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“Brain Building in Progress” Week kicks off with events for families in 85 communities across MA

Campaign aims to engage all who interact with children around the importance of early childhood development

BOSTON - The rising national prominence of the importance of early childhood development to future school success and economic prosperity will be in the local spotlight next week as the 3rd annual "Brain Building in Progress" Week kicks off April 5 in 85 communities across the state. For one week every year, United Way and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care bring together parents, business leaders, educators, and community leaders to build young minds and a more prosperous future for everyone in Massachusetts.  read more »

United Way Celebrates Community’s Impact on One Million Lives

Honors volunteers, corporate and community organizations with 2014 LIVE UNITED Awards

BOSTON - United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley last night celebrated the impact of more than 60,000 individual donors, volunteers, community and corporate organizations who together have helped to benefit the lives of one million children, youth and families in the region.  This powerful network of donors and volunteers is helping to advance United Way's comprehensive approach to complex community issues such as poverty and the achievement gap by focusing resources on increasing school readiness, helping youth to stay in school and succeed and helping to prevent and reduce  read more »

Bank of America & United Way partnership to provide free tax prep to help low-income families maximize returns

2013 partnership yielded $6.4 million for 4,200 individuals and families

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, in partnership with Bank of America, is once again providing low-income residents and families with opportunities for free tax prep assistance and help maximizing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) through free services at 10 local sites.  The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $125,000 in United Way to promote outreach to individuals and families eligible to receive the EITC and recruit tax prep volunteers.  Last year, this effort resulted in more than $6.4 million dollars in tax refunds for over 4,200 fami  read more »

Mayor Menino Launches Fund to Improve Early Education Facilities

Licensed family child care providers and centers both eligible to apply; Outreach will target neighborhood providers to help offset costs

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Thrive in 5, today launched a fund to enhance early care and education facilities for Boston children. Licensed family child care providers and centers are both eligible to apply and may use the funds for a range of items that contribute to the health and well-being of the children in their care. Depending on the number of children being served, programs can apply for anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000.  read more »

United Way to Invest Nearly $1 Million in Lynn over 3 years to Reduce Dropout Rate Among Immigrant Students

United Way to deploy 15 AmeriCorps members for 3 years to work with ELL students and families in Lynn Public Schools & community agencies

BOSTON - United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) will soon deploy a team of 15 AmeriCorps members in Lynn Public Schools and community agencies.  Set to begin this fall, the program is designed to help support English Language Learners (ELL) students and families and reduce the dropout rate among immigrant students.  Totaling an investment of nearly $1 million in the City of Lynn, the program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) and the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) for $189,000 per year for 3 years, plus a United W  read more »

Summer Jobs Program has Lynn Students Revitalizing Community and Learning Basic Finance Skills

United Way Grant of $78,600 Employs 50 Lynn Students in Summer Jobs Program at Centerboard

LYNN - United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley is once again employing 50 students this summer through Centerboard's Lynn Youth Summer Employment Program.  This is the third year that United Way has supported this program, which last year saw students launching the "Clean Team" initiative to energize Lynn through a variety of revitalization projects. It was so successful, that it continued as a volunteer effort throughout the rest of the summer and to mid-October with the four Lynn High School volunteer groups.  read more »

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Andrew Dreyfus Named Board Chair for United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley


BOSTON - The Board of Directors of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley announced today the unanimous election of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) Andrew Dreyfus to serve as Board Chair of the organization. He will succeed Deloitte's William K. Bacic, who has served as board chair for the past year.  read more »

United Way Joins Forces with Corporate Partners to Launch Annual Trading Day for Charity

Brown Brothers Harriman, State Street, Pioneer Investments, Eaton Vance, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and UBS create Trading Day to raise funds for United Way

BOSTON - United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, along with seven Fortune 500 corporate partners, officially launched the annual Trading Day for Charity, in which participating companies agree to donate to United Way a percentage of trade profits from one randomly selected date.  The inaugural members of Trading Day include Brown Brothers Harriman, State Street Global Advisors, Pioneer Investments, Eaton Vance, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and UBS.  read more »

New Results Show Progress in Closing the Reading Achievement Gap

United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative focuses on communities with turnaround school districts

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United Way Honors Leadership Excellence at Annual Tocqueville Society Celebration

Ernst & Young honored for Corporate Excellence; Diane Exter of Sankaty Advisors/Bain Capital honored for Leadership

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