The Board of Directors of UWGAT is pleased to announce it will invest $1,720,738 over the next year. United Way’s mission is “to improve lives by uniting the caring power of communities to advance the common good.” UWGAT is committed and focused on investing in programs in the areas of education, income, and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.
The total investment of $1,720,738 will be allocated to local non-profit organizations administering programs in the priority areas of education, income, and health. Allocations will be distributed as follows: $481,846 to help enhance education, $427,445 for income stability including the Mass 211 free information and referral system, and $286,300 for healthier communities. Additionally, $8,927 will be distributed to other United Ways by donor choice and $516,220 to additional designations as requested by donors.
“Every 3 years UWGAT conducts a Community Needs Assessment to remain current and relevant in investing dollars into our local community to best meet the needs of our residents, employees, and guests of our eleven cities and towns,” said Jamie E. Crossman, UWGAT President & CEO. UWGAT serves the cities and towns of: Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Taunton.
UWGAT recruits individuals and organizations from the community who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. UWGAT’s volunteers represent all UWGAT donors and they review program funding requests to bring forward investment recommendations to the Board of Directors.
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Annual Meeting & Campaign Celebration - May 19
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) celebrated its 73rd Annual Meeting & Campaign Celebration event at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, MA, with approximately 225 guests. This event combined the Annual Meeting [for Board of Directors and Incorporators] with a Campaign Celebration event [for workplace campaigns, donors, & funded partners].
During the breakfast, UWGAT welcomed and installed new board directors: Kevin Cryan, Owner, Cryan Landscape Contractors; and Nelson Tavares, Vice President of Lending & Retail Administration, Taunton Federal Credit Union.
UWGAT presented year-end campaign successes, highlighted community investments, and outlined a vast list of organizational accomplishments and initiatives achieved during this past fiscal year. The agency was pleased to acknowledge the supporting businesses and companies achieving awards in employee giving and participation, and thanked and recognized supporters, donors, board, volunteers, businesses, partners, and staff. With strong board leadership and a committed, passionate staff, UWGAT is expanding community capacity building efforts while “improving lives by uniting the caring power of communities to advance the common good in the specific areas of Education, Income, and Health.”
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton continuously strives to remain on the path to charitable excellence. Theda M. Hornung, UWGAT Board Chair and Jamie E. Crossman, UWGAT President were thrilled to present a check to funded community partners announcing that UWGAT will be investing $1,720,738.00 into its communities this fiscal year!
In addition, UWGAT gave out 225 red noses in support of this year’s Red Nose Day USA (Thursday, May 21). Red Nose Day is a campaign to raise money for children and youth living in poverty. “The Campaign encourages everyone from children to corporations to do something fun to raise awareness around this serious, global issue,” stated Crossman. United Way is one of 12 charities that will be receiving proceeds from the sale of red noses at Walgreens and from the telethon aired on NBC.
UWGAT’s Days of Caring is a way for local businesses and organizations to volunteer at a community agency for a specific community service project. UWGAT facilitates Days of Caring by collecting projects and pairing volunteers with agencies.
The event begins with registration at 10:00 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. A boxed lunch is provided. Enjoy golfing a scramble format with a Poker Run, Putting Contest, Best Dressed Individual contest, as well as, prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. After golfing, enjoy dinner and dessert, awards, and Chinese raffle with prizes consisting of restaurant gift cards, golf accessories, lottery tickets, and more!
The South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless held a Fiscal Year 2016 legislative breakfast on March 13th at Bristol Community College, Taunton Center.
Several local area legislators including Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senator Marc Pacheco, Representative Shaunna O'Connell, Representative Keiko Orrall, Representative Michelle DuBois, and Representative Paul Heroux came to speak about Fiscal Year 2016 priorities around homelessness and programs protecting families, individuals, elderly and disabled, and young people experiencing homelessness, as well as other legislative priorities.