United Way of Central Massachusetts


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2014 Lois B. Green and Meridith Wesby Leadership Awards

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Lois B. Green Leadership Award. This award will be presented on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the annual “Members Celebration.” The Women’s Initiative Awards Committee encourages you to nominate a woman in the community that embodies leadership and values of our co-founders. Read More

Patti Verderese of Auburn, MA Receives the Inspire by Example Award!

As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts honors outstanding volunteer, Patti Verderese of Auburn, MA with the Inspire by Example Award. Patti will be recognized at United Way’s Annual Celebration on May 8, 2014 at Mechanics Hall. Alex Zequeira, President of Nativity School of Worcester, describes Patti as “a committed and faithful volunteer. “ Read More

United Way Needs Your Support Today!

United Way of Central Massachusetts has not been able to meet the growing financial needs of the programs that best serve our residents. For the current grant cycle supporting Safety Net programs, the total amount requested ($1,347,771) nearly doubled the available funds ($698,293). Make your pledge online today - you can make a difference! Read More

One Circle Girls Dream Bigger!

One Circle, a program that receives a total of $30,000 in funding from Women's Initiative, is changing the lives of 10 - 14 year old girls throughout the city of Worcester by providing them with skills to enhance self-esteem, communication, education, healthy relationships, and increased self-confidence. Read More


What pre-teen girl wouldn’t want to spend their Saturdays hanging out with college co-eds? At Clark University’s All Kinds of Girls (AKOG) program, the girls engage in a day of group-building activities and discussions, a healthy lunch, and an opportunity to develop personal relationships with college-aged role models. Read More

Woman’s Initiative Hosts Shoe Event: Stepping Out for Girls

Special Event to Benefit Dress for Success. When the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts was founded more than 10 years ago, their branding was built around shoes, encouraging women to “Step Up” and support adolescent girls in this community. On March 12, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 pm, the Women’s Initiative will host its second annual Stepping Out for Girls Event ... Read More

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UWCM in the News/Media
Bridging pay gap focus of United Way forum

Worcester T&G, 4-17-2014

Women’s Initiative announces grants, encourages girls to excel

Worcester Magazine 04/16/2014

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