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Each year, United Way of Greater New Bedford, Fun 107, & WBSM team up to fulfill Holiday Wishes for families on the SouthCoast. Holiday Wishes works to fulfill major needs for families beyond the basic holiday needs of toys and clothing. In past years, we have raised money to pay rent, insurance, medical bills, and other items that have allowed the families to thrive.
This nomination form enters families into the Holiday Wishes program. Nominees are not guaranteed to have their needs fulfilled. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee, 10 Families will be selected to have an in person interview, 5 families will be selected to be featured during Holiday Wishes and 1 will be selected to be featured as the Mini Miracle in December.
To be considered, families must have at least one child under 18. (Individuals with special circumstances will also be considered.) Families/individuals must be willing to be photographed, video recorded and/or have their name stated on-air. (Anonymous nominations will be considered in the case of domestic violence and other sensitive situations.) Nominees must live in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport.
All nominations must be submitted with at least 2 reference letters. Only 1 of those letters may be from a family member. Letters must include how reference is connected to the family, what makes the nominated family stand out from other nominees, and reasons why the family should be selected. Nominees must exhibit a need that cannot be filled with traditional services provided by health and human service agencies and have an obtainable need that can be filled by Holiday Wishes. Nominations that demonstrate the family’s community involvement may strengthen their chances of being selected.
Nominees with active GoFundMe or similar crowd fundraising pages, etc will not be considered by the Holiday Wishes committee.
Applications must be fully submitted by October 31, 2020 to be considered. If you have questions about the application or Holiday Wishes, please contact United Way at 508-994-9625. DO NOT contact Fun 107 or WBSM. United Way of Greater New Bedford will contact selected nominees. Please do not contact United Way, Fun 107, or WBSM to check on the status of nominations.