As winters go, the winter of 2015-16 has, thus far, been a welcomed departure from the record setting snow fall and frigid temperatures endured last year. Despite the milder weather and decreases in the cost of home heating oil, Worcester Community Action Council knows there are families struggling and wants to ensure they know – help is available. Read more here.
WCAC is pleased to join Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc., (MassEdCO) in welcoming Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg for a FREE Financial Literacy Summit: Financing a Postsecondary Education on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Additional details and registration information available online. Download a flyer about the summit below.
Fallon Community Health Plan recently awarded WCAC’s Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County program $1,000 through its Pay It Forward program, where Fallon employees select an area charity to support. The resources will be used to support Healthy Families outreach, home visits, education and community referrals for first-time parents. Pictured at the check presentation are Cheryl Schmaltz, Sharon Nolli, Christine Taylor and Christine Cassidy all of Fallon, along with Mimi Shea, Jilma Valdes and Charlotte Operach of Healthy Families.
Community Generosity Keeps Children Warm
The Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. extends its heartfelt thanks for incredible community support demonstrated for its annual coat drive. This year’s drive provided nearly 450 new winter coats to children – infants through age 5 – enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start and Healthy Families programs, as well as to the children of young parents enrolled in WCAC’s Job & Education Center. Some 381 individual coats were donated as well as $3,200 in contributions by area corporations to support the effort. Read full story here.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. a $15,000 grant to support a collaboration with Apple Tree Arts of Grafton, MA, to provide weekly music sessions in each of the agency’s fourteen Head Start preschool classrooms. Click here for full story.
$15K grant to help to address area unemployment
At a ceremony held in the Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House recently, the City of Worcester was named one of ten communities in the Commonwealth selected to receive funds through a second round of the Working Cities Challenge. Governor Charlie Baker and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren announced the $15,000 design grant awards for ten communities including partners for the Worcester project -Worcester Community Action Council, Inc., the City of Worcester, Clark University, Regional Environmental Council and Sodexo. WCAC and Clark are the co-lead applicants for Worcester’s effort. Read more here.