United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is advancing the common good in our region by providing help today in ways that strengthen tomorrow. United Way brings together the passion, know-how, and resources of thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and government around a unified vision for our region's children, youth and families. When we work as one, every action counts for more.

United Way's priority cities: Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Waltham, and Weymouth

United Way's work focuses on:

Children – Ensures that children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Youth – Keeps students engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future.

Families – Helps parents gain financial stability and become self-supporting.

Community Impact Fund – United Way's investment strategy unites a network of 185 partner agencies under a set of shared goals and ties funding to the achievement of specific measurements, increasing the likelihood of driving substantial change in our region. Donors may also designate their gift to one of United Way's partner agencies (Download for print).

To provide a few examples of the impact your donation makes, please consider:

  • $260 (or $5/week) provides books to an entire preschool class
  • $624 (or $12/week) provides a month of heating for a family
  • $30 per week matches an at-risk teen with a mentor

Last year your generosity ensured that:

  • 33,000 children were in school readiness programs
  • 198,000 youth received support to succeed in school and graduate
  • 73,230 individuals and families were put on a path to financial stability
  • 290,733 people were helped with emergency assistance including food, heat and housing

United Way's Youth Venture empowers teams of young social entrepreneurs to imagine, create, and implement their vision for community change. Pictured is a team from the Gregg House in Lynn who focused on beautifying their neighborhood.

The United Way brings the right partners, expertise, and resources together to put more than 73,230 individuals and families on the path to family financial stability in the Massachusetts communities that need the most help.

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