News and Events

April 2014

Girls Inc. of Worcester's 2014 Girls Celebration
Wednesday, 4/30/2014 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Manor Restaurant Lounge & Banquet Facility, 42 West Boylston St, West Boylston, MA - $50
Girls Incorporated of Worcester has long been committed to providing under-served youth with the opportunity to attend our enriching and fun school year and summer camp programs offered at Winthrop House, our in-town facility located at 125 Providence Street, and at Camp Kinneywood, our beautiful outdoor camp located near the Holden Reservoir.

To make our school year and summer programs possible for some of the neediest girls in our community, Girls Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Girls Celebration to raise funds for our School Year and Summer Camp Scholarship Fund and to honor local community leaders that truly exemplify Girls Inc.’s mission of inspiring all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent).

The event will feature keynote speaker Victoria Budson, the founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Budson is an example of leadership excellence and will discuss and inspire our girls and guests to believe in their potential and value their strengths.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Purchase online at our website or contact Anne Sadick at 508.755.6455 x21 or All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No tickets will be mailed; your reservations will be held at the door.
Sponsored by: Bay State Savings Bank;
For more information, e-mail or call 508-755-6455x41.

May 2014

Biz Gives Back Expo
Sunday, 5/4/2014 - Monday, 5/5/2014 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Union Station, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA - Free
Come support local businesses and local charities (worcester animal rescue leagues and Why Me Sherry's House)
Over 85 local vendors will come together to showcase their products and services while giving away free samples, giveaways and we will be having a huge raffle of Red Sox tickets, flatscreen TV and tons of other amazing items donated by all of our vendors.
Proceeds will go to our local charities, this is family-friendly and free to the public!
For more information, e-mail or call 508-277-0063.

Greater Worcester Gives
Tuesday, 5/6/2014 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
Online The Challenge

Greater Worcester GIVES is a community-wide online giving challenge hosted by Greater Worcester Community Foundation which seeks to inspire as many people as possible to support local nonprofit organizations during a 24-hour period.

The Goal

Our goal is to raise unrestricted dollars for the nonprofit organizations that serve our communities.

How it Works

For 24 hours, between 12:00am through 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 6, donors can make gifts of $25 or more to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in Worcester County.

Sponsored by: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
For more information, e-mail

Worcester Arts Council Spring Grant Reception
Thursday, 5/8/2014 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA - Free and open to the public
Save the date - spring reception honoring all 2014 WAC Grant recipients! Additional details to follow.
Sponsored by: Worcester Arts Council with grateful support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
For more information, e-mail

Sifting the Uneven Archive: Researching the The Forage House By Tess Taylor
Thursday, 5/29/2014 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free
In this program, poet Tess Taylor will recount how a residency here at the AAS helped her as she researched and wrote her latest book of poems, The Forage House. Her poems layer oral histories, documents, and folksongs to craft an exploration of her ancestors- a mix of New England missionaries and Southern slave owners, including Thomas Jefferson. Taylor's poems are as much about the imperfect material of family stories as they are about the politically charged material of history. Natasha Trethewey, our current poet laureate, described The Forage House as a brave and compelling collection that bears witness to the journey of historical discovery. Sifting through archives, artifact, and souvenir, Taylor presents dialectic of whats recorded and what is not, unearthing the traces that give way to her own history  and a vital link to our shared American past. The San Francisco Chronicle called The Forage House stunning. The Oxford American says, On their own, the poems are visceral, densely detailed, and frequently playful... Read together, in order, the details are illuminated by context and gain historical sweep. Taylor researched The Forage House as a Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative Artist Fellow in 2006.

Tess Taylors poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. She currently reviews poetry for NPRs All Things Considered and teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, e-mail or call 508-755-5221.

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