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Upcoming Rail Study Meeting! 11/05/14

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Transportation are studying how to improve rail service in New England and beyond.

Please Join Us—An Evening of Celebration of our West African Community! 11/05/14

Join us to discuss the healthcare crisis abroad, how it’s effecting our local community, and how our healthcare community is working in West Africa to stop the spread of the Ebola virus disease.

Vince Wilfork Coming to Worcester for National Diabetes Day! 11/05/14

Vince Wilfork will be coming to the YMCA on Main St in Worcester Friday Nov. 14th National Diabetes Day to bring Diabetes awareness to the Worcester Community.

Casino Royale Masquerade Ball 10/23/14

United Way of Central Massachusetts is proud to highlight the continued efforts of AIDS Project Worcester and Pathways for Change, Inc. in their mission to promote health and well-being in the community.

Massachusetts EEC Board Chair wants to hear from you! 10/17/14

The Board of Early Education and Care (EEC) is asking you, the public, to provide feedback on the state of early education and care throughout the Commonwealth.

Newsletters and Reports:

Health of Worcester 2011 01/02/12

Presentation on the Health of Worcester as presented by Worcester’s Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Dale Magee.

Building an Infrastructure for Quality 11/02/11

An Inventory of Early Childhood Education and Out-of-School Time Facilities in Massachusetts, by The Children’s Investment Fund

Statewide report on student mobility 10/19/11

Rennie Center report - A Revolving Door: Challenges and Solutions to Educating Mobile Students

Kids Count - Data Book 08/17/11

2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being, Annie E. Casey Foundation

America’s Promise Alliance 07/29/11

"As a driver of innovation and excellence in this country, the business community is uniquely positioned to support our schools." -- Alma J. Powell

Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success 05/10/11

Turning the Page: Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success Strategies for improving children's language and literacy development, birth to age 9.

Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters 05/10/11

The 2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report makes the case that reading proficiently by grade three is a fundamental benchmark in developmental success and overall childhood well-being.

Double Jeopardy Report 04/28/11

How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation -- A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, written by Foundation for Child Development Senior Advisor Donald J. Hernandez

Why Place & Race Matter—Policylink 04/28/11

A report from PolicyLink showing the connection between place, race, and health

Youth Venture New England Newsletter 04/11/11

Youth Venture news from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education 04/01/11

United Way is proud to release "Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education." This report shares the aspirations and concerns of everyday people across America about their communities and what it will take for all children to succeed in life.

The Food Trust Special Report 03/28/11

Food for Every Child, The Need For More Supermarkets in Massachusetts

Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters 03/23/11

RI Kids Count report: Reading proficiency is fundamental to attain the skills and knowledge needed for success in school and in the workforce...

Worcester EITC Coalition News 03/22/11

Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition newsletter No. 3

Impact Report: Summer Literacy Collaborative 03/18/11

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Out of School Time Literacy and Learning Promotion Grant Executive Summary of Evaluation

Gateway Cities Innovation Network Newsletter 03/07/11

MassINC has worked with 11 key regional Gateway Cities since 2007 to rekindle the social, economic, and civic innovation that older industrial communities need to compete and prosper in the nation’s 21st century economy.

Behind Closed Doors 03/04/11

Children’s HealthWatch report about the hidden health impacts of being behind on rent.

Fiscal Implications of Dropout Prevention 03/03/11

Rennie Center Report - Meeting the Challenge: Fiscal Implications of Dropout Prevention in Massachusetts

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Christmas Toy Give Away 2014—Military Families 12/08/14

Project New Hope has created a program with the intent of showing our gratitude to Veterans, National Guard, Reserve and military families to include Families of the Fallen to provide a little holiday help to families experiencing financial hardship.

WCHR is offering housing opportunities to two military families 11/18/14

Project Homefront is a collaborative effort to recognize the significant contributions made by mean and women in the armed services.

The Transitions RTC is currently looking to hire for three job openings! 11/18/14

These potitions are great roles for young adults, looking to expand their knowledge and professional experience.

City of Worcester: CDBG 5-year Con-Plan Community Input 10/23/14

The City of Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development announces a series of public input meetings.

National Research Agenda 2012 10/31/12

Priorities for Advancing Our understanding of Homelessness

Alzheimer’s Disease - National Institutes of Health (NIH) 05/15/12

Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world's foremost medical research centers.

Common Pathways 03/15/12

Working together toward a healthier community.

Department of Public Health 03/15/12

Works to protect and improve community well-being.

15-40 Connection 03/15/12

Focuses on the 15-40 age group to create awareness for regular (annual) physicals and health screenings for early cancer detection.

Young Adult Homelessness in Worcester 02/17/12

Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Worcester, Massachusetts - An analysis of 2011 Point in Time Data and Service Provider Referral Networks

United Way’s Common Good Forecaster Tool 01/04/12

United Way Worldwide and the America Human Development Project have re-launched the Common Good Forecaster, a site that links educational success to a wide variety of aspects of well-being

Afterschool Evaluation guide for program directors 12/15/11

Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program

National Center on Time & Learning 11/04/11

expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education

Out-of-school time evaluation tool 10/27/11

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource

CEO United Way Worldwide - Blog 04/20/11

Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide CEO - Blog on The Huffington Post

County Health Rankings 03/30/11

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

Stopbullying.gov 03/14/11

Information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

HealthCare.gov 03/10/11

HealthCare.gov: Building Healthier Congregations and Communities Through the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act is helping expand access to quality care for millions of Americans. Learn about these benefits:HealthCare.gov.

Policy Link 02/25/11

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.®

Healthy Worcester Blog 02/25/11

This blog is written by Dr. Sherry Pagoto, a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; expertise in health, nutrition, fitness, weight management, and diabetes prevention.

Promise Neighborhoods Institute 02/03/11

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink is an independent, nonprofit resource offering tools, information, and strategies to communities interested in creating their own Promise Neighborhood.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count 01/28/11

Helping vulnerable kids and families succeed, Kids Count is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States.

Children’s HealthWatch 01/20/11

Monitoring children’s health on the front lines of care Children's HealthWatch monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children.

SPED Child and Teen 01/05/11

Listing disablity camps, services and events in Greater Massachusetts

Massachusetts Service Alliance 12/22/10

A private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism.

Kids Count Data Center 12/03/10

Annie E. Casey Foundation provides access to hundreds of measures of child well-being

Find Youth Info 12/03/10

The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in three significant ways:

Foreclosure Prevention Help 09/03/10

The NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center of Worcester offers an extensive menu of services and programs

Worcester Education Collaborative 09/03/10

Worcester Education Collaborative

Fuel Assistance Program 06/05/10

Worcester Community Action Council

Emergency Services Program 06/05/10

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by coordinating the summer youth jobs program that keeps at-risk kids safe, while developing job skills, a sense of community, and a lifelong work ethic.”

- Jesse Edwards, Youth Director for City of Worcester

Jesse Edwards