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Mass2-1-1 announces resources for workers impacted by federal government shutdown

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 for further information.

United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces New Leadership and Partnership

Springfield, MA:  The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) is pleased to announce that it has hired Paul Mina as its new President and CEO as part of an overall management agreement.  Paul, a 29 year resident of Brookfield, brings 30 years of United Way experience to the Pioneer Valley.  In addition, Steve Lowell, President and CEO of Monson Savings Bank, and Chairman of the UWPV Board, announced that the organization was entering into a management agreement with the United Way of Tri-County.  “This partnership with a sister organization will allow us to substantially redu

United Way of Pioneer Valley sponsored Second Annual Grand Friends Day

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.

Youth Generate: Building, Connecting, and Inspiring Youth-Driven Service Projects

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.”

United Way and Smith & Wesson Employees Collect Over 50 Coats for Those in Need

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.

Request For Funding 2018-2020

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.


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