Taking a Hard Look at Women and Politics

October 20th, 2016

Racial Justice & Gender Equity
Taking a Hard Look at Women and Politics through a Racial and Gender Lens

October 20, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Guest Panelists:

Senator Harriette Chandler – 1st Worcester District
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz – 2nd Suffolk District
Senator Anne Gobi – Worcester-Hampden-Hampshire & Middlesex District
State Representative Gloria Fox – 7th Suffolk District
Councilor Sarai Rivera – District 4, City of Worcester

Panelists will give insight into their experiences and challenges while being in public office and how they look at issues through a racial and gender lens.

YWCA Central Mass
1 Salem Square
Next to the Worcester Public Library

Free and open to the public.
Registration encouraged, but not required.
*This is not a fundraiser.

Register HERE.

2016 Great Guy Award Recipients Announced

October 4th, 2016

YWCA Central Massachusetts created The Great Guy Award in 2004 to recognize the outstanding contributions of men in the central Massachusetts community who have been inspired to learn and better understand the issue of domestic violence, and who have demonstrated their commitment to end violence against women and children. Three men will receive the award this year at the YWCA’s Annual Daybreak Breakfast on October 17, 2016.

Dr. Erik Garcia, Physician and Medical Director at H.O.A.P. Clinic in Worcester, has long been an agent of social justice and health equity in our community. Dr. Garcia’s work has been a crucial piece of building a foundation to provide comprehensive, dignified care to people who are experiencing homelessness, substance abuse disorders, or mental illness. Dr. Garcia joined the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE) Task Force in 2013, and later served as Co-Chair of WAASE. He has worked to raise awareness about how to identify and provide trauma informed care to survivors of domestic violence in the medical community both nationally and regionally.

As the Chief Empowerment Officer at T. Lee Associates and the Associate Director of Multi-Cultural Education at College of the Holy Cross, Robert Jones is dedicated to teaching students from all walks of life about nonviolence. Mr. Jones is a certified senior trainer in Kingian Nonviolence, and has conducted over 40 two-day workshops for community leaders, youth, and various religious groups. He founded Project Respect – a program that focuses on leadership skills, college preparation, and academic achievement for young people. Mr. Jones is also a Senior Training Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, where he has trained more than 10,000 students and teachers through an anti-bullying program. Most recently, Mr. Jones founded TYBE2 (Together Reconciling Your Behavior. Education, and Emotion) of Men in Framingham’s Pelham Apartments – a program where college-aged males assist in mentoring young men ages 8-14, and stress the importance of nonviolence, health, and perseverance to achieve their dreams.

Edward N. Karcasinas Jr., head of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, was born and raised in Worcester. He has spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor fighting for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable. His determined advocacy in the courtroom, as well as the compassion and respect he gives to each survivor he works with, exemplify what it means to be a “Great Guy.”  Mr. Karcasinas is the co-chair of four High Risk Domestic Violence Response Teams in Worcester County. He is also a member of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the City Manager’s Coalition Against Bias and Hate, and the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Join the YWCA Central Massachusetts on October 17, 2016 to honor these three “Great Guys” at the Daybreak Breakfast. The Daybreak Breakfast will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center. In addition to the Great Guys Awards Presentation, guest speaker Dr. Heather Forkey will discuss how domestic violence can affect children and what we can do to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

CLICK HERE to read the article in the Telegram & Gazette.

Hooping in the Park

September 14th, 2016

Join YWCA’s resident hooper on Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 29 for a fun, energetic hooping activity! Learn how hoops are made, then learn how to hoop in a fast-paced activity with music, tricks, choreography, and more! This activity is perfect for kids ages 8-12. Parents and siblings of all ages are also invited to participate.

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YWCA Honors 5 Central MA women with the Katharine F. Erskine Award

April 26th, 2016

2016 Erskine Award Recipients 

Community Awareness Event

April 7th, 2016

Community Awareness Event – Domestic Violence

Karen Riley-McNary, Director of Community Intervention, remarks on a current domestic violence issue.

January 7th, 2016

Karen Riley-McNary, Director of Community Intervention, remarks on a current domestic violence issue



November 2nd, 2015

For the youngsters enrolled in the YWCA’s after-school program at Roosevelt School, Wednesday’s are no longer seen as “hump day”, and Friday’s are anticipated for a very different reason. On these days, books and chalkboards are momentarily switched out for games and folktales. Eshu Bumpus is a world-renown storyteller and independent entertainment professional. A lover of music, art and teaching young people, Eshu has found a way to combine all three into a rewarding, exciting and educational experience for the elementary and middle school students at Roosevelt.

As the artist-in-residence, Eshu introduces African, African-American and World folktales to the students through story games, inclusive story telling, and both individual and group writing workshops. Over the next few months, Eshu has many activities planned, each of which will further develop oral language and written literacy skills, as well as increase their overall confidence.

Eshu and the students are currently working on the production of their very own personalized coloring books. The younger students will write stories with the guidance of Eshu and the older students will illustrate. The final product will be coloring books for the individual children to have and feel connected to artistically. On a larger scale, Eshu has asked the students to create self-portraits, which he will animate, and accompany with recordings of the children describing their plans to contribute to society when they grow up. These same recordings will also be developed into a musical song produced by Eshu.

The finalized music product and coloring books will be premiered and distributed to all of the students as part of a potluck event. This is a great way for the children to see all their hard work pay off and be proud of everything they’ve accomplished.


This project is made possible with a Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) grant through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Linda Cavaioli receives Outstanding Women in Business Award – WBJ

October 26th, 2015

Linda Cavaioli receives Outstanding Women in Business Award

YWCA participates in Geek is Glam at WPI

October 20th, 2015

YWCA  Participates in Geek is Glam at WPI 

Girl’s CHOICE participant interns at WPD

August 27th, 2015

Worcester police summer jobs help at-risk youth, neighborhood relations


The YWCA, through its many community programs, has gained recognition in being a community support organization. Find out what the news and media outlets are saying about us.

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