Imagine legions of passionate hockey fans filling the seats at a Boston Bruins game. More than 17,000 spectators have come for some R&R, but what if they left with a set of new skills that could help them find jobs that pay a livable wage and take care of their families over the long term? United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has actually improved more lives than that, with four convenient financial help centers that offer indispensable services to individuals and families.
Here’s how it works: United Way and partners have recruited volunteer experts who connect people to services ranging from financial education and coaching to career training and job search assistance, credit counseling, free tax preparation assistance, and more – all under one roof. This innovative approach is a key element of United Way’s strategy to help families become financially stable and secure.
So far, 13,000 people have gained crucial job skills to advance in their careers, 2,546 people have gained English proficiency, and 4,000 people have gotten jobs. People like Julio Cepeda, whose computer training empowered him to manage his own small business… or Liz Cintron, who learned how to save money when she was still in high school and now attends Georgetown University… or Nancy Reyes, who got the advice she needed to avoid foreclosure and stay in her home.
When more people are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground, the whole community benefits. We encourage you to reach out to your local United Way and find out about opportunities to give, to advocate, and to volunteer. And don’t forget that a quality education and good health are also essential to achieving long-term financial stability. You can make a difference in a child’s life by taking the pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor. That’s what it takes to create lasting solutions that lift up all members of the community. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.