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Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester Announces Interim Director

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester (LVGW) on Monday announced the appointment of Interim Director Jolene Jennings.  

Jennings joins LVGW after the resignation of Ellen Benz, who led Literacy Volunteers through the opening of our Madison Street satellite office and the creation of our language learning lab.  “The board is immensely grateful to Ellen for her enthusiasm and leadership during her tenure.  She was a tireless advocate for the students, tutors and teachers who form the core of Literacy Volunteers.  Ellen recently stepped down as Executive Director to focus on her family,” said the organization in a statement.

Jennings has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Greater Worcester.  She previously served as Executive Director for Jericho Road Worcester, Founding Member and Board Officer for Dress for Success Worcester, and Interim Director for the Center for Women & Enterprise Worcester.  Jennings holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University.  “She is uniquely suited to step in and lead Literacy Volunteers through a transition to new leadership,” said the announcement.

Literacy Volunteers is thriving in its mission of providing English Language skills to adults in our community.  We continue to support our current student/tutor pairs and are planning an upcoming tutor training session to increase the pool of available tutors.  As the largest chapter of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM), we are working closely with them to maintain the highest standards for the communities we support.  


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Great Worcester Community Foundation

370 Main St., Worcester, MA

Greater Worcester Community Foundation lends itself to the philanthropic efforts that help to unite smaller organizations and charities in Worcester County.

A donation to their organization will go on to support the local non-profits with much needed grant funding that will go directly to each agency they assist. 

Photo: Greater Worcester Community Foundation

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Girls Inc.

125 Providence St, Worcester, MA 

Girls Inc. supports girls in your community with programming to help them become independent, healthy, and educated young ladies.

Volunteer your time to help local girls build leadership skills and friendships to last a lifetime.  

Photo: Girls Inc. 

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Friendly House

36 Wall St., Worcester, MA

Friendly House is a transitional shelter home for those who are struggling to get back on their feet.

They help clients achieve fiscal soundness, and a better quality of life while maintaining a close family environment. 

Photo: Friendly House

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Be Like Brit

24 Pommogussett Rd, Rutland, MA 

Be Like Brit began as a way to commemorate Britney Gengel’s last text to her mother before an earthquake in Haiti took her life.

Britney wanted to start an orphanage in Haiti to help the children living there, and so Be Like Brit was created on her 23rd birthday.

The organization takes in children from all over the island and donations go on to help them maintain the quality of life at the orphanage. 

Photo: Be Like Brit 

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Jeremiah’s Inn

1059 Main St., Worcester, MA

Jeremiah’s Inn offers a recovery program for men in the area and operates and emergency food pantry for those in need.

The organization uses peer-oriented support and learning programs to help men suffering from addiction and substance abuse. 

Photo: Jeremiah's House

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United Way of Central MA

484 Main St., Worcester, MA

United Way of Central Massachusetts helps many local organizations gain funding to help community efforts.

Each year they post a wish list for their organizations that easily allows you to choose where to donate or volunteer this holiday season.

Photo: United Way of Central Massachusetts

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The Jimmy Fund

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA

The Jimmy Fund is always looking for people to donate blood and platelets for those undergoing cancer treatments and trauma victims. 

You can also become a dedicated volunteer for Jimmy Funds many councils and promote their mission by hosting fundraising events.

Photo: The Jimmy Fund

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Pet Chance

PO Box 448, Northborough, MA

Pet Chance allows you to fund medical services for animals in shelters who need care.

Families who cannot afford medical services for their pets can also apply for funding on the site.

Help someone's furry friend heal this holiday. 

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10 Prince Place, Newburyport, MA

Fraxa Research Foundation is on a mission to help to find a cure for Fragile X - a disease that affects intellectual abilities, and makes sufferes hyperactive, hypersentitive to light and noise and prone to seizures. 

You can donate or tribute a gift in honor of someone suffering from Fragile X. 

Photo: Fraxa Research Foundation

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Jeff’s Place

34 Deloss St., Framingham, MA

Donate a useable laptop, paper goods, and financial gifts to Jeff’s Place and help them facilitate healthy grief journeys for children and families experiencing loss. 

Volunteer as a dinner host or to become a facilitator for their support groups.  

Photo: Jeff's Place

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Reliant Medical Group

100 Front St., Worcester, MA

Reliant Medical Group is an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of everyone in Central Massachusetts. 

Donate to volunteer or participate in a 5k to help support the many other non-profits that they are engaged in.

They recently gave out $106,000 to local organizations looking to reduce childhood obesity. 

Photo: Reliant Medical Group

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AIDS Project Worcester

85 Green St, Worcester, MA

AIDS Project Worcester provides housing for those who are HIV positive and in need of financial assistance. 

