2020 WAS A YEAR OF TREMENDOUS LOSS AND SUFFERING FOR MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY. The COVID pandemic disproportionately impacted the communities we serve and further resulted in job loss and economic hardship for vulnerable families. While the promise of a vaccine brings a sense of hope, WCAC remains committed to helping all those in need throughout our community for as long as it takes to collectively recover from this devastating pandemic. The pandemic exposed the deepening inequities in our society. If this past year has taught us anything, it is that we must strengthen our resolve to end poverty and systemic racism and work to promote healing from the trauma and anguish inflicted on families. Change is necessary to shrink the widening wealth and opportunity gaps. It is not enough to provide a life jacket to keep our neighbors afloat. To make lasting impact, we must work in partnership with families and across organizations to build a boat together and buoy those who are most impacted by the waves of crisis.
As we look back on the year, we thank our staff and celebrate the devotion and commitment they demonstrated during this challenging time. This year unveiled the everyday Community Action heroes and heroines at WCAC, our
incredible staff. Throughout the year, team members from every corner of our agency demonstrated great care and compassion for one another and for our community. They showed tremendous resilience as we managed the constant changes in our COVID environment and continued our work in partnership with the children and families, clients, and youth who sought our services and support in this crisis. For this, we thank each and every member of our team.
Amidst the challenges of 2020, we made progress and renewed our commitment to our core values of partnering with dignity, encouraging and elevating all voices and perspectives in our work, and advancing equitable access to our services and programs for everyone we reach. We embrace our shared responsibility to work toward a better society as we fulfill our mission to help people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy. We invite our peers and partners to work with us in the coming year to break the cycle of poverty and work toward resilient families and a thriving community with opportunities for all.
– Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director
- As I See It: Driving solutions to poverty in partnership, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 1, 2020
WCAC remains committed to excellence, best practices and accountability for all of our staff, programs, policies and procedures to ensure those in need receive valuable services that help them move to economic self-sufficiency. Review our 2021-2023 Community Assessment below.