Serving Our Community
With a population of more than 180,000 people—and growing—Worcester is Massachusetts’ second largest city. Add in the surrounding towns and the population swells to well over 300,000 people. It is a diverse community with a significant minority population. Residents range from newly arrived immigrants with minimal English skills to old-time Yankees whose roots in the area stretch back hundreds of years. While the area has its share of millionaires, approximately 11 percent of Worcester households have incomes of less than $10,000 a year, 30% have incomes of less than $25,000 a year. Education levels range broadly from those with multiple advanced degrees to near 50% of adults with only a high school diploma.
Worcester and its surrounding towns have hundreds of nonprofits to serve such a diverse community. Some provide direct services to those in need, others focus on civil rights, culture, the environment, animals and other causes. With 13 colleges in the immediate area, including the state’s only public medical school, and businesses of almost every stripe including biotechnology, healthcare and medical research, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, and retail, the area is also filled with thousands of folks with the expertise these nonprofits seek to help them carry out their missions effectively. Jericho Road Worcester helps several of these nonprofits needing operational or strategic pro-bono short-term volunteer expertise.