The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project

Calling All Doers; Make an impact this holiday season!

More than 1 in 5 Massachusetts families with children experiences food insecurity. Every year, ongoing economic challenges—including rising costs of food and other household essentials—leave tens of thousands of individuals and families struggling to put food on the table.

For 24 years, United Way of Massachusetts Bay has supported families across our region by providing food to eat during the holiday season.

Join us this year to make an immediate impact on families in our communities.

In 2022, our holiday food drive

  • Brought together 51 community agencies, 400 donors, and 1,500 volunteers
  • Distributed 280,000 pounds of food and 18,500 gift cards
  • Raised $785,000 for emergency assistance that went immediately back into the community
  • Helped more than 80,000 community members!

This year, we are rebranding the Thanksgiving Project to The Gratitude Project. The essence of The Gratitude Project lies in its embrace of the cultural diversity of the people in our communities and recognition that the need knows no season and persists throughout the year.

To kick off The Gratitude Project, we’re continuing in the tradition of our annual holiday food distribution inviting our partners and community members to address food security and help ensure households throughout the region can feed their families this season. With community members’ guidance, we’ll supply food and resources that community members have identified as most critical, providing sustenance when they need it most. Throughout the year, The Gratitude Project will offer drives for essential supplies, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities so that anyone can get involved.

Together, we’ll create a legacy of gratitude that will transform lives and build a more just region.


Donate | Industry Night | Family Night | Young Professionals Night | Leadership

Funding remains our #1 need as we strive to raise $1 million for the fight against food insecurity in Massachusetts.


Sponsor The Gratitude Project! [Form]

Gratitude Project Sponsor [PDF]

Industry Night

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Join Private Equity and Venture Capital professionals and their guests for an evening of networking and hands-on volunteering.
To get involved with this event, REGISTER HERE or contact Mirayah Cheek at

Sponsor Industry Night! [Form]

Industry Night Sponsor [PDF]

Friends & Family Day

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
10:00AM – 5:00PM

Grab your friends + family for a fun day of service packing meal bags for local families! Packing slots to be made available closer to event date. For questions, please contact Mirayah Cheek at

Young Professionals Night

Presented by United Way’s Emerging Leaders

Thursday, November 16, 2023
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Young Professionals! Join over 300 of your peers for an evening of giving back. Network with other young professionals in Greater Boston while packing grocery bags that will directly impact families across our region.
To get involved with this event, REGISTER HERE or contact Mirayah Cheek at

Sponsor Young Professionals Night! [Form]

Young Professionals Night Sponsor [PDF]

Leadership Donor Opportunities

Distribution Day- November 18: Join us in as we distribute meal kits throughout our region just in time for the holiday! Distribution Day volunteer opportunities will be shared closer to the event.

More information on volunteer opportunities will be posted here closer to the event date.

Questions about one of these volunteer opportunities or about The Gratitude Project? Contact Mirayah Cheek at