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Good day to Woo?

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

Jett and Lilac are lovin’ their runs! Yesterday:

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Lilac always finds the streams, ponds, water. She’ll swim after the ducks and geese. Rose will see her brown head bobbin’ in the middle of the pond. Rose gulps hard but trusts Lilac’s judgement. Lilac is the smartest dog Rose has ever had. Still, she has such strong instincts, such heart! What if … ?

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Jett stays close to the edge … Jett a few days earlier:

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The ride home can be wet, as Lilac shakes herself dry …

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… and depressing as we drive up Endicott Street before making the turn onto Ward Street – HOME. This is what Rose saw yesterday heading up the little hill in Green Island:

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Cece awaits at home. She loves to “climb” Rose’s dress.

But before pulling the cat off her sheath, Rose gets mad! Not at Cece. But the slobs in her neighborhood. The trash all over District 4 is dispiriting! While driving, Rose grabbed her smart phone and took photos of the mound of crap, pictured above. So sad to see people (little children three and four years old!!) step off the sidewalk into the gutter to accommodate the trash! – give the garbage a wide berth!! Rose texted these photos to Worcester Mayor Joe Petty. He ususally, personally, responds to the pics and frantic Rose messages loaded with panic-struck/crying emoji!

Rose has been complaining about this dump (actually there are two three deckers on this piece of property) FOR THREE YEARS. The City of Worcester has, because of her scores of texts and phone calls to the mayor/city, stayed on top of this site – picked up the crap and hauled it away (almost weekly!!!), fined the landlord, sent him/her official letters, threatened with court …to no avail. Shit is always piled up! For example: Garbage day is Wednesday for the neighborhood. The shit pictured above has been out since Friday!!!!

But guess what? Possibly some good news. The landlord may have been, thanks to Rose and the City of Worcester, harassed into selling his slum. The realtor sign went up a few weeks ago! Hooray! Very telling: The landlord prefered to sell his rental property before cleaning it up or dealing with/educating his/her tenants. Or just providing a Dumpster (there are several apts – there are 2 three deckers). He/she, true to absentee landlord creed, has decided to dis-engage, let go, sell the dump. It’s all about the greenbacks, folks!

When the realtor sign went up, the site was cleaned up. No doubt to make the property more attractive to potential buyers. The tenants stopped being slobs – out of fear of losing their housing. After all, there are more than enough Section 8-ers to replace them! But they fell back into their filthy routine in 14 or so days.

Rose’s Worcester neighborhood – a ‘hood she grew up in years ago, a poor ‘hood but a place where folks worked their factory or low-paying jobs, their kids attended the same neighborhood schools year after year, many owned the three deckers they lived in and the thuggery was kept to a minimum … her old ‘hood and all the old working class ethnic ‘hoods in Worcester are now Section 8 meccas!! The factory economy that supported these once great neighborhoods has gone kaput! Like the America Donald Trump tapped into, the America (half??) that voted him into the White House OUR PEOPLE ARE FLAILING! THERE ARE JUST SHIT JOBS FOR POOR, UNEDUCATED FOLKS. HOUSING IS SOOO EXPENSIVE/INFLATED. HOME-OWNERSHIP A DREAM FOR MOST HERE. NO FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR POOR PEOPLE TO LEARN TO BECOME A PART OF THE NEW ECONOMY, the new America and Worcester.

So here, in Rose’s beloved Worcester neighborhoods, the ones with the three deckers with amazing “bones” and wrap-around back porches, it is all absentee landlords, people who don’t care, Section 8 … and what the sociologists call the underclass. Folks who, for the most part, live outside mainstream society/Worcester, have no jobs, are hungry (1 in 4 Worcester kids go to bed hungry!), game the welfare system, are angry, depressed, fighters, fucked up … because they are not part of mainstream society! They have not learned how to wake up in the a.m. to go to work, tney don’t know how to: say “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” or cook healthy meals, or care for their bodies, or interact with folks, or know that school is a good thing. In other words: it is all UNCIVILIZED behavior! Most horrific of all? The killers-drug sellers (quite an industry in Woo!) who prey on the despair and confusion in these neighborhoods, who sell killer heroin/drugs and suck our kids (so young!) into their world. Killers who destroy: their girlfriends, their children, their mothers, their neighbors, their friends, THEIR CITY.

DESPAIR.

Will we – urban America/Worcester’s old, ethnic, working class ‘hoods – ever be self-sufficient and healthy again?

The dumped garbage all over Worcester is the tip of the iceberg, the symptom of the illness.

