Mr. Garvin has energized the United Way of Central Massachusetts, a 90-year-old philanthropic organization, since his arrival in March, 2006. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people with resources to improve the community. The United Way is committed to focusing upon the building blocks of a successful life: quality education, family stability, and good health. In his six years at the United Way, Tim has stabilized the organization financially: revenue has increased; spending has decreased; and more funding is being granted into the community to make a lasting impact in the lives of children, youth, and adults most in need. Tim is most proud of the collaborative work that resulted in the United Way receiving 1 of but 21 planning grants from the US Department of Education in order to build a Promise Neighborhood. Currently, Tim is serving a third term as the chair of the Council of Massachusetts United Ways (COMUW); looking for ways to promote collaborative effort and shared successes among all 20 United Ways in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Tim spent 19 years in leadership roles within nonprofit agencies, including serving as the Vice President/Executive Director of the Central Branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston; Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Family YMCA/Oak Square YMCA; and as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Jamaica, West Indies.
Tim also co-chairs the American Diabetes Association Advocacy Group, where he spends many hours speaking with legislators and advocating for people with diabetes at the state and national level. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, on the statewide advisory committee for the Department of Children and Families, and on the MassChild Community Advisory Board. He is a volunteer soccer coach; and his greatest joy is spending time with his 3 children: Colin, Erin, and Meghan, and his wife of 20 years, Theresa.