United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley brings together a network of over 200 agencies from our local footprint to focus on preparing children to learn, supporting youth in school, and lifting families from poverty.

Your gift to United Way helps them harness the power of more than 8,000 volunteers, 180 nonprofits, 600 business partners, and numerous government agencies to achieve their mission by focusing on two foundations of better lives: educational success and financial opportunity. With your support, United Way's programs ensure families have safe housing, healthy food, and quality education for children and youth.


This last year, the United Way invested $42 million in our local community to support educational success and financial opportunity for all. These funds helped to ensure:

  • 8,000 children were screened for developmental delay to ensure they are on track to succeed when they enter kindergarten
  • 3,500 Bostonians are engaged in a variety of credit building services. These 14,000 children will enter kindergarten more ready to learn and grow
  • 1,200 middle school students received an average of 106 hours of out of school STEM programming through United Way’s BoSTEM initiative
  • 712 high-need individuals were successefully placed into stable, supportive housing, with 92% remaining housed after one year
  • 6,500 families were provided with Thanksgiving meals through the Thanksgiving Project

In 2017, United Way organized more than 230 volunteer projects at local partner nonprofit agencies throughout the region to engage over 5,700 corporate volunteers. Their incredible efforts returned $400,000 in donated time back to the community.

United Way focuses on families in 142 communities including Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Waltham, and Weymouth. Learn more on the United Way website.

If you'd like to volunteer with United Way or one of the many United Way supported nonprofits in the area, you can visit the United Way Volunteeer HQ for a schedule of opportunities in your area.

Volunteer HQ Participants


To learn more about United Way's recent work in our area, check out the recipient highlights to the right! You can even see United Way's Employee Giving pitch to MIT by checking out this year's United Way MIT presentation!

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