November 23, 2016

Inbox [Nov. 23]: WCAC provides 451 coats to kids, Worcester business gains certification, UniBank coordinates holiday giving, Moore announces spring legislative internships

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Courtesy Worcester Community Action Council

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WCAC wraps up annual coat drive

They say timing is everything, and for Worcester Community Action Council’s 10th annual coat drive for kids the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The agency was able to deliver new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County, as well as provide for the children of teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center just as the first true frost of the season arrived this week.


Thanks to sizable in-kind donations from National Grid (211 coats), Commerce Bank (109 coats) and Avalon Marlborough (45 coats), coupled with corporate donations from Bay State Savings Bank ($2,000), DCU for Kids ($1,500), UniBank ($1,000) and the TJX Companies ($1,000), WCAC was able to distribute 451 new winter coats.

“We are most grateful for the incredible generosity of those who donated coats to our drive and those who supported the effort with corporate contributions,” WCAC Executive Director Jill C. Dagilis said. “We all know, all too well how harsh New England winters can be. Thanks to the community’s generosity the youngsters we work with will be warm all winter long.”

Read the entire story and view a photo gallery on the Worcester Community Action Council website

Local FASTSIGNS® becomes certified Woman-Owned Business

Local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS® of Worcester recently became certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise by the Massachusetts Operational Services Division through the Supplier Diversity Program.


“I’m very excited about receiving certification and so thankful for the support we’ve received from organizations in the community,” said Denise Carr, franchisee of FASTSIGNS of Worcester. “In addition to the exceptional quality and service we are already known for, we can now add even more value to existing and potential customers who may be able to take advantage of incentives offered for using a woman-owned business.”

“As we continue to expand our business, we look forward to reaching a new customer-base through the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program and exploring more opportunities to provide comprehensive signage and visual graphics for projects across the state,” Carr said.

Carr opened FASTSIGNS of Worcester with her husband, Timothy Carr, in 2015. The business is located at 120 Stafford St. and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Read the entire story on the FASTSIGNS of Worcester website

UniBank coordinates holiday giving campaign

UniBank will once again kick off its annual Holiday Giving campaign on Friday, Nov. 25, to make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community.

The campaign is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves. Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community and employees support the program by making and purchasing items, and accepting donations from customers and the general public. Many local residents face difficult times around the holiday season and UniBank is pleased to coordinate this effort to help its neighbors.

Collections will take place at UniBank’s branches in Worcester, Blackstone, Douglas, Hopkinton, Milford, North Grafton, Sutton North, Sutton South, Upton, Uxbridge, Whitinsville Main and Whitinsville Plaza.

Donated items may be dropped off during regular banking hours through mid-December.

Read the entire story on the UniBank website

Sen. Moore announces spring internship opportunities

State Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, announced the availability of spring internship opportunities in his State House office for undergraduate and graduate students.

Sen. Michael O. Moore

Courtesy Sen. Moore's office

Sen. Michael O. Moore

“Interns provide a valuable service to my staff and constituents alike,” Moore said. “Legislative interns are an integral part of the office and assist with daily office operations, conduct legislative research, attend informational seminars, and have a first-hand opportunity to observe the Massachusetts legislative process.”

Read the entire story on Sen. Moore’s website

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