Family Stability

Many people in our community work, sometimes several jobs, while still struggling to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and pay for necessities such as transportation and childcare.  Safe, financially stable families are crucial to the success of this community – especially its children. Adult education, job training opportunities, and financial literacy training are all pathways that allow people to move from poverty-level jobs to family-sustaining careers with a livable wage.



United Way commits to reducing the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020.

To reach this goal, United Way of Central Massachusetts is focused on supporting programs that:

  • Increase workforce development opportunities
  • Reduce unemployment
  • Increase number of affordable housing units


Despite our continued efforts and more than $759,730 invested in the last few years, the local child poverty rate for families with female head of household rose slightly between 2010 and 2013 from 34% to 36.6%.  More work needs to be done and with your support, we can reach our goal.

Our Family Stability Partners

  • Ascentria
    • Services for New Americans Employment and Education
  • Central Massachusetts Housing Assistance
    • Housing and Income Stabilization/POWER Program
  • Latino Education Institute (LEI)
    • Club E
  • Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC)
    • Excel
  • Worcester Roots
    • Co-Op Youth Leadership Program
  • YWCA 
    • Young Parents

For a full list of all programs we fund, and for a descriptions of these programs, click here.