United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) on behalf of the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness (SoCo) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $50,000 in the Massachusetts State budget to facilitate the coordination and implementation of support programs protecting families and individuals experiencing homelessness. SoCo continues to be UWGAT’s highly successful income and financial stability initiative, partnering with many Bristol County stakeholders committed to identifying and implementing creative strategies to ending homelessness. This funding is critical for SoCo to continue its unique role, and to provide a template for multi-faceted and coordinated strategies to prevent and end homelessness in and beyond Bristol County.
SoCo continues to provide and promote collaborative leadership at all levels of government and across all sectors to inspire and energize us all to commit to preventing and ending homelessness. Additionally, SoCo hopes by increasing knowledge regarding collaboration and successful interventions, these efforts will in turn strengthen the capacity of public and private organizations which will further foster independence and economic self-sufficiency.
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton and the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness greatly appreciates Senator Michael Rodrigues’ (Co-chair of SoCo’s Leadership Council) work on adding the funding to the state budget and to all Bristol County legislators for endorsing and supporting this critical funding. Thank you for your vote of confidence.
Community Impact Grants
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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Days of Caring
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.