What We Do
United Way improves lives by mobilizing caring people to invest in the community where their resources are needed most.
Community Service and Projects
Since 2014, our United Way has partnered with SingleCare, which is a national program offering prescription discount cards. In 2021, local families have saved over $281,127.62 using these discount prescription cards.
Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies. In 2020, 5,681 calls were made to Mass 211 in our service area.
Hunger & Homelessness
United Way continues its special commitment to the families and elderly in our community who are hungry and need shelter. In 2020, UWGFR provided $43,000 in funding to local food pantries and soup kitchens to support their efforts in high demand seasons. We also collected canned goods and diapers at our annual dinner for donation to other organizations.
Once again, we partnered to assemble Thanksgiving baskets with the Frank M. Silvia Elementary School, partnering with Bristol County Savings Bank and Stop and Shop. We assembled more than 30 baskets for families in need.
We participated in Stamp Out Hunger for the third year. With the help of GM Refrigeration and BankFive, we provided 55,000 plastic bags in Fall River, Somerset, and Swansea to collect non-perishable food items. National Letter Carriers collected these food items and distributed them to individuals in need.
We are also active in the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness and the Fall River Homeless Service Provider Coalition. Both of these groups come together to address housing and homelessness issues in the city and provide service and outreach to unhoused or unstabily housed individuals. As part of this project, we provide funds for Massachusetts State Identification cards to those working with a caseworker who need a new ID card.