United Way of Greater New Bedford joins Care Free Homes, Inc. for No Roof Left Behind
United Way of Greater New Bedford is hiring for 2 positions: a Family Support Worker and a School Liaison. To view job descriptions, click on the links below:
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Free locally grown produce is available for low income residents of New Bedford and surrounding towns thanks to the United Way of Greater New Bedford. For the second summer, United Way’s Hunger Commission will operate a Mobile Market in the North & South Ends of New Bedford. This mobile food pantry allows families and individuals access to fresh produce- something they may not be able to afford while on a tight budget.
“Families in our community continue to struggle and often times find themselves having to decide between eating healthy (which can be expensive) and paying other household bills,” said Michelle Hantman, President and CEO. “With our Mobile Market, we are able to give families a healthy option at no cost to them.”
The fresh produce distributed is grown locally by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA and at Sampson’s Farm in Westport. The Mobile Market is made possible with the support of Bank of America and Southcoast Health.
Produce is distributed on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm (Wednesdays in the case of rain) on alternating weeks in the North and South End. The Mobile Market is located in the South End across the street from Dennison Memorial Community Center on Aug. 2nd, Aug. 16th, Aug. 30th, Sept. 13th and Sept. 27th and North End across the street from St. Anthony’s Church on July 26th, Aug. 9th, Aug. 23rd, Sept. 6th and Sept. 20th. Low-income families and individuals are invited to visit the Mobile Market every other week. Photo ID and proof of earned income are required. Preference is given to households with some level of earned income who often don’t qualify for other assistance.
In 2015, United Way’s Mobile Market served 165 households over the course of 12 weeks handing out over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce including potatoes, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and assorted fruit.
To learn more about the Mobile Market, the Hunger Commission or United Way of Greater New Bedford, please visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org.
Team up with Fun 107, WBSM, and Wareham Crossing, to bring school supplies and backpacks to local children in need! Here’s what you need to know about helping out.
What is Stuff the Bus?
Stuff the Bus benefits local children in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Once all the supplies have been collected from various supply drop-off locations, the United Way of Greater New Bedford will help to distribute them to local children who otherwise may not be ready for their first day of school.
Who Gets the Supplies?
In the Southcoast alone, there are over 35,000 children who live in poverty. This coming school year, 1 in 4 children on the Southcoast will have to go to school without the necessary supplies needed to set them up for a successful school year. That’s where YOU can help!
What Should I Donate?
Where Can I Donate
Join us at Wareham Crossing’s Outdoor Movie Night on July 25th and bring your supplies before you settle in to watch Inside Out. We’ll be set up alongside the United Way waiting for your supply donations! Everyone who donates that night will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to see Fifth Harmony in Providence!
Other Drop Off Sites Include:
Stuff the Bus is brought to you by Townsquare Media, Wareham Crossing, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, BayCoast Bank, Big Value Outlet, Yesteryear Cyclery, Diane Lopes Income Tax Services and the United Way of Greater New Bedford.
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United Way of Greater New Bedford is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission.
Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work.
United Way of Greater New Bedford completed the extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day to day operations with the help of the Massachusetts Service Alliance. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, United Way is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and therefore better meet our mission.
“Service Enterprise has been a learning process for us at United Way of Greater New Bedford. During the training sessions, we learned a lot about our own organization and what we could be doing differently to better accommodate volunteers and in turn, ourselves,” said Victoria Grasela, Marketing & Community Relations Officer. “Since training has concluded, we have implemented new policies and procedures that we are confident will allow us to work better with volunteers as we move forward.”
As part of the process, we formalized volunteer job descriptions; developed a volunteer intake form and hour tracking system; and created a volunteer handbook. All the steps taken to become a Service Enterprise will allow us to interact and serve volunteers better.
“Service Enterprise has been instrumental for our organization. It has helped us to formalize volunteer processes to make our organization operates stronger and more efficiently,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “We are proud to be the first in our cohort to have gone through this process to lead by example and help other local organizations become Service Enterprises as well.”
United Way of Greater New Bedford was one of five organizations on the SouthCoast to pursue this certification and is the first non-profit south of Boston to receive this certification. We also serve as a coach for the new cohort looking to achieve certification in 2017. For more information about Service Enterprise, please visit: www.pointsoflight.org or www.unitedwayofgnb.org.
Individuals, companies and organizations who have helped to make great things happen over the past year were honored last week at United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Annual Campaign Celebration. 16 awards were presented at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham to recognize the support of United Way through the 2015-2016 campaign.
“There are so many great things that have happened in our community this year and at this year’s event we tried to acknowledge as many as we could,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “Many of the companies and individuals we work with found new ways of supporting us to positively impact our community and we are truly thankful for their commitment.”
This year United Way honored Bank of America, New Bedford Housing Authority, Southcoast Health and Townsquare Media with the LIVE UNITED award, not only for their support of United Way, but for their year-long commitment to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.
Recognition of Acushnet Company as one of United Way’s largest contributors earned them three awards including the Rockefeller Award, Navigator Society Award and Major Firms Challenge Platter.
