November 28, 2017

Inbox [Nov. 29]: News and notes from You Inc., UniBank, Worcester Public Library, Literacy Volunteers and WCAC

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You Inc. hosts support group for girls approaching adolescence

You Inc. will host a support group for girls ages 9-12 to help improve self-esteem, build healthy relationships, address trauma and successfully navigate their transition into adolescence.

Topics in the group, “Healthy Relationships 1” include understanding healthy development, navigating social media and building relationships that include safe boundaries and positive connections.

The group meets 4-5 p.m. Mondays at 81 Plantation St. The group has rolling admission. For more information, contact Mary Denman at 508-849-5600, ext. 211, or via email at

UniBank branches request items for Holiday Giving campaign

UniBank recently kicked off its annual Holiday Giving campaign, part of the bank’s dedication to improve life for the communities it serves.

Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community. Employees support the program by making and purchasing items, and accepting donations from customers and the general public. Branch collections are as follows:

  • Worcester: The Giving Tree has tags requesting specific items needed by women and children to be distributed by the YWCA.
  • North Grafton: Displaying a Giving Tree with tags requesting items needed by senior citizens that will be distributed by the Grafton Senior Center.
  • Shrewsbury: Displaying a Giving Tree with tags requesting items for children in need to be distributed by St. Anne’s Human Services.
  • Sutton North and Sutton South: Display Giving Trees requesting items for senior citizens to be distributed by the Sutton Senior Center, and collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Teens in collaboration with the Blackstone Valley Marine Corps.

Donated items may be dropped off during regular banking hours through mid-December. Check with your local branch for specific details and deadlines. Visit for a listing of branch locations and hours.

Read the entire story and see the complete list of branches and charities on the UniBank website

Worcester Public Library accepts food in place of book fines

For the month of December, the Worcester Public Library will be accepting donations of nonperishable food items at the Main Branch, 3 Salem Square.

Each item will equal $1 removed from overdue fines. We cannot accept donations in glass jars, and items must not be expired.

More information is available on the WPL website

Literacy Volunteers seeks ESL tutors, offers training

The next Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester English as a Second Language tutor-training session will start in January and run from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday mornings between Jan. 12 and Feb. 2.

Potential tutors are asked for a commitment of 9-12 months.

Applications are available on the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester website

WCAC’s 11th Coat Drive for Kids helps more than 400 youths

Worcester Community Action Council’s annual Coat Drive for Kids delivered 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 programs. It also provided winter wear for the children of teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center.

Thanks to sizable in-kind donations from employees of National Grid, Commerce Bank, AllCom Credit Union and Avalon Marlborough, coupled with a corporate sponsorship of $2,500 from the TJX Companies, WCAC gave away more than 400 new winter coats during its 11th annual campaign.

WCAC also accepted a gracious donation of new hats and mittens from National Grid’s Community Outreach team.

More information is available on the WCAC website

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