the programs that best serve our residents. For the current grant cycle supporting Safety Net programs, the total amount requested ($1,347,771) nearly doubled the available funds ($698,293). Make your pledge online today - you can make a difference! Read More

One Circle Girls Dream Bigger! 04/03/14

One Circle, a program that receives a total of $30,000 in funding from Women's Initiative, is changing the lives of 10 - 14 year old girls throughout the city of Worcester by providing them with skills to enhance self-esteem, communication, education, healthy relationships, and increased self-confidence. Read More

FUNDED PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: All Kinds of Girls 03/19/14

What pre-teen girl wouldn’t want to spend their Saturdays hanging out with college co-eds? At Clark University’s All Kinds of Girls (AKOG) program, the girls engage in a day of group-building activities and discussions, a healthy lunch, and an opportunity to develop personal relationships with college-aged role models. Read More

Woman’s Initiative Hosts Shoe Event: Stepping Out for Girls 03/06/14

Special Event to Benefit Dress for Success. When the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts was founded more than 10 years ago, their branding was built around shoes, encouraging women to “Step Up” and support adolescent girls in this community. On March 12, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 pm, the Women’s Initiative will host its second annual Stepping Out for Girls Event ... Read More

United Way Honoring Outstanding Work of Volunteers 03/06/14

Nominations being accepted for the Inspire by Example Awards. As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts will honor the outstanding work of volunteers with Inspire by Example Awards. Community volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to community service will be selected to receive special recognition for the valuable work that they do to strengthen the community. Read More

No Child Dreams That They Will Become a High School Dropout 03/04/14

Kids love to talk about what they want to be when they grow up. They have big dreams and aspirations about who they will be someday. But, sometimes, life gets in the way – derailing those hopes and dreams. This is exactly what happened to more than 6,000 kids in Massachusetts who dropped out of high school in 2013. Read More

Extraordinary Citizen, Erwin H. Miller, LIVES UNITED! 02/27/14

Dusty’s history of giving goes back to grade school when collections were taken up for the Red Cross. When he was just 15 years old, Hurricane Diane caused major floods in central Massachusetts and Dusty jumped in to help with office work at the Red Cross headquarters in Worcester, logging in donations... Read More

Community Conversation on Student Attendance 02/20/14

Let's get these kids in school! Chronic absenteeism is a growing problems that affects student achievement. Working together, schools, parents, and communities can address the hurdles that keep children from getting to school. Read More

United Way of Central Massachusetts Receives Major Gift 02/17/14

Legacy gift from Jeanne Curtis⎯ a leader, philanthropist, and community activist. 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. Read More

FUNDED PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls 02/13/14

A Girls Incorporated of Worcester program funded by Women's Initiative. While learning problem solving skills through expressive arts (music, dance, theatre, poetry, and visual arts), these girls have the opportunity to educate themselves and the community on issues of violence and promote healthy relationships. Read More

FEBRUARY 11 IS NATIONAL 2-1-1 DAY! 02/07/14

United Way keeping the community connected with referrals and information. United Way Worldwide has declared February 11 as National 2-1-1 Day. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a resource for referrals, as well as health and human services information. Read More

Two Great Speakers at The Hanover Theatre 02/05/14

Over the next two months, two great speakers are coming to The Hanover Theatre, bringing a wealth of knowledge and passion around both women’s issues and education. On February 27, Dee Dee Myers will reflect on her own career experiences and on March 20, Geoffrey Canada will challenge the audience to advocate for education reform. Read More

United Way Recognizes Wegman’s of Northboro 01/16/14

Wegman’s demonstrates what it means to LIVE UNITED! Since being established in central Massachusetts in 2011, Wegman’s of Northboro has been a significant supporter of United Way of Central Massachusetts. In 2013, their employees raised $55,435 through their workplace campaign with more than 80% employee participation. Read More

