South End Engaged


South End Engaged is an initiative spearheaded by the United Way of Greater New Bedford which aims to convene a cross-sector group of stakeholders to develop projects that will benefit the South End of New Bedford. The initiative, which is comprised of over forty organizations, including non-profits, city departments, businesses, and residents, is guided by the vision statement that “all residents of the South End of New Bedford are safe, healthy, and have the knowledge and skills to thrive.”

Geographic Focus

South End Engaged is focused on a particular area in the South End of New Bedford – the area that lies between Walnut Street (northern boundary) and Cove Street (southern boundary), and County Street (western boundary) and the water (eastern boundary). There are two elementary schools in that area – the Alfred J. Gomes Elementary School and the Renaissance Community School for the Arts. Roosevelt Middle School also serves the area, though it does not sit within those boundaries.

Governance Structure

South End Engaged is backboned by the United Way of Greater New Bedford, who coordinates the logistics of the initiative and is also a funder of the initiative. There are four working groups, which are responsible for project planning around their focus areas – Family & School Engagement, Health & Safety, Resident Organizing, and Economic Revitalization. A Steering Committee comprised of representatives of each of the sectors and residents will also give guidance on the direction of the organization and be responsible for reviewing proposals from working groups for United Way funding.

South End Engaged values the engagement of South End residents in all aspects of the initiative – from project planning to governance and evaluation – as team members recognize that resident engagement is necessary for the effectiveness and the eventual sustainability of the initiative. The “Evaluator” of the initiative plays a key role in guiding the team towards evidence base and data driven practices, and will provide technical assistance to organizations executing projects. Through the work of the evaluator and engagement of the community, the initiative will create “continuous learning loops” that will use evaluation to strengthen the overall work of the initiative.


South End Engaged Team

BankFive; Bristol Community College; City of New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches Department; Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.; Community Boating Center, Inc.; Independent Consultant; Dennison Memorial Community Center; District Representative for Congressman William Keating at U.S. House of Representative; E for All; Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board; Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance; Grow Education, Marion Institute; Housing Solutions Southeastern Massachusetts; Immigrants’ Assistance Center; Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford; Leadership SouthCoast; Mass in Motion; Mayor’s Office, City of New Bedford; NeighborWorks Southeastern Massachusetts; New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce; New Bedford City Council; New Bedford Department Planning, Housing, and Community Development; New Bedford Economic Development Council; New Bedford Housing Authority; New Bedford Police Department; New Bedford Public Schools; New Bedford Residents; NorthStar Learning Centers; People Acting in Community Endeavors; PACE YouthBuild; Public Policy Center, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Old Bedford Village; South End Business Association; SouthCoast Health; Step 4 Success; Sylvia Group; The Resource, Inc.; The Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts; The Women’s Center; United New Bedford; YMCA SouthCoast; Youth Opportunities Unlimited; and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts