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Annual Coat Drive for Kids

Each year Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. undertakes a Coat Drive in order to provide new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start, and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as for the children of the teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center (JEC). More than just a new coat, the program seeks to alleviate the burden of purchasing a new coat for our vulnerable families, while also preventing children from getting sick, missing school and thus causing parents to miss work or school themselves. Read more here.

Urgent Call for State Fuel Assistance

Representatives from Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today joined the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and its community action colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth at the State House in Boston to call for the inclusion of $30 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next FY19 Supplemental Budget. Read more here.

MassDevelopment awards $1M Loan

MassDevelopment has issued a $1 million loan to the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC), an agency that offers a wide range of education, employment, and social service programs throughout 45 communities in Central Massachusetts. WCAC is currently in the process of converting the facility into classroom space for its Head Start program for South Central Worcester County. WCAC has received $1.7 million in federal and state grants for building renovations and has raised over $500,000 in capital campaign contributions for the project. The organization will use proceeds of the MassDevelopment loan to complete the proposed renovations and improvements. Read the full story here.

December 2018 Enewsletter

Holiday Greetings from WCAC! Celebrating the season with great community partners! Check our our annual Coat Drive for Kids, upcoming Holiday Happening at The Hanover Theatre and much more. Read it all here.

WCAC Board Meeting

WCAC will host its final Board Meeting of the calendar year on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Full agenda available here.

Hanover Theatre holiday happening to benefit WCAC

WCAC is thrilled to be partnering with the Hanover Theatre for the Peforming Arts for a special holiday happening to benefit WCAC’s programs and services. A percentage of all tickets sold to the Thursday, December 20, 2018 performance of A Christmas Carol will be donated to WCAC. Special VIP tickets available for $60 per person – include admission to pre-show reception where you can meet and mingle with members of the cast while enjoying hors d’eouvres and cash bar. Learn more and reserve your tickets here.

We all have a role to play in fighting poverty

Have you ever suffered an unanticipated job loss or sudden health crisis? Have you ever struggled to pay the minimum due on your credit card bill, or held two jobs just to pay the bills? Far too many households live just on the brink, a mere heartbeat away from poverty. We all have a role to play in fighting poverty. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. We hope we can count on your support for WCAC’s critical programs and services to help move families to economic self-sufficiency. Click here for further details.

McGovern announces $600K for Head Start project

Congressman James P. McGovern toured Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start renovation project located 116 School Street in Webster today and announced his success in securing $600,000 from the Federal Administration of Children & Families (ACF) to support the project. Read more here.

Finding a Way Forward Together

On October 5, 2018, WCAC and MASSCAP were pleased to host the fourth of six planned forums throughout the state focused on strategies and solutions to addressing poverty. According to a new report on poverty called “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Together effective programs that help families to make ends meet, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, SNAP, fuel assistance, school lunches, Head Start, and Social Security cut the number of people in Massachusetts living in poverty by almost half and reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than half. Read more here.

MAPFRE grants WCAC $57K

Worcester Community Action Council has received a $57,000 grant from Fundación MAPFRE to support the nutrition program at the agency’s Head Start program. Healthy nutrition is crucial for young children’s immediate success, as well as providing a solid ground for healthy growth and development throughout the course of their lifetime. Children enrolled in WCAC’s Head Start program receive a nutritional breakfast, lunch and snack daily. While the agency is reimbursed a portion of the nutritional program costs by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there is a sizable cost remaining. The grant from Fundación MAPFRE will provide each of the 203 children enrolled in the program the equivalent of 89 daily breakfasts. Click HERE for full story.