Our Agency Partners

Making lasting change requires a great team.

Our region has thousands of nonprofit organizations working to change lives for the better.  But none of us can bring about real change on our own. We know that we are most successful when we build networks of partners that bring the knowledge, expertise and on the ground execution to address all of the complex causes of the problems in our community.

Strategic & Lead Partners

United Way invests unrestricted funding in agencies we call Strategic and Lead Partners. In addition to flexible grant dollars, Strategic and Lead Partners actively collaborate within our network, creating opportunities and developing best practices that would otherwise never be possible.  

A small group of organizations are identified as Lead Partners. Lead Partners leverage new opportunities with United Way, help set priorities for the network, and provide expert counsel and partnership to launch new ventures aimed at solving particularly entrenched problems.

Community Partners

There are many, many other organizations in our region doing important work. Although we don’t provide unrestricted funding to all of them, we are still invested in their success. We call these our Community Partners.  They are the critical collaborators who make it possible to engage thousands of volunteers in doing good in their own communities. They join us in providing programming to youth and families across our footprint.  

Search our complete agency list below.  Current agencies can find resources and benefits in our Agency Resources section.

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Name Partnership Type Focus area(s) Region
Action for Boston Community Development Community Partner Ending Homelessness, Supporting Young Children Greater Boston

ABCD is a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides more than 100,000 low income residents in the Greater Boston region with the tools and resources needed to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. To fulfill this purpose, ABCD uses a comprehensive approach that systematically addresses the range of barriers faced by households in poverty, from day-to-day crises to longterm needs for jobs and education.

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Action, Inc. Strategic Partner Ending Homelessness, Preparing Youth to Succeed North Shore

The mission of Action Inc. is to create opportunities that promote a thriving Cape Ann for all.
Action Inc. is a non-profit human services organization and the designated Community Action Agency for the communities of Gloucester, Ipswich, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Essex. As a Community Action Agency, our fundamental commitment is to address poverty by responding to our community’s specific needs.

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Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation Community Partner Ending Homelessness Greater Boston

Since 1980 Allston Brighton CDC has led initiatives that create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces and offer steps to increased incomes and assets so residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long-term.

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American Credit Counseiling Service Strategic Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty Greater Attleboro/Taunton

American Credit Counseling Service (ACCS) was founded on March 1, 1988, with a mission to help consumers, by providing financial education to those in need. We continue to provide quality financial education to consumers, conduct seminars and workshops for the public, and staff our nationwide toll-free telephone numbers for consumers that seek free credit and financial advice.

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American Red Cross of Massachusetts Community Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Seacoast Region, South of Boston

The Red Cross provides food and shelter in emergencies, operates the largest food pantry in New England, teaches lifesaving skills, trains nurses’ aides and certified nursing assistants, serves members of the Armed Forces, and more. All assistance from the Red Cross is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

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Asian American Civic Association Strategic Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty, Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Boston, South of Boston

The Asian American Civic Association’s (AACA) mission is to provide limited English speaking and economically disadvantaged people with education, occupational training and social services enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency. AACA’s vision is to become the beacon of hope for all immigrants and their families, enabling them to succeed as productive workers, participating citizens and community leaders, and to be seen as the premier workforce solution for employers and those it serves.

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Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) Strategic Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty Greater Boston, South of Boston

Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) works to build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and a strong Asian American community.
ACDC works in partnership with the community to:
– Provide culturally appropriate and locally sensitive programs that enable residents to effectively improve their quality of life and the health and sustainability of their neighborhood
– Preserve Chinatown as a hub for culture and a continued gateway for new immigrants, and
Strengthen our Asian American community by leading place making efforts.

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Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence Strategic Partner Ending Homelessness Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South of Boston

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) is a multilingual/multicultural organization founded 25 years ago, in 1992, to address the lack of accessible services to limited English proficient (LEP) speaking Asian victims of domestic violence (DV) in Massachusetts. ATASK’s mission is to “prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.”

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ASPIRE Developmental Services, Inc Community Partner Supporting Young Children North Shore

Aspire Developmental Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit healthcare and educational agency that provides programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities as well as their families. The agency was organized by parents and professionals interested in providing services for persons with cerebral palsy.

