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United Way Women’s Leadership Council Launches New Effort to “Create Tomorrow’s Leaders”

1,200 Women Attend 19th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast

BOSTON - More than 1,200 female business and community leaders today attended United Way's 19th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast, one of the year's foremost events on philanthropy for women. The event, hosted by United Way's Women's Leadership Council (WLC), celebrates women's impact in the community and philanthropy.  read more »

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, United Way and Sallie Mae Cut the Ribbon on New Waltham Learning Trail for Area Children


Surrounded by area children, families, volunteers and supporters in Nipper-Maher Park, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy along with Sallie Mae Chairman and CEO Raymond Quinlan and United Way Chief of External Affairs Jeffery Hayward cut the ribbon on a new and interactive early education learning trail. The Learning Trail is designed for children under the age of six and provides early learning opportunities through fun interactive activities, games, and physical challenges that exercise both the body and mind to support school readiness.  read more »

How a $125K grant became a $10.2 million return on investment to local communities


United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, in partnership with Bank of America, announced the results of its 2014 free tax prep assistance program, which returned a total of $10.2 million to 4,515 residents who are most in need - a significant increase over the $8.9 million returned last year. The annual program provides low-income residents and families with opportunities for free tax prep assistance and help maximizing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other credits and refunds.  read more »

Lynn teens win once in a lifetime trip to India through Youth Venture


The trip was awarded through a partnership between United Way, Ashoka’s Youth Venture, and   read more »

American Red Cross and United Way launch mobile food assistance program


Faced with food assistance needs that continue to grow, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and American Red Cross of Massachusetts today announced the launch of a new mobile food and nutrition assistance program, specifically designed to serve communities and populations experiencing high hunger rates.  The new Food and Nutrition Mobile Market will provide nutritious food assistance, nutritional counseling and food stamp benefits assistance once per month, and will ramp up to provide emergency groceries up to once a week in targeted communities.  read more »

United Way Announces Fifth Year of Successful Summer Learning Program


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is awarding $229,000 to serve over 2,000 elementary school-age children in 22 program sites in Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley through its nationally-recognized Summer Learning Collaborative. The 2014 locations will serve students from the communities of Lynn, Lawrence, Lowell, Salem, Winthrop, Peabody, Revere, Cambridge, Somerville and Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, East Boston, Allston Brighton, Chinatown and Roxbury.  read more »

United Way Scholarship Recipients Recognized for Outstanding Community Work


BOSTON - Miriam Nyan arrived in Lowell in 2007 after growing up surrounded by violence in Liberia (read about her story here). Today, she is studying biology at Worcester State University to become a doctor so she can return to Africa to help drive down the devastating death tolls that result from curable diseases.  Sheila Reyes, of Roxbury, lost three friends to violence in three years.  read more »

United Way Awards $100,000 to 13 organizations to support summer programs for Lowell youth


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley joined community representatives at Lowell City Hall on Thursday, July 10, 2014 to announce the distribution of $100,000 in grants to 13 local youth-serving agencies as part of the organization'sSummer Experiences in Greater Lowell (SEGL) initiative.  read more »

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

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


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 »

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