Inbox [Sept. 25]: GWCF grants $60K to Worcester agencies fighting hunger, Quinsig nets $489K for employment training lab, state AG holds court downtown, city seeks award nominations

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Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards $60K to fight hunger in Worcester County

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation announced the awarding of $60,158 through the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger that will help serve the food security needs of Central Massachusetts. The fund seeks to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise throughout the country or here in Worcester County.


The following organizations received grants from the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger: AIDS Project Worcester Inc.; Ascentria Community Services Inc.; Boys & Girls Club of Worcester; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester; Community Harvest Project; Dismas House; El Buen Samaritano Food Program; Gardner CAC; Ginny’s Helping Hand Inc.; Growing Places Garden Project; GVNA Healthcare Inc.; Jeremiah’s Inn; Pernet Family Health Service Inc.; Rachel’s Table; Rainbow Child Development Center; Regional Environmental Council Inc.; Spanish American Center Inc.; Stone Soup Artists and Activists Collective and Community Center; Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester/Loaves and Fishes; United Way of Tri-County; Valley Residents for Improvement; and YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

The Fund to End Hunger was established in 2011 to support hunger-relief organizations that provide direct service, as well as anti-hunger advocacy organizations.

State grants QCC $488,735 to expand lab capacity, train unemployed and underemployed

WORCESTER – The Baker-Polito administration awarded $2.6 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools, community colleges and an educational collaborative, in order to expand skills-training programs and address capital and expansion needs at educational institutions that help Massachusetts residents develop skills for careers in growing industries.

Quinsigamond Community College will receive $488,735 to expand laboratory capacity in the Computer Information Technologies lab at its Southbridge location, and introduce integrated basic education and technical skills training. In addition, the funding will support training for unemployed and underemployed individuals located with the Southbridge office of the Workforce Central Career Center.

“Providing skill-training opportunities across the Commonwealth is a priority for our administration,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “These important grants to vocational high schools, community colleges and other educational institutions will aid their development of programs best suited to train workers for a growing Massachusetts economy and evolving workforce.”

Quinsigamond Community College President Gail Carberry added: “Great careers start at Quinsigamond Community College. The Workforce Skills Capital Grant will directly train students to succeed in high-demand STEM fields, as well as bring new career opportunities to displaced workers.”

The Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program was a new initiative of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies across the state

Read the full press release from Quinsigamond Community College

AG’s office to hold Community Action Hours

The office of state Attorney General Maura T. Healey will hold Community Action Hours starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 484 Main St., Suite 460, Worcester.

Maura Healey, surrounded by supporters at an announcement last year, is now surrounded by controversy after her "copycat gun" initiative came to light.

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Maura Healey

Community Action Hours is a forum where staff members of the attorney general’s office are available to answer questions on a range of issues, including wage and overtime, landlord disputes and discrimination.

For more information, call 508-796-1418 or visit the Attorney General’s website

Human Rights Commission seeks Hawley Award nominations

The city of Worcester’s Human Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Eleanor T. Hawley Human Rights Award. This award will be presented at the Human Rights Day Breakfast on Dec. 10.

The Human Rights Commission encourages you to nominate a friend, colleague or group/organization who has made efforts to advance human rights, civil rights, human relations and/or social justice in Worcester. The Human Rights Commission, an appointed group of nine Worcester residents, will select the honoree for the 2016 award.

The successful applicant will possess the following characteristics: Demonstrates active involvement (professionally or as a volunteer) in human rights, civil rights and/or human relations issues in the City of Worcester; leads by example and “walks the walk, not just talk the talk”; builds bridges among and between diverse communities in Worcester; and is a resident of the Greater Worcester area. There is no age requirement.

The nomination form is available here

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