Inbox [Aug. 10]: Union endorses Worcester state rep candidate Dixon, GWCF announces $350k in grants, rain barrel discount ends Saturday, area youth garner Simon scholarships

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Union endorses Dixon in 17th Worcester District

Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in Massachusetts, announce their endorsement of Moses Dixon, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 17th Worcester District.

Aug 10-UnionDixon finished third in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2014. State Rep. Kate D. Campanale, R-Leicester, who defeated Doug Belanger two years ago, is the incumbent seeking re-election. Belanger is also running again.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher for working families in this election, and we need to elect champions who share our commitment to quality jobs, quality care and true economic and racial justice for all,” said Tyrék D. Lee Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Moses Dixon is a dedicated leader who will stand with us on our issues and will fight with us to build a better future for our families. We are proud to endorse him for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.”

More than 52,000 members of 1199SEIU work in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes and homecare programs across Massachusetts. “As a result of their advocacy efforts, 1199SEIU members have won significant victories over the past year to create a pathway that protects access to quality care and good jobs at community hospitals; advance important legislation that allows workers to take job-protected leave to care for themselves or family members; secure earned sick time for all workers; raise the minimum wage; and negotiate major contracts to ensure quality jobs for healthcare workers.

In addition, 1199SEIU members have been leaders in the national Fight for $15 movement and became the first union in the nation to win a $15 starting wage for Massachusetts’ 35,000 Personal Care Attendants.”

“1199SEIU is making a real impact in Massachusetts—standing up for good wages, pay equity for women, immigrant rights and basic fairness for all,” Moses Dixon said, according to a union press release. “I come from a family of working people—my mother was a housekeeper and my father a pastor. The first in my family to go to college, I worked hard to make my family proud. I truly appreciate 1199SEIU’s fight for workers’ rights and am deeply honored to have their support.”

“1199SEIU members have a consistent and demonstrated record of success in local, state and federal elections across Massachusetts, the East Coast and the nation. During recent election cycles in which they have endorsed candidates, 1199SEIU members have proven to be a highly effective voter mobilization force across the Commonwealth, particularly in wards and precincts in communities of color – areas that often are critical to the final outcome of the election.”

Fairlawn Foundation Fund awards nearly $350,000 to improve health in Worcester

Greater Worcester Community Foundation announced the awarding of $348,717 through the Fairlawn Foundation Fund that will serve health needs in Central Massachusetts. Those who received funding will help make a positive difference by improving healthcare workforce training and supporting demonstration projects that improve care delivery to patients.


The following organizations received grants from the Fairlawn Foundation Fund:

  • Center for Health Impact to develop a specialized program in opioid prevention and intervention for Community Health Workers.
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School for an early childhood educator to work with pediatrics teams to improve service delivery to young children.
  • Worcester Division of Public Health to leverage academic and community resources to help Worcester become the Healthiest City in New England by 2020.
  • Worcester State Foundation for the STEM Center to develop a comprehensive support pipeline to improve preparation of students in all health career programs.

In addition to the program grants, the Fairlawn Foundation awarded funds to support scholarships for nursing students at these local colleges: Anna Maria College, Becker College, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State University.

Fairlawn Foundation is a philanthropic endowment dedicated to improving health and healthcare in the Worcester area through grants to nonprofit organizations in our region.

See the full list of Fairlawn Foundation grant on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

Worcester DPW&P rain barrel discount ends Saturday

Worcester’s Department of Public Works & Parks is partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Company of Hyde Park to offer rain barrels at a discounted rate of $74, a savings of $45.

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The deadline to order is 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Sales are not limited to Worcester residents.

The rain barrels will be available for pickup at the Water Conservation Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 20 at Cristoforo Colombo Park (East Park).

The Water Conservation Open House is a family friendly event designed for local residents, business and property owners. There will be free giveaways and education displays/demonstrations.

Read the entire story on the Worcester DPW&P Facebook page or order directly from the Great American Rain Barrel Co.

Simon Youth Foundation awards scholarships to local youth

Ngoc Ngo of  Worcester and Rachel Pray of Rutland are among 26 high school seniors in New England to be awarded scholarships by Simon Youth Foundation.

Ngoc Ngo

Courtesy Simon Youth Foundation

Justin Feldhouse, area mall manager for Auburn Mall and Solomon Pond Mall; Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipient Ngoc Ngo of Worcester; and Thuy Dao, assistant director of marketing and business development at Auburn Mall. Ngoc received a $1,500 Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship and plans to attend Hamilton College in the fall.

Simon Youth Foundation, an affiliate of Simon Property Group, is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate high school and to provide scholarship opportunities for the youth. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipients attended a celebratory reception on Wednesday, July 20, at Burlington Mall.

Ngoc, the winner from Auburn Mall, received a $1,500 Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship and plans to attend Hamilton College in the fall. Pray, the winner from Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough, plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She also received $1,500.

— Cindy Henderson

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