On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. celebrated its 10th Annual Action Hero Awards. It was our delight to honor individuals and their organizations for exemplary leadership and philanthropic contributions. Special thanks to all of our corporate sponsors, without who’s support this event would not have been possible.
Honorees for 2016 included:
- Edward M. Augustus, Jr., City Manager – Since being appointed, City Manager Augustus has made the advancement of Worcester’s youth a priority. We thank him for his leadership, support and advocacy for youth through coordinated afterschool, recreational, and youth employment programs.
- Timothy P. Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO – A champion of all things Worcester, Mr. Murray has challenged local businesses to increase employment opportunities for Worcester youth. He has also helped open new doors for young people with the establishment of the Worcester Youth Leadership Institute.
- Frank Kartheiser, Worcester Interfaith Organizer – Kartheiser has been at the forefront of job development for many years. We salute his steadfast advocacy for funding to expand workforce development opportunities for area youth, particularly the city-wide YouthWorks Program.
- Southbridge Savings Bank– Under the stewardship of President and CEO Todd Tallman, and Vice President of Commercial Lending, Ron Cooper, Southbridge Savings Bank has demonstrated incredible generosity and support for WCAC’s emergency fuel assistance fund, donating $100,000 in the last three years. These critical resources were dedicated to the most vulnerable households within the bank’s service area. Thank you on behalf of the hundreds of people you helped keep warm!
- Tim Garvin, United Way of Central Massachusetts President and CEO – WCAC thanks the United Way of Central Massachusetts for their support of our agency’s work including the Project Excel high school equivalency program and the emergency fuel assistance program. Under the leadership of Mr. Garvin, WCAC benefits from his never- ending advocacy for non-profit organizations in Central Massachusetts. Constantly tweeting, posting, and tagging – few people make as many impactful connections –with 140 characters or less–than he does!
- Joseph McKenna, State Representative – This freshman legislator quickly rose to the head of the class for taking the initiative, with Dr. Malkas, when he heard that WCAC was seeking a new Head Start location in Webster. With a deep understanding for the needs of vulnerable children and families in his district, he convened local leaders, businesses and municipal officials to achieve the shared goal of bringing important education and family supports, through WCAC, to Webster.
- Dr. Barbara Malkas, Webster Public Schools Superintendent – A life-long educator, Dr. Malkas has been an outspoken proponent of Head Start and the importance of early educational opportunities for underserved children in Webster. Thanks to her vision and introduction to local partners, she has helped pave the way for WCAC to bring the Head Start Program to the town. WCAC extends best wishes to Dr. Malkas as she heads to her new post in North Adams.