Upcoming Forum on the Interplay of Trauma and Learning 01/09/14

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In the spring of this year, the Worcester Education Collaborative and the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University began a research project, Not Present, Not Accounted For, on the use of out-of-school suspension as a disciplinary tool in the Worcester Public Schools. Read More

United Way Announces Free Tax Preparation 01/09/14

Helping working low- to middle- income families claim tax credits. United Way of Central Massachusetts, part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, is excited to announce that the 2014 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are scheduled to open starting at the end of January (site list and details below). Read More

Unveiling of “Lilly” 01/07/14

United Way of Central Massachusetts sponsors new mobile library, "Lilly," to be unveiled Wednesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Street School in Worcester. The public is invited to attend and no RSVP is required. Lilly, Worcester Public Library's second mobile library, will bring library services to Worcester's Elementary Schools. Read More

2014 Request for Proposals 12/18/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts releases a request for proposals (RFP) aligned with our strategic vision to LIVE UNITED by investing in educational opportunities, supporting strong families, and building healthy communities. Read More

United Way’s Heidi Charlebois Named a Central MA Up & Comer! 12/12/13

Great article in GoLocalWorcester.com about United Way's Heidi Charlebois! "Heidi Charlebois is a woman on the go, from working at United Way, to working out, to participating in her community for social change. Heidi Charlebois is a Relationship and Foundation Manager at the United Way of Central Massachusetts, managing over 80 fundraising accounts and a portfolio of 30 foundations. " Read More

URGENT: HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 12/12/13

Lend a hand this holiday season. Join in the fun and help make the holidays a little brighter for families in need. Ten volunteers are urgently needed to help decorate, serve food, or lead craft activities at annual Holiday Party, December 17, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Worcester. Read More

United Way Announces James Leary as Chair-Elect 12/10/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts is pleased to announce that current board member, James Leary, Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), will serve as chair-elect, eventually taking over as board chair in July 2014. United Way is thrilled to have Jim Leary appointed by his peers to this role. Read More

United Way Announces 2013 Fuller Grants 12/05/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts Awards Nearly $50,000! 16 agencies were awarded a total of nearly $50,000. Fuller capital grants fund current United Way of Central Massachusetts partner agencies undergoing small capital improvements within their organizations and were made possible through the generosity of the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. Read More

United Way Announces 2013 Holiday Wish List 12/02/13

As the holidays approach and we reflect on the blessings we have received during the last year, our minds and hearts turn to those most in need in our community. As has been the tradition for many years, the Community Services Program at United Way of Central Massachusetts is proud to bring you our 2013 Holiday Wish List. Read More

VERY IMPORTANT! Computer upgrade scheduled Friday, December 6 12/01/13

Our computer system will be going through an upgrade beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 6, 2013. Access to United Way of Central Massachusetts employees via email will be unavailable. Read More

Take the $52 Challenge on #GivingTuesday 11/27/13

Are you ready to take the challenge? #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013 and United Way of Central Massachusetts challenges you to make a new gift of $52 or increase last year's gift by $52 and watch it grow! Read More

An Amazing United Way Story of Hope 11/21/13

Charter TV3 videotaped this inspiring story of just one of the many lives touched every day by United Way funding. If you ever wonder how much impact your donation makes in the community, you need to watch this video. "Don't underestimate the power of your actions. One small gesture, one small donation can change a life. It definitely saved mine." Read More

Opportunity for Funding 11/21/13

United Way releases dates for upcoming grant opportunities. United Way of Central Massachusetts is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) aligned with our strategic vision to LIVE UNITED by investing in educational opportunities, supporting strong families, and building healthy communities. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for both grant opportunities will be available on Friday, December 13, 2013. Read More

Worcester East Middle School Girls to be Dollar $cholars 11/20/13

On November 25 - 26, 2013, 150 eighth-grade girls from Worcester East Middle School (WEMS) will be given the tools to manage money confidently, use credit wisely, and create a household budget at the Women’s Initiative Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars. Read More