Be there!🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🎵🎶

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THE UNITEY CULINARY AND MUSICAL ARTS SERIES

Saturday, May 27

11 am – 2 pm

North High School
140 Harrington Way

FREE!

South East Asian Coalition Lion Dance

Afro Vibes Drummers

North High School Dance Team

North High Junior Cultural Fashion

www.UNITEYcdc.org

info@uniteycdc.org

Civic Engagement

Spoken Word – Poetry

Education

Black History

Culture

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Greetings,

The next Community Membership meeting of the NAACP will be TOMORROW, Monday, April 24

6:30 pm

at the YMCA, 766 Main St.

The agenda will include updates from:

Leonard Cooper, 3rd Vice President and Economic Chair

Edward Robinson, Member at Large, regarding our work with the Jewish Federation

Dr. Thomas Doughton, Member at Large, will be discussing an opportunity for the Worcester NAACP to address how we can educate and advocate for our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters. He is looking for individuals and individuals representing organizations to be part of this initiative.

Below is a representation of program and events that are happening in Worcester. If you are planning an event and wish to share  information (flyers) at our meeting, please feel free to come to the meeting. We will set aside time for folks to share information.

2017 Stand Against Racism, April 28 – 29

Fifth Sunday Fellowship, April 30 @ 4 pm, Emmanual Baptist Church. Guest Preacher, Elder Esau Vance, Mt. Olive Pentecostal Church

Mayday Rally for Worker and Immigrant Rights, May 1st @ 4:00pm, Worcester City Hall

UNITEY annual event on May 27 at North High School …

Thank You!

Caring about homeless pets – always in style! Today! Sat., April 22! 🌼Now until 2 p.m.🌺💙 The WARL kitten🐯🐱 shower!💕

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Rose’s Cece was so tiny not so long ago! She’s a big girl now! The vet said kittens gain one pound per month as they grow into adulthood! pics: R.T.

Cece was a rescue! Here’s Miss Cece💛, this morn, all feisty and cute!🌺:

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Adorable, spoiled grrrl!💙💜💛💛💜💙

At today’s WARL KITTEN SHOWER …

… You can cuddle some kittens who will need homes soon! Volunteer to foster-parent a litter – or 2!?!!

In a few weeks WARL will be inundated with kittens! The staff call the kitty tsunami KITTEN SEASON; there are lots of people who STILL DON’T GET IT and do not spay their female cats. The result?  Hundreds of kittens who need loving forever homes. Millions end up in animal shelters. Thousands are “put  down” annually.

At WARL, a no-kill animal shelter, the staff diligently works to meet the kittens’ – babies! – special needs. Dry kitten food, pate cat food,  liquid kitten formula, little toys … all unique to lil’ kitties.

Admission to the WARL kitten shower is a kitty donation!💙💙💜💛

WARL ASKS YOU FOR THE FOLLOWING GIFTS:

🐯 Canned PATE cat food!

🐺 Non-clumping clay litter

🐱 DRY KITTEN food

🐯 TOY MICE!

Visit this a.m. or afternoon!

They are located at 139 Holden St, Worcester.

Their phone #: 508-853-0030

Their website: https://worcesterarl.org

Their hours:

Saturday 12–4PM
Sunday 12–4PM
Monday 12–4PM
Tuesday 12–4PM
Wednesday 12–4PM
Thursday 12–4PM
Friday 12–4PM

– R.T.

Mark your calendars! Speak out!

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Get back to the root…Today Jett and Lilac were back at it. These photos taken yesterday. pics: R.T.

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Your Voices Matter!

After a three-year process, Worcester’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance is moving forward!

It will be vetted at the Planning Board Hearing on May 3rd at 5:30 pm in the Levi Lincoln Room of City Hall.

Your testimony and presence will make a difference in passing this ordinance.

Why might you care?

Are you an aspiring small farmer?

The Urban Ag Ordinance grants the right to farm in certain zones throughout the city, and allows farming by permit in many others.

Are you a beekeeper?

We are working with the city to fine tune the beekeeping regulations. Your voice and opinion is vital here!

Are you an avid gardener who might like to sell some of what you grow?

The city ordinance makes provisions for on-site farm stands to allow sales from your garden.

Are you a foodie who would like more fresh local produce in your neighborhood?

More local farms means more fresh produce available in your neighborhood and throughout the city.

Are you a business that depends on access to local foods, or would like to feature local produce more prominently in your retail or restaurant operation?

This ordinance will increase access to high-quality, locally grown produce in the city for consumers and businesses.

