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

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.

Sign up to participate!

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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