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Martin Luther King, Jr. Events at QCC
The 36th Annual Community Breakfast will take place virtually on
Monday, January 18, 2021
Access to view the event will be posted here on January 18, 2021 beginning at 8:00 a.m.


 

The 2021 guest speaker is Reverend John Vaughn       
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Rev. John Vaughn serves as the Executive Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He works closely with the Church’s Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock in managing the overall vison, ministries and operations of this globally know Congregation. As the spiritual home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Ebenezer remains at the forefront of the fight for individual growth and social transformation. Previously, Rev. Vaughn served for almost ten years as the Executive Vice President at Auburn Theological Seminary. Auburn is a national leadership development and research institute that equips leaders of faith and moral courage for multifaith movements for justice.
Before joining the staff of Auburn Seminary, Rev. Vaughn served as the Program Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation based in Harlem, New York, a national foundation that advanced strategic giving for Black community change. He also previously served as the Executive Director of the Peace Development Fund. The Peace Development Fund provides funding, training and assistance for grassroots peace and justice community organizing throughout the United States and select countries internationally.
From 1996 to 2000, Rev. John H. Vaughn served as the Minister for Education and Social Justice at the Riverside Church in New York City.  His responsibilities included overseeing the Church's ministries with children, youth, young adults, adult education, social justice, social services and small grants.   Rev. Vaughn has also served as the Director for Community
Development at the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) in Boston, Mass; The executive director of East Harlem Interfaith in New York City; The Action Assistant at The Riverside Church, and the Assistant Minister at the Hamilton United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Ca.
Rev. Vaughn, an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass, his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and is in his second year of the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew Theological School. He is married to the Rev. Dr. P. Kimberleigh Jordan, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and Wabash Center’s New Associate Director of Educational Design. They are the proud parents of two teenage sons named James and Caleb.
In addition, the virtual breakfast program will feature the release of the first Worcester “Black History Moment,” a video presentation of the Worcester Black History Project, a collaboration with the Worcester Historical Museum.
The first of a series of presentations of local Black history, the inaugural moment features William H. Brown, local businessman and upholsterer.  In 1868 Brown was accepted as the first member of color of the Worcester County Mechanics Association, which recently announced plans to add Brown’s portrait, along with one of Frederick Douglass, to the Great Hall of Mechanics Hall.
Mr. Brown’s papers are in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the gift of his great-grandson Dr. John Goldsberry and members of his family. Kimberly Toney, Head of Reader Services at AAS and a member of the Black History Project committee, narrates the story of William Brown and Worcester; Robyn Shropshire is the host of “Black History Moments.”
The 2021 Virtual Event is free and open to the public, however anyone wishing to make a donation to the MLK Scholarship Fund, may mail donations to
MLK Community Breakfast
c/o Quinsigamond Community College
670 W. Boylston Street
Worcester, MA  01606
Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Selina Boria at sboria@qcc.mass.edu or 508.854.4368
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Light the Way to Racial Justice: A Caravan and Vigil Saturday evening 12/19/20

What: The Massachusetts legislature passed a strong police reform bill that would make real progress toward ending police violence against people of color. But Governor Baker is trying to remove the fundamental racial justice component of the bill: the part that ensures that communities of color have the power to set and uphold standards for training and use of force.  With only days left in the legislative session, this is a critical moment. Join ECCO, Worcester Interfaith, MCAN and partners from across the state as we call upon Senate President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, and Gov. Baker to keep racial justice in the police reform bill!

Where and When: Community members from across the state will hold a peaceful, socially distant vigil - first in two separate simultaneous vigils outside Speaker DeLeo’s home (6:00 PM, meet near 5 Eleanor Ct, Winthrop MA) and Senate President Spilka’s home (6:00 PM, meet near 25 Rome Way, Ashland MA ), and then everyone will caravan to Gov. Baker’s home.  At 8pm, we will gather for a vigil outside Gov. Baker’s home for prayer, song, and testimony (meet near First Church Swampscott, 40 Monument Ave, Swampscott MA). Join us for any part you are able.

Worcester folks and folks affiliated with Worcester Interfaith:
We are asking you to join the Caravan at Senate President Spilka's home 6:00 PM tomorrow evening, meet near 25 Rome Way, Ashland MA ) Contact Isabel Gonzalez-Webster if you will be joining. 781-913-4904 or at isabel@worcester-interfaith.org

To Prepare: Bring signs that say “Racial Justice=Community Voice” and “Keep Racial Justice in the Police Reform Bill.” If you have battery-powered candles, please bring these as well.

We Need Your Help: If you are able to offer masked rides from Lynn for community members who do not have cars, please text Isabel Lopez with your name and how many you are able to give rides to: 617-306-1365. If you are able to be a marshal at Governor Baker’s house to help keep people safe and organized (all that’s required is showing up at 7:40) please be in touch with Janine Carreiro : 774-242-0664.
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Black excellence academy flyer updated

email: sluster@worcester.edu

For families with children in grades 1-6.  Unique opportunity to accelerate learning, improve self esteem and knowledge of Black History and Culture. This free virtual afterschool program has very limited seats.  Application link and flyer below. Stay well, Stacey

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Meet the Maker:
Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace

Indulge yourself and your loved ones with gifts from Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace, a beloved specialty food store.
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Indulge yourself and your loved ones with gifts from Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace, a beloved specialty food store.
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Small Business Gift Card Giveaway!  

To celebrate Handmade Holidays this season we're giving away gift cards all month long! Like and share any of our Handmade Holidays posts on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win! Each Friday through Christmas we'll randomly select new winners who will receive a $25-$50 gift card to a Central MA business.
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Winter Features

Need a Christmas Tree?
Christmas tree cutting is a holiday favorite. Make yours memorable by making a trip to Central Mass with your family and friends. Enjoy some hayrides, drink apple cider, take some holiday photos and of course, find the perfect tree!

