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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WCAC hosts two free tax prep sites

In 2019, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition is celebrating its 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low income working taxpayers throughout Central Massachusetts! Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, IRS-certified volunteers prepare taxes and specifically look for tax credits the household may be eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other credits. Read more here.

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Board Meeting Scheduled

WCAC will host its first Board Meeting of the new year on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Full agenda available here. This will be the agency’s 53rd Annual Meeting. WCAC Board Meetings are open to the public.

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National Grid Foundation $15K grant supports science & nature in the classroom

Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program has been named the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support a science and nature curriculum in all of the agency’s twelve classrooms. The initiative, in collaboration with Massachusetts Audubon Broad Meadow Brook, will provide for multiple classroom visits and hands-on lessons at WCAC’s Head Start center by MA Audubon staff, culminating with a field trip to the sanctuary for children to participate in a nature hike. Read more here.

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Annual Coat Drive for Kids

Each year Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. 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 (JEC). More than just a new coat, the program seeks to alleviate the burden of purchasing a new coat for our vulnerable families, while also preventing children from getting sick, missing school and thus causing parents to miss work or school themselves. Read more here.

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Urgent Call for State Fuel Assistance

Representatives from Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today joined the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and its community action colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth at the State House in Boston to call for the inclusion of $30 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next FY19 Supplemental Budget. 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