Working for Worcester
Working for Worcester is a student inspired and organized 501(c)3 social initiative that brings together college students, local businesses, non-profits, neighborhood groups, community and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and major corporations to promote stronger community wellness through creating recreation infrastructure and facilities at Worcester’s schools, parks, community centers, sports fields, and other valuable family and youth oriented spaces. April 12, 2014 marked the 2nd year that hundreds of local volunteers came together to work on 20 community projects throughout Worcester. The projects ranged from turning a storage cellar into a multipurpose fitness and dance studio from scratch, building playgrounds and renovating classrooms in the Worcester Public Schools. Worcester YouthBuild is proud to have helped make 2014 Working for Worcester a very successful event!
Worcester YouthBuild students joined forces with the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) Transition Program and volunteers from Holy Cross College, Clark University, and YBUSA to renovate two Transition Program classrooms at the WPS Fanning Building. The Worcester Public Schools Transition Program helps students between the ages of 18 and 22 prepare for real world success. Two of their students are currently enrolled in the Worcester YouthBuild Program, and both are on pace to graduate next fall. Because of their success in Worcester YouthBuild, TRA and the Transition Program have built a great relationship that helped lead us to volunteering this year for the Working For Worcester campaign.
Pictured at left are Mike Quigley, TRA-Worcester YouthBuild Director, with Judy Fask (right), Worcester Public Schools Transition Rehab Specialist.
In the photo at right are (from left to right) Nathan Stowell, WYB Case Manager, Robert Kuszewski, Transition Program/WYB student, and Francis DeAngelo, WYB Instructor.
The day began with a large rally at Holy Cross College outside the Hogan Center. Students picked up their T-shirts, had breakfast that was provided by Panera Bread and took pictures with the Red Sox World Series Trophies. After enjoying the morning festivities, the students made their way to the Fanning Building to start their work. Below, WYB student Terrence Cameron—Remillard admires the trophies!
Below are “Before Photos” of the two classrooms that we helped to renovate, paint, organize, and build/ install new shelving units.
When WYB arrived at the Fanning Building, we were divided into groups of painters, cutters, and a third group was in charge of making the new shelving unit for the teacher’s room. This was a day-long process.
Worcester YB student Deshawn Ivory (in photo Belowt) expressed the sentiments of his fellow classmates, when he said, “It was a pleasure to improve my community. I really love YouthBuild, and I am always looking to give back because of the opportunities the program provides for me. Also, I know that we have students from the Transition Program in YouthBuild with me and they are two great guys, and good friends of mine. Today was a great day, I hope to come back as a YB alumni next year and help out again.”
A special shout-out and thanks to our good friends from YouthBuild USA, Kate White and Christina McPike, who came from Boston and stayed all day long helping to paint, build shelving units, and establish great relationships with the students and staff at Worcester YouthBuild!