Girl’s CHOICE participant interns at WPD

August 27th, 2015

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

Girls Promoting Safety

August 25th, 2015


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–2016 Community Action Grant to Girls Inc. of Worcester. The funded program, Girls Promoting Safety (GPS), is a strength-based violence prevention education program for middle school girls. Implemented in collaboration with the YWCA Central Massachusetts, GPS uses evidence-based curricula to teach girls the resiliency skills needed to avoid being victims of violence and promote healthy relationships.

Read more here. 

Annual Meeting 2015 Summary

August 20th, 2015

The 130th Annual Meeting was held on June 25, 2015, at the Hanover Insurance building in Worcester.

Featured speakers were Etel Cappachione and Lillie Williams.  Executive Director Linda Caviaioli and Board President Linda Looft gave a presentation about the new YWCA strategic plan.

Etel spoke about the YWCA influence on her personal growth as a woman, mother, leader and social justice activist.  She spoke of the significant impact that the YWCA demonstrates in the community, changing the lives of women and girls, by pushing boundaries in the fight to eliminate racism and empower women.

Lillie gave a heartfelt speech about her journey through homelessness and becoming a survivor of domestic violence.  Lillie proudly spoke of her accomplishments, including her recent college graduation, and her peer counseling career at a local non-profit agency.

The YWCA board and senior staff  recently underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process to plan for the organization’s future.  As part of the process a “Theory of Change” was developed which outlines the organization’s intent for community impact, and expected outcomes. The Theory of Change includes programmatic directions, organization development/racial justice directions, and physical plant changes.

Also members elected eight individuals(*) to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors.  Additionally, officers of the Board and corporators were elected.


Board of Directors

Linda Looft, President 
Micki Davis, Vice President, President-elect
Joyce Augustus, Vice President Elect
Mary Dean, Treasurer
Deborah Gavron-Ravenelle, Assistant Treasurer
Margarete Arndt, Clerk
Christienne Bik, Assistant Clerk
Linda Cavaioli, Ex-Officio
Jacqueline Arnold*
Sonya Atherly
Amanda Baer
Deborah Bitsoli
Roberta Brien
Lori Dawson
Mary Feeney
Sheila King Goodwin
Nerissa Harper-Ketter*
Irene Hernandez-Rodriguez*
Liisa Holm
Nora Keefe
Robyn Kennedy*
Alexizendria Link*
Meghan Maceiko
Patty MacLauchlan*
Joyce McNickles, Ed.D.
Alexandra Montgomery
Judith Ockene, PhD, M. Ed, M.A.
Yuisa Perez Chionchio*
Imrana Soofi*
Lorna Stearns
Susan Woodbury


Che Anderson
Mark Bilotta
Melinda Boone
Dianne Bruce
Etel Capacchione
Jessica Donovan
John Duggan
Steve Fischer
Robin Foley
Eve Gilmore
Robert Jones
Leah Lamson
Jane Lochrie, M.D.
Mary Meade-Montaque
Denise O’Connell

5 Women Honored with YWCA’s Erskine Awards

May 6th, 2015

5 Women Honored with YWCA’s Erskine Awards

Bishop calls racism a moral evil serious sin.

May 1st, 2015

Bishop calls racism a moral evil serious sin.

Stand Against Racism 2015

April 28th, 2015

Stand Against Racism 

Worcester’s young and old unite against racism, April 2015

April 25th, 2015

Worcester’s young and old unite against racism, April 2015

Community Organizers Speak Up on North High

March 18th, 2015

Press conference at the YWCA – Worcester Magazine 3/17/2015

Coalition Urges Support, Not Censure – Telegram and Gazette 3/18/2015

International Women’s Day event in Worcester connects sexism, prejudice to global concerns

March 9th, 2015

The International Women’s Day event was the second annual celebration in Worcester.  Read the article here

Worcester woman spreads fun, health through hula-hooping

January 2nd, 2015


It was a hula-hoop — yes, a hula-hoop — that changed it all for Worcester resident Sarah Daly.

Read the entire article, click here.


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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