Affordable Housing is at a premium. Here is why you should care.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article looking at the state of affordable housing in Massachusetts. Affordable housing is a central component of United Way’s work in family financial stability, and an eye-popping report like the Globe’s further illustrates why.
As temperatures drop for the winter, many youth in our communities are wondering where they are going to sleep each night. You may see them hanging out during the day in at a park or in the mall, and not know they are without a home. Rather than going to traditional adult shelters, they instead double up or couch surf because it feels safer.
In Boston, thanks to Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ Warming Center, many of these kids have a safe, secure place to stay. As the City of Boston’s only shelter for this age group open this winter, it is a critical resource. Continue reading
“It doesn’t matter where you are,” Dianna Webb says. “It doesn’t matter where you live.”
She doesn’t know precisely what “it” is, but she knows the damage that lies in its wake. One year ago, she was jarred awake by gunshots; three young women had just been murdered near her Dorchester home. Her best friend, seeking a quieter locale, moved South. Recently, she told Dianna that two bodies had just been discovered in her backyard.
As a 64 year-old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dianna Webb has seen much, and though this vaporous menace remains unnamed, she is confident in its antidote:
Take a child under your wing. Show them good things.
After we’ve given thanks and spent Black Friday through Cyber Monday looking for gifts to treat our friends and family, Giving Tuesday offers an opportunity to think about how we can give back to the community and our neighbors. It’s a time to count our blessings, pay it forward, and lead by example – showing our kids, friends and family how to LIVE UNITED. There are many ways you can participate in Giving Tuesday – from signing up for a volunteer opportunity to making a donation to help a family stay warm through the winter. Continue reading
Thanksgiving Project continues to grow to meet rising need, helps families in 10 local communities enjoy a holiday dinner.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley’s Annual Thanksgiving Project distributed 5,000 Thanksgiving meal packages today to families in 10 local communities. As food costs continue to rise and the demand for assistance remains high, local corporations and nonprofits have again stepped forward to donate food, funding, and their own time to help provide families with a complete holiday meal. The cost to provide one meal increased from approximately $35 last year to $40 this year. At Catholic Charities in Dorchester, the project’s largest site, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley joined volunteers to distribute nearly 1,500 meals to local families in need. Continue reading
United Way’s volunteer readers enrich young minds.
Reading to children is a big deal. It cultivates a love of literacy at an early age and aid in school readiness, which are cornerstones in United Way’s work in healthy child development.
Our Seacoast office is entering its third year of the K-Ready Reader program, which places community and corporate volunteers into local child care centers to read aloud to children. It’s just an hour a week, but the benefits are big-time.
All you have to do is listen to Celissa and Bryanne…
Financially stable families are the bedrock to strong communities. In the communities that need help the most, United Way’s Financial Stability Centers are utilizing the latest national research and a locally proven service delivery model to achieve life-changing results. (You can read more about these life-changing results here.)
This “all-in-one,” comprehensive service model provides financial education, credit counseling and repair, workforce development and training, job search support and free tax prep.
Scott Cote is the President and CEO of Pentucket Bank, based in Haverhill but with branches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has been a committed supporter of United Way since his first payroll deduction almost thirty years ago. And he knows what works. The blossoming relationship between Pentucket Bank and United Way is proof of that.
In 1978 he served as a loaned officer and throughout his professional arc has brought with him a passionate endorsement of United Way and its work in the community.
“I’m a big proponent of United Way,” he says. “They are an efficient organization. Their selection process features regular citizens and local businesspeople, going through a process to identify the biggest needs and what agencies are doing to address them.”
United Way values school readiness. Parent volunteers like Samilla Quiroa share that value–and are making it a reality.
Samilla Quiroa was surprised by the unusual request.
Could her two year-old son open the door with just a verbal command? That’s what the Thrive in 5 parent screener wanted to know. No finger pointing, no gesture of any manner; could he respond to his mother’s words? In her topsy-turvy world of stay-at-home mothering, this had never occurred to Samilla; what difference did it make if her toddler could open a door without a pointed finger from his mom?
Today, months later, a parent screener herself, it all makes perfect sense.
It was Samilla’s neighbor who had recommended a visit from the screener. She had raved about the experience. Not anyone to pass up anything that could benefit her children, Samilla agreed, and the resulting experience completely changed her perspective as a mother and caregiver.
Q-Tips is a semi-regular set of lighthearted musings and observations from Quinn Slayton, Dynamo Director of Resource Development.
I’m guessing, like many Americans, your personal inbox and your home mailbox are full of junk. Newsletters, action requests from your political party or cause, coupons from retailers, forwarded messages from your Aunt Nancy with pictures of cats, and a thousand other offers you’re pretty sure you never signed up for. A quick glance, and then most of it ends up in the real-life or electronic trash.
It’s because of this media overload that people have become increasingly cautious with sharing their personal information. We see it all the time at United Way during the campaign. Pledge cards with blank spaces where a home email or phone number belongs. Some crafty donors might even leave a bogus email address (johnnydonor@don’temailmeplease.no) or phone number (555-555-1212). You got me there, donors.
I understand. It can be overwhelming out there, and no one wants to be bothered with one more thing. However, there are really good reasons why you should share your personal email, home address, and phone number when you give to United Way.
Here are 7 reasons why: