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Service enterprisese_certified_logo_16_18Service Enterprise

se_certified_logo_16_18se_certified_logo_16_18United Way of Greater New Bedford began a partnership with the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) in 2014 to bring Service Enterprise, an initiative of Points of Light, to Greater New Bedford. Service Enterprise teaches non-profits how to leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization. After a series of trainings, participating organizations have 1 year to become certified as a Servicer Enterprise. To become certified, organizations must evaluate current processes surrounding volunteers and develop new strategies to make sure volunteers are being utilized to the best of their abilities.

Certified Organizations


We are proud to announce that United Way of Greater New Bedford was the first Service Enterprise Certified on the SouthCoast and that all of our first cohort was also certified this past June. Congratulations to SouthCoast Serves, The Salvation Army, The Women’s Fund and YMCA Southcoast for becoming certified.

2016-2017 Cohort

Our second cohort finished their training in the Spring and will continue to work towards their certification in 2017 with the guidance of United Way and MSA. This cohort is comprised of the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Mass Audubon (Allen’s Pond), Southcoast Health and the Whaling Museum.

2017-2018 Cohort

We began a third cohort of organizations in early 2017. These organizations will work towards achieving certification in 2018. This cohort is comprised of Buttonwood Park Zoo, E for All, Mass Audubon (Oak Knoll), New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches and Our Sisters’ School.

If your organization is interested in becoming Service Enterprise Certified, contact Victoria Grasela at 508-994-9625 ext 210 or

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