City Manager Augustus eloquently stated, “Urban agriculture can improve access to fresh, locally grown foods, put vacant or underutilized land to productive use, and has the potential to create economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.”

The Worcester Urban Agriculture Ordinance embraces zoning changes that will support small scale gardeners, community gardens and food entrepreneurs who wish to farm commercially in Worcester.

Please come and share your story about why we need to pass urban agriculture!
If you can’t come but have something to say, send an email … we can read your remarks. Please email testimony to martha@worcesterfoodpolicycouncil.org, and please include your zip code to show city residency.

Thank you so much!

Martha Assefa
Manager of the Worcester Food Policy Council

This Sun.

Hot soup for cold spring days!

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Zupa’s on!

Garbanzo & Spinach Soup

Recipe by Chef Joey

INGREDIENTS:

4 tbsp olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 celery stalk chopped

1 carrot chopped

3 cups spinach, chopped fine

1 cup garbanzo beans (cooked is
cheaper – 89¢ a pound = 3
pounds cooked) $1 a can/cup

1 cup soup pasta (ditalini is my
favorite)

Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Here is the easy part: bring the stock to a boil.

In a sauté pan, add 3 tbsp oil and the carrots, onion and celery.

Sauté 5 minutes until soft.

Add the spinach and salt, pepper mix and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Add this and the beans to the stock and cook for a half hour.

Then add the pasta to cook for 6 or 7 minutes – to “al dente” because the pasta will continue to swell.

Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and serve.

Stay cozy!💙

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Soup and pup-running weather! 💜 Yesterday … Jett! pics: R.T.

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Lilac!💙

Worcester news you can use – always in style!

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PRESS CONFERENCE

Monday, April 24 – 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH
24 Mulberry St., Worcester

RAIN OR SHINE

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, WAS UNJUSTLY CLOSED BY THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP ON MAY 1ST, 2016

The church was neglected by the Diocese of Worcester, which had a fiduciary responsibility to assure its maintenance, knowing that viable solutions to repair and sustain it are available and at hand.

It is scheduled for demolition in May 2017.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a community anchor, an iconic, irreplaceable historically significant cultural center, as well as a centerpiece for Worcester’s large Italian American population.

It was also awarded the distinction as one of the top seven historic resources in Massachusetts.

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society is working diligently to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. It is unjust to see this historical treasure demolished unnecessarily.

Your support in any way, be it in-kind service or donation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

Mount Carmel Preservation Society contact@preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

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Fire Works Studio will be opening their doors to the public:

Friday, May 12 – 4 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, May 13 – 10 am – 6 pm

Come chat with artists…

see demonstrations…

purchase unique pieces!

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift among the mugs, bowls and potted plants. Various other artists will be set up in the lobby.

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The Fire Works Studio
38 Harlow St., Worcester

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Just a Reminder to All our Interested Agencies/Organizations — We Need Your Forms:

Our upcoming “Day of Hope” event on June 10th at University (Crystal Park), Main South

This event is the beginning of a long-lasting momentum that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service and bring people and organizations together like never before.

This community event, previously known as Worcester Convoy of Hope, is a collaborative effort to bring hope to Worcester County through FREE groceries, health screenings, job and career services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, “Kids Carnival”, community services and entertainment.

This all-volunteer event mobilizes residents to serve and make a difference in their community.

Strong participation by local businesses, churches,community agencies, and individuals is crucial to the success of this event.

Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one could do alone.

This year Hope for Worcester seeks to mobilize 1,000 volunteers and honor 5,000 guests.

We look forward to partnering with you to provide our guests with the quality services/information you graciously supply every day.

The Community Services tent will allow for Hope for Worcester to host 40 organizations and the Health Services tent will allow for Hope For Worcester to host 16 organizations. In an effort to bring the best service providers to our honored guests your organization/company is formally invited to fill one of these spots.

This event will be held on
Saturday, June 10th in Crystal Park (University Park) across from Clark University, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Hope for Worcester schedule for the day:

Agency/Company representative arrives for set up: 9:30am
Set up complete by 10am
Doors open at 10am
Event wrap up/agency clean-up of booth site: 4pm

There is no registration fee to participate, but all donations are welcome and tax deductible.

We hope your participation will have a positive impact on your current and future efforts to serve our community.

We look forward to having you, please contact me with any questions…

Brittany Brown, MS, RN
Community & Health Services Leader
Hope for Worcester
www.hopeforworcester.org

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Attention Families!

