United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

March 26, 2015

Different Industries, Common Mission: Make a Difference

What happens when the next generation of movers and shakers from different industries assemble Avengers-style to get their hands dirty on behalf of the community?

On Saturday, March 21,  a group of United Way volunteers from Community Builders (the real estate industry), Private Equity/Venture Capital and the brand new LINC group (Lead/Impact/Network/Change) came together to help out Dorchester-based VietAID.

VietAID is a community development corporation and United Way partner agency that serves the Fields Corner Vietnamese neighborhoods. provides economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation.

“This helps us make a good impression and is really appreciated by all the people we serve,” said Evelyn Darling of VietAID.

In total, 12 young professionals worked for three hours, repainting the first floor lobby of lobbyvaVietAID. This project was important to the agency as the lobby is the common area used by all of the people who participate in the VietAID’s programming.

“The volunteers helped create welcoming environments for the VietAID clients,” said Samantha Zito, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for United Way. “A fresh paint job makes the space more inviting for all of the preschoolers, elderly people, community members, and VietAid staff that use it daily.”

Founded in 1994, VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services. They are one of the high-impact local agencies United Way provides funding support to.

For more information about LINC click here.

Click here to learn more about the awesome stuff PE/VC is doing!

To learn more about Community Builders email Francie MIddleton at fmiddleton@unitedwaymassbay.org.