O&E Site Visitors Program

Site visits are an outstanding way for GWCF volunteers, fund holders and corporators to experience first-hand the impact our grantmaking has on the community.

These visits are like a backstage pass. I’ve learned so much about the workings of non-profits and their missions. The professional staff makes it easy. Just show up with an inquisitive mind.

Scott Rossiter, Foundation Corporator

Upcoming Site Visits

Tuesday, July 24 at 9am: Angels-Net Foundation

Organization: Angels-Net Foundation
Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Worcester TBD
Area(s) of Interest: Immigrant/Refugee Programs/Services

Angels-Net Foundation empowers and supports immigrants and refugees to successfully adjust to their new culture in the Greater Worcester community through education, programs and partnerships. Angels-Net serves immigrants and refugees primarily from Syria, Liberia, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Philippines, Jamaica and Haiti.

The Angels-Net summer program aims to prevent summer learning loss in math, reading, and writing among immigrant and refugee children, in addition to providing ESL support and assistance adjusting to American educational and cultural expectations, and encouraging learning through play, physical activity, and creativity.

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Friday, July 27 at 9am: Jeremiah's Inn

Organization: Jeremiah's Inn
Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 1059 Main Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Substance Abuse/Recovery Programs/Services

Jeremiah’s Inn uses a social model to provide residents with a safe environment in which to begin recovery. They foster a sense of community and mutual aid through partnerships, volunteerism and their Nutrition Center. Their vision is to help people better their lives in order to better the community.

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Monday, July 30 at 9am: Friendly House

Organization: Friendly House
Date: Monday, July 30
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 36 Wall Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Multi-Service Agency

Friendly House was funded “for the educational, social and family betterment of residents of the City of Worcester.” Friendly House/Settlement House (multi-service center) works with entire families both nuclear and extended, as an integrating force for the families and the Neighborhood(s) it serves. Friendly House provides a continuum of comprehensive coordinated neighborhood basic services to inner-city families.

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Friday, August 3 at 9am: CENTRO

Organization: CENTRO
Date: Friday, August 3
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: 11 Sycamore Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Culturally-Sensitive Social Services

Established in 1977, CENTRO, formerly Centro Las Americas, is the largest minority led, community based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, nonprofit organization in Central Massachusetts. CENTRO’s primary purpose is to assist individuals and families striving to reach self-sufficiency while promoting social responsibility, fostering cultural identity, and encouraging families to be significant contributors to the community as a whole.

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Thursday, August 9 at 11am: Regional Environmental Council

Organization: Regional Environmental Council
Date: Thursday, August 9
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 5 Piedmont Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Environmental Education; Gardening/Farming; Hunger Programs

REC is a grassroots environmental & food justice organization dedicated to building healthy, sustainable and just communities in Worcester and beyond for more than 40 years.

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Thursday, August 16 at 9am: Worcester County Food Bank

Organization: Worcester County Food Bank
Date: Thursday, August 16
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Hunger Programs/Food Pantries

Worcester County Food Bank is the region’s leading anti-hunger organization. WCFB believes that food is a fundamental right of all people and that hunger is an issue of social justice. Together with a network of 120 local Partner Agencies – food pantries and community meal programs across Worcester County – they provide nourishing food to neighbors who need it while also working to address the root causes of hunger through advocacy efforts.

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Thursday, August 23 at 9am: Community Harvest Project

Organization: Community Harvest Project
Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Gardening/Farming; Hunger Programs

Community Harvest Project is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement. Its mission is to create healthy and engaged communities through volunteer farming and nutrition education.

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Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 5pm: College Readiness Roundtable

Program: College Readiness Roundtable
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main Street, Worcester

For a number of years, Greater Worcester Community Foundation has funded a set of College Readiness programs through its Community Grants Program (Bottom Line; Clark University’s Adam Achievers Program; Dynamy Youth Academy; Let’s Get Ready; MassEdCo’s College Success Institute; YMCA’s Minority Achievers Program).

For one night only, we are going to bring together representatives from all of these programs to share with attendees their important work and what it means for participants.

Attendees will hear how each of the programs vary in their approach and service population, and what each of these providers see as both the challenges and opportunities when it comes to getting Worcester teens ready for college.

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Monday, September 17 at 3pm: Abby's House

Organization: Abby's House
Date: Monday, September 17
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: 52 High Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Homeless Prevention Programs/Services

Founded in 1976, Abby’s House was one of the first shelters specifically for homeless women in the US. Its mission is “to provide shelter and affordable housing, as well as advocacy and support services, to homeless, battered and low-income women, with or without children.” They strive to empower women to lead self-directed lives filled with dignity and hope by providing a safe place in which a woman can recognize her own inner strengths and abilities, and ultimately, get her life back on track.

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I have been living, working, and volunteering in Worcester since the early nineties and I felt that I had a pretty broad understanding of what was happening in my community. It wasn’t till I started participating in the GWCF site visit process that I really began to understand the reach of the work that is being funded by GWCF and the ways we are supporting the community. GWCF and its supporters are true partners in the work that makes Worcester great.

Judi Kirk, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Join us!

Outreach & Education visits are scheduled to various GWCF grantees across Worcester County throughout the spring, summer and fall. Volunteers are invited to come hear from top agency leaders and see where programs are delivered. The best visits end with participants informed and inspired, both by the work of the agencies, and by how the Foundation is having a real impact.


  • Volunteers are welcome to participate in as many site visits as they want.
  • Site visit participants should plan for two hours, not including travel.
  • Visitors may be provided with reading materials in advance of the visit.
  • Each visit will include a short debriefing session led by a foundation staff member; these will be incorporated into a visit report that informs future grant decisions.

Learn more

Contact Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer

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