Worcester Community Action Council to Host Action Hero Awards Night
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The event was established to honor individuals and organizations which have supported WCAC and its mission over the past year.
"I am honored to be serving in my tenth year as executive director of WCAC and am grateful for our dedicated Board of Directors, community partners, funders, donors and our staff - past and present - committed to helping others in need every day. We look forward to honoring our 2016 Action Heroes with what promises to be a very special evening celebrating a truly remarkable decade," said WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis.
WCAC will welcome noted community leader and philanthropist Mary DeFeudis as the keynote speaker.
This year's honorees include:
- Southbridge Savings Bank - for their generous support of WCAC's fuel assistance program and annual coat drive;
- Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Murray, Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus, and Worcester Interfaith Director Frank Kartheiser for their tireless efforts to advance employment opportunities for Worcester area youth;
- United Way of Central Massachusetts President Tim Garvin for his vocal advocacy for support of nonprofit efforts throughout the region; and
- Webster Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas and State Representative Joseph McKenna for their support in WCAC's ongoing efforts to relocate Head Start classrooms within the Town of Webster.
The Worcester Community Action Council, in its 5th year, is the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.
For more information, click here.
Related Slideshow: Massachusetts Business Rankings
See how Massachusetts stacked up.
Massachusetts has 2015's 28th highest insurance premium penalties for high risk drivers, according to a WalletHub report.
Mass is behind Colorado and New Mexico who come in at 26 and 27 spots respectively while Mass is ahead of Tennessee and the District of Columbia who rank 29 and 30 respectively.
Massachusetts ranks 14th overall in the category of DUI conviction annual premium increase with an amount of $756.
Massachusetts ranks 20th overall in the category of speeding over 20 mph annual premium increase with a total of $261 while ranking 21 overall in the category of two accidents annual premium increase with a total of $1,364.
Massachusetts has been ranked as the 5th most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
Mass ranks tenth in environmental quality and fourth in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in 8th overall.
Mass is behind Minnesota and New York who are in the fourth and third spots respectively, and in front of Washington and New Hampshire who come in at the six and seven spots.
Small Business Friendliness Grade: D+
The Economist grades states on an A+ to F grading scale for its small business climate. Massachusetts ranks near the bottom of the nation, joining New Mexico and New York in receiving D+ grades. 9 states scored worse than a D+ in the Economist rankings.
Overbearing bureaucracy and excessive licensing is stifling small business in America.
Forbes ranks each state in business costs, economic climate, and growth prospects.
The most damning in the commentary:
Massachusetts’ business costs, including labor, energy and taxes, are the highest of the 48 contiguous states—only Hawaii is higher—at 20% above the national average.
ChiefExecutive.net ranks each state in taxations and regulations, workforce quality, and living environment.
The most damning in the commentary:
Taxation and regulation are always the key barometers. Massachusetts and Oregon are the worst.
ALEC ranks each state in economic performance and outlook.
Although Massachusetts ranked low in economic performance, a forward-looking forecast is based on the state’s standing in 15 important state policy variables. Some of these variables include top marginal personal income tax rate and sales tax burden.
#18 Free Enterprise
Free Enterprise ranks each state in performance, exports, innovation + entrepreneurship, business climate, talent pipeline, infrastructure.
Massachusetts's reputation as a hotspot for science and technology endures in this year's rankings. The commonwealth is a center for STEM jobs and university research and development, ranking 4th and 2nd, respectively, in those two categories. It also ranks 6th as a center for high-tech establishments. Massachusetts is taking aggressive steps to bolster economic activity with high-impact university-industry R&D projects and new tools for tech-based startup companies.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
#45 The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts ranks each state in job growth and job creation.
Massachusetts added 38,368 jobs in 2014.
- Worcester’s 10 Coolest People: Jennifer Gaskin, President of WCACA
- United Way Awards Nearly $300K To Central Massachusetts Girls
- United Way of Central Mass Announces Campaign Co-Chairs
- United Way Women’s Initiative Hosts Stepping Up For Girls Sept. 18
- United Way of Central MA Unveils 2013 Holiday Wish List
- United Way of Central MA Awards Nearly $50K in Fuller Grants
- United Way of Central Mass to Hold Annual Celebration
- Shrewsbury Girls Learning to Be $cholars Thanks to United Way
- NEW: United Way Announces Community Support Fund
- NEW: United Way Offering Grants for Women and Community Programs
- NEW: National Grid Donates $155K to United Way for Heating Assistance
- United Way Women’s Initiative To Host Soles4Souls Event in Worcester
- NEW: James Leary Announced as United Way’s Chair-Elect
- Central MA Up + Comer: United Way’s Heidi Charlebois
- United Way of Central Mass Needs Volunteers
- National Grid Donates $155,000 to United Way to Help With Fuel Costs
- United Way to Donate $5.4 Million to Central Mass Community This Year
- United Way Hires Assumption Grad as New Community Relationships Manager
- United Way Women’s Initiative Announces New Leadership
- United Way of Central Massachusetts Announces Opening of Annual Grant Cycle
- Paul Giorgio: Ed Augustus Has the Leadership Qualities We Need
- New City Manager Augustus to be Sworn in at Public Ceremony Tues
- Paul Giorgio: Augustus is Out, Put a Mayor In
- Worcester’s 5 Big Issues: Interim City Manager Augustus Weighs In
- Paul Giorgio: Ed Augustus is the City Manager
- Paul Giorgio: Why Ed Augustus Would Be a Great City Manager
- Ed Augustus: No Time for an Alternative to Mitt Romney
- Ed Augustus: I Guess I’m A Snob Santorum
- Ed Augustus: What’s Fueling High Gas Prices
- Ed Augustus: No Silver Bullet to Fixing High School Drop out Rates
- Ed Augustus: Why McGovern Should Focus on Sudan
- Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus Agrees to New Contract
- Augustus Comes to Agreement on Ecotarium Cell Tower Site
- Worcester Pride Names City Manager Augustus as Parade’s Honorary Grand Marshall
- Law Gives Augustus Authority to Appoint Worcester Redevelopment Leader
- Worcester City Manager Augustus Orders Crompton Park Pool to Stay Open Extra Week
- Worcester’s Augustus Statement on Weapons Stolen from US Army Reserve Center
- Augustus Apologizes to Worcester Residents for Storm Response
- Petty and Augustus Support Local Arts Following Vandalism of Elm Park
- Augustus Proposes Additional $14 Million Next Year for Worcester Public Schools