Veteran Giving Tree

Veteran Giving Tree
Now-November 30th
Help Support Our Local Veterans

 

 

Join the Whitin Community Center in honoring our local Veterans with gift cards! The WCC has put up a Veteran Giving Tree with tags located inside the WCC’s Lobby. Simply choose a tag from the Veteran Giving Tree and return gift card with matching tag to the Member Services Desk.

 

Your generous donation of a gift card will help a local veteran and their family during this holiday season with every day essential needs!
All gift cards will be presented to the Veterans’ Services in Northbridge after November 30th.
Do you own a business and want to help our local veterans? Drop off a gift card from your business to the WCC, or contact Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing & Events at 508.234.8184 ext 122 or Sarah.Lawson@OurGym.org for more information on how to get involved.

FREE Saturday Morning Fitness & Fun

Looking for something fun to do on your Saturday morning? Look no further! The WCC is the place to be! Join us every Saturday for our FREE Saturday Morning Fitness & Fun from 9:15am-10:15am for activities/organized games and from 10:15am-11:30am for outreach swim! Pre-registration is required.

 

FREE to Members & Guests.

 

Members may pre-register online through our Supersaas reservation tool. Please click the link to access.

 

Guests may register by contacting Assistant Outreach Director, Jennifer Castro at 508.234.8184 ext 128 or Jennifer.Castro@OurGym.org.

 

Fall Semester Fitness Deal

College Students, has your Fall semester suddenly gone virtual? If you are looking for a fitness center to begin a solid exercise schedule WCC can help! No exercise simulations, no ZOOM classes…just you and the WCC in real time!

With two pools, a state of the art fitness center, over 50 weekly aerobic classes, spin classes, racquetball and basketball, we’re sure to have something for you! Take advantage of this discounted membership that allows you full access to the WCC. Don’t delay! This deal is being offered for a limited time only!

All college students are welcome. Just bring a current college ID and start today! Let’s stay healthy together!

 

September 15-December 15

3 Months For $75!

Now Enrolling In Our Early Learning Centers!

The Whitin Community Center’s (WCC) Blackstone Valley Children’s Place (BVCP) is excited to announce we have expanded the number of families we can serve! We are now enrolling students for our Fall 2020 program, at both our Whitinsville and Douglas locations. For over 45 years Blackstone Valley Children’s Place has taken pride in providing children and their families with quality care, education, and FUN! BVCP is voted #1 Daycare/PreSchool in Northbridge by Wicked Local and is also voted #2 PreSchool through the Best of Central Mass! Call us today at 508.234.8184 ext 104 or 105 to schedule your tour, and to meet our qualified, professional, and nurturing staff.

The Blackstone Valley Children’s Place is a program of the Whitin Community Center. All programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley.  We offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. For more information call 508.234.8184 or visit www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com.

GIVE GoFundMe Charity

The Whitin Community Center (WCC) has been dedicated to building a strong community for nearly 100 years by providing critical programming, community support, free outreach programs, and comprehensive fitness and recreational services to the Blackstone Valley.  The WCC is home to the Blackstone Valley Children’s Place, Youth Outreach, and Camp Whitin, and as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization, does not receive government, state or town funding. We rely heavily on fundraising events, membership and childcare payments, and donations every year to operate. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the WCC as a whole as guidelines and restrictions continue to mount new, unbudgeted expenses that are needed to operate and keep our doors open. 

In regards to the families within our community who are likewise struggling financially and in need of affordable childcare, the WCC’s Youth Outreach Rockdale Youth Center (RYC) could have the potential to provide students with a safe, healthy, as well as socially, physically, and academically connected during this ongoing pandemic. In order to accomplish this goal, we would require the increased staffing and technological funds necessary to operate the RYC from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. Additional computers and tablets would make it possible for all students in our care, who may come from low-income backgrounds and would not otherwise have the tools at home, to complete their virtual learning that has become so prominent in this day and age.

Fall For Savings Membership Drive!

LET’S GET HEALTHY TOGETHER

September 1st – September 30th – 14 Day FREE Trial & 25% OFF!

  • Calling all Adults! Fall is a great time to begin new habits, including practicing healthier living. What better way to get started than to sign up for a 14 Day FREE Trial Membership. You will have 14 consecutive days to try out everything; Aerobic Classes, Lap & Open Rec Swimming in our two pools, Fitness Center, Basketball Court, Racquetball Court & more! After completing your trial, purchase any NEW membership by September 30th and receive a 25% discount off the 2020 rates & no Joining Fee!

