President's Message


Shawonda Swain, President and CEO of Middlesex United Way

The staff at Middlesex United Way was hard at work this summer onboarding new team members, building community relationships, reviewing systems, creating new processes, and planning for new events. As we continue to meet the needs of our nonprofits through grantmaking and gear up for a busy second half of the year it is imperative now more than ever that we have your support through volunteerism and fundraising.  COVID has been tough on the whole country and as an agency we have experienced difficult times over the last nearly three years.  Even through the struggle of COVID, Middlesex United Way served the community with PPP equipment, food and financial resources that supported their continued success. 

Now more than ever we need your support!  As the world opens back up and begins a new post-COVID way of living we encourage you to give of your time and financial resources to ensure that Middlesex United Way can continue to serve the most vulnerable in our 15 towns.  All of us have a role to play in making the world a better place starting in our own community.  We understand that people are struggling after the pandemic, inequality, and through economic uncertainty, but our country has been built by coming together in tough times to ensure our communities most vulnerable have support.  While there will be challenges, there is no more important and exciting work.   

Everything Middlesex United Way does or has done in its 87-year history has been due to the individual and business support in the communities it serves. It takes a knowledgeable staff, continued research, and funding to be able to provide constant, as well as emergency support, to our county’s nonprofits; routinely and frequently assess and address the needs within our county, offer community-wide educational programs to support our nonprofits; keep our donors informed, and support the community in perpetuity. To make all this possible, we rely on the generosity of our donors to support our efforts each year.

When you make a gift to Middlesex United Way, you make a difference in your community. Most of the dollars that come to MUW are provided to support our fellow nonprofits from across the towns we serve that are doing the important work of helping people of all ages. To sustain this vital work and remain a strong nonprofit serving nonprofits, we also must garner support for our operations. As you support Middlesex United Way you can be assured that you are serving as an important part of our mission’s foundation to connect generous individuals, families, and businesses to the people and organizations that need it most. We are grateful that you and other residents of Middlesex County believe the investment is worth it.

As the new President and CEO and a resident of Middlesex County I am proud to serve this organization.  I look forward to steering Middlesex United Way in a manner that lives up to our mission and values and ensure we continue the work for another 87 years to come.




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