WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell

In 2020, we will be celebrating our 55th year of service to the community and our plan is to continue to be a lifeline to those when they need it, be a resource for a lifetime when it’s required, and be a life changing force that alters a person’s or family’s path.

WCAC embodies service to people and place through our mission: helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.   We are the federally designated community action agency charged with reducing the impact of poverty in Worcester and 45 surrounding communities in Central and Southern Worcester County. We are one of 23 agencies like us across the state and one of more than 1000 nationally.

At the very heart of what Community Action provides, we are … even at our minimum capacity, THE most effective and proven system of safety net  programs focused on helping our most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and insecure neighbors stay out of poverty or at the very least access relief from it.

While poverty still exists and income gaps have widened… they do so in spite of the persistent, resilient, and widespread impact of community action.  Resiliency is a key concept because since our inception, community action agencies have faced a constant barrage of politics, policies, and pathologies that have threatened to diminish or inhibit our returns and, yet, were it not for our existence the number of people in poverty would be double.

The role Worcester Community Action Council has played is no exception. Our clients are our neighbors, our friends, sometimes our family, and they range in age from prenatal to elderly.  We serve low-income individuals and households, children and families, youth and young adults, senior citizens, and individuals living and working with disabilities.  We are your community.

Our history shows that together, we do better.  Thank you to those who have supported our efforts throughout the past year. Please join us in harnessing our mutual desire to keep our community growing, equitably.

– Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director


WCAC remains committed to excellence, best practices and accountability for all of our staff, programs, policies and procedures to ensure those in need receive valuable services that help them move to economic self-sufficiency. Review our Strategic Plan below.

WCAC Community Services Block Grant Community Action Plan 2015 – 2017

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STATEMENT FROM WCAC

In the wake of the murder of Mr. George Floyd, we are still searching for words adequate to express our disgust and horror over the actions of those responsible for his death; our deep sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community; and our anger over the repeated dehumanizing and fatal oppressive actions that threaten our nation. On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council, we unequivocally condemn the police brutality that led to Mr. Floyd’s death. We join the call for justice, unity, peace and reform.

Worcester Community Action Council is directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events in our country that have reopened wounds that were never healed.  Our board of directors, staff and clients feel the impact of these events in deeply personal ways, and struggle with the feelings of fear, mistrust, separation, and anger.  We stand together in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful demonstrators across the country who are demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the systemic and intentional acts of oppression imposed upon communities of color.  George Floyd is now among countless, precious Black lives lost due to the imbalance of power in this country that has been perpetuated by racism.  Systemic racism must end.  We must hold ourselves accountable as allies to act as a relentless force for positive change.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. In our role in the community, WCAC must renew and strengthen our calls for an end to the poverty and inequity that threaten our society.

We will be a strong voice against injustice, oppression and hate by advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social and economic systems.

We will continue to work to stabilize individuals and households through our programs while deepening our resolve to create economic self-sufficiency through financial building blocks.

We will continue our leadership role in the City of Worcester’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in partnership with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester Public Schools, recognizing youth employment and education are pathways for success.

We will continue to invest resources in our youngest children across Southern Worcester County from ages zero to five as we help prepare them for long-term success in school and life.

We will use our agency’s purchasing power to support African American, Latinx and Immigrant- owned businesses by purchasing goods and services.

We will support a diverse staff at all levels to work within our own agency staff to examine, change and navigate ourselves and our community into a just and equitable era.

We will listen to the needs of our community and routinely shift our work to address these needs directly.

We will partner with you, and like-minded organizations, to support initiatives that help our community heal, unify, and become stronger.

Together, we can make meaningful reforms, and change the course of the future for our children.

Signed,

Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director                    Noreen Johnson Smith, WCAC Board Chair

Statement endorsed by WCAC Board of Directors 6/2/2020