UniBank supports WCAC Emergency Fuel Fund

As the Central Massachusetts region faces a ongering, bitter blast of winter cold, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was pleased to accept a $20,000 dollar donation from UniBank to support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Fund. Read more here.

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Cornerstone Bank donation to keep WCAC clients warm

Cornerstone Bank recently presented a donation of $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). This major financial contribution will go toward assisting local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund. Every year, this fund provides critical support to clients who are most vulnerable to high home heating costs and whose needs often extend beyond what they receive in federal assistance. Read more here.

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January 2020 Enews

Kick off 2020 with WCAC! From tax news, beating home heating blues and frosty brews we’ve got all that and more for you in WCAC’s January Enewsletter. Check it out here.

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Community generosity keeps kids warm

Each year WCAC undertakes a Coat Drive in order to provide new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start, and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as for the children of the teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center. Read full story here.

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WCAC needs your help

In Worcester County, more than 13,000 children live below the poverty line, and in under- resourced neighborhoods that lack access to affordable housing, high quality childcare, health services, and opportunities for pathways to good jobs. Let’s do more, together, and keep poverty issues at the forefront of community conversations. Click here for details on how to support WCAC.

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Meet & Greet

As a component of its ongoing Strategic Plan process, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. extends an invitation for community partners and others to attend a Meet & Greet with new Executive Director Marybeth Campbell on Friday, December 13th from 8:30-10 a.m. on the first floor of the Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Worcester. Learn more about the agency’s programs and services while providing input into WCAC’s future role as an influential and innovative force in combating poverty. Free to attend but advanced RSVP requested.
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November Enews

Let’s do more to fight poverty together! Home heating help, reading for the record, volunteer for VITA and so much more. Read WCAC’s November 2019 Enewsletter here.

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Berkshire & Fidelity join BankOn Collaborative

Fidelity Bank and Berkshire Bank have joined Bay State Savings Bank, Commerce Bank, Cornerstone Bank, DCU and UniBank in offering the official Bank On Worcester County product. Bank On Worcester County seeks solutions to increase access and decrease barriers to banking through the development of safe and affordable products and options, as well as financial education opportunities to meet the needs of individuals and families in Worcester and Southbridge. Read more here.

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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