Emerging Needs & Opportunities Fund

The Emerging Needs and Opportunities Fund allows UWGNB to respond to unexpected demands arising from crises or emergencies, and to take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities with the potential for high impact in the community.

Examples of projects that could by funded by the Emerging Needs and Opportunities Fund:

  • Projects that mobilize people and resources in the event of an emergency, crisis, or natural disaster
  • Capacity-building opportunities for non-profits and city departments that have the potential for significant social return
  • Advocacy efforts that are aligned with UWGNB’s mission and values and that address a critical need or issue
  • Groups and organizations must be invited to apply for this fund. There is no minimum request; the maximum request is $10,000.

Current Funded Programs
This year, we contributed to a fund to support victims of the Thanksgiving Day fire that displaced 27 people on Washburn Street, New Bedford.

We also partnered with United Way of Greater Plymouth County on the virtual event, “Beyond Good Intentions: Taking Steps to End Racism.” Over 200 people joined virtually to be part of the conversation. Presenters represented a wide array of organizations working to end racism.

United Way also continues to fund the Street Sheet, which is an essential resource for individuals and families throughout Greater New Bedford. The program provides free information about health and mental health care, legal assistance, veterans’ assistance, food pantries, emergency shelters, foreclosure assistance, substance abuse, and more.

If you have any questions, please direct your inquiries to Michelle N. Hantman, 508-994-9625, ext. 212 or mhantman@unitedwayofgnb.org