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WCC Highlights

NEW! Athletic Director

Join us in welcoming Erik to our WCC family!
The Whitin Community Center is excited to introduce our new Athletic Director, Erik Consigli. Living in Northbridge, Erik grew up at the Whitin Community Center. He attended our preschool program, participated in summer sports camps, and learned to play basketball in our youth leagues. He also even worked as a lifeguard!
At Northbridge High School, Erik was a proud member of the football, wrestling, baseball, and track and field teams. Erik also played rugby at Curry College. ? Erik began his work with youth at the YMCA Camp of Maine. He began as a Senior Leader, then a Unit Leader, Sports Director, and Leaders in Training Director. For the past two years Erik has gained valuable experience as a Teacher Assistant, Group Leader, and Site Coordinator at a Department of Early Education and Care licensed after school program in Needham. Erik still resides in Northbridge.
Please join us in welcoming Erik when he begins his new role at the Whitin Community Center on June 25th as he leads our Sports Camps at Camp Whitin! We hope you can join him this Summer for fun, fitness and friendships!

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Help us support the youth who grew up in foster care now attending college!
Did you know that less than 3% of foster youth go to college? These students face daunting challenges. Without families, they miss out on the emotional and financial support that their peers rely on. Help us applaud these youths' accomplishments and support their continued hard work defying the odds with care packages!
In early November the Rise Above Foundation in Northbridge sends out College Care Packages to youth in foster care who are defying the odds by attending college. Each care package will be filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene, school supplies, and gift cards to be shipped off to a student. Now through the end of October the Whitin Community Center will be a collection site for these donation care packages.
Items Requested: -Instant Rice or Soup Packets -Easy Mac 'n Cheese or Ramen Noodles -Candy & Gum -Healthy Snacks -Water Flavor Packets -Granola Bars -Highlighters -Sticky Notes -Pens & Pencils -Hand Sanitizers -Small Travel Sized Toiletries -Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, Target etc.) For a full list of items requested, please click the button below!
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SUPPORT OUR MERRIMACK VALLEY NEIGHBORS

Please donate to the victims of the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions
The Whitin Community Center (WCC) will be a collection site for items to be donated to the victims of the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions. In the aftermath of over 60 fires and 3 gas explosions last month, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and businesses. While most people have been able to go back to their homes, there is such a long road ahead of them. While they are trying to pick up the pieces, many are without daily necessities, and furthermore are without heat until late into the Winter months.
The WCC is committed to enhancing the health & well-being of individuals and families, and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. As part of our mission we are committed to supporting not only the Blackstone Valley, but those in need. Please help us in our efforts to support our neighbors!
HOW YOU CAN HELP! Please donate the following items to our collection bin, located in our lobby: -Alcohol Prep Pads -Hand Sanitizers -Feminine Products -Diapers -Toilet Paper -Paper Towels -Clorox Wipes -Body Cleansing Wipes -Socks -Underwear -Towels -Winter Weather Apparel -Stop-N-Shop & Market Basket Gift Cards (please bring Gift Cards to the Member Services Desk)

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.

N-O-W Enrolling For Fall At The Blackstone Valley Children's Place!

Voted #1 Daycare in Northbridge!
Registration is open for Fall 2018! A learning experience is found in every moment of a child’s life. Blackstone Valley Children's Place provides a nurturing atmosphere that encourages every child to discover their potential through exploratory play. By providing quality educational early childhood and school age experiences, our professionally trained staff offers an environment that promotes creative, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Children gain confidence and independence, learn communication and problem solving skills; all while making friends and enjoying a full range of enrichment activities designed to prepare every child to enter kindergarten with a strong foundation in educational skills.
Please contact BVCP Director, Ginny Alicea at 508.234.8184 ext 105 or Ginny.Alicea@OurGym.org for more information on how to enroll your child!

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!

Black Friday Blowout!

You don't want to miss this! Big reveal coming soon!
It's coming, stay tuned for details!

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.

Get Noticed With Our Quarterly Schedule Advertising!

Now accepting AD space for Winter 2018!
ADVERTISE WITH US -In our quarterly schedules! 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! Advertise your business with us in our upcoming Fall schedule from November 26, 2018-March 3, 2019.
PRICING PER QUARTER: 1/8th page horizontal - 3.75in x 2.5in - $50. 1/4th page vertical - 3.75in x 5in - $80. 1/2 page vertical - 3.75in x 10in - $140. 1/2 page horizontal - 7.50in x 5in - $140. Full page - 7.50in x 10in - $260.
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!

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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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