LAWRENCE – The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) will award $900,000 to community partners in Lawrence and Haverhill working to increase school readiness, prevent high-school dropout, and create more opportunities to lift families out of poverty.
“Increasing school readiness, providing after-school opportunities for youth and helping families find employment and safe, affordable housing are solutions that will help residents continue to move Lawrence and Haverhill forward,” said Michael K. Durkin, UWMBMV President. “We’re proud to continue to grow our community partnerships and help implement innovative initiatives that will achieve targeted, meaningful results for children, youth and families.”
Funds earmarked in the coming year for United Way partners in Lawrence and Haverhill include:
$184,000 for the Financial Stability Center, a partnership of United Way and Lawrence CommunityWorks, which opened in 2013 and provides Lawrence families with financial resources ranging from financial education and budget coaching to job skills training.
$56,000 from United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative, which last year provided literacy activities to 115 Lawrence children, 94% of whom avoided summer learning loss.
$627,000 to agencies in Lawrence and Haverhill focused on issues such as early childhood, ensuring youth graduate and helping families to avoid homelessness and become financially stable.
Lawrence partners include: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Merrimack Valley YMCA, The Community Group, YouthBuild Lawrence, YWCA of Greater Lawrence
Haverhill partners include: Community Action, Inc., Emmaus, Inc., Girls Inc. of Haverhill, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, and YWCA Haverhill.