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For Immediate Release

January 16, 2024

For more information contact:
Victoria Grasela, VP of Marketing & Community Engagement United Way of Greater New Bedford
508-994-9625, ext. 210

United Way of Greater New Bedford is seeking proposals for the Together, United Fund in order to advance new initiatives and existing efforts at local nonprofits to build the capacity of their board and staff to serve diverse communities and foster lasting, positive change in the advancement of racial equity and social justice.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 from the Together, United Fund. Requests could include, but are not limited to: support for professional development and/or training for board and staff to advance race, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, provide resources and tools to promote racial equity and social justice in the workplace, or provide opportunities at all levels of implementation, to create and share knowledge through webinars, publications, professional conferences, and practice- group convening.

Proposals to the Together, United Fund are due Thursday, February 29th at 5 pm and must be submitted electronically through United Way’s grant portal. Visit unitedwayofgnb.org for more information.

This initiative of United Way of Greater New Bedford was established to build capacity at local nonprofits by investing in their leadership and workforce to improve their ability to serve our diverse community,” said Sarah Rose, Chief Impact Officer. “We are committed to strategically investing resources to help close gaps and disparities in education opportunities, economic mobility, and health access.”

In 2023, United Way awarded the first round of Together, United grants to Dennison Memorial Community Center and Coaching for Change. Both organizations focused on professional development for their staff and board to actively address racial equity and social justice through educational programming.

United Way of Greater New Bedford is the local chapter of United Way Worldwide. It has operated since 1953, advocating for family resilience, health access, economic mobility, and educational opportunity for every person in the nine communities it serves through essential services such as the Family Resource & Development Center, Hunger Commission, and New Bedford Community Connections Coalition. Additionally, United Way funds local organizations whose programming addresses these issues and matches them with volunteers through Volunteer SouthCoast.