Honoring Our Action Heroes

Each year, WCAC hosts an annual Awards Celebration to publicly recognize individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in supporting the agency’s mission.


WCAC hosted its 2nd Annual Resiliency Awards on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at the AC Hotel Marriott, 125 Front Street, Worcester. Opening with an uplifting keynote address by Sha-Asia Medina of The Village Worcester, the celebration recognizes everyday people striving to make every day better for the lives of those in our community, and the wonderful legacy of heroes who have helped support WCAC’s work in moving individuals and families out of poverty and towards economic mobility. Honorees includes: 2023 Sargent Shriver Trailblazer Award; Champion for Kids; Iggy Strong Award – Providing Youth Opportunities; Energy Equity Champions; and Action Hero Award(s) Photos can be found HERE.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor National Grid. Additional sponsorship support provided by UMass Memorial Health, Webster Five, Mutual of America, Bowditch Attorneys, Polar Beverages, UMass Chan Medical School, Unibank, Western MA Economic Development Council, WBDC, Mass General Brigham Health Plan, Friendly House, Cornerstone Bank and the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA. Special thanks to our hosts, the AC Hotel Marriot; and award designer Daisy’s Designs LLC


After postponements in 2020 and 2021, it was good to be back! WCAC hosted its newly renamed Resiliency Awards on Monday, February 14, 2022! In deference to continuing best practices of social distancing, WCAC hosted a hybrid event with an opportunity for our honorees to gather in-person safely, while allowing the greater community to celebrate with us virtually. We were thrilled to welcome Mark K. Shriver as our keynote speaker and to present our first-ever Sargent Shriver Trailblazer Award! We also presented our new Champion for Kids and Iggy Strong-Providing Youth Opportunities Awards, as well as several Action Hero Awards. You can watch a copy of the celebration which was livestreamed from the JMAC Theatre in downtown Worcester HERE. Additional photos can be viewed HERE.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor National Grid. Advocate level sponsor Webster Five; Supporters – Cornerstone Bank, Fidelity Bank, Lamoureux Pagano Associates Architects; our hosts JMAC Theatre; and award designer Daisy’s Designs LLC

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