Throughout the year, United Way of Greater New Bedford engages businesses throughout the region to host community collection drives for food, baby items, books, toys, and more! Collection drives are a great way to engage your employees and business in the community. United Way makes hosting drives easy by supplying collection bins, posters & flyers, and social media graphics and text. We also provide an Amazon Wish List so donors can purchase items online and have shipped right to us!
Drive Types/ Timelines
Book Drives - Any time
Promote literacy with kids newbord to age 8 by collecting new and gently used books for Women United's Wash & Read initiative.
Kid-Friendly Food - March
Make sure kids don't go hungry over school vacation week by collecting kid-friendly food items to be packaged into 1,000 kid meal packs during Spring Hunger Heroes. Packs are distributed by local school districts.
Baby Items - Primarily in July/August, but can run any time
New moms and their babies need a lot of support. By collecting basic supplies for babies such as diapers and wipes for Women United's Baby Bundles initiative you can give them the best start.
Thanksgiving Food - October/November
Help us package 1,000 Thanksgiving meals at Hunger Heroes by collecting those classic items for a holiday meal. Distributed by local food pantries.
Toys & Gift Cards for our Annual Toy Drive - December
Keep the holiday spirit alive for kids & teens by collecting toys and gift cards for the holidays. Each year we partner with the New Bedford Fire Department to collect and distribute items to local organizations for kids.