Members of Women’s Initiative Will “Step Out” for the Holidays! 11/20/13

On December 5, Women's initiative members will "Step Out" for the Women's Initiative's 1st Holiday Networking Event at Crompton Collective,an antique and artisan mall in the heart of Worcester’s Canal District, to mingle, sip wine and nosh on lite-bites, and shop. Women are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a teenage girl served by a WI-funded partner. Read More

Holiday Giving Blog 11/19/13

United Way's Director of Community Service Programs, Kerri Sandberg, started a blog last week focused on "Holiday Giving." Each week, she will offer some pointers and ideas to help guide volunteers and other holiday donors. Read More

Grant Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Funds are Now Available 10/17/13

Worcester County, MA has been awarded federal funds made available through the department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the emergency food and shelter national board program. Worcester County, MA has been allocated $ 314,855 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Read More

ATTENTION DONORS: Take the $52 Challenge! 10/16/13

Are you ready to take the challenge? United Way of Central Massachusetts challenges you to INCREASE your gift by $52.00 ($1/week)! Your $52 increase/donation will yield a maximum additional $104 match. A $52 donation/increase in donation equals $156! JOIN US! Please increase your gift and contribute to the United Way 2013 Annual Campaign. Read More

United Way Hosts Education Forum for Community Collaborations 10/16/13

A Community Approach to Providing Students with Out-Of-School Time Services. On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., United Way of Central Massachusetts invites you to be part of a collaborative conversation with Dr. Bertha Elena Rojas and Yuisa Perez Chionchio from the Worcester Public Schools Supplemental Support Services Office. Read More

Volunteers Needed for the 2013 Tax Season 10/11/13

The Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (EITC) is currently recruiting volunteer Tax Preparers, Site Greeters, Benefit Counselors, and Foreign Language Translators for each of its four community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community once a week for a ten-week period and help working individuals and families. Read More

Worcester Celebrates Food Day in a Big Way 10/10/13

Family Festival to Promote Healthy Affordable Food for All! The Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council announced plans today for “Worcester Food Day”, scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30 AM to 2 PM at the Regional Environmental Council’s (REC) Main South Farmer’s Market located at the YMCA Central Branch. Read More

Dollar $cholar Mentors Needed! 10/09/13

Twice a year, the Women's Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts hosts a Dollar $cholar conference, providing financial literacy training for 8th-grade girls. Mentors are still needed for the upcoming fall Dollar $cholar Conference on November 25 & 26. The conference will be held at Assumption College in Worcester. Read More

Saint-Gobain Holds Tent Sale to Benefit United Way 10/04/13

Saint-Gobain continues to show their support for United Way of Central Massachusetts! This one-day tent sale on October 19, 2012 from 9am - 1pm on their Worcester campus is open to the public! All proceeds will be donated to the United Way! Bring your friends and stock up on DIY products at the tent sale! Read More

Day of Caring 2013: 1,300 Volunteers LIVE UNITED 10/02/13

On Thursday, September 12, more than 1,300 people showed up for the largest one-day volunteer drive in the region! These amazing men and women put on LIVE UNITED t-shirts and big smiles, and spent the day volunteering at nonprofit organizations throughout the region.Day of Caring is one of the many ways that United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people to resources to improve the community. Read More

Education AmeriCorps VISTA Position Open 10/01/13

The United Way of Central Massachusetts is currently seeking one full-time Americorps VISTA Member to serve a one-year term within its Education initiative. Americorps VISTA Members are volunteers, receiving a modest living allowance, health insurance, and other benefits in exchange for a year of service. All interested applicants should review the AmeriCorps website prior to applying. Read More

United Way of Central Massachusetts to Purchase “Little Libby” 09/19/13

Today, at the monthly United Way of Central Massachusetts Board of Director’s meeting, United Way of Central Massachusetts took another step to invest in the children, their education, and the community through the appropriation of $68,400 toward the purchase of a United Way “Little Libby,” a smaller version of the highly acclaimed mobile library van “Libby,” as part of One Library One City Read More