 

WE ARE FAMILY MONTH

October 1st – October 31st – 25% OFF!

  • Every NEW Family membership purchased in October, either in full or by monthly automatic withdrawal will receive 25% discount off the 2020 rates & no Joining Fee!

 

“IT TAKES A VILLAGE” COMMUNITY MONTH

November 1st – November 30th – Give Back!

  • For every NEW membership purchased in November, we will donate the value of one month to the Rockdale Youth Center to provide academic support to children in our community free of charge. Especially this year, let’s do something good for the community and ourselves!

 

NOTE: The membership promotions listed above cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Corporate rates, all Health insurance discounts and Black Friday Gift Certificates are not eligible for these membership promotions. Other exclusions may apply. 

 

Riverdale Mills Swimmingly Celebrates 40 Years!

James Knott, Sr. (Jim) was a visionary and an entrepreneur. He was also an engineer and recreational lobsterman who found significant issues with the design and durability of traditional wood and twine lobster traps. After years of trial and error, Jim and his sons perfected the modern wire lobster trap and invented Aquamesh®, the first-of-its-kind marine wire mesh used for building the traps.

 

In 1980, Riverdale Mills opened its doors and the first rolls of Aquamesh® were shipped to the iconic fishing villages of Maine. Today, over 80 percent of lobster traps made in North America are made with Aquamesh®.

 

Even as their company grew, the Knott family prioritized the well-being of the community in Whitinsville. Much to our delight and benefit, Jim secured the construction and building of the Competition Pool at the Whitin Community Center.

 

It is hard to measure how many people have benefitted from the Competition Pool over the last 20+ years, but here are some statistics to put it into perspective: The Competition Pool operates 7 days a week, over 100 hours a week, year round. That is over 5,000 hours per year, for the past 20 years! The individuals using the Competition Pool are the former Whitinsville Blue Dolphins Swim Team, current Crimson Aquatics Swim Team, Camp Whitin participants, children in our Blackstone Valley Children’s Place child care program, families in need as part of our Youth Outreach Saturday Afternoon Fitness & Fun, children with special needs from our local high schools, seniors, adult lap swimmers, people focused on their health and well-being in our aqua aerobics classes, and so many more.

 

We are deeply grateful to the Knott family for their contributions to our community and congratulate Riverdale Mills on 40 years of manufacturing excellence.

Intellectual Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Intellectual Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Intellectual Edition Sneak Peek

    • What is Intellectual Wellness?
    • 5 Tips For Improving Your Intellectual Wellness
    • FREE Brain Game Apps
    • WCC YouTube Tutorial Videos
    • WCC Mask Distribution
    • Mask Crochet Helper Tutorial
    • Reading & Listening Corner
    • Blackstone Valley Children’s Place Story Time

WCC Zoom Classes! (Updated June 8, 2020)

The Whitin Community Center is so excited to be able to offer our customers fitness classes on Zoom! While the WCC is closed, we will offer live fitness classes daily, ranging from Spin, Barre Fusion, Zumba, HIIT, PiYo, Pilates, and so much more! Get connected live with your favorite instructors while staying healthy!
Directions
Zoom is super easy to use, and can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet, laptop or desktop!
  • Click the Zoom button below to download the Zoom app or to access the website to join a Meeting.
  • Use the Virtual Aerobic Class Schedule below to obtain your specific class Meeting ID & Password.
  • Click Join A Meeting and enter in the prospective class Meeting ID and Password. Then you’re in!
See you in class!
NOTE: Please be advised that classes are subject to change/cancellation without notice.

