Webster Five Foundation’s Sam Bitar, joins Webster Five Senior Vice President Brian Westerlind and President Donald Doyle in presenting the $25,000 donation to WCAC’s Chief Operating Officer Kerry Brennan and Executive Director Jill Dagilis.
Webster, MA – The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $25,000 to Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), payable over two years. The funds will be used to open a new four-classroom Head Start center in Webster.
WCAC is a federally-designated community action agency serving central MA, helping more than 75,000 people annually, through a variety of economic self-sufficiency and emergency programs. The Head Start program currently serves 221 low-income pre-schoolers and their families in a twelve-classroom center located in Southbridge. The center-based program provides developmentally appropriate courses, health and nutrition services, meals, special education opportunities and family services.
The opening of a new, long-term Head Start site in Webster will grant more low-to-moderate income families in the area an opportunity to pursue employment or training while knowing their child is being well-cared for in a center close to home. The new site will be located at 116 School Street in Webster and will serve children from Webster, East Brookfield, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Southbridge and Spencer.
Donald F. Doyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five, stated, “We are honored to support the WCAC in their initiative to provide another safe place for children and families to grow and find balance in their lives.”
Executive Director, Jill C. Dagilis said, “We are extremely grateful for Webster Five’s generosity and their commitment to supporting families in need living in our local community.”
In February 2015, WCAC was forced to evacuate its former Oxford, MA site due to a roof compromised by extreme winter weather. In the time since, the 87 children displaced by the loss of that site were absorbed into three additional classrooms created at the agency’s Southbridge site. WCAC has bussed the children, primarily from Webster, to Southbridge at great cost to the organization and great inconvenience to the families and children served. A late 2018/early 2019 opening of the new center is targeted.