Saint-Gobain challenged the Girls, Inc. High School Basketball Team 09/10/13

This past spring, Saint-Gobain and its employees donated both the materials and their time to refinish the gymnasium floor at Girls, Inc. in Worcester, MA. To commemorate the refinished gymnasium floor, employees from Saint-Gobain in Worcester and United Way of Central Massachusetts challenged the Girls Inc. high school basketball team to a friendly game of basketball. Read More

Women’s Initiative hosts 11th Annual Stepping Up For Girls Event 08/29/13

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts will host its annual Stepping Up For Girls event on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. The reception and program will be held at Mechanics Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and will include Fitchburg Mayor, Lisa Wong as the keynote address speaker and a performance by the In Da Zone dancers from The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Read More

United Way Announces Day of Caring 2013 08/21/13

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Day of Caring, the Largest Volunteer Event in Massachusetts which is Scheduled on September 12, 2013. Keep your eyes open for more than 1,000 people in LIVE UNITED t-shirts as they take to the streets of central Massachusetts to participate in this unique community-wide event. Read More

2013 Lois B. Green and Meridith D. Wesby Awards 07/29/13

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Lois B. Green and Meridith D. Wesby Awards. These awards will be presented on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the annual “Stepping Up” fundraising event to be held at Mechanics Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Read More

United Way Announces 2013 Funding 07/25/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts Investing more than $5.4 Million in Community! United Way has announced the results of their most recent grant cycle. 35 agencies were awarded nearly $2.9 million, representing 50 programs serving the greater Worcester community. Read More

College Students Learn Valuable Lessons in United Way Office 07/24/13

United Way is thrilled to have some young, new additions to the office this summer! Meet the four college students who are taking on various challenges by working as part of the United Way team this summer. Each student brings their own unique energy and skill, while gaining hands-on work experience and contributing to community change. Read More

Women’s Initiative Announces Pam Boisvert as New Board Chair 07/23/13

Pamela Boisvert has been named Chairperson of the Women's Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. "I am very excited to be chairing the Women’s Initiative of the United Way for the next two years. I am truly honored to be joining a dynamic group of women leaders in central Massachusetts who so willingly put their time and talent to work for such a worthwhile cause." Read More

United Way Funding at Work in the Community 07/23/13

Telegram and Gazette Article: Farmers markets go mobile in Worcester. United Way is committed to ensuring that low-income families and individuals have access to fresh and affordable produce through programs like this mobile farmer's market. Read More

Women’s Initiative Awards More Than $290,000 07/17/13

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded $299,208 to fund 11 programs in central Massachusetts that focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls through the strategy of building, strengthening, and supporting the development of healthy, safe, and confident girls. Read More

United Way Announces 2013 Campaign Co-Chairs 07/11/13

Erik G. Wexler, President and CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital, and Attorney John Spillane of Spillane & Spillane, LLP, will lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts campaign this year. Partnering with 185 companies and more than 60,000 employees in central Massachusetts, the United Way campaign raises nearly $6,000,000 annually. Read More

Women’s Initiative’s Tenth Anniversary Member Celebration 06/25/13

The ten-year Membership Celebration at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens on June 6, 2013 was a spectacular event! The members parted the celebration looking forward to the opportunities the next ten years will bring, while taking great pride in the many ways in which Women’s Initiative members continue to make a difference in our community. Read More

Agencies Invited to Register for Day of Caring 06/17/13

Agency registration for United Way’s Day of Caring is now open. Nonprofit organizations within United Way of Central MA service area are invited to submit a service project to be completed by volunteers during Day of Caring on September 12, 2013. Read More

Youth Receive Seed Money to Launch Ventures! 06/11/13

United Way’s Youth Venture supports youth-created and youth-led projects. On May 20, 2013, two Youth Venture teams presented their venture ideas to four community panelists. Both youth-led teams were approved for funding and will receive seed money, along with continued support to successfully and sustainably launch their ventures. Read More

