US funds give youths a shot at ‘real’ paycheck

Full and original article posted on Telegram & Gazette

Jack Fontaine of North Brookfield makes a dollar or two an hour in the Southbridge Center of Hope’s shelter workshop.

Mr. Fontaine, 21, took orders at the center’s bookstore and swept a garage yesterday.

For two years, he has been training at the center. Now he’s ready for competitive community-based employment, said Rachel Reyes, director of programs at the center.

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Worcester Community Action Council's Unsung Heroine

Worcester Community Action Council’s Unsung Heroine

Priscilla Holmes, WCAC Deputy Director, was recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the 100 “Unsung Heroines” of 2009 at the State House on May 13, 2009. A West Boylston resident, Priscilla Holmes will be honored for her extraordinary work with customers—particularly women—during her almost 20 years at the antipoverty agency that serves over 70,000 individuals and families in 37 towns through 20 emergency and economic self-sufficiency programs.

WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis said, “Priscilla is a consummate professional. She consistently demonstrates keen leadership, decision-making, and team building skills. Her work has a strong common theme: service to people in need. As a WCAC ambassador, Priscilla keeps the work of the agency, those we serve, and our mission in the forefront of her efforts. She is tireless, goes above and beyond the call of duty, and is always professional, on time, and focused on the positive.”

“Our Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference,” said Kira Dunn, MCSW Executive Director. “They are women who use their time and talent to show us the meaning of the saying, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.”

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Third Annual Action Hero Awards 2009

Third Annual Action Hero Awards – 2009

On May 6, 2009, the WCAC held its Third Annual Action Hero Award event at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester. Six individuals and/or organizations were honored for their monetary contribution, in-kind goods and services, and advocacy to WCAC:

  • John Laracy, Bagel Inn
  • Joseph Clouatre, Innovative Business Partners
  • Debbie C. Guiney and Michael Carroll, AllCom Credit Union
  • Nancy Concemi and National Grid Call Center staff
  • WCAC’s Worcester Community Connections Coalition Parent volunteers
  • Rod Lee, Telegram & Gazette

Dr. Melinda Boone, keynote speaker, was introduced by J. Christopher Collins, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, UNUM.

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Central Massachusetts Annual Philanthropy Day

Central Massachusetts Annual Philanthropy Day 2009

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) recently nominated and honored the “Renovation Team” for the Association of Professional Fundraisers (AFP) of Central Massachusetts Annual Philanthropy Day.

A luncheon was held recently at Cyprian Keyes in Boylston to salute supporters of local agencies. WCAC was pleased to endorse and salute Paul Fontaine, Liberty Movers; Debbie Delorey, Delorey Contract Interiors; and Fran Madigan and Steve Pratt, F.W. Madigan Company, Inc. for helping enhance the WCAC facilities this past summer for our staff and customers. Jumpstarted with a generous donation of used systems furniture from National Grid, many contractors stepped forward to meet WCAC’s impossible deadline of about five weeks to dismantle and re-assemble our Main Street office to be up and fully functioning for the start of our busy fuel assistance season.

Special thanks to these partners who took the “we can get this done” approach and joined forces and agreed to a cooperative system that was grounded in good teamwork, constant communications, and problem solving. Thank you all for your amazing professional contributions!

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