United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

North Shore

United Way works with a network of strong nonprofit agencies and partners in the North Shore to advance our  mission to create positive, lasting change for children and families in need across our region.

Last year, United Way invested $1,796,445 in 32 North Shore partner agencies to ensure financial opportunity and educational success for children and families from Gloucester to Lynn.

Financial Opportunity

  • $3,588 median increase in net worth among individuals served at our financial opportunity centers, including the Lynn Family Success Center operated in partnership with the Lynn Housing and Neighborhood Development.
  • 2,674 families in crisis avoided homelessness.
  • 4,273 families received emergency financial assistance through United Way’s Family Fund.
  • 222 individuals received free tax preparation and assistance claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, returning more than $484,000 in tax refunds and credits to families and the local economy.


  • 470 immigrant students received academic support services through United Way’s North Shore AmeriCorps program, which this year expanded to Salem.
  • 709 young children will receive high quality early education services this year to prepare them for kindergarten.
  • 3,331 school-age youth will receive the academic support needed to succeed in school and graduate.
  • 913 children grades K-3 participated in United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative, which increases literacy and reverses summer learning loss

Click below to browse North Shore volunteer opportunities!


  • A complete list of partner agencies can be found here. (PDF)
  • Click here to learn about Women in Action!
  • Watch the short video “North Shore United Way: Impact in Three Parts” here.
  • View the 2015 Annual Report here. (PDF)
  • Click here for the list of North Shore United Way Local Council members. (PDF)