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Patrick Administration Emphasizes Importance of Brain Building on Early Education

MBTA and Department of Early Education and Care Host “Brain Building Zone for a Day” Event to Highlight the Potential of Everyday Moments to be Learning Moments
07/09/2014

BOSTON - Patrick Administration officials today turned the MBTA'S Harvard Square Station into a "Brain Building Zone" to promote the power of engaging parent-child interactions in building children's literacy through everyday routines.  read more »

Brown Brothers Harriman’s Tim Connelly to lead annual giving effort

06/30/2014

Tim Connelly, Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, has been named Development Chair of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley's annual giving effort that will begin July 1 and run through June 30 of 2015, the organization announced today.  In this volunteer leadership role, Connelly will lead a corps of 20 volunteers from greater Boston's financial services, health care, legal, retail, higher education and real estate industries to inspire individuals and corporate partners throughout the region to volunteer and donate to help increase school readiness, prevent high school dro  read more »

Summer Learning Results Show Progress in Closing Achievement Gap

89% of K-3 Students in 2013 Summer Learning Collaborative Avoided Learning Loss
06/20/2014

Results from United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley's nationally recognized Summer Learning Collaborative (SLC), released today, on National Summer Learning Day, show measurable progress in reducing the achievement gap, as 89% of the 2,300 low income K-3 students who participated in the 2013 program successfully avoided summer learning loss.

Results from the 2013 Summer Learning Collaborative show:  read more »

United Way to award $34.4 million to increase school readiness, prevent high school dropout and lift families out of poverty

06/04/2014

BOSTON - Beginning July 1, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) will award $34.4 million to support community partners and strategies that are most effective in increasing school readiness, preventing high-school dropout and creating more opportunities to lift families out of poverty.  United Way's Board of Directors has approved a comprehensive plan that includes 1) funding a network of 185 high-performing community-based organizations focused on these issues; 2) leveraging federal, state and private grant dollars; 3) investing in emerging human  read more »

United Way to Honor UMass Lowell Head Ice Hockey Coach Norm Bazin

Spring fundraising event supports summer programs for Lowell youth
05/23/2014

LOWELL - United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley today announced that UMass Lowell Head Ice Hockey coach Norm Bazin will be the 2014 honoree at the organization's annual "Martini Spring Fling" fundraising event, which benefits United Way's Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell (SEGL) initiative.

More than 100 community leaders from the Greater Lowell area are expected to join United Way and Norm Bazin at Vesper Country Club for the celebration on June 12 at 5:30 p.m.  read more »

United Way Worldwide Celebrates Corporate Champions of Change

Some of our best local partners recognized, including Bank of America, Deloitte, P&G, UPS, and Target
05/15/2014

This week, United Way Worldwide recognized eleven companies as "Outstanding Strategic Partners," celebrating their long-term commitment, giving, volunteering, leadership and employee engagement which is making a lasting impact to improve lives and communities.

At United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, we were excited to see five of our very best corporate partners honored on that list: Bank of America, Deloitte, P&G, UPS and Target.  read more »

Tocqueville Society Celebration Honors Leadership Excellence

05/06/2014

United Way's annual Tocqueville Society celebration, held on Monday, May 5, celebrated the organization's most prominent philanthropic citizens for their work on behalf of United Way.  The event also honors a company and individual who has made exceptional contributions throughout the year. This year, the Tocqueville award for Corporate Excellence went to Bain & Company, the global business consulting firm, and the Leadership Excellence award to Douglas A. Donahue Jr., Managing Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman.  read more »

This Is Our City: Uber, United Way partner to celebrate Boston's strength as a community

04/21/2014

BOSTON -- This weekend, people come together from all over the globe to celebrate human perseverance in the city of champions. In the spirit of the Boston Marathon, Uber is partnering with United Way so that anyone can contribute to the growth and well-being of Boston.  Between now and April 28, Uber will be raising awareness of opportunities for individuals to get involved through volunteering and will be donating $20 to United Way for every NEW Uber user who uses the code ThisIsOurCity.

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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
04/04/2014

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
03/28/2014

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 »

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