Youth Invited to get Active in the Community! 06/11/13

United Way launches its fourth annual Summer Youth Volunteer Program. United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Summer Youth Volunteer Program is open to youth ages 13 to 17. The program offers numerous opportunities to participate in community service projects throughout central Massachusetts beginning in mid June (6/24) and running through the beginning of August (8/9). Read More

United Way Celebrates Extraordinary Work at Annual Celebration 06/08/13

Photo highlights from United Way of Central Massachusetts' Annual Business Meeting and Celebration on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Mechanics Hall. At this annual event, individuals, businesses, and corporate teams were recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work to assist United Way in carrying out its mission. Read More

The Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Celebrates Success 06/01/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts, part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, celebrated this tax season’s successes with a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony on April 23, 2013 at the new UNUM location. This tax season, the EITC Coalition returned nearly $3 million to the community and processed nearly 1,800 refunds! Read More

Food Drive Results are In! 05/31/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts and The National Association Of Letter Carriers collected 346,152 pounds of food on Saturday, May 11, 2013, helping to fill the food banks in the central Massachusetts area that have become bare in these tough economic times. This is approximately 64,000 pounds more than last year! Read More

United Way Annual Celebration 04/29/13

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Celebrating Extraordinary Businesses and Individuals! United Way of Central Massachusetts will host their Annual Business Meeting and Celebration on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Mechanics Hall. Individuals, businesses, and corporate teams will be recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work to assist United Way in carrying out its mission. Read More

Personal Reflection from a Dollar $cholar Mentor 04/26/13

As the Communications Director for United Way, I have written press releases and stories about the Dollar $cholar event, but had never actually participated as a volunteer. This past Monday, however, I volunteered as a mentor for the first time for the Dollar $cholar conference and, having now experienced this event first hand, would like to share my personal reflection. Read More

United Way Honors an Outstanding Volunteer 04/26/13

As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts honors outstanding volunteer, Margaret Hanson of North Brookfield, MA with the Inspire by Example Award. Margaret will be recognized at United Way’s Annual Celebration on May 8, 2013 at Mechanics Hall.Margaret is described as “the heart and soul of North Brookfield..." Read More

Saint-Gobain Refinishes Gymnasium Floor at Girls Inc. 04/12/13

Local company is passionate about giving back to the community! Saint-Gobain and its employees donated both the materials and their time to refinish the gym floor at Girls, Inc. in Worcester, MA this week. By giving this old gymnasium floor a new life, Saint-Gobain is making a long-term significant difference in the quality of the experience for many girls in the city of Worcester. Read More

It Takes a Community to Overcome Childhood Obesity 03/27/13

Approximately 1 in 3 children in Massachusetts are overweight or obese, with low-income children having even higher rates. In low-income neighborhoods, there is frequently a lack of access to full-service grocery stores and farmer’s markets where residents can buy healthy, affordable foods. Without reliable transportation, low-income families are limited to convenience and corner stores that usual Read More

UWCM Selected to Participate in Nationwide Graduation Initiative Partnership 03/27/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) was one of ten United Ways in the nation to be invited to participate in United Way’s newly formed Graduation Initiative Partnership. In an increasingly interconnected world, coordinated action at local, state, and national levels will be required to create significant change and make a lasting difference in our communities. Read More

Women’s Initiative Hosts One-Of-A-Kind Shoe Event 03/20/13

On March 13, 2013, the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts hosted a one-of-a-kind Shoe Event at the DSW Store in the Greendale Mall to thank members for their commitment to the Women’s Initiative since its founding 10 years ago. More than 150 members of the Women’s Initiative and their guests attended the event, donating more 400 pairs of shoes. Read More

United Way Honoring Outstanding Work of Volunteers 03/13/13

As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts will honor the outstanding work of volunteers with Inspire by Example Awards. Community volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to community service will be selected to receive special recognition for the valuable work that they do to strengthen the community. Read More

United Way Announces Generous Gift from National Grid 03/13/13

Giving the gift of heat this winter season. National Grid made a generous gift of $155,000 to United Way of Central Massachusetts to ensure that all families in central Massachusetts have heat this winter. This donation will go directly to the Worcester Community Action Council’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Read More

