Merrimack Valley

United Way is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families, and children in need throughout the Merrimack Valley. Our work and that of our partners makes a real impact on communities across the region, from Andover to North Andover to Lowell and Lawrence. In your community, your fight is our fight, and we won’t rest until everyone in our footprint has the means to forge a better future.

Here’s how we’re powering change in Merrimack Valley:

Ending Homelessness

United Way programs and agencies in the region helped more than 1600 families avoid homelessness.

Moving Families Out of Poverty

The Lawrence Financial Stability Center is a collaboration between United Way and Lawrence Community Works. The Center provides clients with financial education, asset-building, income support, and job readiness programs designed to promote economic stability and wellbeing for the people of Lawrence.

Supporting Young Children

United Way programs and agency enabled 2922 young children to receive high-quality early education and care that will prepare them to succeed in kindergarten, be able to read at grade level, and stay on track with their overall development.

Regional Advisory Board

The Merrimack Valley Council is a group of community leaders who help support United Way’s work in communities throughout the region. We’re immensely grateful for their continued dedication to helping those in need.

Click here for our board’s full roster

Impact Highlight

For an expanded, top-level view of United Way’s impact in Merrimack Valley, read our Impact Highlights one-pager here.

Join Us

Looking for ways to improve the lives of people in need in Merrimack Valley? Be a part of these opportunities to give back to individuals and families in your community.

Tax Preparation

Join us every tax season as part of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. You’ll receive all the training you need to help residents achieve their maximum refund. In 2018, VITA volunteers helped people across the Merrimack Value return almost $550,000 to the local community through tax credits and refunds. Learn more»

Thanksgiving Project

The holidays should be a time for celebration for everyone in our community. With your help, United Way can deliver holiday dinners to more than 750 families in need across Merrimack Valley, giving them the chance to truly enjoy the spirit of the season. Learn more»

Doing More

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

Our Region Contact for Merrimack Valley is Cal Williams. Reach him at 617-624-5052 or