5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 9

 by TWIW StaffMay 9, 2022

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition - Monday, May 9 - several Worcester police officers leave this morning to run 425 miles to Washington, D.C. in honor of Officer Manny Familia, the city is hosting a Mental Health Awareness event on Tuesday, Herren Project Night at the Worcester Red Sox this week, YOU,Inc. is hiring and Big Brother Big Sister is picking up donations in Worcester this week.

Worcester Police Officers Running to Washington in Honor of Manny Familia

Several Worcester Police officers will start running to Washington, D.C. this morning in honor of fallen Officer Enmanuel "Manny" Familia.

Familia drowned on June 4, 2021 while trying to rescue teenager Troy Love who had gone underwater at Green Hill Pond.

The officers will start their journey to D.C. at Green Hill Park at 9:30 AM.

Officer Familia’s son, Jovan, will be presented with a baton which has his father’s name inscribed on it. Jovan will run with the baton to Worcester Police headquarters where he will pass it on to Chief Steven Sargent. Chief Sargent will carry the baton out of the City for his officers to continue on the relay to our nation’s capital.

The officers will stop running at the National Law Enforcement Memorial where Officer Familia’s name was recently added. Officers will attend National Police Week events to remember all of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.  

City Hosting Mental Health Awareness Event Tuesday

The city of Worcester is hosting a Stop the Stigma Kickoff Event for Mental Health Awareness Month at 4 PM on Tuesday, May 10, in back of City Hall.

The event is being organized by the Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce, the Central Massachusetts affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the city of Worcester.

Speakers will alert attendees of the stigma against those with mental illness and to the human damage that discrimination causes. Attendees will include mental health providers, city leaders, public health professionals, individuals with lived experiences, and loved one of individuals with lived experiences. The public will learn more about the Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce and the start of its long-term, multi-faceted campaign to reduce stigmas against those with mental illness.

Herren Project Night Tuesday at Polar Park

Polar Park will host Herren Project Night on Tuesday in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Fans are encouraged to wear purple or Herren Project gear to the game between the WooSox and the Rochester Red Wings at 6:45 PM.

To purchase tickets, click here.

YOU, Inc. Hosting a Job Fair this Week

YOU, Inc. is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, May 11 from 12 PM to 3 PM at 135 Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester.

Full and part-time opportunities are available for applicants 21 and older with a valid driver's license. For more information, see the flyer below:

Big Brother Big Sister Picking Up Donations in Worcester

The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation has a truck scheduled for pickups in the Worcester area on Friday, May 13.

Founded in 1904, Big Brother Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brother Big Sister makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country.

Foundation pickups accept a range of items, including clothing, certain household items, books and other items. See the full list of acceptable items here.

Schedule a home pickup here.


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