Holy Cross with Others

It's a charge directly from our mission, so you might be wondering, how does that translate to community engagement? It's the way faculty, staff, and students support, celebrate, share, and collaborate with our local community. And it happens in so many ways! It could be volunteering with a nonprofit but it might also be running a 5K, enjoying a play in the park, sharing a meal, making a donation, stopping by a festival, or building a playground. Let us help you find the perfect opportunity to engage!

Also, bookmark the following sites to discover more ways to experience the mission in the Woo! United Way of Central MA's Volunteer Page (https://unitedwaycm.org/get-involved/volunteer/), Worcester Cultural Coalition's Calendar (https://worcesterculture.org/calendar-of-events/), and Discover Central MA's Calendar of Events (https://www.discovercentralma.org/see-do/events/) .

Working for Worcester's Annual Build Day!

If you're interested in getting involved with Working for Worcester, there are so many ways for you to help. W4W is fortunate enough to have AMAZING construction companies build the more complex sites. Each Build Day, Working for Worcester recruits approximately 1,200 volunteers from all walks of life with the opportunity to tons of different activities that meet your physical abilities and skills.

To learn more, visit W4W at https://www.workingforworcester.com/build-day


Thursday, April 27, 2023
The First Annual Corn-Hole Tournament for faculty and staff

Two outstanding Worcester institutions, Holy Cross and UMass Medical, are partnering for the first corn hole tournament to benefit UMass Pediatrics. Details to come!

Worcester's Black History Trail

February 22 - February 22, 2023
Time 5:30PM
Fletcher Auditorium at Worcester Historical Museum

Join the Worcester Country Bar Association CARE Committee for a night of education and vibrant discussion on local black history. Join Thomas Doughton and fellow creators for an in-person live experience of the Worcester's Black History Trail. The Trail highlights historical sites important to understanding the experience of people of color in Worcester from the colonial period through the present. Worcester's Black History Trail is an ongoing collaborative undertaking of the City of Worcester, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Branch NAACP, and the Laurel Clayton Project. This event will take place in the Fletcher Auditorium at Worcester Historical Museum.

Help Ascentria Care Alliance Welcome Afghan Refugees to MA

Ascentria Care Alliance is working to welcome and assist Afghan families who have fled the Taliban and seek to rebuild their lives here in Massachusetts. Many of you have asked how you can help, so we wanted to alert you to the following opportunities. As Ascentria plans to receive a significant number of Afghan evacuees sometime in the middle of October, they shared that housing and household items are among their most critical needs.

If you would like to help set up homes for Afghan evacuees, please visit Ascentria's Amazon Wish List and select an item that you would like to donate.

You can also donate to Ascentria's Help an Afghan Families fund to assist with housing, legal assistance, and living essentials.

As we continue to work with Ascentria we will post additional opportunities and updates on the MyHC's Community Engagement website for your reference. If you have specific questions, please send us an email.

On Campus Donation Box!

The Holy Cross community can donate used, unwanted clothing and household goods to Hartsprings Foundation via an on-campus collection bin behind Alumni Hall.

Founded in 1997, Hartsprings Foundation "collects used, unwanted clothing and small household items on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut." Savers thrift stores purchase the donated goods from Hartsprings Foundation, providing revenue to financially support six Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program locations.

Participation is easy. Simply bag any donations and place the bags into the designated bin 24/7.

Items Accepted:

  • All cloth items
  • Clothing (All sizes, styles, ages, and genders)
  • Bedding and Draperies (No bed pillows)
  • Shoes
  • Small appliances
  • Electronics
  • Kitchenware
  • Household goods
  • Sporting goods
  • Toys
  • Books (No encyclopedias, textbooks, or library books)

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