They also provide educational services to teach the community about AIDS and STD prevention.

Volunteer to help with their educational outreach or donate to support their cause. 

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Broken Tail Rescue

160 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA

Broken Tail Rescue saves dogs and cats from euthanasia at their rescue center.

They need volunteers to foster rescues and donations for care and goods. 

See who's up for adoption here.

Photo: Broken Tail Rescue

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Why Me and Sherry's House

1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA

Donate your car or volunteer to help support families affected by childhood cancer at Why Me and Sherry's House.

You can even help provide a family with meals or emergency childcare during their hardship. 

Photo: Why Me and Sherry's House

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Ascentria Care Alliance

14 East Worcester St., Worcester, MA

Ascentria Care Alliance is one of the largest community service organizations in the area and allows you to reach out in many different ways. 

Volunteer as a tutor or skills trainer to help members of your community reach their full potential.

 Photo: Ascentria Care Alliance

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Key Program Inc.

670 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, MA

Key Program Inc. in Framingham seeks to assist troubled youth and their families. 

The organization is always looking for food items, apparel, bikes, and gift certificates from donators.

Photo: Key Program Inc. 

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Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance

6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA

Donate gently used home goods to Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance to benefit the homeless and  at-risk.

Needed items include tables, chairs, bureaus, bed frames, and mattresses. 

Photo: CMHA

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The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

65 Tainter St, Worcester, MA

The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester is now accepting donations of toys and gift cards.

You can even adopt a family or child for the holidays or make an online donation to help those in need.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA

484 Main St., Worcester, MA

Become a mentor for an at-risk child in your community through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/ Metrowest

You can also donate clothing and small household items to help benefit children in need this holiday.

Photo: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA

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Auburn Youth and Family Services

21 Pheasant Ct, Auburn, MA

Tutor a student or participate in Auburn Youth and Family Services’ Holiday Giving Program. 

Adopt a child or family to donate food, and gifts to be delivered to needy families this holiday.

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Advocates Inc.

One Clarks Hill, Framingham, MA 

Advocates Inc. assists the disabled and elderly with home ownership and sustaining satisfying work and personal relationships. 

Intern, or donate online when you do your personal shopping on Amazon, overtime you shop Advocates receives a percentage of your total purchase - making it easy to give and receive.

Photo: Advocates, Inc. 

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Center for Living and Working

484 Main St., Worcester, MA

Donate, or volunteer to support the advocacy and services provided by Center for Living and Working in Worcester. 

They assist the disabled with independent living, the deaf and hard of hearing and provide personal care management to over 1000 people in Central Massachusetts.

Photo: Center for Living and Working 

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Operation Homefront

21 Franklin St., Quincy, MA

Organize a fundraiser to benefit the families of soldiers through financial relief efforts, and caregiving to wounded warriors through Operation Homefront

You can donate when doing personal shopping on Amazon and small business owners can even donate services and goods to military families in need.

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StandUp For Kids

114 Main Street, Worcester, MA

StandUp For Kids offers volunteer opportunities every second Monday of the month.

Volunteer to help outreach efforts and help those suffering from youth homelessness in Central Massachusetts.

Photo: StandUp for Kids

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American Red Cross Central MA

2000 Century Dr., Worcester, MA

American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts is always looking for volunteers to donate blood, organize fundraisers, and donate non-monetary items like credit card rewards and goods. 

The Red Cross prevents and relieves suffering to those in the community including military families in need. 

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Nativity School in Worcester

67 Lincoln St, Worcester, MA

Donate boys’ uniforms, sports equipment, and art supplies to support the academic programs of the Nativity School in Worcester.

They also have an online wish list through Amazon to get the facility the specific items they need to help students achieve.

Photo: Nativity School in Worcester

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Seven Hills

415 Main St., Worcester, MA

Seven Hills aids the disabled, impoverish, and those dealing with trauma get back on the road to wellness and recovery.

To donate or volunteer for one of thermally training programs visit their site

Photo: Seven Hills

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Horace Mann Educational Associates

8 Forge Pkwy, Franklin, MA

Donate your vehicle, electronics, gift cards and more to Horace Mann Educational Associates.

The organization is responsible for serving nearly 3,800 children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

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Veterans Inc.

69 Grove St., Worcester, MA

Veterans Inc. relies on its volunteers year after year to help them run their food pantry, tutoring services, and recreational activities for veterans and their families. 

You can also donate to their wish list to help veterans through the holidays. 

Photo: Veterans Inc. 

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Children’s Friend

21 Cedar St., Worcester, MA 

Sponsor an at-risk child in your community through Children’s Friend

The organization assists children who need financial aid to get mental health services as well as abused and neglected children.

Photo: Children's Fund


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