Springfield, MA – Monday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will be holding a News Conference at the United Way of Pioneer Valley headquarters, located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield, to declare February 11, 2019 as 2-1-1 Day in Massachusetts. He will be reading a proclamation by Governor Charlie Baker.
JANUARY 14, 2019 -- As the government shutdown enters its 24th day, the effects are starting to be felt by the 420,000 federal employees working without pay and the 380,000 federal employees who have been furloughed. Last week, thousands of federal employees missed their first paychecks of 2019. Just as significant, during shutdown, janitors, security guards, and other federal contractors receive no back pay.
In response, the United Way of Pioneer Valley and its community partners are preparing for an expected uptick in calls to 2-1-1 from those seeking assistance with rent and mortgage payments, utility bills and groceries. Log on to www.mass211.org for further information.
Westfield, MA: Westfield Technical Academy Students with United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV)’s Youth Generate program have organized a blood drive with the Red Cross this Thursday April 26, 7:30am-3:00pm, at Westfield Technical Academy.
South Hadley, MA: United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) was proud to sponsor its second annual Grand Friends Day on April 19. The event, which was hosted at the South Hadley Council on Aging, brought youths and seniors together for an afternoon of technological training and intergenerational comradery. Students from YMCA of Greater Holyoke visited the South Hadley Council on Aging, where they helped seniors learn how to better operate smartphones and navigate ever-evolving social media platforms like Facebook.
Springfield, MA - United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) has partnered with the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to operate Youth Generate, a program which engages youth in volunteer service projects throughout Hampden County.
“It’s inspiring to see so many young people step forward to make a difference in their communities,” explains UWPV President and CEO Jim Ayres. “And to see them doing so through their own ideas and initiative makes it all the more exciting.”
Springfield, MA – United Way of Pioneer Valley ran a coat drive with Smith & Wesson employees from Feb 1 through Feb 14 at its Springfield facility. Together over 50 coats were collected, for distribution through the Salvation Army, Enlace de Familias, and New North Citizens Council.
The collected coats will be distributed to those in need, including many evacuees from Puerto Rico who have joined the Western Massachusetts community since hurricane Maria.
The Basic Needs Grants program funds emergency and short-term services provided by organizations located in and serving the people of Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts. The organization’s grant-making programs are one of several ways that UWPV provides support for the communities and people in our region.