Working For Worcester - UMMS Build Day
A team of UMass Medical School volunteers joined the Working for Worcester 2019 Build Day on April 13, to assist with projects in the Worcester Public Schools North Quadrant. UMMS volunteers spruced up the grounds outside the Belmont Street School and helped install playground equipment at Lake View Elementary School as part of the citywide undertaking. Read More
North High Food Pantry
UMMS employees built and stocked a food pantry at North High School to supply nutritiously balanced food to families identified by the school as being unable to afford it. Food from the pantry is also made available to students from East Middle School.
The medical school supplied washers and dryers to five schools in the quadrant identified by the Worcester Public Schools superintendent as having populations of children whose families are unable to afford laundry services, with the hopes of preventing students, who feel embarrassed or insecure about wearing unclean clothes, from missing school.
UMMS volunteers distributed close to 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary school kids ensuring they are able to start off the school year with the necessary tools to succeed.
Winter Clothing Drive
UMMS partnered with the Worcester Public School’s Coats for Kids program to provide new and gently used winter outerwear to children in need from Head Start to high school in the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools as well as new arrivals from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Through the generous donations of our employees, we collected approximately 1200 coats and a total of 1000 hats, mittens and scarves as well as 50 pairs pf boots. We also collected over $1000 worth of gift certificates to help purchase winter clothing.