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First and foremost! Don’t forget!

Warm Winter Clothing Drive For the Homeless

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

165 Pleasant St.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

TODAY! Saturday, January 24

Volunteers will be accepting winter coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves … For men, women, teens, even little kids …

Free coffee and donuts for all who stop by and make a donation!


The Worcester Public Library is trying to expand their storytimes in other languages for children and families.

The Worcester Public Library in downtown Worcester is looking for adult volunteers FLUENT in Vietnamese and Portuguese for their World Languages Storytimes that begin this Spring 2015.

Volunteers will be trained and paid to conduct six storytimes for children 5 years old and under. If you’re interested please fill out the application in the Children’s Room of the Worcester Public Library.

Please call 508-799-1671 for more information.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

… is pleased to announce an ESL Class for Women and Mothers only.  

It will help students improve their English and will be centered around helping them thrive in the community as women, as mothers and as grandmothers.

It is open to all women 18 years and older.


“Know Your Rights – Law Enforcement” workshop at the Nativity School of Worcester

The school will be hosting a workshop entitled “Police Encounters: Know My Rights If Stopped by Law Enforcement.” 


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Wednesday, February 4

at the school – 67 Lincoln St. (the old Lincoln House Girls Club).

We are proud to be partnering with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Community Legal Aid, and the Worcester Police Department to make this timely presentation possible.

In light of recent tragic events around our country, it is essential that our young people learn their responsibilities and how to exercise their rights during an encounter with law enforcement.

For more information, call 508.799.0100


Another reminder! The WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS are always in need of warm winter outerwear for WPS students. Their COATS FOR KIDS program is phenomenal!

Some information for you by Paula Harrity: (Want to donate a coat? Please call 508-799-3030)

… a decision was made to provide new outerwear to children based on observations made by classroom teachers.

Teachers responded to survey by saying that for many of these children, it is probably the only new coat they have ever received and they are proud to wear them.

Parents are also grateful for this assistance that takes away the added burden of purchasing coats, hats, and gloves on already strained budgets.

The primary focus for this program is students in grades Prek-6, but other students (grade 6 and beyond) who are in need of warm clothing are also included.

Younger siblings of school-aged children who are living in homeless shelters are outfitted, whenever requested.

All Worcester Head Start sites and children who are serviced through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Grant (through the Head Start Program) are included.

Five sites through the Worcester Community Partnerships, a state subsidized program for pre-school centers, are also serviced. Students are selected by building principals and sites directors based on need.

Once a need has been determined, size and gender information is submitted to the WPS Volunteer Office. In the past, the Volunteer Office has collaborated with the Junior League of Worcester, Inc. (JLW) to coordinate shopping for these students. Junior League shoppers buy the items requested and in some cases deliver the items directly to the schools. Other volunteers, who include retired school department employees, college students, and community members, also shop for the outerwear.

It is important to note that each child is considered individually (names, of course, are kept private), and clothing is color coordinated and chosen to suit the age and gender of the child. These items are brought to the Volunteer Office for distribution to the sites.

Before delivery, clothing is checked, price tags are removed, and the items are bagged for individual students, and delivered to the sites.

Students from area high schools, especially those from South High’s Academy of Education, Service and Government, have assisted the Volunteer Office with this process.

Individuals from the community also contact the Volunteer Office directly and “sponsor” a child by going out on their own to do the shopping.

Students, faculty and employees from Assumption College and University of Massachusetts Medical School and Medical Center have also shopped for items.

Coats for Kids – winter wear for Worcester kids!!

Coats for Kids – Keeping Kids Warm for more than 25 years!

The Coats for Kids program provides new winter outerwear to children in need who attend the Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Head Start Program, Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters.

This service began over 25 years ago and served 400 children.

This past year (2013-14) 2,200+ children, aged infant through high school, were given new winter jackets, hats & mittens / hooded sweatshirts.

For more information on how you can help, please contact:
Paula Harrity harrity@worc.k12.ma.us Michael P. Lyons lyonsm@worc.k12.ma.us
Laurie Kuczka kuczka@worc.k12.ma.us Christina Roberts cair00@msn.com

Still time to donate coats to WPS’s “Coats for Kids”

By Paula Harrity, coordinator of volunteers, Worcester Public Schools

Every day school is in session, more than 23,000 students converge on the Worcester Public Schools. More than two thirds of these children are poor, many do not speak English as a first language in their home, and increasingly, the Worcester Public Schools welcomes refugees who have come here from war torn nations, and they have witnessed first-hand the horrors of mass destruction and hunger.

The Coats for Kids program provides new winter outerwear to needy children who attend the Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Head Start, Community Partnerships and for Children, and several area homeless shelters. This service began 25 year ago and serviced 400 children. Last year (2010-2011) 2,200+ children were given new winter jackets, hats & mittens. This past year the program was expanded to secondary students. In addition, a quantity of winter jackets, hats & mittens were provided to the Parent Information Center to have on hand for needy families arriving from other countries.

Students who receive this service are referred by the building principal or program directors. All of these children are at or below the poverty level and qualify for free or reduced school lunches. The program takes place from mid October to mid January. Families are very thankful for this assistance for this service during these very difficult economic times.

This past year the program expanded to include secondary schools, the SAMS program, ACT program (all sites), Adult Education and Alternative Education programs.

Individuals who donate to this program range from individual community members; to church, work and family groups. Individuals or groups can get the information and do the shopping themselves or send in a donation and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc and Junior League of Worcester assists with the shopping. We also have a group of shoppers from RSVP-Worcester Area Volunteers who assist with shopping.

We are also very fortunate to have so many corporate/business partners for this project. They donate funding, serve as drop off sites and get employees involved in the program and serve on the advisory board.

This program is administered through the Worcester Public Schools Volunteer Office.