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Unidos Para Familias (United For Families) Fund Benefit At GiftsToGive Raises over $14,000 To Help Hurricane Maria Families in New Bedford

On Saturday, December 16 more than 200 local stakeholders attended a benefit event for the Community Foundation's Unidos Para Familias Fund.  The Fund was established to provide emergency shelter and basic services to children and families from Puerto Rico who fled the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria for the safe harbor of New Bedford.  Monica Mattei (pictured above, right) shared her story of surviving the Hurricane, but losing everything, and then landing with her children in New Bedford to a community that has welcomed her with open arms.  Monica presented her story with help from her United Way Family Support case manager and interpreter, Ceuma Rose (above, left).  



The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for an Arts & Culture Program Manager position! 





November 15 was National Philanthropy Day!  Read a message from Community Foundation President John Vasconcellos...



A huge Thank You to the hundreds of stakeholders who participated in one of our Community Conversations in Fall River and New Bedford over the past two months, as well as those who completed our online survey, all in support of the Arts, Culture & Creativity Initiative. This initiative, made possible through the support of the Barr Foundation, is exploring opportunities to realize an even more vibrant and diverse arts and culture community for both cities. Read the ideas and insights from the New Bedford conversations or from the Fall River conversations.   Send your thoughts and ideas to


      The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website for more information.