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Friday, October 11, 2019
Save the Date! We're saying "Hats off" to you! On Wednesday, November 13th please join us for a lunch celebration as the United Way of Pioneer Valley says "thank you" to everyone who has helped us through the past year: donors, businesses, sponsors, agencies, volunteers, elected officials, and our community neighbors. This event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help offset our costs. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. RSVP Online via Eventbrite Read More
Thursday, September 19, 2019
HUNDREDS JOIN UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING THROUGHOUT WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS THIS FRIDAY   Pioneer Valley, MA (September 20, 2019) — Friday will mark United Way of Pioneer Valley’s 25th annual Day of Caring, as two hundred and fifty volunteers roll up their sleeves and render volunteer service to dozens of local non-profit agencies. This year twenty-five non-profit agencies are participating in Day of Caring, and over thirty unique projects that will be taking place. The United Way of Pioneer Valley... Read More
Friday, August 23, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   UNITED WAY OF PIONEER VALLEY TEAMS UP WITH PETER PAN BUS LINES FOR ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS DELIVERY DAY Event Benefits Students Who Are Homeless in Region   PIONEER VALLEY, Mass., On Friday, August 23rd, the United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will deliver more than 2,200 backpacks filled with donated school supplies to school districts in our region for students who are homeless to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Districts receiving backpacks... Read More
Friday, July 12, 2019
Springfield, MA; United Way of Pioneer Valley will be kicking off the annual event with Peter Pan Bus Lines to fill 2,200 backpacks with school supplies to help students who are homeless in our region. The Kick-Off event will be held in front of Springfield City Hall at 10:30 AM on Friday July 12th, with a Peter Pan Bus also on site. “Each child should be given the chance to start school on time with all the tools they need to be successful just like everyone else, despite their circumstances.... Read More
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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... Read More
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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.  “... Read More
Monday, May 7, 2018
Framingham, MA: United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) was a proud participant in the MassSaves Summit for financial literacy, where it debuted a new program aimed at those in need of personal financial education.  A Day in the Life is an interactive demonstration which introduces people to the fundamentals of financial wellness.   The program operates like a game, where participants are given a hypothetical income and debt load, and are then presented with a series of simulated life events. They... Read More
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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.   Youth Generate challenges young people across the region to imagine what they can do as volunteers to help their neighbors and improve their communities.   The Westfield Vocational Students’ solution was to host this blood drive, at a time when blood supplies... Read More
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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... Read More
Monday, April 2, 2018
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... Read More
Monday, March 26, 2018
By Sally Fuller and James Ayres As reported by the Springfield Republican, the graduation rate within the Springfield Public Schools has grown by over 20 percentage points since 2012. This dramatic and sustained increase represents a phenomenal turnaround and an important win for our community. For students who previously might not have completed school, their graduation represents expanded opportunity for employment, earnings, higher learning and overall quality of life. For our community as a... Read More
Monday, March 5, 2018
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. (Pictured from left to right : ... Read More
Thursday, March 1, 2018
SPRINGFIELD — Today, March 1, from 1:45 to 2 p.m., 13 students from Duggan Academy will visit Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing to participate in a StoryCorps session with seniors from their local community. Read More
Thursday, February 22, 2018
..."Jim Ayres, president and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, said his organization was meeting very early on an evacuee-assistance strategy. Early on, Springfield and Holyoke designated the welcome centers as places to go to find out how to enroll a child in school, meet nutrititional needs, and get immediate health services. 'Then there’s the underlying trauma piece and mental-health needs people may have. It takes a lot of coordination, a lot of logistical management.'"... Read the... Read More