Inbox: Bank gifts $36k to Worcester Community Action Council; Central Mass. Lyme Foundation meets; Oak Hill CDC realty services; Friends of Newton Hill initiatives; Health Foundation of Central Mass.

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WCAC donation

Courtesy Worcester Community Action Council

From left, Scott Auen, senior VP retail lending, Southbridge Savings Bank; Jill Dagilis, executive director Worcester Community Action Council; Ron Cooper, VP and Chairman Southbridge Savings Bank Charitable Donations Committee.

Southbridge Savings Bank donates $36,000 to Worcester Community Action Council

Southbridge Savings Bank’s Charitable Donations Committee is proud to announce the donation of $36,000 to Worcester Community Action Council to assist local residents with heating costs this winter. The bank is committing $4,000 to each community it serves.

To many winter means the added stress of having to pay heating bills and keeping their family warm. Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) understands and is dedicated to serving those who are most in need. Its fuel assistance program “is designed to provide relief to those households that are most vulnerable to high home heating costs.”

Read WCAC’s full announcement here

Lyme conference_JPEGCentral Mass. Lyme Foundation Conference set for May 21

The Central Mass. Lyme Foundation will host its second Lyme Disease Conference May 21. This event will explore the complexities of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and include presentations by experts in primary care, research, testing, psychology and legislation.

The purpose of the Central Mass. Lyme Conference and the Central Mass Lyme. Foundation is to raise awareness, educate, teach prevention and provide support in local communities.

Learn more about the conference and register here

Oak Hill CDC offering realty services

Oak Hill Community Development Corporation is pleased to be offering realty services to the community. Our licensed real estate agent and buyer’s broker can help you navigate the process of purchasing your first home. Our staff have an in-depth understanding of the First Time Home Buying Process and experience working with clients who may face hurdles in buying a home.

Oak Hill CDC will hold a launch party, 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center, 138 Green St., Suite 4.

Check out Oak Hill CDC realty services web site or Facebook page

Inbox-Friends of Newton HillFriends of Newton Hill launch new site, member drive

The Friends of Newton Hill, which in October completed a 12-station fitness circuit, recently launched a new website and a 2016 membership drive.

“Do you ‘support’ Newton Hill? As the stewards of Newton Hill for the past decade, we’ve supported the hill in numerous ways as an all-volunteer effort.

This year, we’re inviting members of the community to both support and to subscribe to our efforts by becoming a member of the Friends of Newton Hill!”

For more information, go to or Facebook.

Ford, Patriss join Health Foundation of Central Mass. Community Outreach Committee

The board of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently elected Adrian L. Ford and Chelsey M. Patriss to serve three-year terms as community members on the Community Outreach Committee. Ford is CEO of Three Pyramids, Inc. and co-founded the North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition. Patriss is coordinator and grants manager for CHNA 9.

Those elected to serve a second three-year term on the Community Outreach Committee: Evelyn Velez, South County Head Start Program at Worcester Community Action Council; and Shelly Yarnie, regional director, MDPH Central Regional Health Office.

Emily McRae, consultant and owner of Emily MacRae Enterprises, and Barbara A. Nealon, director of Social Work & Multicultural Services at Heywood Hospital, were elected to their third and final three-year term.

The foundation was established in 1999 with the proceeds from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care, Inc., a physician-initiated, not-for-profit HMO.

More information here

— Cindy Henderson

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