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Our Work

Advancing the Common Good

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That’s why United Way of North Central Massachusetts fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person…right here in North Central Massachusetts.

Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential

Financial Stability – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence

Health – Improving People’s Health

Within these building blocks are important initiatives for a better life. Our  most important work is done through United Way Collective Impact Fund, which supports all three of the building blocks:

United Way Collective Impact Fund

Why it is important

The work done through the Community Impact Fund is the most important work we do because it targets the most pressing health and human service needs in 22-communities we serve in North Central Massachusetts. Every several years, United Way commissions an independent health and human services study to identify the most pressing issues in the community.  

What we are trying to accomplish

We want to create opportunities for all by identifying those who, in many cases through no fault of their own, may have suffered a setback or not had the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We are focused on the following areas:

Youth Development and Education – as it pertains to

o   Alcohol/Drug Abuse

o   After School Programs

o   Drop Out Rate

o   Teen Pregnancy

Public Health Issues – as it pertains to

o   Alcohol/Drug Abuse

o   Teen Pregnancy

o   Domestic Violence

Safety Net – programs that directly address

o    Food

o    Clothing

o     And shelter

How we work to achieve our goals

We engage the community in setting a vision and priorities through our Community Investment Division, which includes nearly 50 community volunteers.

We work together to build strategies to reach the community’s goals.

We get commitments in time, money and expertise to advance our strategies. This past year, United Way funded 35 local health and human services programs in North Central Massachusetts. 

We measure the effectiveness of the strategies. Every quarter United Way and its volunteers seek feedback and results from the programs that it funded. 

We report back to our volunteer board of directors and adjust when needed. 


This past year, United Way, through its Collective Impact Fund delivered over 100,000 health and human services in the 22-communities it serves.

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When you think of a charity, you may not first think of United Way of North Central Massachusetts. However, because of the generous donations from nearly 5,000 caring individuals, United Way of North Central Massachusetts is one of the region’s leading charities, providing over 100,000 health and human services last year by working with 35 local nonprofit organizations