Thank you for your support 
of WCAC during the past year. 
While silver & gold and red & green may be the colors of the season, we are proud to share, 
in black and white, 
some stories of the impact your support has made.

A single mom at just 19 years of age, it wasn't easy but Casandra loaded baby Mikey up for a 40 minute bus ride everyday from Spencer to downtown Worcester to attend HiSET classes at WCAC's Job & Education Center. She just earned her certificate and is now exploring opportunities to enroll in a CNA program. Confident, smart, determined... her future is bright!

For Kitanna the bullying at school simply became too much. She dropped out at just 16. Fortunately she made her way to Worcester Community Action Council's Job & Education Center where she found a supportive learning environment and established what she refers to as her 'second family'. She earned her high school equivalency, enrolled in work readiness training and is now actively completing college applications with the intention of enrolling in school just after the first of the year.

For Carol, a single mother of two young boys, forced to work part-time because she could not afford daycare, WCAC's low income home energy assistance program was a true lifeline. She said, "I don't mean it was 'nice' that you paid part of my electric bill, I mean we would have gone without heat if it wasn't for the help of your organization."

For Jenna and Jose, the challenges of raising a newborn as first-time teen parents were overwhelming. WCAC's Healthy Families program provided parenting support to ensure their young son grew healthy and strong, while connecting their family with employment resources and support groups. When the baby turned three they were referred to WCAC's Head Start program which provided provide early learning and literacy opportunities, health and nutrition services, and family supports. "It was nice to work on things to help our son learn at home and then see the difference when he returned from school and showed us the improvement he made with what he had worked on that day," said the proud mom. Their son, Jayden, is now a Head Start graduate, enrolled in public Kindergarten where he is excelling in school, while Jenna is set to graduate with her nursing degree this spring.

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas 
and happy, healthy 2017!
Thank you for your support!
All donations fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you prefer, checks made payable to
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
can be sent to WCAC, 484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

About WCAC

For more than fifty years, the Worcester Community Action Council has served as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.

Serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities of Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Palmer, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Westborough.  
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