This Month's News & Updates

Wednesday, May 17 

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester

Program at 4:30
Guest speaker: Maria Mossaides, Massachusetts Child Advocate

Reception Following
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Kelly Stimson at
Leicester Community Grants

We are currently accepting grant applications for the Leicester Savings Bank Fund, a permanent charitable resource to benefit residents of Leicester, MA. The fund supports projects that improve the quality of life and build a stronger community for Leicester residents. Any non-municipal association or nonprofit organization that serves residents of Leicester is invited to apply. Applications must be received online by April 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at or 508-755-0980.
NSC Workshop Schedule for April

The Nonprofit Support Center (NSC) is a series of classes created for nonprofit leaders -- both staff and board members. We focus on practical programs, believe in the power of peers learning together, and engage high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in our region.

The following sessions are scheduled for April. Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for the workshop:
This session is full of specific tools and tactics to get the most out of commonly used social media platforms. Join us and learn how to make best use of your social media presence, how to judge your success, and what pitfalls to avoid.
Thursday, April 12, 12 noon - 2 pm
Building on concepts and tools contained in our Basics workshop, this session will more deeply explore the elements of successful proposals, including the role of grants in long-term sustainability. You'll leave with a solid understanding of what goes into a competitive proposal that, combined with appropriate match with funder interest, may lead to grantseeking success.
Wednesday, April 19, 9 am - 12 noon
For a complete list of sessions and to register click here .

Spin-a-thon Raises Money for Scholarship

Two years ago, Erin Coonan Schmidt established a scholarship through the Foundation to be awarded annually to a graduating student-athlete from Burncoat High School. Erin and her husband, as well as their many friends, hope to promote the study of health and wellness among a new generation of young people with this Fund.

Erin's friends have remained by her side as she has coped with recurring bouts of breast cancer for more than 9 years. Recently, her best friend, Brianne Spellane, organized a Spin-a-Thon fundraiser at the Greendale YMCA to raise money for Erin and the scholarship named for her. Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people sitting, shoes and indoor
O&E Visits in April - Sign Up Today!

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our Outreach and Education visits to some of our grantees. It is a great opportunity to visit some of the outstanding organizations in our community that are making a difference in Worcester County. These face-to-face visits allow us to learn more about the organizations we grant to and see how they are making a difference in the community. 

The following visits are scheduled for April.  Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for the workshop:  
Area(s) of Interest: Youth Development and Education; Performing Arts Education
Friday, April 7, 3:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Education; Economic Security; Adult Literacy/ Learning
Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 am

Area(s) of Interest: Economic Security; Affordable Housing
Friday, April 21, 3:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Youth Development and Education; Performing Arts Education
Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 am

For more information, visit O&E Site Visitors Program.

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Questions? Comments? Contact our Director of Donor Services , Kelly Stimson. Call 508.755.0980  or email at