United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

January 6, 2016

2015: The Year in Impact

You helped make 2015 a year of tremendous impact!

As volunteers, advocates and donors, you’re helping to drive change that lasts. Together we worked to ensure families have greater financial opportunity and children and youth succeed in school. Here are some highlights from 2015:

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  • $8.8 million refunded to low-income families through volunteer tax preparation and coaching, ultimately putting more money back into the local community.
  • Our Financial Stability Center network (with sites in Roxbury, Downtown Boston, Lawrence, Lynn, Chelsea and Quincy) provided financial coaching and services to help low-income individuals. In 2015, these centers helped 202 people find jobs. In addition, clients of the services saw a median increase of $469 in their monthly net income, a median increase of $3,588 in their net worth, and a median increase of 31 points in credit scores.
  • 6,500 Thanksgiving meals were distributed to families in 12 local communities at the annual, volunteer-staffed United Way Thanksgiving Project.
  • 600 volunteers from the Seacoast region deployed to 43 local non-profits for the annual Day of Caring to work on 58 projects. Even in the rain, the impact was felt as the volunteers mulched, weeded, painted, cleaned and did many more jobs to help the agencies and save significant costs.

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What will 2016 bring? Even bigger things. BoSTEM, a collaboration of United Way, Boston Public Schools and Vertex, aims to ensure 100% of Boston’s middle school students have the opportunity to participate in expanded STEM learning experiences by 2020; and the trailblazing Pay for Success model represents an intersection of the public and private sectors to combat chronic homelessness.

Thank you for all that you do to make change that lasts in our community!