OUTREACH EVENTS

After an initial partnership with Convoy of Hope in 2015, Hope for Worcester has expanded into an independent non-profit organization and continue to hold our annual “Day of Hope” event. This event is the beginning of a long-lasting momentum that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before.

This community event is a collaborative effort to bring hope to Worcester County through FREE groceries, health screenings, job and career services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, “Kids Carnival”, community services, and entertainment. This all-volunteer event mobilizes residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by local businesses, churches, community agencies, and individuals is crucial to the success of this event. Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one could do alone.

2021

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Support Hope for Worcester as we join #TogetherToFightSuicide...

We have joined a community of people from hundreds of cities across the country in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide on September 18th at Institute Park in Worcester.

Join our team! Registration is FREE and open to everyone. 

Support our team! Please help us reach our fundraising goal by donating to a team member. Donations can only be made to individuals, but the total each participant raises goes toward our team goal. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Saturday, September 18th:

Prayer: 7:30-8:45 am at Living Word Church, 30 Tyler-Prentice Rd, Worcester MA 01605

Walkers Check-In at Institute Park: 9 am

Event at Institute Park: 10 am - 12 noon 

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Day of Hope

Over 2,000 people were served at Day of Hope 2021, which for the first time ever spanned four different locations, providing free groceries, hot dogs, water, snacks, haircuts, physical care, kids zone play areas, and exposure to over 31 social service agencies. This event continues to serve as great encouragement to the residents of Worcester County and has created a community movement. The Day of Hope is one opportunity to bring hope and encouragement to those who are in need and hurting in our community.

  • 4 locations including: Belmont AME Zion Church (Worcester), House of Destiny Church (Southbridge), Living Word Church of Worcester, and The Journey Church - Quinsigamond Village campus

  • 2,000+ Guests

  • 100 pallets of diapers, clothes, food, sanitizer, soap, and toys given away

  • 5,000+ bottles of water given away along with hot dogs and popsicles

  • 200+ volunteers

  • 5 live bands, a DJ, and local rapper

  • 31 Community Outreach and Health Organizations giving out free information and resources

  • Nearly 300 free haircuts given

  • 24 Free COVID-19 Vaccinations given
  • Numerous giveaways including WooSox tickets, bicycles, fans, snacks, and MORE!

Red Carpet Gala Fundraiser

Hope was renewed in our city at Union Station on June 11th during our Red Carpet Gala Fundraiser!!!
 

  • Over 300 attendees/guests dressed to the 9's and mask free

  • Nearly 100 organizations participated with donations

  • 80 items were auctioned off during our Live Auction

  • $25,000 raised to support our Day of Hope events and other outreach initiatives

2020

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Here are some updates on what we did in 2020 to aid the community, especially during these uncertain times where unemployment, mental health issues, depression, suicide and addiction are on the rise at alarming rates.

 

  • We purchased and assembled 1250 “Bags of Hope” filled with basic personal hygiene products, socks, slippers, sweatshirts, hotline resource magnets and more. We distributed them to 12 different recovery centers throughout the greater Worcester area.

  • We hosted a “Day of Hope” at two locations, where we offered clothing, household goods, food, and fellowship to over 1000 people within the Worcester community.  

  • We honored national recovery month through our “Breaking Chains” campaign which raised funds for faith-based addiction recovery centers in Worcester. Many of the volunteers of Hope for Worcester contributed and we raised $3500.00! In addition, one of our church partners gave $1000 for suicide prevention, also honored in the month of September.

Breaking Chains Outreach

In honor of addiction recovery, our "Breaking Chains" outreach raised a total of $1,512.68 during the month of September! Hope for Worcester matched it dollar-for-dollar to bring the grand total to $3,025.36. This money is being donated to four local recovery centers in Worcester County to help people struggling with addiction.

 

Derek Paterson

Teen Challenge Graduate & Alumni

Kerry

Teen Challenge Student

Kate's Story

2019

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We served over 2,500 people at Day of Hope 2019, providing free groceries, hot dogs, water, snacks, haircuts, physical care, dental care, hearing and vision screenings, a kid’s zone play area for kids, and exposure to over 33 social service agencies. For three years, this event has served as great encouragement to the residents of Worcester and created a community movement. The Day of Hope is one opportunity to bring hope and encouragement to those who are in need and hurting in our community.

  • 1,800 Guests

  • 4,850 Bags of Groceries

  • 1,500 Hot Dogs

  • 2,000 Chick Fil A sandwiches

  • 1,500 Ice Creams

  • 2,500 Articles of clothing

  • 1,088 Guest served by the Heath Service Team

  • 170 Haircuts

  • 349 Family Portraits

  • 156 Guests were prayed with

2018

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We served over 2,600 people at Day of Hope 2018, providing free groceries, hot dogs, water, snacks, haircuts, physical care, dental care, hearing and vision screenings, a kid’s zone play area for kids, and exposure to over 60 social service agencies. For three years, this event has served as great encouragement to the residents of Worcester and created a community movement. Hope for Worcester is one opportunity to bring a day of hope and encouragement to those who are in need, hungry, and hurting in Worcester.

  • 2,600 Guests

  • 4,850 Bags of Groceries

  • 3,000 Hot Dogs & Ice Cream

  • 3,000 Chick Fil A sandwiches

  • 9,000 Smoothies and 892 packets on proper nutrition

  • 1,500 Guest served by the Heath Service Team

  • 2,000 Shoes/Socks

  • 200 Haircuts

  • 217 Guests went through Connections, 18 gave themselves to the Lord

  • 235 Family Portraits

2017

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On June 10, 2017, we came together once again to serve the people of Worcester. We thank all the partners and volunteers, as well as the city of Worcester for their cooperation in utilizing the whole of University Park and designating serving sites within the city. It was great to see both new and returning agencies, organizations, and businesses participate to help make this event as successful as it was. The hearts of compassion and commitment from all the volunteers, agencies, organizations, and businesses was amazing!!  It was a pleasure and honor to serve alongside so many of you this year.

A special thank you to national brands: Renewal by Anderson, Walmart, UPS, Table Talk Pies, Polar Beverages, Kayem Corporation and Chick-fil-A for their participation in the event.

  • 2,600 Guests

  • 4,850 Bags of Groceries

  • 2,700 Chick Fil A sandwiches

  • 500 Ice Cream bars

  • 9,000 Smoothies and 892 packets on proper nutrition

  • 800 Guest served by the Heath Service Team

  • 1,000 Shoes

  • 200 Haircuts

  • 217 Guests went through Connections, 18 gave themselves to the Lord

  • 253 Family Portraits