Discover Tree Farms
Photo: Tiffany Daly-LaRose, Pants Photography
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Guide to Winter Wear

Discover some excellent locally-owned shops in central Massachusetts that carry high-quality winter clothing for the whole family. Keep yourself and your loved ones warm and cozy throughout this Massachusetts winter!

Explore the Guide
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Holiday Season Events
Mark your calendars and reserve tickets for these in-person and virtual holiday specials from across the region

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Discover our Central MA Visitor's Guide

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Your MA Staycation Guide

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Whether you shop in person, go to a restaurant, or order online, think local first. And when you travel, stay safe and close to home – right here in Massachusetts. Visit FindMyLocalMA.com to explore regional guides from across the state.
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Tips, Tricks & Reminders
Please Wear Your Mask Over Your Mouth & Nose

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and to ensure your safety and for ours, we please ask that all members and guests wear a face covering or mask at all times in the Whitin Community Center.

Your mask or face covering MUST cover your nose and mouth. If a mask is being worn improperly, staff will politely remind you to wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. Thank you for your understanding.

If you, a family member or guest do not have a mask or face covering, it’s not a problem, we have masks available at the Members Services Desk for you! Just ask.


TRICK! Wear glasses over your mask
or face covering to prevent fogging!

"My husband and I always tell our friends what a great job the [Whitin] Community Center has done with all the COVID-19 restrictions in place, and how hard you all worked to ensure that we are safe." - Nancy R., WCC Member

Supersaas & Arrival Time

We are so excited to be expanding our Supersaas online reservation system at WCC! You will use Supersaas to make your reservation(s) for your favorite daily exercise options including; Aqua & Floor Aerobics classes, the Fitness Room, Lap Swim & Adult Exercise Swim times, Open Recreational Swimming & Basketball, Racquetball & Pickleball, Spin & more! Reservations can be made 48 hours in advance of the class and are reserved for Members only.

If you have not already set up an account with Supersaas, please follow the instructions by clicking the red button labeled "Supersaas Information".

Please remember to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity. Due to Massachusetts State Regulations we are unable to have members and guests waiting inside or outside for a program to prevent congregating.
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TIP! We now have two tablets in the Lobby for reserving your space for classes and activities in Supersaas, and Daily Pre-Screening.

Waiting For Your Class Or Activity

Massachusetts State Regulations prohibits customers from waiting in groups inside or outside a business to prevent congregating.

We ask that members and guests arrive at the WCC NO MORE than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity to prevent congregating.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your class or activity, staff will politely ask you to please wait in your car. Thank you for your understanding.

Fast Lane!
  • Do you always register through Supersaas for your class online?
 
  • Have you completed your one time COVID-19 Waiver?
 
  • Do you complete your daily Pre-Screening online before you come in?
 
  • Do you have your WCC Membership Card to scan in?


If you answered YES to all 4 of these questions you qualify for our Fast Lane!

Simply walk into the WCC using the Main Entrance, follow the purple and white "FAST LANE" signs & floor arrows to the far side of the Member Services Desk. Then scan your WCC Member Card, receive your color coded wrist band from a Member Services Representative for your activity or class, and you're off!

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

REMINDER! Please be sure to scan your membership card in upon arrival, and out when leaving the WCC.

"I came to the [Whitin] Community Center for Lap Swim last week and I am so impressed with how well you are running the facility in the face of a pandemic. It felt very clean and safe!" - Nora S., WCC Member

Practice Social Distancing

For practicing social distancing throughout the WCC, please remember to keep a safe distance, at least 6ft between you and another member or guest.

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

In the fitness room and in classes, please make sure there is 14ft between you and the next member or guest.

COVID-19 Waiver

All Members, guests and customers must complete this form prior to coming to the WCC. You will only be required to complete this from once.

NOTICE: THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. Read this document carefully and in entirety. By signing this agreement, you give up your right to bring a court action to recover compensation or obtain any other remedy for any personal injury or property damage however caused arising out of your participation in George Marston Whitin Memorial Community Association, Inc. (“WCC”) Activities and Programs, now or at any time in the future.

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"I am super impressed with how "normal" things are looking even with all the new regulations." - BVCP Parent

Daily Prescreening Tool

Daily Prescreening Tool

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and based on Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Public Health, and CDC guidance, the Whitin Community Center is requiring everyone coming to WCC to complete a DAILY SCREENING BEFORE arrival.

To complete the DAILY SCREENING either use this link, https://qrco.de/WHITINCC or the QR Code using a Personal Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. (Access to the questionnaire does require an internet connection or wireless access).

Thank you for helping us control the spread of COVID-19, helping to keep you and everyone safer.
For more information, please visit our website 
under COVID-19 Guidance & Reopening. 
 
https://www.whitincommunitycenter.com/schedules/covid-19-guidance-reopening/

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60 Main St. Whitinsville, MA 01588
508.234.8184
www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com

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Every Sport Needs More High School Officials
Who says high school coaches don’t recruit?

Currently, there is a critical shortage of high school officials in almost every sport in your state. As a well-respected member of the community, you’re uniquely qualified to recruit a colleague, friend or family member to help meet this urgent need.

Here’s our pitch: Officiating is a great way to stay in shape, meet new people, earn a few extra bucks and make a positive difference in the community. More importantly, the participation by one of your friends or colleagues might actually help save a sport.

The journey to helping us recruit new high school officials begins by posting the message below to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. We’ll do the rest.
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Stay in shape. Meet new people. Earn extra money. Make a difference. These are just a few of the reasons you should become a high school official. Click below to help fill the critical shortage of officials in every sport in our state! #BecomeAnOfficial
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