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Twenty Five Years!


Twenty Five Years!

That’s a long time. Since 1993, Worcester Interfaith has been organizing to ensure that public resources and funding are used to support those citizens who need them most. We’ve mobilized people across the city and worked with people across the state to achieve social and economic justice. We’ve increased public safety by fighting for Community Policing. We’ve secured funding for youth jobs, job training for adults, Community Schools, pools, parks and recreation and community improvements.

We’ve worked hand-in-hand with congregations and community-based organization to right wrongs; to ensure that the voice of the community was heard and considered by those making decisions about our city’s future. We’ve created two broad-based coalitions – the Central MA Youth Jobs Coalition and the Worcester Community Labor Coalition to build power and create change. As a result, we’ve secured millions of dollars in YouthWorks funding from the Commonwealth each year and leverage hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city to provide workforce training for those being left behind by the economy.

Worcester Interfaith is fueled by people. As we enter our 26th year, we need more people than ever. We continue to fight for YouthWorks funding, as thousands of low-income youth are looking for jobs. We need to ensure that downtown development benefits everyone. We need to address the inequities that lead to a disproportionate number of students of color being detained , suspended and expelled from our public schools and the lack of vocational education options for those students.

We’re really excited about the future! We’ve successfully handed the leadership baton from Frank Kartheiser to Isabel Gonzalez-Webster. We recently completed a strategic planning process, during which we listened closely to the hundreds of people who provided us with input. Based on this, we formulated a new vision for Worcester Interfaith, and charted some goals for the future. We’ve entered into a partnership with MCAN which grants us access to resources and state wide partnerships. As an example, we have been able to grow to a two person staff organization. We welcome Delia Vega to the Worcester Interfaith family as a full time organizer.  

Our vision is to be faith-rooted and faith-driven, multi-racial and racially-just, and serious about building grassroots power to compel the community changes we seek. In order to achieve this vision, we need you. Your support will enable us to continue fighting the good fight, which is to ensure that people who are marginalized have both a voice and a place at the table. We have our work cut out for us, but together, we can continue to make Worcester a great city for all of us. Please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by making your tax-deductible contribution by December 31st.

Please send your check to the address noted at the bottom of the page. If you’d prefer to make your donation on line, please visit: http://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1311472

Legislator’s Tour of the YouthWorks sites in Worcester.

Worcester Interfaith supported the Legislator’s tour of YouthWorks sites with the Mass Youth Jobs Coalition, the Regional Enviromental Council and Boys and Girls Club of Worcester as coordinated by Pernet Family Health Service.  Thank to those who participated  in the legislative tour. As noted by Pernet, “Everyone was on time, on message and the youth were amazing.”  The photos were supplied by Pernet.


Publicity on $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family & Medical Leave Action

Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday night, March 20, to stand  up with members of our local legislative delegation for a $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family & Medical Leave.  Rev. Jose Perez, Rock of Salvation Church, was one of the emcees while Ms. Mary Xatse, Blessed Sacrament Church, and Rev. Aaron Payson and Dianne Mann, Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, gave testimony.  About 9 WI institutions were represented.  See the link to the Telegram & Gazette article below.

Mass. Community Action Network Award Ceremony

Rev. Jose Encarnacion was recently awarded the “Shining Star” by the Massachusetts Community Action Network.

 

BEGGAR’S BOWL 2017

This year’s Beggar’s Bowl was held on October 10, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester.
We had a record turn-out this year and more soups than ever.
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Bowl such a success!

We look forward to seeing you next year!   Here are a few pictures from the event:

 

Community Labor Coalition – Possible Campaigns

Community Labor Coalition – Roll Call and Skit

Beggar’s Bowl 2016

Thanks to everyone who supported BB 2016 — it was our best one yet!

Beggar’s Bowl in the T&G 2015

http://www.telegram.com/article/2015151019634

Clemente Course in the Humanities 2015

The Clemente Course was recently highlighted in the T&G by Larry Madden. Read the article here.