O&E Site Visitors Program

Site Visits to our grantee organizations are a great way for GWCF volunteers, fund holders, and corporators to experience first-hand the work of our region's vibrant nonprofit community. 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.

O&E visits are one of the best ways to fulfill my role as a Foundation Board member. The community benefits from so many thriving nonprofits. These visits provide me with the opportunity to witness how well our funds are being used.

Matt Wally, Foundation Board Member

2019 O&E Site Visit Schedule:

We hope you'll join us!

April 8, 3pm: Central MA Housing Alliance

Central Mass Housing Alliance

Monday, April 8 from 3:00 - 5:00pm
6 Institute Road, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Homeless Prevention Programs/Services

Sign Up to Attend!

Recognizing the dignity of all, CMHA leads a collaborative response to homelessness that fosters long-term housing stability through prevention, quality services, education and advocacy.

CMHA formed in 1994 as the result of a merger of two longstanding housing organizations: The Housing Information Center began as a tenant's rights organizing group; the Worcester Committee on Homelessness and Housing formed in the early 1980's just as homelessness was becoming a visible issue on the streets of Worcester, and resulted in what is now a well-coordinated homeless shelter and service network.

April 18, 9:00am: Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Thursday, April 18 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM
91 June Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Homeless Prevention Programs/Services

Sign up to attend!

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (IHN) works in partnership with the faith community to provide shelter and assistance to families with children who are homeless. The program’s primary goals are to assist families in increasing their income and to help them secure permanent housing, while providing the critical support services necessary for them to succeed. IHN serves families who do not qualify for state-funded Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter, making it a critical program in the community safety net for families that are homeless.

April 22, 9:15am: Dress for Success Worcester Inc.

Dress for Success Worcester

Monday, April 22 from 9:15 - 11:00am
Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Suite 110, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Adult Job Training/Placement/Supports

Sign up to attend!

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

May 7, 9:00am: The Salvation Army - Worcester Citadel Corps

Salvation Army - Worcester Citadel

Tuesday, May 7 from 9:00 - 11:00am
640 Main Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Homeless Prevention Programs/Services

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The Salvation Army has been supporting those in need for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless (Sally's Place) and opportunities for underprivileged children.

May 23, 9:00am: Latin American Health Alliance of Central MA

Latin American Health Alliance

Thursday, May 23 from 9:00 - 11:00am
27 Vernon Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Substance Abuse/Recovery Programs/Services

Sign up to attend!

The mission of LAHA is to identify and address the significant health disparities that exist for Latinos/Latinas living in the Worcester area. LAHA advocates for the Latino Community by identifying and addressing service gaps. There are two facets of the LAHA program that make it unique: First housing, LAHA runs the Hector Reyes House; and second, job training, through Café Reyes.


May 28, 4:30pm: Creative Hub Worcester & Main IDEA

Creative Hub & Main IDEA

Tuesday, May 28 from 4:30 - 6:30pm
653 Main Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Creative Arts Education/Youth Enrichment

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CREATIVE HUB WORCESTER, founded in 2016, is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible opportunities in the Arts for all Worcester area community members, with a focus on at-risk and under served youth. Creative Hub began offering afterschool and summer programs in 2018.

MAIN IDEA was founded in 2011 when a group of artists, musicians, and dancers came together to form an arts community for youth in the Main South neighborhood. Main IDEA has expanded to multiple programs year-round for youth and teens ages 6-12, empowering over 300 youth every year.

June 1, 11:30am: Net of Compassion

Net of Compassion

Saturday, June 1 from 11:30am - 1:30pm
674 Main Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Hunger Programs, Homeless Prevention Programs/Services

Sign up to attend!

Every Saturday since 2010, Net of Compassion has served over 300 hot meals right on the street in Main South. Through its street outreach model, volunteers help form a safety net of support for those in need, providing peer support, detox placement and many other services. Additionally, Net of Compassion runs Hotel Grace, an emergency winter shelter.

June 4, 8:15am: Preservation Worcester

Preservation Worcester

Tuesday, June 4 from 8:15 - 10:15am
Levi Lincoln Chamber, City Hall, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Historic Preservation

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Preservation Worcester was founded in 1969 by interested local citizens who were increasingly concerned about the future of Worcester’s architectural heritage in reaction to urban renewal projects. Over the years, Preservation Worcester has been instrumental is safeguarding important structures, and provides a broad range of educational programs to educate community members of all ages about the story of Worcester.

June 12, 5:00pm: Mentorship Program Roundtable

Mentorship Program Roundtable

Wednesday, June 12 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester

 Sign up to attend!

Youth mentorship programs have proven themselves time and time again to be tremendously meaningful and impactful for both the young people and the adults who take part. At the Foundation, we recognize the value of this work, which is why we annually fund a range of mentorship programs, and support organizations that include mentorship as part of their program/service mix. 


Providers face a range of challenges, including: recruiting, training, and supporting both mentors and mentees; the need for thoughtful program/curriculum development and evaluation; the demands of accountability and supervision that come with youth work; and more. 

Come learn from the experts what it takes, and why funder support is so vital.

Participating organizations (subject to availability): Mass Mentoring, African Community Education, Best Buddies MA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central MA, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Fathering Fathers, Friendly House, Girls Inc. of Worcester, LUK, Quinsigamond Community College, YWCA of Central MA.

Light refreshments will be served.

July 10, 9:30am: EcoTarium


Wednesday, July 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM
222 Harrington Way, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Science/Children's Museums; Early Childhood/Youth Family Supports

Sign up to attend!

The EcoTarium's mission is "to inspire a passion for science and nature." Our vision is "to be a national leader in engaging communities with science and nature." A science and nature museum and the nation’s second oldest natural history society, the EcoTarium boasts a 40-acre campus and a three-story museum, changing interactive exhibits, historic collections, native wildlife, digital planetarium, and more. 

In addition to meeting with organizational leaders, visitors will receive a guided tour, observe a preschool program, and maybe even get to ride the train.


August 1, 9:00am: Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM
65 Tainter Street, Worcester

AREA(s) OF INTEREST: Youth Development, Supplemental/Afterschool/Yearround Programs

Sign up to attend!

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is to help youth, especially those with the highest need, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life. The Club believes in: hope and opportunity for all young people; the importance of fun in the lives of children and their right to a happy, joyful childhood; the transformational power of ongoing relationships with caring adult.

What To Expect On Your Visit:

  • You'll gain a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of nonprofits you know and others that you may not. Join us for as many visits as you like and broaden your perspective on Worcester County's hard working nonprofits.
  • Plan to dedicate about 2 hours to your visit. Time will be spent touring the organization and hearing from key staff.
  • Some reading materials may be provided in advance of the visit to help you get a sense of the funded programs you will be learning about.
  • You'll have the opportunity to take part in a short debriefing session led by a foundation staff member. Observations will be incorporated into a visit report that informs future grant decisions.
  • We hope you'll feel a sense of fulfillment having both learned something new and assisted the Foundation is this necessary annual check in!


Contact Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer










At our 2018 visit to Community Harvest Project, we observed volunteers hard at work, tending fresh produce that will feed hungry families across Worcester County. Through partnerships and education initiatives, this impressive operation is making a real impact. Foundation support is helping to make it possible.

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

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