In Our Community

Our donors, staff, and volunteers improve our community by changing one life at a time. In Worcester alone, more than 80,000 people live at or below the poverty level. 1 in 5 students from low-income families will not graduate on time. Statewide, more than 700,000 children and adults experience food insecurity, and the hunger rate in the state is growing. These are complex problems that require complex solutions and cooperation between organizations. United Way unites community agencies working to tackle these issues by focusing on 4 strategic areas–what we consider the building blocks for a successful life.

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Click here to view a list of 2016-2017 funded programs.

Our Goals:

Education:  United Way commits to increasing the high school graduation rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020.

Family Stability: United Way works to reduce the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020.

Health: United Way commits to reducing the childhood obesity rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020.

Safety Net: United Way moves people from crisis to self-sufficiency.

We’ve made progress over recent years, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Click here to make a donation today and support the cause!