UNITED WAY OF SOUTHBRIDGE, STURBRIDGE AND CHARLTON
ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH UNITED WAY OF WEBSTER AND DUDLEY
Southbridge, MA—The United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton has announced it will merge with the United Way of Webster and Dudley. In a joint decision between the local branches’ Board of Directors, the new branch will continue to provide services for all five towns from one location, with efforts focused on growing potential opportunities to connect communities with access to support services.
The newly-formed United Way of South Central Massachusetts (UWSCM) will operate out of office space at 176 Main Street, Southbridge, led by Executive Director Mary O’Coin and a team of 30 Board members comprised from both entities.
The merger, formally went into effect on April 16, allows the sharing of local resources to create a stronger network of partners and agencies.
“We are eager to help our communities by continuing to create a positive quality of life for families surrounding the organization,” said O’Coin. “We have endless growth potential which we will be working toward through fundraising and volunteer work.”
In the 2018–2019 campaign year, the two chapters raised a combined $582,000, and distributed 42 different grants to support community programs at 22 local agencies. The 2019–2020 campaign has raised a total $443,000 so far; UWSCM will continue these fundraising efforts over the next few months.