The Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS) began in the early 1800s to provide food, clothing and other forms of assistance to immigrants who came to Worcester. Over time our focus and outreach has adapted in keeping with the evolving needs of Worcester and its surrounding area — from sponsoring and supporting resident-led neighborhood reinvestment to providing transformational educational programming for students in underserved public school classrooms.
A foundational presence in Worcester history, WAMS has been a trailblazer, engaging with the diverse population of Worcester and beyond to create the first congregate housing for senior citizens in Massachusetts and the first housing program for people living with AIDS.
Today we are committed to fueling inclusion, voice and opportunity for all. We collaborate with Clark University and Woodland Academy (an elementary school located in the South Main Street area of Worcester) to offer hands-on, STEAM-integrated, academic and social-emotional summer learning to K-5 students that also includes the intentional support of current and future educators. We work together with organizations across the City to help the predominantly white youth and adults from the 80+ UCC churches in Worcester and the surrounding area with whom we have active relationships, engage in the essential social justice practice of listening, that we might all offer a more authentic presence with one another as we seek to build the trust necessary to dismantle systems of oppression. We join in the commitment of the ecumenical and interfaith community to stand with and speak alongside people who are most impacted by inequity in their call for broad systemic reform.