City of New Bedford, Lockheed Martin and Southcoast Health also received Rockefeller Awards. Seven companies were recognized with Campaign Excellence awards including Bristol County Savings Bank, Depuy-Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, Precix, Stop & Shop and UPS.
The Ferreira Group of New Bedford was presented with the LIVE UNITED 365 Award for their commitment to United Way 365 small business campaign. United Way also honored Cornell Dubilier and Julius Koch USA with the Loyal Supporter Award for their long-standing support.
In addition to the company awards, Chris Hodgson was awarded with the Spirit of Giving Award for his long-term service and commitment. Hodgson serves on the Board of Directors and served as this year’s Campaign Chair. “This award was well deserved by Chris who is always thinking about ways to advance United Way, our impact and of course our fundraising efforts. He truly goes above and beyond and makes United Way a priority” said Hantman.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, Manny Camara and the Miss New Bedford Scholarship Program were honored with Spirit of Volunteerism Awards and Dezmond Jernigan was honored for his volunteer work with New Bedford Community Connections Coalition. Felicia DosSantos was named Summer Fund SuperStar.
Others honored at the event included Loaned Executives and the Campaign Cabinet. Their service during the year assists in extending the reach of United Way. Dennison Memorial Community Center was acknowledged with the Agency Partner Award. The Campaign Celebration was sponsored by BankFive, BayCoast Bank and Bristol County Savings Bank.
The United Way of Greater New Bedford is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953. The United Way brings together volunteers, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide quality programs and initiatives that achieve positive results. Its service area, which has a population in excess of 197,000, includes the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham.
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As the warmer weather approaches, families across Greater New Bedford begin to plan for the summer. While some enjoy family vacations, others opt to stay home and send their children to camps or summer school programs. For many of our neighbors, however, summer can be a difficult time. Many parents struggle to hold a steady job and put food on the table each night, so sending their children to summer school or camp is out of reach. Consequently, these parents are left worrying about what their children will do while they are away at work, and often times, whether their children are safe.
United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Summer Fund was created to address this reality for many families across our community. Summer Fund helps to provide the financial resources for kids to have a meaningful summer through campership spots at organizations for children in need, cultural enrichment opportunities, such as free art programs in the community, and youth employment positions for teens and young adults ages 16-21. These programs help children and youth have an enriching, skill-building summer.
To that end, Summer Fund is currently seeking applications from non-profit agencies to provide disadvantaged youth in Greater New Bedford ages 6-21 with youth employment, camperships, and cultural enrichment experiences. Non-profits with a determined 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 in funding. Organizations must serve youth in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester and Wareham. Organizations interested in applying should visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org to access the guidelines and online application. Applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2016.
“Summer Fund provides youth with experiences that they may not be able to have otherwise,” said Summer Fund Coordinator Victoria Grasela. “Not only will youth participating in these programs have fun, but they will also help to prevent summer learning loss which is common for kids of all ages while on summer break. In the past, we’ve received many applications that build summer learning into their programs and we hope that is a continuing trend for local programs.”
Last year, Summer Fund granted nearly $100,000 to summer programming for youth in our community. Summer Fund grants are made possible through a pooled fund of contributions from a number of local foundations.
For more information about Summer Fund, please contact Victoria Grasela at 508-994-9625 x10 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way to Host Tom Lopes Documentary Screenings
For decades, Tom Lopes was dedicated to making life in New Bedford better for all residents. As the first Cape Verdean elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tom, who was already well known to the community for his activism, fought for the residents on the SouthCoast.
To honor his legacy, a team of students worked with Reel Serious to produce a documentary about his life. With a number of interviews from friends, families and other politicians, they tell the story about his accomplishments and the impact he made on New Bedford. The creation of the documentary was funded in part with a grant from United Way of Greater New Bedford. The documentary was first screened in October.
“My brother always used to say, If you can believe it, you can achieve it,” said Deborah Ramos, Tom Lopes’ sister. “We hope this documentary inspires residents to take pride in our community.”
United Way of Greater New Bedford will be hosting three screenings of the documentary in the South End of New Bedford for residents. As part of the documentary screenings, United Way will also be hosting an open forum to discuss the progress of their work with the Working Cities Challenge grant and to get input from South End residents on the upcoming work in their community. The event is free. Dinner and child care will be provided as well as raffles for those in attendance.
Tom Lopes: Bringing Community Together Events will take place: March 22nd 5:30- 8pm at Dennison Memorial Community Center (755 So. First St.), March 29th 5:30- 8pm at Our Lady of Assumption Church (47 So. 6th St.), and April 5th at the Cape Verdean American Veterans Hall (561 Purchase St.).
If you are interested in attending one of the events, please contact United Way at 508-994-9625 ext. 19 or email email@example.com.
“We hope residents in the South End take these events as opportunities to give their input and help guide our Working Cities team as we continue our work in the community,” said Allison Yates-Berg, Vice President of Community Impact and Operations at United Way. “We truly value the support and input of neighborhood residents in this process.”