You and your children are invited to Worcester Family Partnership’s 8th Annual…

FREE HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR

BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

Wednesday, April 26 – 3:30 to 6:30 pm

AT THE YWCA – One Salem Square

RAFFLES and PRIZES

SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION

FREE FOOD and DRINKS

HEALTH SCREENINGS

CAR SEAT SAFETY

BIKE SAFETY with HELMET GIVE-A-WAY
(Both parent and child must be present for fitting)

A visit from UMass Memorial Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a WFD firetruck, police car and more!

🎵🎶🎵 music to our ears!

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Ora Szekely

From Clark University …

(I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

The nature of international conflict has evolved in recent decades.

Rather than conflict between state militaries, warfare increasingly takes place within regional conflict systems involving both states and non-state armed groups.

Understanding the internal dynamics of these organizations is an important part of understanding the nature of international conflict, according to Ora Szekely, Clark University assistant professor of political science. Their sometimes surprising policy choices have important (and sometimes unintended) consequences for both their long-term prospects and for the conflict itself.

Szekely explores these dynamics within the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict in her latest book, “The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships and Resistance.”

Szekely draws from field research conducted in Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Egypt to compare the performances of four key non-state actors of the Arab-Israeli conflict ecosystem: The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hamas, Amal, and Hizbullah.

Her research reveals how strategic domestic and foreign policy choices affect certain groups’ ability to “militarily resist and politically recover from confrontations with far more powerful adversaries.”

“We tend to think of wars as being either traditional interstate wars, like WWII, or smaller, local civil wars,” Szekely said. “But today, most conflicts take place as part of complex conflict systems involving multiple states and armed militant groups. Yet, even within the same conflict system, different militant groups often demonstrate very different abilities to resist attacks by their enemies, and to recover politically afterward. Understanding the roots of those differences can help us understand the dynamics of these conflict systems more broadly.”

In the course of researching the book, Szekely attended events organized by Hizbullah in Beirut and political protests led by communists in Amman.

She interviewed former PLO members in both the spacious Ministry of the Interior of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and in the decidedly less well-appointed offices of various Palestinian factions based in the in refugee camps of Damascus and Beirut, as well as members of the Palestinian parliament sympathetic to Hamas in the West Bank.

“I met with members of the Lebanese parliament from parties across the political spectrum, veterans of the Israeli military, and Palestinians in both refugee camps and political offices,” she said. She also spoke with journalists, aid workers, and UN officials around the region. “These interviews, combined with secondary sources, helped me to understand and compare the internal dynamics of a set of extremely complicated organizations in an extremely complicated region.”

Szekely’s research straddles the intersection of comparative politics and international relations.

She focuses primarily on foreign and domestic policies of non-state and proto-state military actors (rebel groups, guerrillas, insurgents, terrorists, etc.), particularly in the Middle East.

At Clark, she teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, identity politics, civil war, and forced migration. She also is affiliated with the University programs in Peace Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from McGill University.

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Tonight! Abby’s House Spring-Tacular!🌺🌻🌼🌷

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Parlee (left), Abby’s housing advocate, will be at Holy Cross tonight.

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The Abby’s House event also features Dorrie, proud mum of just rescued Peggy Sue. Here’s Peg resting – a few hours earlier she had a tooth extracted at the vet’s.😢 pic: D.M.

The annual Abby’s House Spring-Tacular fundraiser, a food and beverage tasting event, will take place TODAY – Thursday, April 20 – from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the College of the Holy Cross’ Hogan Campus Center.

The event will feature:

14 tasting stations🍤🍷

jewelry sales💍💎💍💖

surprise Buy-A-Bed boxes💕

and a silent auction.💋

The cost is $65 per person.

Money raised will help to support Abby’s overnight shelter, affordable housing programs, and advocacy for homeless women and their children.💙💜💛

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.abbyshouse.org/spring-tacular or contact Justina at Abby’s House at (508) 756-5486 Ext. 14.

Spring/Easter thoughts …

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photos submitted by Mauro DePasquale

By Mauro DePasquale

The sun shining through the clouds on this cool but warming April morning. It wakes up something deep inside us. Savoring that sweet scent for spring air, it takes me back to spring vacations at my grandparents’ house on Bell Hill, joyfully playing and running through their yard while my grandfather, singing happily, began clearing the garden of fallen dead winter debris. I loved it. That scent brought hope, dreams of summer, and all the happiness that would be ahead. Spring air is such a wonderful gift to be thankful for.

That sweet scent has a grit to it: mud, tree mold, dried, dead leaves, old annuals rotting out of a thaw, and yet it is a scent springing hope eternal.

It’s something we all awaken to during this time of year. No matter what our faith, our heritage, we all feel it and know it at once.

