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Monday, April 16, 2018
United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) is proud to announce the second annual Grand Friends Day coming up on April 19, 11:30am-3:00pm.  The event, which will be hosted at the South Hadley Council on Aging, brings youths and seniors together for an afternoon of technological training, and intergenerational comradery.  Students from YMCA of Greater Holyoke will visit the South Hadley Council on Aging, where they will help seniors learn how to better operate smartphones, and navigate ever-evolving... Read More

Thursday, April 12, 2018
April is tax season, and one of the best times to look at personal finances. The United Way of Pioneer Valley helps hundreds of people become homeowners each year through their Thrive financial literacy course. The course focuses on learning how to budget, pay off debt and save for a house.  [Read more and see the video] 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. http://businesswest.com/blog/duggan-students-conducting-storycorps-sessi... 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

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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. Purpose UWPV is seeking RFFs for its Basic Needs Grant Program.  These grants will support programs and services that provide temporary and short-term food, shelter, and... Read More

Monday, January 29, 2018
Springfield, MA: United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) and its partners today announced grants to Enlace de Familias and New North Citizens’ Council, aimed at aiding hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico in our area.  The grants originate from the Puerto Rico Evacuee Assistance Fund, which UWPV formed in conjunction with five other area philanthropic organizations. “On a per capita basis, Western Massachusetts has one of the nation’s largest communities of displaced people from Puerto Rico, who... Read More

Friday, October 20, 2017
By Dawn Leaks April 20, 2017 – Springfield, MA — Representatives from Bank of America visited the United Way of Pioneer Valley offices in Springfield on Tuesday, April 18 to present a $27,000 check from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The funds are unrestricted and will be used further the mission of the United Way. “We are so grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for this generous donation,” said Dora Robinson, United Way President Emeritus. “This donation will go a... Read More

Monday, April 10, 2017
By Dawn Leaks April 10, 2017 – Pioneer Valley — Wednesday April 19 – Friday April 21, United Way of Pioneer Valley will partner with senior centers across Western Massachusetts to host Grand Friends Day, an intergenerational event matching senior citizens with teen volunteers that will help them learn and navigate new technologies. During this inaugural event, nine senior centers will open their doors to teen volunteers as they teach seniors valuable skills including managing email accounts,... Read More

Monday, April 16, 2018
United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) is proud to announce the second annual Grand Friends Day coming up on April 19, 11:30am-3:00pm.  The event, which will be hosted at the South Hadley Council on Aging, brings youths and seniors together for an afternoon of technological training, and intergenerational comradery.  Students from YMCA of Greater Holyoke will visit the South Hadley Council on Aging, where they will help seniors learn how to better operate smartphones, and navigate ever-evolving... Read More
Thursday, April 12, 2018
April is tax season, and one of the best times to look at personal finances. The United Way of Pioneer Valley helps hundreds of people become homeowners each year through their Thrive financial literacy course. The course focuses on learning how to budget, pay off debt and save for a house.  [Read more and see the video] 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. http://businesswest.com/blog/duggan-students-conducting-storycorps-sessi... 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
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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. Purpose UWPV is seeking RFFs for its Basic Needs Grant Program.  These grants will support programs and services that provide temporary and short-term food, shelter, and... Read More
Monday, January 29, 2018
Springfield, MA: United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) and its partners today announced grants to Enlace de Familias and New North Citizens’ Council, aimed at aiding hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico in our area.  The grants originate from the Puerto Rico Evacuee Assistance Fund, which UWPV formed in conjunction with five other area philanthropic organizations. “On a per capita basis, Western Massachusetts has one of the nation’s largest communities of displaced people from Puerto Rico, who... Read More
Friday, October 20, 2017
By Dawn Leaks April 20, 2017 – Springfield, MA — Representatives from Bank of America visited the United Way of Pioneer Valley offices in Springfield on Tuesday, April 18 to present a $27,000 check from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The funds are unrestricted and will be used further the mission of the United Way. “We are so grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for this generous donation,” said Dora Robinson, United Way President Emeritus. “This donation will go a... Read More
Monday, April 10, 2017
By Dawn Leaks April 10, 2017 – Pioneer Valley — Wednesday April 19 – Friday April 21, United Way of Pioneer Valley will partner with senior centers across Western Massachusetts to host Grand Friends Day, an intergenerational event matching senior citizens with teen volunteers that will help them learn and navigate new technologies. During this inaugural event, nine senior centers will open their doors to teen volunteers as they teach seniors valuable skills including managing email accounts,... Read More