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Public Notice FEMA/Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Funds

Public Notice FEMA/Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Funds are Available

United Way of Pioneer Valley will hold a Public Information Session regarding the release funding of the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Phase 32 (2014-2015). Funding for the EFSP is contained in the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed by President Obama, and the designation for our Local Board in Hampden County is $257,944. This funding is available to nonprofit organizations who currently provide direct services to individuals and families for emergency or disaster related food, fuel, utilities and shelter. The Spending Period for Phase 32 for the Local Board of EFSP began September 1, 2014.

Organizations who have not previously received EFSP funds and are new to the EFSP program MUST attend a meeting at United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main Street 1st Floor, Springfield, MA on Tuesday, January 20 at 3:00-4:30 p.m., in order to apply for these funds. Previous and current grantees are not required to attend this Information Session but are welcome to do so. All Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 23, 2015. For additional information about EFSP and reserve a seat, contact Portia Allen at 413-693-0236 or

To apply, click and fill out the following form: efsp32application

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-Develop a Financial Plan

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-Learn financial basics such as budgeting, checking, and savings

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2015 Corporate Mentoring Summit



Time is running out to register for Mass Mentoring Partnership’s 2nd annual Corporate Mentoring Summit, a free celebration of the way businesses, non-profits and individuals are working together to unleash the Power of Relationships in their communities. If you’ve already registered, we look forward to seeing you at the event!

 If you haven’t registered yet, please join us at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Tuesday, January 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this event which will feature:

  • Welcome remarks from Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Paul Cronin, Senior Managing Director — Head of Capital Markets & International, First Niagara Financial Group
  • Keynote address from Delcie David Bean IV, Chief Executive Officer of Paragus Strategic IT
  • Announcement of our Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, which will recognize businesses of all sizes that are creating and sustaining empowering youth-adult relationships through employee volunteerism, financial contributions, in-kind support, or fundraising. (See a list of the 2014 Honor Roll members here)
  • The Ignite Award for Corporation/Business of the Year, given to an outstanding business dedicated to fostering mentoring and empowering relationships
  • Panel discussion on how businesses can lead the way in creating mentoring opportunities, and the benefits to employees of mentoring relationships
  • Sit-down lunch
  • Time to network before and after the event

Click here today to RSVP



December 30, 2014 @ 8:00 pmJanuary 1, 2015 @ 6:00 am

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United Way of Pioneer Valley, Yellow Cab, Rock 102/Lazer 99.3, and Williams Distributing are once again partnering to make sure Pioneer Valley residents have a safe option to get home this New Year’s Eve. Don’t risk driving buzzed or drunk! It’s not worth it. From 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 6:00 p.m. New Year’s Day, call 739-9999 for a FREE ride from Yellow Cab (must show Massachusetts ID).

Again, the phone number to call is 739-9999. Stay safe this holiday season!

Valley Gives 2014

Valley Gives is a 24-hour, online giving bonanza for non-profit organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley! This year, Valley Gives Day will take place on Wednesday, December 10. This year, 1,920 new donors will have $25 prizes added to their first gift of the day and two very lucky new donors will have $1,000 added to their first gift of the day!

We are raising money to support (2) community programs – STAY IN SCHOOL and WARMING HEARTS:

Stay in School is a United Way community initiative to increase student attendance and graduation rates in Springfield public schools.

To donate, please visit the Stay in School page here.

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Warming Hearts is a United Way response to a critical local need, providing fuel assistance for seniors, families and veterans to stay warm.

To donate, please visit the Warming Hearts page here.

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On December 10, please give generously to support WARMING HEARTS and STAY IN SCHOOL.

Your support matters!

Thank You FL Roberts!

THANK YOU to FL Roberts for providing United Way of Pioneer Valley with the opportunity to participate in their “Causes in the Community” week! For one week in November, FL Roberts designates a local non-profit organization each day, who will receive a percentage of the proceeds from fuel and store purchases. We appreciate the support of FL Roberts and your customers throughout the area, whose donations from November 16 totaled $3,069 – a 40% increase over last year!

To see the 2014 “Causes in the Community” week flyer, click here:  OSG-5099 FLR Community Causes Week 2014_PR6

UWPV Day of Caring 2014

800 volunteers + 22 companies + 33 non-profit agencies = One awesome day of giving back. Our 21st annual Day of Caring was held on Friday, September 5. Thank you to the amazing men and women who volunteered their time to help local non-profits with community service projects!

To see photos from Day of Caring, check out UWPV’s Facebook page! We’re adding new photos every day!

UWPV Receives $5,000

Grant from Staples Foundation for Stuff The Bus program

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the 2 Million & Change initiative from Staples Foundation, United Way of Pioneer Valley was able to provide 1,300 children who are homeless in our community with a new backpack filled with school supplies during Stuff The Bus! Thank you, Staples! Great things happen when we Live United. For more information, please see our press release announcing the grant.Staples 2 mil and change logo resized

UWPV Announces Resource Development Council

United Way of Pioneer Valley has announced the slate of volunteers who will serve on the 2014-2015 Resource Development Council, which is the volunteer fundraising arm of the United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV). It is comprised of a group of volunteer community and business leaders who are committed to the mission of the UWPV. For more information, please see our press release for the announcement.

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