Celebrating 100 Years

A Day United

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Thursday, June 2, 2022 | Noon
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel

You are cordially invited to join us as we honor the past and chart the course for our future. We welcome the former First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, writer, editor and advocate for mental health and social justice who will be our keynote speaker.

To sponsor, contact Alice Buckner.

 

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Honoring our past. Defining our future.

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As of January 10, 2021, we officially reached our 100th anniversary of improving lives in Western Massachusetts.

To recognize this important milestone and our commitment to the people of Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley, we decided to celebrate our 100th year with new services designed to provide the greatest impact with our donors’ hard-earned dollars. 

Our new services

Feeding the Hungry

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For decades, we have funded programs to feed the hungry in our 25-community service area, but our area is still at a deficit. To address this need, we are working closely with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and have already come up with several additions to our food initiatives:

  • Opening the United Way Chicopee Cupboard to distribute food, Thrive financial coaching, and more initiatives to improve lives for the hungry.
  • Opening the Springfield Service Center, conveniently located downtown, which includes an emergency food pantry.
  • Convening representatives from local colleges & universities to ensure students have access to healthy food.
  • Meeting with food pantries to learn about their individual needs, such as supplies and volunteers, and determining how UWPV can help meet them.

Youth Development

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UWPV is developing a youth development curriculum, called YouthGenerate, which we are providing with grant funding to out-of-school programs in our service area. YouthGenerate is a service-learning curriculum focused on leadership development and building life skills through mentoring, character/citizenship development, and community service.

Information and Referral Services

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While its primary offices are in United Way of Tri-County’s Framingham office, UWPV recently opened a satellite call center for Call2Talk, the mental health/suicide prevention component of the Mass2-1-1 state-wide platform at our office in Springfield.

This new call center is staffed by graduate students from the Springfield College Master of Social Work program and local volunteers who have been trained to answer the Call2Talk lines.

Thrive

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Thrive, powered by United Way of Pioneer Valley, provides free, confidential, one-on-one financial coaching in both English and Spanish. One-on-one sessions with our highly-trained coaches allow you to build your wealth and relieve the stress of poor finances.

Build and repair your credit, set a family budget, use our community's resources, and tackle your debts with Thrive. Open the door to a brighter financial future by calling 833.308.4748 or visiting uwpv.org/thrive.

Digital Inclusion

We are laying the groundwork for a new program to build digital inclusion by acquiring hardware and providing it, along with training, to members of the community in need. We plan to begin the program with Thrive financial coaching clients and families receiving assistance from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke, and then expand it by working with area libraries in our service area.

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Anyone who wishes to volunteer should watch our volunteer portal at volunteer.uwpv.org for openings, and any organization who wishes to participate can contact Jennifer Kinsman, Director of Community Impact, at jkinsman@uwpv.org or 413.693.0212.

Community Calendar

UWPV is launching Connect Western Mass, a first-of-its-kind community events calendar. Connect Western Mass provides a place for the people of Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley to find events, virtual events, trainings, and so on – with a focus on events by or to benefit area nonprofits. Connect Western Mass is live at www.connectwesternmass.com/.

 

Volunteer Hub

Our new volunteer portal at volunteer.uwpv.org. boasts features to make the volunteering process easier on volunteers, corporations, and nonprofits alike.

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Anyone interested in joining can visit volunteer.uwpv.org, and UWPV partners interested in taking advantage of the enhanced features we’re providing can make their partner account today at volunteer.uwpv.org/register/organization.

OnBoard

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UWPV has agreed to take on Diversity On Board as a UWPV program. Also called On Board, this program has operated independently as a 501(c)(3), strictly with volunteers, since its creation.

On Board connects talented potential board members with organizations seeking to increase diversity on their boards and committees. Historically, this takes place at a biennial tabling event at the Basketball Hall of Fame. UWPV hosted the 2021 OnBoard event, and will promote the program year-round, as well as provide training for new board members to help them succeed at building stronger non-profits, and in turn, stronger communities.