United Way of Greater New Bedford
United Way of Greater New Bedford works to bring together individuals, businesses and organizations to address our community’s most urgent needs. We believe that to truly improve lives in our region, we must act collectively to impact the critical issues affecting our neighborhoods – building a better community for us all.
Through an annual campaign, we provide funding to more than 60 programs at local health and human service agencies serving residents of New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham. In addition, we administer a number of programs to address specific needs in our community. Through the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts we supply food to emergency soup kitchens and food pantries in Bristol County, while our Community Building Mini-Grants Program provides funding and skill-building opportunities to all-volunteer groups. In addition, our Volunteer Solutions database provides the only local online volunteer tool to match willing volunteers with nonprofits in need of support.
It takes our whole community working together to reach our goals. Whether it requires fundraising, planning, or just getting people to work together, that’s what we do.
We need your support! Visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org to learn more about the different ways that you can help.
“Between the picturesque location, the delicious meal and the live entertainment, ticket holders receive quite a value for their money while supporting the community at the same time,” said Michelle N. Hantman, United Way president. “This is the 16th year we’ve held this event, and each year people tell us how much they look forward to it.”
Four members of the United Way staff, including Michelle N. Hantman, President; Sarah Gonet, VP of Resource Development; Caroline Cuccia, Director of Marketing & PR; and Lisa Calvano, Director of Finance & Administration, were awarded the honor.
New Bedford Firefighters ask that new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any New Bedford Fire Station from 8am-6pm, New Bedford Credit Union (1150 Purchase Street or 120 Dawson Street) , or Ashley Ford (395 Mt Pleasant Street) through Thursday, December 17th. These toys will be distributed to local organizations serving youth throughout New Bedford on Friday December 18th.
United Way will hold its Annual Clambake with Lobster fundraiser for the 15th consecutive year on Friday, June 12th at Pier 3 in downtown New Bedford.
“This event has come such a long way from where it began,” said Michelle N. Hantman, United Way President. “It started out as a small community fundraiser with a couple hundred people and has grown to one of the largest annual events of the summer with more than 700 people in attendance.”
Employees from 9 local companies participated in United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Day of Caring today, an annual event in which area businesses loan out employees to provide nonprofit agencies with much needed support.
With summer just around the corner many local youth are gearing up for warm months filled with outdoor activities and time with family and friends.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for thousands of other children who lack the financial means necessary to access quality summer programs.