The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) supports a range of community initiatives that are consistent with the organization’s mission to mobilize people and resources to strengthen our communities. The role of UWPV in regards to these initiatives varies depending upon the project and may include serving as funder, convener, advisor, coordinator, and liaison or fiscal sponsor (providing a legal “home” for an initiative). Through these community initiatives, UWPV seeks to advance the Common Good in the areas of Education (children & youth), Financial Stability (families), Health (well-being) and Basic Needs (Emergency Assistance).
Western Mass. Network to End Homelessness
The Western Mass. Network to End Homelessness (WMNEH) is a collaboration that includes dozens of service providers, municipalities and state agencies in the four counties of western Massachusetts - Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties. The Network seeks to maximize collaboration, resources and best practices in serving the needs of people who are homeless. Housing First forms the basis for the new approach to solving homelessness and the Network is spearheading its implementation across the region. This approach seeks to preserve or provide housing first, with the appropriate support services to go with it, in order to effectively reduce homelessness. The Housing First approach has a proven track record of success across the country, including right here in Western Massachusetts. UWPV provides financial support for the Network, is its fiscal sponsor, and serves on the Network’s Leadership Council. More information.
Springfield Collaboration for Change
The Springfield Collaboration for Change (SCC) is a five-year initiative focused on raising the academic achievement of Springfield Public School students through the development of a collaborative and integrated system of support. It is a unique partnership between the Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield Education Association, community-based organizations, and parents - all focused on changing the way student learning is approached and supported. The National Education Association has funded the Collaboration for five years for a total of $1.25 million with a required 1:1 match. UWPV is the fiscal sponsor of the project and serves on the project advisory committee.
Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative
The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) is designed to decrease the academic achievement gap and help ensure a brighter future for low-income children and youth throughout western Massachusetts. This is achieved by stemming summer learning loss by improving quality and access to summer opportunities. The program HSLI provides support to 45 area summer programs and provides more than 2,300 youth with time to learn, be outdoors, and be engaged in positive relationships with peers and adults. HSLI received the Excellence Award from the National Association for Summer Learning in 2009, in recognition of its innovative model and promising outcomes in stemming summer reading loss. UWPV served as the initial home for the HSLI in its formative years and continues to be a funder of the project, as well as an active member of the advisory committee.
Mass 2-1-1 is a 24-hour accessible phone and web-based referral service that links people in need of assistance to resources that can provide help. 2-1-1 connects people to important community services such as food, clothing, shelter assistance, counseling, child care information, legal and financial
services. UWPV is a significant underwriter/funder of Mass 2-1-1, serves on its Board of Directors, and is actively engaged in strengthening this vital service to local residents and agencies in the region. More information.
Mass Mentoring Partnership - Click Here for Website
Stay in School Initiative - Click Here for Website
Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative - Click Here for Website