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July 13, 2021

Amazon donates $100K to United Way Central Mass. youth programs

Photo | United Way United Way Amazon partnership event on Tuesday

Online retail giant Amazon donated $100,000 to community nonprofit United Way of Central Massachusetts, which was announced at an event at YWCA Central Massachusetts in Worcester on Tuesday morning.

The Amazon donation will go toward summer youth programs, said United Way President and CEO Tim Garvin.

"We’ve actually already spent all of it,” said Garvin.

The money was divided into several areas, including free swimming lessons and lifeguard training, a summer literacy initiative, and community health link, which embeds councilors into early education programs. It will also support United Way’s youth organizations.

United Way is a national network of chapters focused on providing resources for education, health, and family stability to break the cycle of poverty.

Tuesday’s event was attended by about 40 people, said Garvin, and included speeches from Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) and Amazon Senior Manager Jerome Smith.

Amazon has several projects planned in the region, including a distribution center in place of Worcester’s Greendale Mall and a 1-million-square-foot warehouse in Charlton.

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