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Updated: May 1, 2023 / Power 50 for 2023

2023 Power 50: Tim Garvin

A photo of Tim Garvin Photo | Courtesy of United Way of Central Massachusetts Tim Garvin, president & CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester
Tim Garvin Title President & CEO Organization United Way of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester Residence Sudbury College Clark University, in Worcester Read all the 2023 Power 50 profiles here
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Tim Garvin is as dialed into the nonprofit and human services world in Central Massachusetts as anyone. Under his leadership, the United Way’s mission is to build up communities through investment across the spectrum of needs and programming in 30 towns across the region.

The organization brings in $5 million from donors and supporters each year and directly reinvests that funding into the community by funding nonprofits and mission-driven organizations. The United Way works to get residents invested in their own communities through thousands of volunteer opportunities and advocacy.

In the past year, United Way projects have spanned from multimillion-dollar programs to direct aid. Garvin and the organization brought a $4.5-million grant to support After School and Out of School Time in Central Massachusetts. So far, 151 programs have received support, and 28,000 children and teens have been served. United Way created and seeded a Formula Equity Fund, which raised $70,000 and purchased truckloads of baby formula and distributed it through eight neighborhood partners. In July, when a roof collapse at a Worcester apartment complex displaced residents, the United Way provided hotel room stays for more than two weeks.

In partnership with the Worcester Department of Health & Human Services, United Way helped administer a U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention grant to deliver more than 55,000 COVID-19 vaccines to area residents. In March, United Way celebrated the third year of its Worcester Together coalition, which was formed with the City of Worcester and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation in the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic, to help address pressing community needs.

How should professionals best use the power they wield? “Use power for the common good.”

Moved by the music: Garvin’s favorite song of all time – so powerful that when it comes on he has to pull over to the side of the road and stop driving – is Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up.”

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