Mask Distribution

Based on Governor Baker’s order and in preparation for the eventual reopening of our community, the Northbridge Coalition and Valley Volunteers are gathering resources and information to help facilitate and distribute the sewing and distribution of cloth or cloth-hybrid masks with either elastic or ties for both children and adults, and with/without filter pockets.
Our aim is to connect those with a need for this resource with those able to meet this need. As such, we are looking for volunteers who are available to sew masks, who are available to monitor distribution sites adhering to physical distancing recommendations, and those who may wish to help supply fabric, nose pinch materials, elastics and or ties.
Further, if you are in need of masks and are unable to get to a distribution site, we would like to hear from you as well. As we work out the details of this Mask Drive we will be providing updates, so please be on the lookout for more information via our Instagram and Facebook pages and our email messaging.
To begin, we will be leaving a covered container outside of the Whitin Community Center entrance for anyone who would like to donate masks in a sealed or tied off plastic bag. If you are in need of a mask, you may also pick up a mask from the same container. Please only take no more than what you need for your household so that we may serve as many in the community as possible.
If you have questions, would like to volunteer and/or donate, or if you have a need for masks, please call our number at  508-234-8184 , or email us at info@ourgym.org  or email  Monique Boucher-Adams, at monique.boucher@ourgym.org.

Environmental Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Environmental Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Environmental Edition Sneak Peek

  • What is Environmental Wellness?
  • WCC Mask Distribution
  • Virtual Walk Through WCC’s Whitin Park
  • Green Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Local Recycling & Transfer Stations
  • Tick Safety
  • Essential Oils
  • Green Living

Spiritual Health & Well-Being Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Spiritual Health & Well-Being Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Spiritual Health & Well-Being Edition Sneak Peek

  • What Is Spiritual Wellness?
  • WCC Meditation YouTube Videos
  • WCC Informational Crystal YouTube Video
  • Meditation Techniques & Apps
  • UMass Memorial Center For Mindfulness – FREE Online Course
  • Local Church Information
  • Mass.gov – Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being
  • CDC – Stress & Coping
  • Spiritual Practices – Disarm Fear & Uncertainty

Social Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Social Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Social Edition Sneak Peek

  • Staying In Touch
  • WCC Zoom Classes!
  • Virtual Social Connections
  • No One Walks Alone Peer Recovery Support Center (NOWA)

WCC Zoom Classes!

The Whitin Community Center is so excited to be able to offer our customers fitness classes on Zoom! While the WCC is closed, we will offer live fitness classes daily, ranging from Spin, Barre Fusion, Zumba, HIIT, PiYo, Pilates, and so much more! Get connected live with your favorite instructors while staying healthy!
Directions
Zoom is super easy to use, and can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet, laptop or desktop!
  • Click the Zoom button below to download the Zoom app or to access the website to join a Meeting.
  • Use the Virtual Aerobic Class Schedule below to obtain your specific class Meeting ID & Password.
  • Click Join A Meeting and enter in the prospective class Meeting ID and Password. Then you’re in!
See you in class!
NOTE: Please be advised that classes are subject to change/cancellation without notice.

Scam Alerts

Scams present themselves across a variety of mediums, such as text messages, emails, phone calls, websites, door to door approaches and many others. Scams can affect people of all ages and backgrounds and hit us when we are most vulnerable. One unifying theme with scams are that they all contain a dishonest attempt to steal money or something of value from you.
With this, scammers are out there working harder than ever to take advantage of you during the COVID-19 outbreak. The WCC wants to keep you informed with all the latest scam alerts. Please read below.

Kindness Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Kindness Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Kindness Edition Sneak Peek

  • Local Businesses Adapting To Help
  • Peace Of Bread Community Kitchen
  • Food Assistance
  • Acts Of Kindness
  • Show Us Your Heart
  • Donate Blood
  • WCC Spreading Joy & Sharing Your Stories!

Local Area Resources

Click the buttons to view a wide variety of resources that are available to you, including free resources during COVID-19.

Kids Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Kids Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Kids Edition Sneak Peek

  • WCC YouTube KidFit Activities
  • Resources From Beginning Bridges CFCE
  • Girls On The Run
  • Keeping Kids On A Schedule
  • Virtual Museums & Science Learning

Nutritional Support Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Nutritional Support Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Nutritional Support Edition Sneak Peek

  • Simple Healthy Recipes & Tips
  • Let’s Boost Our Immune Systems
  • Wellness Elixir
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Healthy Children
  • Support Our Local Restaurants & Farms

Physical Support Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Physical Support Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Physical Support Edition Sneak Peek

  • CDC Tips – Physical Activity For A Healthy Weight
  • Tips From The WCC Trainers
  • WCC YoutTube Fitness Workouts
  • Silver Sneakers – Engaging Members Digitally
  • Can’t Swim? Here’s 3 Things You Can Do On Dry Land!

Emotional Support Wellness Edition

The Whitin Community Center has put together a special series of Wellness Calendars that will go out periodically throughout our shutdown. Please enjoy our Emotional Support Wellness Edition by clicking the link!

