What Is WooServes?

 

WooServes Summer Youth Service Institute, a 6-week youth development program of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, connects youth ages 13-17 with volunteer opportunities in Greater Worcester. Volunteer projects help address community issues around health, food insecurity, youth education, access to outdoor recreation, and COVID-19 response.

 

WooServes is a signature program of the United Way of Central Massachusetts which has run for more than 10 years hosting dozens of teens each year.

 

The 2021 WooServes program will run from July 7th – August 13th. WooServes will follow all COVID-19 restrictions featuring only outside volunteer projects for safe distancing (weather permitting).

 

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Patricia Leary, Manager of Community Engagement & Women’s Initiative, at patricia.leary@unitedwaycm.org.

 

For agencies interested in being a WooServes project partner, please complete your volunteer project details using this form by June 15, 2021.

  • Open to teens ages 13-17 living in the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ service area (a list of towns can be found here).

 

  • Attend program orientation (July 7th) and graduation (August 13th).

 

  • Commit to a minimum of 10 volunteer hours through selection of various service projects. Participants will have approximately two projects a week at differing times to fit best into their Summer schedules. First volunteer project will be a mandatory group project and will count towards total volunteer hours.

 

  • Design independent/small group service project, to be presented at graduation.
  • Great experience to include on college and job applications! By completing this program, you will show you are committed to giving back, willing to work with others, and a reliable individual.

 

  • Networking. You will have the chance to not only connect with fellow teen participants, but also with local community leaders who partner with the program.

 

  • Skills development. Participants will gain abilities in community leadership, networking, presentation skills, and project development. These are all useful for college and future jobs!

 

  • Understand & address community issues. Participants will learn key issues faced in our local community, how service project partners are helping to address them, and how you can make a difference. You will be contributing important time and talent to our partner organizations.

 

  • Free WooServes t-shirt, water bottle, and snacks.

 

  • $100 VISA gift card upon completion of program. You must meet all program requirements (listed above). Gift cards will be distributed at graduation.

2021 WooServes Application is closed. Selected participants will be notified by June 15, 2021.

 

The 2021 WooServes program will run from July 7th – August 13th. This includes an orientation on July 7th and graduation on August 13th.

 

We are working to secure transportation for those that need it to access program and project sites in Worcester and the surrounding area. If transportation is secured, participants will most likely be picked up and dropped off at one accessible location in Worcester. Please indicate on your application if you require transportation.

FAQ’s

Who Can Participate in WooServes?

The program is open to teens ages 13-17 living in the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ service area (a list of towns can be found here).

How Do I Apply?

  1. Click here to complete the 2021 WooServes application! Applications are due June 1, 2021. You will be notified by June 15, 2021 if you are selected to participate.

What Types of Projects Will I Participate in?

Because of COVID-19, all projects will take place outdoors (weather permitting) with plenty of room for safe distancing. Each project typically runs 2-4 hours. Projects may be rescheduled due to bad weather. Past projects include running summer camp games with youth at Recreation Worcester, serving as a volunteer farmer to grow food for local food banks with Community Harvest Project, and planting trees with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

I’ve Never Volunteered Before, Is This Program For Me?

While it helps if you have volunteered in the past, WooServes is a great introduction to volunteering and community service. Plus, you will gain some important skills such as community leadership, networking, and project development.

When Does The WooServes Program Run?

The 2021 program will run from July 7, 2021 – August 13, 2021.

Why Would I Want To Participate in WooServes?

There are many benefits to participating in WooServes, including:

    • Meet other teens with similar interests
    • Great for college and job applications
    • Community service hours
    • Network and skills development
    • Understand and address community issues
    • Free WooServes t-shirt, water bottle, and snacks
    • $100 VISA gift card upon successful completion of program *you must complete all required components of program to be eligible.

Who Can I Contact For More Information?

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Patricia Leary, Manager of Community Engagement & Women’s Initiative, at patricia.leary@unitedwaycm.org.