We all understand that it’s been a tough few years. Many individuals and families are struggling daily- paying the weekly grocery store bill, making up for the learning lost during pandemic school interruptions, recovering from natural and man-made disasters. Our communities are fractured by partisan politics and pandemic fueled isolation. We’ve seen nearly 11,000 calls to Mass 2-1-1, United Way’s statewide information and referral line in our 22 town service area so far this year.
But we know individuals can change the world. They don’t need to be powerful CEOs or elected officials. They don’t even need to be adults! Just think about Malala Yousafzai and the change she’s made in the world through her advocacy for education for girls. That’s United Way’s sweet spot. Our superpower is bringing individuals together to make positive, lasting change. For example, here in the Greater Plymouth County, our United Way this year has helped 57,626 neighbors. This includes 78,906 meals distributed to feed those experiencing food insecurity, 4,911 people accessing affordable housing and other living services, and 2,315 children receiving literacy support leading to greater success at school during 2022!
With our partners, experts, community leaders and residents, United Way looks at the toughest problems, and is thoughtful about local solutions that work best in our community. United Way of Greater Plymouth County makes it easy for you to take meaningful action that makes a difference. That can be volunteer tutoring at one of our partner agencies that helps struggling kids shift the odds, like the Boys & Girls Club of Metro South. Or speaking up for more support for single moms at Health Imperatives. Or investing in solutions that are showing results like United Way supporting the Helpline at BAMSI or Pathways to Good Health & Stable Housing at Father Bill’s & MainSpring.
And we *are* seeing positive results. Here in Greater Plymouth County, over the last year, United Way and the donors, volunteers and advocates who’ve joined us have made a difference. Consider:
• 44 adolescents were positively impacted through college-preparation programs
• Since January, residents in our service area saved $509,082 on their prescriptions through our partnership with SingleCare
• 25 people were helped with financial education, literacy, coaching or other service to receive a job
Positive change is happening. But it doesn’t “just happen.”
Change is created together.