The Good News – The Week of May 22

Thanks to the generous support of our donors we have distributed $4.6M to 161 community-based organizations. Our team is working in partnership with these agencies to closely monitor the needs of impacted individuals and families for emergency financial assistance and continue to distribute COVID-19 relief funds to meet those weekly needs.

This crisis has also shown us just how resilient and caring our community can be when faced with a challenge. In honor of all of the front-line workers, caring volunteers, companies that have stepped up to help and local organizations providing support we wanted to share some of the good news with you and how your donations are being put to work to help. Here are some things that happened this week that give us hope.

COMMUNITY LEADERS LAUNCH THE RESILIENT RANDOLPH FUND

We’re proud to partner with Town Manager Brian Howard, South Shore Stars, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions and community leaders in Randolph to launch the Resilient Randolph Fund – created to mobilize resources to provide emergency assistance to local families impacted by the pandemic. 100% of donations go directly back to the community.

GREATER ATTLEBORO NONPROFITS RECEIVE HALF A MILLION IN RELIEF

The Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund has raised and distributed nearly $500,000 to local nonprofits in order to expand relief and recovery efforts in the area. Funding has gone to 25 nonprofits serving Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, Rehoboth and Dighton to help them and residents get through the pandemic. A major thanks to the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bristol County Savings Bank, the Attleboro Foundation Trust, and the Attleboro Rotary Club for making it all possible!

TAZa CHOCOLATE RAISES $12,000 FOR THE ONE CHELSEA FUND

Taza Chocolate donated 15% of their sales to the One Chelsea Fund between April 28th and May 19th, raising more than $12,000 to contribute to the fund. Who doesn’t love some great chocolate for a great cause?

ROCA INC DISTRIBUTES SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 800 FAMILIES

Thanks to your generous donations one of our partner agencies, Roca Inc, was able to deliver food, diapers and educational activities to 150 young Roca mothers and their children and supply diapers to more than 700 Chelsea families. Given the current circumstances, these are items that these families may not have been able to get otherwise and we are so grateful to everyone that has contributed and helped get these families the assistance they need.

TUFTS HEALTH PLAN FOUNDATION DONATES $30,000 TO COVID-19 FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

United Way of Massachusetts Bay is one of 49 organizations on the front lines of the pandemic that have received funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. It’s thanks to the generous donations of companies like Tufts that we are able to do the work we do. Thank you.

College Bound Dorchester instructors take “Your Money Your Goal Financial Literacy”

College Bound Dorchester instructors took our “Your Money Your Goal Financial Literacy” training in order to better advise their students with the best financial advice possible. They learned about everything from budgeting to finding side-hustles to keep up income during the pandemic.

FORMER PATRIOTS PLAYER BENJAMIN WATSON COMMITS TO RAISING $50K FOR THE FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

Donate $10 to COVID-19 Relief and enter for a chance to win a virtual hangout with your favorite NFL player! Entries close May 31.

BRAINTREE FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS more than 4,500 POUNDS OF FOOD

Hosted in partnership with the Norfolk County Central Labor Council, the drive collected more than 4500 pounds of food that to be donated to local food pantries. Special thanks to Mayor Kokoros, State Senator Patrick O’Connor, State Senator Walter F. Timilty, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Iron Workers Local 7, Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589, IAM Local 264 Boston, Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3 MA ME NH RI, and everyone else that showed up to support our neighbors in need.

Senator Markey hosts benefit concert for the One Lawrence and One Chelsea Funds

On Saturday, Senator Markey hosted a live concert featuring latin-jazz-soul artist Alisa Amador to raise money for Chelsea and Lawrence – two cities that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Check it out below.

ACME PRINT CO CREATES T-SHIRTS TO BENEFIT THE MARSHFIELD COMMUNITY FUND

$10 from each t-shirt sale will go directly into the Marshfield Community Fund – designed to mobilize assistance for residents in Marshfield that have been impacted financially by the pandemic.