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Basic Needs

At United Way we believe that no one should have to wonder where they will spend the night, how they will stay warm or how they will put food on the table for their families.
Through our Basic Needs grant fund we support programs and organizations throughout our region that are providing food, shelter, and fuel assistance to our neighbors who need it.



$1.21 per week

You could help a working mother access two bags of nutritious groceries so she and her children won’t have to skip meals until her next paycheck comes in.

$2.35 PER WEEK

You could provide resources for a child to learn problem solving, creative writing, time management, and leadership skills at a youth development program.

$3.27 PER WEEK

You could help a senior veteran and his wife stay warm during a frigid winter.

$3.84 PER WEEK

You could assist a low income working family get free income tax assistance, including thousands in tax credits that are returned to the community.

$5.20 PER WEEK

You could provide enough support for a young low-income, single parent to get his finances back on track with financial coaching for a year at Thrive.

$9.61 PER WEEK

You could provide support for a survivor of domestic violence and her children to get a safe place to live and the services she needs to get back on her feet.

Funded Partners

Catholic Charities Agency
65 Elliot Street Springfield, MA 01105
Homecoming Heat and Fuel
Friends Of The Homeless Inc
755 Worthington Street Springfield, MA 01105
Basic Needs
Greater Westfield Emergency Food Pantry Inc
101 Meadow Street Westfield, MA 01085
Healthy Foods for All
Lorraines Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc
170 Pendexter Avenue Chicopee, MA 01013
Expansion on Emergency Food Program
Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc.
106 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109
Emergency Food Pantry
Open Pantry Community Service Inc.
287 State Street Springfield, MA 01105
Emergency Food Pantry
Our Community Food Pantry, Inc.
220 College Highway Southwick, MA 01077
Healthy Summers and Beyond
Springfield Rescue Mission Inc.
10 Mill Street PO Box 9045, Springfield, MA 01102
Emergency Service Programs
The Gray House Inc.
22 Sheldon Street Springfield, MA 01107

The Gray House Food Pantry

The Salvation Army Holyoke
271 Appleton Street Holyoke, MA 01040

Basic Need Food Assistance Program and Fuel Assistance

The Salvation Army Springfield
170 Pearl Street Springfield, MA 01105

Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program

Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
35 Mt. Carmel Avenue Chicopee, MA 01013

VOC Basic Needs Grant

Womanshelter Companeras Inc.
PO Box 1099 Holyoke, MA 01041

Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter

YWCA Of Western Massachusetts
1 Clough Street Springfield, MA 01118

YWCA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Services