In November, United Way of Greater New Bedford was one of ten cities in Massachusetts to receive a $15,000 Working Cities Challenge planning grant to improve the quality of life of residents in the South End. Later this spring, United Way and the New Bedford Team will have the opportunity to apply for a three year, implementation grant of $475,000 to continue with this work.
United Way of Greater New Bedford is looking for all-volunteer groups to submit innovative, community projects that will bring people together while creating a positive impact in our community. These groups are invited to attend an orientation session to learn more about the Mini-Grants program and how their group can apply for up to $2,500 to improve, strengthen and build local community.
Groups with budgets of $40,000 or less are encouraged to learn more about Mini-Grants and attend one of two orientation sessions that will be held at United Way, located at 105 William St. 2nd floor. These sessions will discuss the program, eligibility and the application process.
Orientations will be held:
All potential applicants are encouraged to attend an orientation session. Registration is required for the sessions. To register for an orientation session please call 508-994-9625 ext. 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be available March 1st at www.unitedwayofgnb.org and will only be accepted electronically. Grants must be submitted by April 22, 2016.
In 2015, 37 all-volunteer groups made an impact throughout Great New Bedford with projects funded by United Way’s Mini-Grant Program. These projects range from garden projects and healthier living programs to outreach campaigns and family engagement opportunities. Be the change in Greater New Bedford, visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program.
Take This Child to Heart-An Evening of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues to
Benefit the Take This Child to Heart Fund
The Take This Child to Heart fundraising event raises thousands of dollars each year to support after school and summer enrichment activities for children under the care of area social service programs.
Over 350 people attend Take This Child to Heart—An Evening of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues each year, and this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Century House in Acushnet, promises to be the most spectacular one yet. To date the event has raised over $80,000 to provide funding for the support of the Take This Child to Heart Fund administered by United Way of Greater New Bedford. The combination of great music, delicious food and wine pull offers guests a relaxing and fun night out while also raising money for hundreds of children involved in area social service programs. The Fund awards scholarships to these children for activities such as sports programs, summer camp and music lessons.
The fund makes it possible for hundreds of children to take part in after-school and summer enrichment activities that they would not otherwise be able to participate in.
“Take This Child to Heart provides financial support to area foster children and their families,” stated Darlene Spencer, the Executive Director of New Bedford Community Connections Coalition and the Co-Chair of the Take This Child to Heart Committee. “Its purpose has been expanded to include other vulnerable children within our community who have been impacted by neglect and abuse.”
This year’s event features special guests Samantha Johnson, Wannetta Jackson, Stan Strickland, and Jackie Santos and The A-List.
Take This Child to Heart will also feature a wine pull, along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting New Bedford Community Connections Coalition at 508-994-9625, x22.
Samantha Johnson’s long and storied musical journey began at age four and continues today where she placed as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Besides numerous theater productions that have taken her around the world, she is currently writing and recording her debut EP, to be released in early 2016.
Wannetta Jackson is one of Boston’s treasured queens of soul and jazz. She has recorded voice-overs for Sesame Street and performed black history gospel programs for Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Express Yourself Inc., and the Beverly Massachusetts Youth Organization. She has also performed with recording artists Andre Ward and Pieces of a Dream and many more.
Saxophone player Stan Strickland has toured extensively throughout the world and performed with the Boston Pops, The Village People and many Jazz legends, including Herbie Mann and Yusef Latif. He is a professor of voice at the Berklee College of Music and teaches the flute and saxophone at the Longy School of Music as well as Lesley University. He is also the leader of Stan Strickland & Ascension and the Stan Strickland Trio.
The event is being produced by Jackie Santos, who will also perform along with members of his band, The A-List. From touring the world to performing with his idols, Jackie has set the standard for performance and stage presence. He has toured with Tavares, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and many others. He is currently on tour with John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band and is a full professor of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music.
Jeff Lockhart, a master of the guitar, has worked for big names like Melba Moore and LaVerne Baker. He has also done a great deal of session work, recording with Jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley. He has also toured with world-renowned recording artist Brian McKnight. He is also a professor at the Berklee College of Music where he teaches guitar.
Oscar Stagnaro, a four-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at the Berklee College of Music, has worked extensively on studio work and live performances with many international musicians and groups, including Dave Valentin, Charlie Sepulveda, Tavares, Rebecca Parrish, The Boston Pops, and The Chicago Pops Orchestra. He has also been a full professor at the Berklee College of Music since 1988.
Ricardo Monzón is an accomplished drummer, percussionist, and studio musician who has toured and performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has performed with Sting, Chris Botti, John Mayer, Josh Groban, and Yo Yo Ma. He leads his own Jazz quartet as well as Marimba Canto De Guatemala, the Ricardo Monzón Orchestra, Jazz for Kids and Mamboston.
John Harrison III is a pianist, arranger, and producer who has toured frequently on the festival circuit in Europe and the United States. He is a former faculty member at Berklee College of Music and a current faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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