Taking a Hard Look at Women and Politics

September 26th, 2016

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

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 experience in running for and getting elected to office. They also will discuss the challenges of being in public office and
will look at issues from a gender and racial 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.

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

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. 


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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