South Shore

United Way is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families, and children in need on the South Shore. Our work and that of our partners makes a real impact on communities across the region, from Quincy to Braintree, Milton to Dedham. 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 the South Shore:

Ending Homelessness

The Renew Collaborative is a disruptive social innovation designed to stop homelessness before it starts. The program provides individuals and families facing eviction with the support they need to stay in their homes. Through United Way’s partnership with HomeStart, the Renew Collaborative has already helped prevent almost 100 evictions, and we hope to expand it much further in the coming years.

Moving Families Out of Poverty

The Financial REACH Center, run by Quincy Community Action Programs, provides families with one-on-one financial and career coaching. The only program of its kind in the area, the Center helps clients build their credit, reduce debt, and increase savings. They also offer free tax preparation and other educational services so people in need can get on — and stay on — the right financial track.

Supporting Young Children

More than 600 young children have received high-quality education and care through United Way-funded programs and agencies in the region.

Preparing Youth for Success

South Shore Stars provides children and young adults with specialized programming designed to build self-reliance, enhance creativity, strengthen social-emotional skills, and ensure educational success. Resources include dedicated, small-class after-school classes and community service-minded programs that empower children and youth to succeed beyond middle and high school.

Join Us

Looking for ways to improve the lives of people in need in the South Shore? 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 return more than $1.3 million to your 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 more than 400 holiday dinners to families in need across the South Shore 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 the South Shore with your help and the help of our partners. For a complete list of agencies serving the South Shore, click here.

Our Region Contact for the South Shore is Merrill Davidson. Reach him at 617-624-8230 or