Worcester Green Corps

BUSINESS COMMUNITY SURVEY

The Worcester Green Corps is seeking your input! In an effort to learn how they can better serve the businesses of our city, the WGC has launched a Business Community Survey to gauge the needs of businesses when it comes to environmentalism and going green. Please take 5 – 10 minutes of your day to fill out this brief survey, which closes October 6. All survey participants will be entered into a raffle to win four tickets to a Worcester Railers HC game this upcoming season. We thank you in advance for your input!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Worcester Green Corps (WGC) is a new partnership program of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Worcester, Worcester Community Action Council, 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.

In addition to these year-round efforts, WGC works in collaboration with the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) and FreshStart508 to provide opportunities for leadership and employment to youth and systemically disadvantaged groups. WCAC’s YouthWorks program occurs in three sessions: a six-week program in the summer, a 12-week program in the fall, and a 12-week program in the spring. The youth workers have the opportunity to learn about career readiness, green initiatives, and environmental careers, as well as to gain experience in leadership, community organizing, and program planning. FreshStart508 supplements the youth’s efforts to beautify the city with their “So Fresh and So Clean” team. Through these collaborations, WGC, WCAC, and FreshStart508 are able to offer outreach and educational tools for employability, environmentalism, and mental health services to the community.

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.

GET INVOLVED

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

Click here for more info.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Chamber, United Way, and City have all pledged financial support of this program. Additionally, Fallon Health is the program’s supporting sponsor for 2021, and National Grid sponsored summer clean-ups. More contributions are needed to make this program sustainable each and every year going forward. Please see here for available sponsorship opportunities.

DONATE

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!.

CONTACT

For more information about Worcester Green Corps, please contact Miranda Hotham, WGC Coordinator at 508-753-2924, or by email at mhotham@worcesterchamber.org.