As one of Worcester biggest non profit art organizations ArtsWorcester is committed to providing affordable and accessible art to the Worcester community with its wide range of mediums, artists, and prices. “ONE Worcester has helped ArtsWorcester expand its database to encompass exhibition records. It sounds simple but it was a complicated project, requiring ONE Worcester to draw upon a number of experts in its corps. When the full complexity of the project came into focus, the team at ONE Worcester never faltered, finding yet more resources and more capacity to get the job done. The commitment they show to their non-profit partners is remarkable.”
Overlook FARM is a nonprofit established to provide education on local agriculture, food access and hunger, and sustainable farming practices. Overlook’s Executive Director Jamie Aspenson reached out to us in the summer of 2021 and had a lot to say about her work with ONE Worcester
"We had the opportunity to meet with our expert volunteer monthly, starting in August 2021 through March 2022. In the end, we now have a written document that allows us to achieve our mission methodically. As a young organization, and as someone who is taking on a first-time ED role, I knew that I did not have the strategic experience to grow our organization. In addition, we have a very small, already over-stretched budget. Working with a paid consultant would have been a non-starter. We were referred by a previous nonprofit director of Community Harvest Project, who said that work with ONE Worcester was a must. We can now spend the money we would have spent on a consultant in achieving our mission.
I cannot imagine how we would have expanded so quickly or even sustained ourselves without the help of ONE Worcester. Just the time we would have had to invest to raise funds to hire a consultant would have set us back tremendously. Instead, we received outstanding service. I hope every single organization that needs help knows about ONE Worcester and the great work that they do."
In fall 2017, ONE Worcester provided event planning services to the LGBT Asylum Taskforce. The organization is the only group of its kind in the United States, providing wraparound services to asylum seekers who face torture or death in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientation. The Taskforce provides housing, clothing, and social support while its guests seek asylum in the United States. During last year's gala, planned in conjunction with ONE Worcester, the organization was able to raise well over $300,000. This year, the group is collaborating again with ONE Worcester in an effort to buy a three-decker home for its guests.In fall 2018, we expanded the gala and shattered previous fundraising records for the Taskforce.
Having used ONE Worcester’s services three times, since ONE Worcester was founded in 2009, Executive Director Donna Blanchard states that “Apple Tree Arts could not have grown and done what it has accomplished in recent years without ONE Worcester’s assistance."The first experience with One Worcester was when a One Worcester volunteer assisted Apple Tree Arts with Board Development. Through these efforts, their organization now has a strong, committed board made up of both parents and community leaders with strong, functioning standing committees. Subsequent projects included development of a technology assessment plan, and then strategic and succession planning.