This Month's News & Updates

Every May we hold our Annual Meeting as a way to highlight the Foundation's achievements over the previous year. Our guest speaker this year is Maria Mossaides from the state's Office of Child Advocacy which monitors services provided to children in Massachusetts.

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester
Program at 4:30pm
Reception Following
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Kelly Stimson at
Now accepting application for the WCFB Fund to End Hunger

We are currently accepting applications for our Worcester County Food Bank Fund. The Fund seeks to fund innovative and sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise throughout the country or here in Worcester County. Applicants from the Hunger-Free Network of the Worcester County Food Bank and other 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with programs in Worcester County are welcomed to apply.
Applications must be received by May 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at or 508-755-0980.

NSC Workshops for May - Enroll Here!

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 May. Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for the workshop:
Diversity is broad in scope and encompasses many dimensions of human difference. This session will focus on how to establish clear goals for diversity and to help you achieve and measure success.
Friday, May 19, 10 am - 1 pm
This installment of our highly accessible and acclaimed series on strategic financial management provides a full-day opportunity to help you develop multi-year financial projections as part of your organization's long term planning.
Tuesday, May 23, 9 am - 3 pm
For a complete list of sessions and to register click here .
YCI Applications For Fall 2017 Are Now Available
We are currently accepting applications for our Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) progra m. Fall 2017 high school sophomores and juniors in Worcester County  who are motivated to make a difference in the community and are interested in teamwork are encouraged to apply. Note: YCI members must be  available on Wednesdays 4-7pm from 9/13 - 12/13 and Saturday 9/9. Applications must be received by June 2, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at or 508-755-0980.
O&E Site Visitor Program - Visits for May Available

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 May.  Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for the workshop:  
Area(s) of Interest: Arts and Culture; Youth Development and Education; Performing Arts Education
Monday, May 1, 4:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; Homeless Prevention Programs/Services
Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 am

Area(s) of Interest: Arts and Culture; Youth Development and Education; Performing Arts Education
Monday, May 8, 4:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Youth Development and Education; Supplemental/Afterschool Program
Thursday, May 11, 3:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; Early Childhood Social Supports; Senior Programs/Services
Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 pm

Area(s) of Interest: Arts and Culture; Art Museums/Galleries
Thursday, May 25, 9:00 am

Area(s) of Interest: Economic Security; Adult Literacy/Learning
Wednesday, May 31, 3:00 pm
For more information, visit O&E Site Visitors Program.
RSVP - Southbridge Community Education Panel

Since its founding, GWCF has provided support to nonprofits from across Worcester County. The bulk of that support has been distributed within Worcester city limits, and the vast majority of our leaders and volunteers come from the city as well. Our surrounding communities face their own unique challenges and opportunities, and it is important for us to stay as up-to-date as we can on all that is happening.
To that end, we are excited to announce that the Foundation will be hosting a Southbridge Community Education Panel exclusively for our board members, corporators, fundholders and volunteers.
The panel is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 pm, and will be held at the Tri-Community YMCA in Southbridge.
We have lined up a top-notch panel of community leaders, including:
  • Dr. Jessica Huizenga, Receiver, Southbridge Public Schools
  • Rosemary Scrivens, Director of Economic Development & Planning, Town of Southbridge
  • Shane Woodson, Chief, Southbridge Police Department
Representatives from many of the community's nonprofits will also be present to contribute to the conversation and to visit with attendees at the reception to follow.
We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about South County, and to explore how we can help.
Click here to register.
Leadership Worcester Recruiting Applicants 

Applications for the 2017-18 Leadership Worcester class are now available. Now in its third year, the program will identify motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and are interested in learning and honing new leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community. Each session throughout the 9-month program will explore a regional topic and will help participants acquire an understanding of the critical issues impacting Central Massachusetts economy, government, and quality of life.  Applications must be received online by June 2, 2017. For more information, click here.

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