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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.

Summer 2018 Enewsletter

WCAC kicked off summer bidding a fond farewell to graduates of our Head Start and Job & Education Center programs, while looking forward to the completion of our new Head Start center. Read more HERE.

Tickets Available for 12th Annual Action Hero Awards

WCAC is thrilled to be welcoming MA Senate President Harriette Chandler as the keynote speaker for our 12th Annual Action Hero Awards to be held on May 17th at Mechanics Hall. Individual tickets are now available for purchase online. Click HERE to reserve your seat today.

Head Start to host Raices Latin Dance

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. has been awarded a $400 grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council to support a free performance by the Raices Latin Dance Company at the agency’s Head Start center located at 25 Cole Avenue in Southbridge on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6 p.m. The performance will be the culmination of the center’s annual Multicultural Festival and is open to the public. Read more here.

Webster Five donates $25K to WCAC

The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $25,000 to Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), payable over two years. The funds will be used to open a new four-classroom Head Start center in Webster. Read more here.

WCAC awarded Local Cultural Council grants

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. has been awarded two local cultural council grants to augment cultural programming at the anti-poverty agency. The Worcester Arts Council awarded WCAC $2,800 to support Creative Connections: Poetic Pathways Project at its Worcester-based Job & Education Center, while the Southbridge Cultural Council awarded $400 to support a performance by the Raices Latin Dance Troupe at the agency’s Head Start center located in Southbridge. Read more here.

Free Tax Prep Services expanded to Southbridge

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. will be offering free tax preparation in Southbridge as part of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for low and moderate income working individuals and families. Services will be available by appointment only at the agency’s Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County office, 61 Pine Street, Southbridge, on Thursday and Friday evenings through the end of March. Call 508-909-0061 x10 to schedule an appointment.  The program is supported in part by a grant from the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge & Charlton. Click here for additional information.

WCAC welcomes new Board Chair

At its annual meeting earlier this month, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. welcomed Noreen Johnson Smith as its new Board Chair. Johnson Smith is the Chief Development Officer at the Family Health Center of Worcester. She has served on the board for five years. Read more here.

We Are Community Action

“What can change the world today is the same thing that has changed it in the past – an idea and the service of dedicated, committed individuals to that idea.”  Check out WCAC’s new Community Impact Video, our new Annual Report and learn about our ongoing commitment to helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy. Read more here.