WCAC Names Marybeth Campbell New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC), the antipoverty agency serving Greater Worcester and South Worcester County, today announced the appointment of Marybeth Campbell as its new Executive Director, effective June 10, 2019. Read full story here.

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WCAC’s 2019 Action Heroes

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) celebrated its 13th Annual Action Hero Awards on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Established to honor exemplary individuals and organizations which have supported WCAC and its mission over the past year, 2019 Action Hero honorees included: Fundacion MAPFRE/MAPFRE Insurance for its financial support of WCAC’s Head Start nutrition program, annual Coat Drive for Kids and significant volunteer commitment to the agency; Lamoureux Pagano Architects and F.W. Madigan Co., for their generous in-kind support throughout the construction of WCAC’s new Webster Head Start Center; and the agency’s Bank On Worcester County partners – Bay State Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank, Cornerstone Bank, DCU, Fidelity Bank and UniBank, for their leadership in addressing the needs of unbanked and underbanked households in Southbridge and Worcester. Read the full story here.

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13th Annual Community Action Heroes

WCAC will host its 13th Annual Community Action Hero Awards on Thursday, May 16th. Join us in celebrating those that have gone above and beyond in supporting the agency’s fight against poverty. Click here to reserve your tickets.

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Spring Enewsletter

From Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill and everywhere in between, join us in celebrating those that Make A Difference in our community! Read more here.

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Board Meeting Scheduled

WCAC will host a meeting of its Board of Directors on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Full agenda available here. WCAC Board Meetings are open to the public.

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Search Launched for WCAC Executive Director

The Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) Board of Directors has engaged the services of Koya Leadership Partners (KLP) to direct the search for the post of Executive Director being vacated by Jill Dagilis who is retiring effective the end of May 2019. The Executive Director role is a full-time position based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Additional details available here.

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Grand Opening of WCAC’s Webster Head Start

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today hosted a grand opening celebration at its newly renovated Head Start Center, 116 School Street, Webster. Congressman James P. McGovern, State Senator Ryan Fattman, and State Representative Joseph McKenna were among the guests celebrating the $2.8 million dollar project. 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