November 20, 2019
 
United Way of Mass Bay Raises $225K for Early Education

October 18, 2019 — The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, announced that it raised $225,000 at its annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast yesterday to support its early education programs.

The event, the twenty-fourth time the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has held it, which drew nearly 500 attendees, was headlined by Sarah Hurwitz, who served as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and senior speechwriter for Barack Obama while he served as President.

“Every dollar invested in quality early education for our youngest Bostonians—our future workforce and community leaders—sees a tenfold return in health care and public safety costs avoided, future earnings, and family stability,” said event co-chair Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. “This is where United Way comes in. Investing in all of our kids is fundamental to building the city and community they deserve.”

Added Tammi Worthan, event co-chair and Vice President for Human Resources at Sun Life U.S., "United Way’s partnerships with the best early education and intervention providers throughout our community like Boys and Girls Clubs, Catholic Charities, FamilyAid Boston, Nurtury and ROCA help ensure parents get the support services, hands-on parenting and workforce training and the hope and reassurance they need to keep their families thriving."

Sponsors of the breakfast were Sun Life, Deloitte, John Hancock, and Bank of America.

The cornerstone event of United Way’s Women United group, the first Women’s Leadership Breakfast was held in 1996.This year, the group has focused on raising awareness and funds for programs that support healthy early childhood development and school readiness.

The event also raised funds to support United Way’s 10th Annual Community Baby Shower next spring, which connects new and expectant parents experiencing economic hardship with maternal and early childhood education and resources and is a true celebration providing gifts, food, and friendship.

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