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.

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.

Upcoming Site Visits

Thursday, March 29, 9 - 11 AM: Alzheimer's Association of MA/NH

Organization: Alzheimer's Association of MA/NH
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 100 North Parkway, Suite 105, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Respite Care; Senior Programs/Services

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected;and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

In the Worcester Office, a program coordinator provides 24/7 Helpline assistance and delivers education and support programs to individuals and families living with Alzheimer's. their care partners and professional caregivers. Additionally, its Dementia Care Consultation program has innovative partnerships allowing them to expand their reach to families who need help.

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Tuesday, April 3, 8:30 - 10:30 AM: Latino Education Institute @ WSU

Organization: The Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 8:30-10:30 AM
Location: Claremont Academy, 15 Claremont Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Youth Academic Success, Family Supports

The Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University strives to improve the academic achievement and well-being of Latino students (grades K-16) and their families. Their goal is to narrow the education achievement gap through direct services to students, family engagement, and research.

More than 2,100 families are served yearly with programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, health, and violence prevention.

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Monday, April 9, 3 - 5 PM: Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center

Organization: Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center
Date: Monday, April 9
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: 340 Main Street, Suite 804, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Immigrant/Refugee Programs/Services

RIAC is a community-based, non-profit, grassroots human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants. Our services include refugee resettlement, asylee case management, counseling, outreach and education, and other social services. 

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Thursday, April 19, 9 - 11 AM: CENTRO

Organization: CENTRO
Date: Thursday, April 19
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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Tuesday, April 24, 9 - 11 AM: NEADS

Organization: NEADS
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: 305 Redemption Rock Trail South, Princeton
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Service Animals

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans provide independence to people who are Deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance. NEADS was established in 1976, and trains Service Dogs that become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.

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Thursday, April 26, 3 - 5 PM: YWCA of Central MA

Organization: YWCA of Central MA
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: 1 Salem Square, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Multi-Service Agency, Women's Empowerment, Racial Equity, Youth

For more than 125 years, the YWCA Central Massachusetts has served as a life-long positive force for women and girls, their families and communities. By leveraging the reach, power and passion of its members and supporters, they strive to create lasting change. The YWCA strives to be an all-inclusive women’s advocacy and resource center with a pro-active membership serving the diverse needs of women through leadership, service and support.

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Saturday, May 5, 10 AM - 12 PM: African Community Education

Organization: African Community Education
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Claremont Academy, 15 Claremont Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Culturally-Sensitive Social Services, Youth Activities

ACE is a community-oriented educational program targeted toward African refugee and immigrant children living in Worcester, Massachusetts. To meet the needs of this population, ACE has developed a Saturday program with formal classes in Math and English, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, life skills courses, extracurricular activities, and after-school tutoring. And they employ culturally competent outreach staff to do home-visitations with families and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education.

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Monday, May 7, 4 - 6 PM: Visitation House

Organization: Visitation House 
Date: Monday, May 7 
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
Location: 119 Endicott Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Early Childhood Parent Supports, Social/Health Services 

Visitation House is a home that welcomes women with crisis pregnancies in the spirit that provides physical and emotional assistance. By providing safe housing, healthy food and the support of a caring staff, they seek to address the needs of pregnant women who want to choose life for their babies but feel that they have no real means or resources to do so on their own. A woman who comes to Visitation House will learn how to access resources in the community that are available to her and will take part in basic life skills training in-house.   

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Thursday, May 10, 9 - 11 AM: Spanish American Center

Organization: Spanish American Center
Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: 112 Spruce Street, Leominster
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Immigrant/Refugee Programs/Services

The Spanish American Center was founded in 1966 to respond to the needs of the Hispanic community. The Center is the only agency in Leominster specifically oriented towards the Spanish-speaking community, estimated at over 15,000. The Center offers multiple programs and services.

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Tuesday, May 15, 9 - 11 AM: Worcester Community Housing Resources

Organization: Worcester Community Housing Resources
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: 11 Pleasant Street, Worcester
AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Affordable/Fair Housing

Worcester Community Housing Resources is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income households and to initiate and support neighborhood revitalization throughout Worcester County. All of WCHR's programs and services are targeted to low and moderate income households and those who serve their needs throughout greater Worcester County.

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Volunteers Share Their Experiences

“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

"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

To Learn More

Contact Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer

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