5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Aug. 21, 2020

 by Patrick SargentAugust 21, 2020


Early Voting Starts Saturday, August 22

Early in-person voting for the primary election starts this Saturday, August 22 through Friday, August 28.

Polls will be open each day from 9 AM to 5 PM at five different locations (one location per day) over the course of the seven-day period. Worcester residents can choose any of the five locations.

For a full schedule, click here.

Scroll the map here to find the closest location to you:


Win a $100 Gift Card for Taking a Downtown Worcester Survey

Feeling lucky?

One of five people will be drawn to win a $100 gift card from the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District [BID].

The BID has created a survey, asking residents what they would like to see happen Downtown and how they can improve the downtown experience.

Take the survey here.


Notre Dame Academy Announces Plan to Return to Campus

Notre Dame Academy students will return to school in-person on September 10.

The school released their opening plan this week  which includes all students must wear masks [the school will provide a mask to each student], all desks will be three feet apart, and no visitors will be allowed on campus.


Our Academics and Safety & Wellness Task Forces along with multiple faculty and staff members have been working...

Posted by Notre Dame Academy - Worcester on Wednesday, August 19, 2020


QCC Raises $109k for Students in Need

Quinsigamond Community College has raised $109,070 for its Student Emergency Fund and repurposed $53,000 in grant awards to assist over 700 students in need.  The school set up a Student Emergency Fund for students in significant need and hardship due to the pandemic.

In March, the QCC Foundation allocated $25,000 that created the Student Emergency Fund and began an aggressive fundraising campaign with donations coming from QCC’s faculty, staff, directors and trustees, alumni, foundations, banks, corporations, private donors and grants.

To date, the Fund has assisted 526 QCC students to help with rent, food, medical services, childcare, other basic life and educational necessities. Students typically received anywhere from $100 to $250. Additionally, several repurposed grant awards provided 200 students with laptop computers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Student Emergency Fund solidifies the Foundation’s mission of eliminating barriers that prevent student success,” QCC Foundation President Dr. Linda Maykel said. “The many generous individuals, corporations and local foundations that recognized the needs of our student body and stepped up to assist has been overwhelming and heartwarming. However, the need is great and there is much more that must be done to help our most vulnerable students from the hardships incurred by the virus.”


Free COVID-19 Testing Today in Worcester

Free COVID-19 testing is available through the state’s Stop the Spread campaign today -- Friday, August 21 -- from 2 PM to 7 PM at Worcester Technical High School at 1 Skyline Drive.

AIDS Project Worcester is providing the testing.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 508-847-0623.

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