I live and work in two distinctly different cities. In one city, I am a lifelong resident of Worcester lviing through an incredible renaissance and notable winning streak that tells a proud story of a persistent and committeed city, civic and private sector leadership. In the other city, i am the relatively new executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, where my team and I work with thousands of individuals from the City of Worcester and Southern Worcester County and who are included in Worcester’s 22% poverty rate, in Southbridge’s 18.5% poverty rate in Webster’s 17% poverty rate and so on, and for whom the renaissance remains out of reach. Read full article here.
Worcester Community Action Council has received a $62,000 grant from Fundación MAPFRE to support the nutrition program at the agency’s Head Start program. This is the second consecutive year the Fundación has supported the agency’s early childhood education nutrition program. Read more here.
WCAC’s Head Start program has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support a continued collaboration with MA Audubon Broad Meadow Brook to enhance its pre-school science and nature curriculum. This is the second year the Foundation has supported this effort, this year with a focus on ‘teaching the teacher’ in order to broaden the impact on Head Start classrooms for years to come. Lesson plans include such topics as dinosaurs, rocks, trees, animals and more – with correlating hands-on learning and fun! See science in action in the classroom here.
During the Massachusetts Association for Community Action’s (MASSCAP) public policy briefing at the State House last week, READYGO, a new early education and care workforce development initiative made possible through a planning grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts (THFCM), was announced. Assisted by evaluators form the Institute for COmmunity Health, MASSCAP will use a research-based approach, working closely with Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Commuity College, as well as Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) and Making Opportunity Count (MOC), to develop both courses and curriculum to be included in early educators’ degree work and certification. Learn more here.
WCAC received a donation of $155,000 from the United Way of Central Massachusetts directed by National Grid and designated to support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Fund of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly known as heating/fuel assistance. Read more here.
Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) today joined the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and its colleagues throughout the community action network in kicking off this year’s tax season by launching the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, celebrating 50 years of the program and the importance of accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Click here for more details.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. will host its first meeting of its Board of Directors of the new year and 54th Annual Meeting on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. in the WCAC Board Room, Suite 201, 484 Main Street, Worcester. Click here for agenda. Meetings are open to the public.
WCAC will host its 2nd Annual Poverty Forum on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, featuring keynote speaker Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director of the North American Office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), home of the 2019 Nobel Prize winning researchers recognized for their research and approach to alleviating poverty. Keynote to be followed by dynamic panel discussion. Free to attend but please click here to register.