The Worcester Together fund announced grants today that raised their total support for non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis to more than $616,000 with 51 local nonprofits. The fund, a joint effort between the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, in collaboration with the City of Worcester, supports the needs of local organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Worcester County. Today's grants total $222,950 to 23 nonprofit organizations.

“Worcester Together's top priority is putting donations to work in the community as quickly as possible,” said GWCF President and CEO Barbara Fields. “This latest round of funding is going directly to organizations serving the region's most vulnerable populations from the effects of COVID-19.”

The latest round of grants will meet the immediate needs of organizations serving communities and individuals who have been impacted by the current crisis. The grants will help to provide emergency food and shelter, mental health and technology supports for vulnerable populations including non-English speakers and the elderly.

“Our grantees are providing vital resources to the members of our community most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are proud to stand by their side,” said Tim Garvin, CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. “As the effects of the outbreak continue to ripple throughout our community, the Worcester Together fund will be here, connecting organizations to the resources they need to be effective.”

The latest round of grantee organizations are:

Organization Name

Brief Description

Angels Net Foundation

Tele-health and remote tutoring for immigrant individuals and families

Ascentria Community Services

Personal Protective Equipment & supplies for staff and residents at elder care facilities and parenting teens home

Eastern Orthodox Management Corp./Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Technology purchases for residents to keep in contact in family

Family Continuity dba FCP Inc.

Tele-health and sensory kits for 350 young people

Horace Mann Educational Association

Support for the Millbury Isolation Center which will support up to 35 individuals with developmental disabilities diagnosed with COVID-19

Kennedy- Donovan Center

Support for 90 families to purchase baby supplies, food, pay utility bills and get internet access

Living in Freedom Together (LIFT)

Support remote case management and mobile outreach to support women escaping prostitution

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Virtual case management for the Healthy Families program which provides supports for first time parents 20 years old and younger

Saint Paul's Elder Outreach

To purchase hygiene and cleaning products to include in 40 weekly food deliveries to isolated seniors

Seven Hills Foundation

Personal Protective Equipment for staff and residents of group homes

South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Purchase of a walk-in cooler for food pantry

The Shine Initiative

Virtual mental health supports for school aged children

Tri-Valley Inc.

Support for Meals on Wheels food delivery for seniors program

Worcester Refugee Assistance Project

Support for immigrant families including the purchase of Chromebooks for students, halal groceries and translation of important materials regarding COVID-19

Abby's House

Support for new staff and cleaning supplies at shelter

Elder Services of Worcester Area

Support for Meals on Wheels- food delivery program for seniors in Worcester & surrounding cities and towns

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Support for new staff and cleaning supplies at shelter

MAB Community Services, Inc.

Support for increased staff time and tech expenses to deliver tele-health for individuals with low vision and vision loss

North Star Family Services, Inc.

Food storage purchases to respond to increased demand

Our Father's House, Inc.

Technology purchases to support staff working remotely

Quinsigamond Community College Foundation

Support for the student emergency fund which provides food, medical expenses, childcare, utility payments, transportation, help with rent & access to technology for QCC students

Wheat Community Connections/ United Way of Tri-County is fiscal sponsor

Support to build up capacity of the café meal delivery program to respond to increase demand and ensure seniors in Clinton, Lancaster, Sterling, Bolton & Berlin has nutritious meals delivered

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Purchase of food, health and hygiene products for women supported through the domestic violence shelter


GWCF and UWCM invite institutions, companies, individuals and other funders to contribute to the Worcester Together fund at and The Worcester Together fund is also working with the City of Worcester, local officials throughout the County and other funders to give the Fund maximum reach and effectiveness. In addition to offering an opportunity to contribute to the Fund, the partners in the fund also urge donors to directly support the critical needs of nonprofits by making general operating support grants to organizations they wish to help.