For this Catholic, it’s a gift, a sign of Easter’s promise. The scent of spring, somehow as a resonant hint of an ancient sacred covenant, an elusive reveal of the Mystery made tangible. The promise of life everlasting.

It’s more than the scent of a dead world resurrecting, it’s a spiritual resurrection. Resurrecting from the grit of our ties to this world, the mud of our faults, the mold of our participation in injustice, the rot of our sins. It is also an awakening to the mystery of life eternal exemplified in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christ is the sun shining the light of Truth. Warming and gracing the morning of our lives, each and every day. This beautiful warm light that shines on each and every one of us for no reason, and yet, through that mysterious and Holy Spirit, we welcome it as unconditional love and mercy.

For us this seems to happen in the season after winter, however whereas time does not exist except in the profane, the Resurrection of Christ is continual, in Holy time, and every breath we take is the gift of an opportunity to share in that eternal spring. Forever in His Light, forever singing happily, forever joyful, in a life forever in love.

At the end of this day, here in this plane, we can be thankful. There is nothing to worry about. Spring is always around the corner. Although the culture of death may surround us here, we look for hope not in what is dead, rotting and bound in sin, but what is living in the promise of the eternal. Hope comes from that spirit living within us. Just remember “He is Risen” and we will also with Him rise from death. Why? Because God loves you as sure as that gift of spring air.

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Mauro DePasquale is Executive Director of WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” and President of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society.

The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester – feeding our kids!💛

Childhood Hunger Rate in Worcester Higher than the National Average

The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Serves Kids a FREE Dinner 5 Nights a Week

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Steve “Tank” Tankinow, the Kid’s Café Director💜💙💛

We don’t need to search very far for statistics on childhood hunger:

1 in 4 kids goes to bed hungry in Worcester.

That’s higher than the national average of 1 in 5.

Childhood hunger is linked to lasting effects on our kids’ social development, physical health, and academic performance.

In fact, 93% of educators are concerned about the long-term damage hunger can have on our youth.

When children are hungry:

88% are unable to concentrate in school

87% struggle with lack of energy or motivation

65% exhibit behavioral problems

84% have overall poor academic performance

Often times, the foods they have access to pose no nutritional value.

80% of our Club members live at or below the poverty level, limiting their exposure to fresh, healthy foods. The financial limitations on our families force parents to serve fast food or processed and packaged meals.

Our Club is the only place in the city where kids can receive a FREE, nutritious dinner 5 days a week.

Kid’s Café provides approximately 300 youth a day with nutritious meals.

Steve “Tank” Tankinow, our Kid’s Café Director, has been cooking home-style meals for our members for over 17 years, dedicating himself to serving the hungry children in Worcester.

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Eating good food at the Club💜💛

If you’re interested in helping our Club provide dinner 5 nights a week for our kids, please consider making a donation!

How it all Began:

Tank’s Story:

“I’ve been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since I was a kid. To me, it was a safe place. I always felt at home. When I came back as an adult, the sounds and even the smells were the same as I remembered as a kid.

I was inspired to start Kid’s Café as a way of giving back to the community. Because my career has been involved in nutrition, I wanted to do something that provided good, healthy food for kids. I worked with the Worcester County Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club, and formed a non-profit organization. We started by making supper for a handful of kids 17 years ago; now we feed about 300 kids a hot, nutritious meal 2 days a week (3 days a week we are provided meals through the Federal Government). We’re helping keep kids healthy. It’s an important part of the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.

I’ve been fortunate that so many people have volunteered to help, or responded when I called. We’ve had everyone from executives to high school students contributing food or money to buy food. They pitch in as teams to cook and serve. It’s a lot of work to feed 300 kids, but with the community support we always get it done.”- Steven “Tank” Tankinow (excerpt from alumni profile in 2011 annual report)

Fallon Health Opens Food Pantry at Our Club

We’re thrilled to provide our kids with nutritious food while at the Club, but we also want to ensure their health at home.

Fallon Health has opened a food pantry at our Harrington Clubhouse to help our organization further fight childhood hunger.

This crucial addition to our case management department will provide Club families with food and resources during tough times and emergencies such as a death in the family or unemployment.

Several Fallon Health employees volunteered their time to set up the pantry and stock the new shelves with non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, pasta, and cereal.

The pantry will be restocked throughout the year to ensure we can continue assisting our families. The generosity of Fallon Health has enabled our staff to help our families in a new and pivotal capacity.

If you’re interested in donating to our food pantry, please contact Liz Hamilton, Executive Director, at:

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA, 01610-2520, United States
www.bgcworcester.org

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