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Search Launched for WCAC Executive Director

The Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) Board of Directors has engaged the services of Koya Leadership Partners (KLP) to direct the search for the post of Executive Director being vacated by Jill Dagilis who is retiring effective the end of May 2019. The Executive Director role is a full-time position based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Additional details available here.

Grand Opening of WCAC’s Webster Head Start

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today hosted a grand opening celebration at its newly renovated Head Start Center, 116 School Street, Webster. Congressman James P. McGovern, State Senator Ryan Fattman, and State Representative Joseph McKenna were among the guests celebrating the $2.8 million dollar project. Read more here.

WCAC hosts two free tax prep sites

In 2019, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition is celebrating its 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low income working taxpayers throughout Central Massachusetts! Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, IRS-certified volunteers prepare taxes and specifically look for tax credits the household may be eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other credits. Read more here.

Board Meeting Scheduled

WCAC will host its first Board Meeting of the new year on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Full agenda available here. This will be the agency’s 53rd Annual Meeting. WCAC Board Meetings are open to the public.

National Grid Foundation $15K grant supports science & nature in the classroom

Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program has been named the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support a science and nature curriculum in all of the agency’s twelve classrooms. The initiative, in collaboration with Massachusetts Audubon Broad Meadow Brook, will provide for multiple classroom visits and hands-on lessons at WCAC’s Head Start center by MA Audubon staff, culminating with a field trip to the sanctuary for children to participate in a nature hike. Read more here.

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.