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WCC Highlights

FREE Blood Pressure Screening By Elderwood Home Care

February 15th At WCC 10:00am-12:00pm
February is Heart Health Month, hosted by the Heart Foundation. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, it is also one of the most preventable diseases as well. It is always the right time to assess and reduce your risk of developing heart disease by following simple steps consistently: monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol, maintain a healthy Body Mass Index, exercise most days of the week, eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Remember, this is something you can take control over. You can also begin your journey by participating in a FREE blood pressure screening at the Whitin Community Center on February 15th from 10am-12pm, in partnership with Elderwood Home Care.

Bundle Up The Blackstone Valley

Give the gift a warmth to someone in need!
Bundle Up The Blackstone Valley Coat drive to benefit all ages. Please donate your new, gently used and washed coats for adults and children. Collections are being accepted now through November 29th in our lobby.
Thank you for your support of our community!

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.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser to Raise Money for All Abilities Community Playground

Collecting Now Through November 23rd!
The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from September 24th- November 23rd to raise funds for the Community Playground Project. The WCC will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Those dollars will benefit the WCC’s Community Playground Project. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes in the WCC’s Lobby. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs to help them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing & Events. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that could be donated, I know I personally do. By doing so, we raise money for our Community Playground Project, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.” The WCC’s Community Playground Project will encourage everyone to go outside and play no matter what age or ability! The WCC’s Blackstone Valley Children's Place (BVCP) believes that interacting with nature and enjoying physical activity is an experience that should be enjoyed by all residents in our community. Not only does it provide exercise and fresh air, but the opportunity for social interactions. As a fulfillment of our mission, this playground will not be just for children, but for people of all ages who want to improve their health and wellness. The goal of the Community Playground Project will be safety, dignity and the independence for all abilities and ages to enjoy!
By donating your gently worn, used and new shoes to the WCC the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world. Only have 1 shoe, not a problem, your donation will still be accepted!

Fall For Savings Membership Drive

Sign up as a Member and enjoy the benefits!
(October 1-October 31) Every NEW Family Membership paid in full or by monthly automatic withdrawal will receive a 25% discount and no joining fee!
(November 1st-November 30th) In the spirit of “it takes a village”, November is Giving Back month. For every NEW membership that is taken out during the month, we will donate the value of one month to be used towards the Support Our Troops drive for mailing & supplies. Do something good for yourself and the community! ****NOTE***** The membership promotions listed above cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Corporate rates, Tufts Health Insurance discounts, and Black Friday Gift Certificates are not eligible for these membership promotions. Other exclusions may apply.

Historic Paint Restoration Of The Gardeners’ Shed

Thank you to Gadoury Homes, LLC!
The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is pleased to announce that the paint restoration is complete! The building referred to as the “Tennis Shack” originally known as the Gardeners’ Shed, located in Whitin Park, has undergone an extensive historic paint restoration over the past few weeks. The project was donated and completed by the skillful and expert hands of Gadoury Homes, LLC. Its architecture recalls an earlier time and is an important feature of Whitin Park that tells the story of the Victorian gardens. This building is the only remaining original building left from the John C. Whitin estate (circa 1875) on the property. The 11 acre estate of the founder of the Whitin Machine Works was developed in the 1870s as a gift to Whitin's second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Pratt. On the northern border of the estate, High Street, there was a large glass greenhouse constructed. Below the greenhouse, the land was terraced flat to accommodate a large formal garden. Many specimens grown in the greenhouse were transplanted into the formal gardens. Built into the foot of this garden area was a simple building - commonly referred to as a Gardeners’ Shed. The Gardener’s Shed was once adjacent to tiered flowerbeds and an award-winning greenhouse that produced orchids year-round.
When the estate was closed and the mansion was torn down in 1943, the land was deeded to the Whitin Community Center. It was then the Trustees of the WCC discussed how the newly acquired 7.5 acres of the "upper estate" could be utilized toward our mission to support the health and well-being of individuals and families and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. The entire parcel of land was on a hillside, rising some 75 feet in elevation that made the land unsuitable for sports such as baseball, football, or soccer. There was one flat area, however, the former formal garden, and it was decided to build 3 tennis courts across the expanse. In 1945, the Gardeners’ Shed was retained, and was put to new use as the Tennis Shack where players could assemble before their matches on one of three courts above the building. This building now stores our tennis equipment and materials needed for our park fundraising events.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our Board of Trustee member, and owner of Gadoury Homes, LLC, Norman Gadoury and his team, the building has been painted to its original grandeur. The Tennis Shack will now be able to be enjoyed and used for generations to come.

Support Our Troops

Show your thanks to the men and women who serve our country with a gift from home during the holiday season
Collections going on November 1st-November 30th. Please bring all donated item to the collection table located in the WCC lobby.
Each care package cost $15.00 to ship. If you'd like to contribute to defray the cost of shipping, please make a check payable to the Whitin Community Center. Know someone currently serving our country? Please email Heather.Elster@OurGym.org with their information and we would be more than happy to mail them a Military Care Package!
Thank you to our Sponsors! Koopman Lumber, Osterman Propane, UniBank
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Voted #1 Choice Health Club & Yoga Studio in Northbridge the past 7 years!
Thank you to all who voted us #1 Choice Health Club & Yoga Studio in Northbridge! We appreciate your love and support, and are honored to serve such a wonderful community!
 
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