UMMS is committed to positively impacting its surrounding community. We do this by supporting community programs and initiatives that advance the interests of both the medical school and the community by donations of in-kind services, volunteerism, and assisting and co-hosting various community events..The spirit of engagement that exists at UMMS is impressive. As an institution, we are deeply committed to enriching the surrounding communities; for example, by enhancing health and science education, ensuring community health, building a diverse workforce and enriching lives.
UMMS is classified as a “community engaged” university by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, a national honor that ranks top institutions in the benefits if confers to the world outside it's campus walls. Year after year, UMMS employees are the single largest contributor to the Massachusetts State Employee Charitable Campaign (COMECC). UMMS contributes substantial resources to community programs consistent with our educational and medical mission, including local non-profit organizations that promote community health, K – 16 education and career preparation in STEM oriented fields.
On a consistent basis, students, faculty and staff volunteer directly to improve lives in the community. Whether by preparing and serving food to homeless veterans, staffing free medical clinics, working with foster children, collecting food and financial donations for a local food bank, or engaging in any of the dozens of other initiatives in which they are involved, members of the UMMS community truly have an impact.
UMMS also invests in the City of Worcester in a variety of ways from direct payments to services provided to the CIty and its residents. Our students, faculty and staff appreciate and understand that the interests of the Medical School and the City of Worcester are intertwined. Working hand-in-hand with city government and community organizations, they have developed a rich history of partnerships that harness their capacities in health, education and research to address city and community needs. Learn more.