Teaching Shrewsbury Girls to be Dollar $cholars 03/06/13

On April 22 – 24, 2013, 230 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury will be given the tools to be more confident with their money, learn how to use credit wisely, and gain a better understanding of a household budget at the 9th annual Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars. Read More

United Way Youth Venture Launches Exciting Youth Program 03/03/13

Providing valuable skills and experiences to youth. United Way Youth Venture of Central Massachusetts is excited to launch a program for youth ages 12-21 to initiate their own social ventures that benefit their community. In partnership with the YWCA and the Dynamy Youth Academy, youth venture teams will receive training and tools to help build leadership, teamwork, and entrepreneurial skills. Read More

Women’s Initiative is Seeking Mentors for Financial Literacy Conference 02/13/13

Make a difference in the lives of adolescent girls! The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is looking for 100 women who are willing to volunteer for one day at the Dollar $cholar financial literacy conference to be held April 22-24, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Assumption College. Read More

Local Students Inspired by NASA Scientist James B. Garvin 02/11/13

James B. Garvin, NASA Scientist and older brother of UWCM's CEO Tim Garvin, visited with students and staff from Clark University and University Park Campus School on Thursday, February 7, as part of a series of leadership events. Read More

United Way Announces Free Tax Preparation 01/25/13

United Way of Central Massachusetts, part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, is excited to announce that the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are scheduled to open starting at the end of January (site list and details attached). The VITA sites provide low- to middle- income working families in central Massachusetts with free tax preparation assistance. Read More

Governor Patrick Calls for Renewed Investment in Education 01/16/13

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“This is about creating opportunity and economic growth. After twenty years of good work and experience at reforming education, we know what works,” said Governor Patrick. “If we are going to accelerate our growth and create opportunity, we must invest. This is not only about the students’ social and economic future – it is about ours.” Read More

“The Ramp Gang” Builds Ramp for Retired Firefighter 01/09/13

On the morning of December 23rd, 65 Worcester firefighters built the groups' record 19th ramp in 2012 for retired firefighter, John Carey, who recently lost part of his leg due to complications from cancer. Mr. Carey served 37 years in the Worcester Fire Department and was not yet home, still undergoing rehabilitation following his surgeries on the day of the build. Read More

United Way Request for Proposals Process Begins! 01/06/13

United Way's Request for Proposals is starting off the New Year with excitement from agencies looking to create change in this community. More than 65 people from nonprofits throughout central Massachusetts attended an information session about our grant process on January 4, 2013. Read More

Youth Venture Seeking New Partner Sites 01/06/13

United Way Youth Venture of Central Massachusetts is looking for two new partner sites to host the program from Feb - June 2013. The program's mission is to inspire, train, fund, and support youth ages 12-22 to launch their own social ventures and become lifelong leaders of positive change in their communities. Read More

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 Announces Two Opportunities for Funding 12/31/12

United Way of Central Massachusetts is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) aligned with our strategic vision to LIVE UNITED by investing in educational opportunities, supporting strong families, and building healthy communities. Organizations that meet the qualifications specified in the funding guidance document are invited to apply. Read More

United Way Announces Community Support Fund 12/20/12

Give the Gift of Fuel, Food, & Shelter to a Local Family. With more than 1 in 4 children in Worcester living below the poverty line and the average age of a homeless person in central Massachusetts at 8 years old, United Way of Central Massachusetts asks you to please remember that many people within our community struggle to meet their basic needs during the winter holiday season. Read More

Happy Holidays from United Way of Central Massachusetts! 12/19/12

United Way of Central Massachusetts wishes you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. We thank you for all you have done in 2012 to LIVE UNITED and look forward to continuing to work with all of you to make our community a better place for all who work and live here. Read More

"I LIVE UNITED...

by organizing community residents and youth by getting them together to improve life in their neighborhood.”

- Paul Hernandez

Paul Hernandez