 

Emotional Support Edition Sneak Peek

  • CDC Tips For Managing Stress & Anxiety
  • Virtual Museum Tours
  • Virtual Aquarium Activities & Zoo Tours
  • Natural Stress Relief Tips
  • No One Walks Alone Peer Recovery Support Center (NOWA)

Give The Gift Of Health!

Looking for the perfect gift?

Not sure what they want?

Give a WCC Gift Card!

They can be used toward any program! 

 

See a Member Services Representative for more information! Or call 508.234.8184 ext 100

Whitin Community Center Awarded Workforce Training Fund Grant (WTFG)

NEWBURYPORT — More than $1.34 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants that will fund training for 1,141 workers and are expected to create 223 new jobs over the next two years were announced today by the Baker-Polito Administration.

The 12 awarded grants involving 20 companies will fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention, and increased opportunity for workers by enhancing businesses’ productivity and their ability to grow their business in Massachusetts.

The Administration announced this round of $1,342,532 in WTFP General Program Training Grants at MacDiarmid Machine in Newburyport. The company provides precision CNC (Computer Numeric Control) state-of-the-art machining and has grown over the last three decades into a 6,000 square foot facility with a wide variety of equipment. Its workers are undergoing WTFP funded training focused on updating quality management systems, so that the company can upgrade its certifications and prepare for growth opportunities in the aerospace and medical devices sectors.

Approximately $6 million is currently available for additional Workforce Training Fund grants. Businesses are encouraged to visit WorkforceTrainingFund.org to learn more about how to use these grants to address workforce training needs.

“These investments keep our businesses at the forefront of new and emerging industries, create jobs and opportunity across Massachusetts, and allow our small businesses to remain competitive in a dynamic global market,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

“This program makes strategic, demand-driven investments based on the skills that businesses say they need in their employees to thrive,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations.

“Businesses that completed WTFP grants in 2018 had a job growth rate three times that of the state and national rates,” said Commonwealth Corporation President and CEO Dr. J.D. LaRock. “These grants are a proven way to empower workers with new skills to advance their careers, while fueling the expansion of small businesses in Massachusetts.”

Since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded 673 grants totaling over $58 million to train more than 50,000 workers from over 800 different Massachusetts businesses. This is expected to result in over 6,200 new jobs.

The Workforce Training Fund provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period. Grant recipients contribute a matching investment of at least one dollar for each grant-dollar awarded, with wages paid to trainees during training hours included in that investment.

In addition to the General Program grants, the WTFP also offers an Express Grant program that subsidizes up to 50% of the cost for pre-qualified courses chosen from a database, and a Small Business Direct Access Program that subsidizes 100% of the cost for pre-qualified courses in highest demand.

In March, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $7.48 million in WTFP grants that will fund training for almost 6,000 workers and is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs over the next two years.

The following is a complete list of the grant recipients awarded Workforce Training Fund Grants today (listed by community):

Whitinsville:

Whitin Community Center was awarded $74,800 to train 122 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Click here for the full story!

Advertise With Us!

When you advertise with the Whitin Community Center, your AD will be seen by our 5,000+ membership base and equally as large non-member base, seen on our website, trade shows, events & more!

Contact Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing & Events today at 508.234.8184 ext 122 or Sarah.Lawson@OurGym.org for more information or to reserve your space!

Check out our unbeatable pricing! 

Your dollar stretches farther when you advertise with WCC!

Your AD will be featured in our full color quarterly schedule for 3 months, at a fraction of the cost of what it would in other mediums! See below!

  • $50 – 1/8th page horizontal (3.75in x 2.5in)
  • $80 – 1/4th page vertical (3.75in x 5in)
  • $140 – 1/2 page vertical (3.75in x 10in)
  • $140 – 1/2 page horizontal (7.50in x 5in)
  • $260 – Full page (7.50in x 10in)
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Already Enrolled in BVCP?

Refer a friend & earn rewards!

It has been our experience that satisfied parents are our best advertisers. Our way of recognizing your efforts on behalf of BVCP, will be $150 for every referral you make to us! Please refer to your Parent Handbook for more information. Or contact BVCP Director, Ginny Alicea at 508.234.8184 ext 105 or Ginny.Alicea@OurGym.org for more information.