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Associates for Human Services, Inc. Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Attleboro/Taunton

AHS Inc. was incorporated in 1974 to meet a wide range of human services needs in the Greater Taunton Area. AHS is a private not-for-profit agency providing support services for children, adults, and seniors experiencing medical needs, developmental delays and/or disabilities, economical disadvantages, or educational risk factors. Today we have four programs that serve infants, toddlers, youth, adults and seniors living in Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norton and the Greater Taunton Area. AHS works with individuals at all levels of ability to support their efforts to achieve equality, dignity and independence. We are committed to helping people reach their maximum potential and self-sufficiency.

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Attleboro Area School to Career Partnership Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Attleboro/Taunton

The Attleboro Area School-to-Career Partnership, Inc. has provided services to over 1,000 young people in the Attleboro, North Attleboro and Norton and Seekonk school systems. Since its inception in 1995, the Partnership has recruited and worked with employers, trades professionals, and local community organizations to raise student awareness of careers and the skills necessary for success in the workplace. Through this alliance, we have provided both students and teachers with experiences that reinforce and expand on classroom learning and provide the necessary connection between school and the workforce.

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Bay Cove Human Services Community Partner Ending Homelessness Greater Boston

Each year, Bay Cove provides effective, compassionate care to more than 25,000 individuals and families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorder and aging at over 170 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide full, rich lives for people with the greatest challenges.

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BEST Corp. Strategic Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty Greater Boston

BEST’s mission is to provide individuals with the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. To advance that mission, BEST’s combines pre-employment (grant-funded) and incumbent worker training (paid for by the employers) to meet the labor market demand in Boston’s growing hospitality industry. Hospitality is an industry where hard-working individuals, often without fluent English or higher degrees, can obtain and succeed in well-paying hospitality positions.

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Beta Community Partnerships, Inc. Strategic Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty Greater Attleboro/Taunton

Beta Community Partnerships is committed to provide supports and services of exceptional quality to adults with developmental disabilities. The agency supports individuals’ health, safety, and well-being; empowers people to control their own lives to the extent possible; fostering enriching social relationships and encouraging individuals’ full participation in their communities.

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Beverly Bootstraps Community Partner Moving Families Out of Poverty North Shore

Beverly Bootstraps was first established in 1992 as a food pantry in the basement of the First Baptist Church. With the generous support of our donors, volunteers and the community at large, we have grown to be a leading social service agency on the North Shore.

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Beverly Children’s Learning Center Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed, Supporting Young Children North Shore

Beverly Children’s Learning Center (BCLC) provides a nurturing educational experience in an inclusive, diverse and community–connected learning environment. Our caring approach and creative programs encourage the social-emotional development and potential of every child to strengthen the health and resilience of families. Offering continuity of education, care, and nutrition programs from birth to early teen, BCLC promotes healthy, engaged and socially responsible children and families through affordable and accessible learning opportunities and family support.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South of Boston

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) partners with under-resourced families to provide their children with transformational, one-to-one professionally-supported relationships with caring adult mentors, so that their children will thrive. Our agency’s primary objective is to provide the best one-to-one mentoring experience in the country, based on outcomes that support positive youth development, for the greatest number of low-income boys and girls at the most efficient cost structure possible.

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Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South of Boston

Our core programs advance our mission to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Big Sister Boston enrolls girls between ages 7 and 15 (grades 2-10), and supports mentoring relationships throughout their duration, or until the Little Sister reaches age 20. We do not charge families (or mentors) fees to participate in our programs; the majority of the girls we serve live in the low-income communities of Greater Boston.

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Bird Street Community Center Community Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Boston

Bird Street Community Center is the hub for children and youths who seek intellectual, physical, emotional, and personal growth and well being. Bird Street is a major provider of intentional programming for out-of-school and after school activities where generations of children have found a safe and caring place for growing and developing character and skills.

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Boston After School & Beyond Strategic Partner Preparing Youth to Succeed Greater Boston

Boston After School & Beyond is a public-private partnership that seeks to ensure that every child in Boston has the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential.  Boston Beyond’s role is to expand learning and skill development opportunities for students.

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