Greater Boston

United Way is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families, and children in need throughout the Greater Boston area. Our work and that of our partners makes a real impact on communities across the region, from Chelsea and Dorchester to Somerville, Malden, and Medford. Together, we work everyday to ensure everyone in our footprint has the means to forge a better future.

Ending Homelessness

Pay for Success provides permanent, supportive housing to almost 800 homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals through our partnership with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. By the end of 2019, we aim to provide at least 500 units of low-threshold, stable housing for more than half of Boston’s chronically homeless population.

Moving Families Out of Poverty

Boston Builds Credit aims to provide thousands more people throughout Greater Boston with the financial opportunities offered by good credit. The program is a partnership between United Way, LISC Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment and a growing network of partners, with an ultimate goal of empowering 25,000 Bostonians to reach a prime credit score of 660+ by 2025.

Supporting Young Children

Shared Services provides early childhood education center directors and administrators across Greater Boston with access to shared classroom and teaching resources including material discounts and lesson plans, plus $30 million in shared buying power. With this extra support, administrators can focus less on running their business and more on ensuring their students receive a great education.

Preparing Youth for Success

BoSTEM is cross-sector collaboration between Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools, and STEM companies across Greater Boston. Industry professionals volunteer their time and experience as part of kids’ after school and out of school time. The program aims to provide 10,000 Boston middle school students with engaging STEM learning opportunities by 2022.

Join Us

Looking for ways to improve the lives of people in need in Greater Boston? Here are three signature opportunities to give back to struggling individuals and families.

Greater Boston Project Connect

At this event taking place every July, be a part of the whole-community effort to help families in transition connect with vital services and resources. Guide them throughout the day to resources like like job fairs and training, health check ups and education, housing services, back-to-school supplies, and more. Learn more»

Community Baby Shower

Help provide new and expecting parents in need with resources they can use to give their child a bright start to life. That includes maternal and early childhood education and resources, as well as gifts, food, and friendships that will support them long after the event ends. Learn more»

Thanksgiving Project

The holidays should be a time for celebration for everyone in our community. With your help, United Way can deliver more than 7,000 holiday dinners to families in need across Greater Boston so they can truly enjoy the spirit of the season. Learn more»

Doing More

We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Greater Boston with your help and the help of our partners. For a complete list of agencies serving Greater Boston, click here.