Salvation Army parts ways with United Way
The Salvation Army of Massachusetts said today that it will end its decades-long affiliation with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
"The Salvation Army has experienced significant cuts in funding as the United Way has shifted its focus and priorities to programs and services other than those provided by The Salvation Army," the Salvation Army of Massachusetts said in a press release.
The Salvation Army's press release added, "About 20 years ago The Salvation Army received over $1 million from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay while its allocation this year from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is $171,000, or down to less than three percent of The Salvation Army’s operating budget in the Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley service areas."
In an e-mailed statement, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley president Michael Durkin said: “I have worked for the United Way system my entire career, and this is the most disappointed I have ever been. We have a decades long partnership with the Salvation Army focused on helping kids and families. The Salvation Army told us earlier this year that they needed more funding. We responded with a nearly 18 percent increase in funding. This was in a year when overall funding was down."