United Way Distributes $300,000 COVID-19 Aid to 19 Merrimack Valley Organizations

The interior of a temporary shelter erected for Emmaus of Haverhill. (Courtesy photograph.)

Two months after launching a fundraising effort to help individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley says it has distributed $300,000 to 19 Merrimack Valley organizations.

The amount is part of $4 million the agency has sent to 158 community-based organizations across the region to provide flexible emergency financial assistance to individuals and families impacted by the crisis.

Local groups receiving aid include ACT Lawrence, Boys and Girls Club of Haverhill, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley, Catholic Charities, Common Ground Ministries, Community Teamwork, Community Action, Dwelling House of Hope, Emmaus, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Groundwork Lawrence, International Institute of New England, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Open Hand Pantry, Society of St.Vincent de Paul and UTEC.

More than 6,700 donors—representing individuals, corporations and foundations—have committed more than $7 million to help families affected by the crisis since United Way launched the COVID-19 Family Support Fund on March 14.

United Way is also working in partnership with elected officials and community leaders in more than a dozen Gateway cities and towns to lead a coordinated, unified response to the financial impact of closing non-essential businesses. These include the One Haverhill Fund.

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