Worcester Green Corps
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Worcester Green Corps (WGC) is a new partnership program of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Worcester, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, established in May of 2021. As Worcester experiences new levels of economic development and investment, it’s in everyone’s best interests to ensure the city is clean and inviting to residents and visitors alike. WGC is a collaborative effort to keep Worcester’s streets and green spaces clean and beautiful on a year-round basis. By formally establishing this year-round program, WGC partners aim to augment existing cleanup efforts by leveraging the involvement of the business and nonprofit communities to assist in implementing beautification and environmental best practices throughout the city.
Included in this year-round effort is a summer career pathways program. For six weeks, 25 high school students involved in the Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) YouthWorks program are out around the city Monday through Thursday participating in litter cleanups and other beautification projects. The 25 students are broken into five groups of five, with one group assigned to each of Worcester’s five districts. Each group is overseen by one district manager, and the whole program is overseen by the Worcester Green Corps Coordinator, Miranda Hotham. Then on Fridays, these youth visit different organizations and businesses in the city to learn about green initiatives and get exposure to a variety of educational pathways and environmental careers.
Worcester Green Corps is an official chapter of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful.
REQUEST A VISIT
Calling all Chamber member businesses and organizations! Does your storefront or street need beautifying or a little TLC? You can request a visit from one of our Worcester Green Corps Clean Teams! They can help with cleanup and beautification tasks such as litter pickup, window washing, graffiti removal, paint touchups, sidewalk maintenance, overgrowth removal, and more! To request a visit, apply here.
Looking to get involved and help us keep Worcester clean, green, and beautiful all year long? We could always use the extra hands! Periodically, Worcester Green Corps will be looking for individual volunteers and neighborhood groups to participate in city cleanups. Fill out this brief volunteer application to get started, and we’ll be in contact shortly! Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Additionally, for a minimum donation of $10, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful will send you your own litter cleanup kit so you can get involved by cleaning up your own neighborhood! The kits include:
- A litter cleanup/grabber tool
- An official Mass Litter Cleanup Crew safety T-shirt
- An official Mass Litter Cleanup Crew reusable trashbag
- A pair of high-quality gloves
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The Chamber, United Way, and City have all pledged financial support of this program. Additionally, Fallon Health has stepped up as the program’s supporting sponsor, and National Grid is sponsoring the District 4 Clean Team. More contributions are needed to make this program sustainable each and every year going forward. Please see here for available sponsorship opportunities.
Looking to make a financial contribution on a smaller level? Worcester Green Corps also accepts individual donations (minimum requirement: $10). Donations help purchase materials for year-round cleanup and beautification projects. Click here to make a donation, and thanks in advance for your contribution!.
For more information about Worcester Green Corps, please contact Miranda Hotham, WGC Coordinator at 508-753-2924, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.