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Community Membership Opportunities

Providing inclusive and accessible opportunities for all!

Community Membership and ValleyCAST are aspects of Open Sky's unique approach to our services, as part of our overall Community Engagement efforts. Our partnerships, events and activities are entirely inclusive. We collaborate with various community resources (classes, clubs, centers, etc.) to make it easy for individuals we serve to participate. We also bring arts and culture opportunities for community members to enjoy and participate in side-by-side with those we serve. We work closely with program staff to encourage and support participation.

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Club 21

Set Design

Take Down the Wall Presents... (Performing Arts Initiative)

The Community Lens Photography Group

Worcester Volleyball Club Blazers

Our Community Partners

  • Blackstone Valley Art Association (BVAA)
  • Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC)
  • Southbridge Community Center
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter Adoption Center
  • Valley Chapel and Faith Fellowship
  • Whitinsville Community Center
  • Worcester Bravehearts

Club 21 is Seeking New Discovery Members

Club 21 is a social club made up of individuals served by Open Sky (Recovery Members) paired with members of their community (Discovery Members) who come together for a couple hours twice a month to enjoy activities together while developing new friendships.

Discovery Members are not counselors or helpers/volunteers. They are members of the community who are open to meeting new people they might not otherwise meet and engaging in new experiences/activities one-to-one with their Club partner, in small groups, and with the whole Club.

Currently we are seeking Discovery Members for clubs serving individuals in BH programs in North County and Worcester County, and for the Blackstone Valley Club 21, which serves individuals in I/DD programs. Would you or someone you know be a good fit for Club 21? 

Please contact Club21@openskycs.org. Learn more about Club21 at openskycs.org/community/club-21.html.

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Set Design

Are you a creative, or do you know some creative individuals who would like to see their work come to life? We are looking for a few individuals to help with set designs for the Open Mic Series and other events. 

Work will take place at 60 Douglas Rd, Whitinsville. This opportunity is open to all, and the time commitment can be as little as one visit if you just want to check things out.  Check out the flyer here!

We are also looking for Co-facilitators for this group. Interested parties should contact michelle.benjamin@openskycs.org

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Take Down the Wall Presents... 
(Performing Arts Initiative)

Open Mic Nights

Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA
Doors open at 6pm 

Come share your talents, or just come to socialize and enjoy performances from this growing creative community! All abilities and levels of experience are welcome at this inclusive event.

Each month has a featured artist and new theme. Many people enjoy the challenge of choosing performance material related to the theme, and some may even dress up to match the theme! Both are welcomed, but not required.

Admission is free (suggested donation $5). Concessions available for purchase.

To join our email list for updates on TDTW Presents... Open Mic Night events contact ashley.carrion@openskycs.org. Your email will not be shared with third parties, and you will only receive information about TDTW related events (generally just 2 emails per month). To receive other information about Open Sky events, you may join Open Sky's monthly newsletter here.

Questions about TDTW or want to get involved? Contact michelle.benjamin@openskycs.org.

Every month except December!


Upcoming dates:

 

Saturday, July 13, 2024

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Theme: Freedom Rocks

Featured Artist: Mike Young

Mike was born and raised in Shrewsbury, MA and began playing music as a child.  By the age of 9 his talent for music was recognized - starting with trumpet and piano, and eventually developing skills on the guitar and with vocals. Mike has served as a worship leader and director of music at several churches in the Blackstone Valley area. Over the decades, he has played extensively throughout the region in both Christian and popular music. Mike has had original music aired on FM radio and played several shows with Capital Records artist, Larry Norman. He currently resides with his wife, Lisa, in Northeast, CT and performs regionally with his band, The Lion Tamers.

 

Saturday, August 10, 2024

Theme: Grill at the Mill

Featured Artist: Jeff Vollmer

TDTW welcoems local feature artist, Jeff Volmer, who has delighted audiences around the Blackstone Valley and beyond. Jeff will be sharing his love of music and the best in country and southern rock.

 

Saturday, September 14, 2024

 

Saturday, October 12, 2024

 

Saturday, November 23, 2024

 

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The Community Lens Photography Group View Flyer

Do you know of an individual served by Open Sky who likes photography, or who likes attending events? The Community Membership Department is looking for individuals to take photos at upcoming events. Camera equipment will be provided if needed. All levels of photography skills welcome. Photos may be used in social media, newsletters, and other marketing materials! 

Contact Michelle.Benjamin@openskycs.org

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Worcester Volleyball Club BLAZERS

Registration open

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Practices are held at the Open Sky Gym, 4 Mann St., Worcester.

Summer Session runs Tuesdays 7/9-8/13 (times depend on age group, see brochure here for more details).

Full Scholarships available for Open Sky individuals (groups accommodating individuals in Grade 2 through age 24). If you would like to attend to check it out and meet the coach without obligation, please let us know you’re coming in advance.

Contact ashley.carrion@openskycs.org.

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Our Community Partners

 

Blackstone River Watershed Association

THANK YOU to all who helped make Family Fun Fishing Day a success! 

On Saturday, May 4th, about 300 people attended the event, with 208 participating in the contest! The Community Membership Department appreciates the dedicated FFFD Planning Committee Members, including individuals served from the Blackstone Valley and their supporting programs and staff, the FSC for running a great activity area, all of our FFFD Partnering organizations and the many Volunteers. Without all of you this would not be possible!

This event is hosted by Open Sky Community Services, Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor Volunteers-in-Parks Program, Blackstone River Watershed Association, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.

FFFD Planning Committee

Watch for the opportunity to join the 10th Annual Family Fun Fishing Day Planning Committee at the end of the year.

Blackstone Valley Art Association (BVAA)

Uxbridge Community Art Gallery 2024 Show Schedule: See here for details.

Hot Night in the City: Exhibit and viewing opportunity. See here for details.

Open Paint Saturdays: 10am - 3pm - All are welcome to drop into Open Sky’s Community Gallery,  5 South Main St., Uxbridge, to view the show and paint. You may bring your own supplies or pieces to work on, but supplies are also provided if needed. Visit www.bvaa.org for other art opportunities. 

Interested in membership? Financial Aid is available. The BVAA Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm - 9pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Open Sky's Community Gallery, 5 South Main St., Uxbridge. After a short meeting covering details of upcoming events, an art topic will be explored - from medium demos to hands-on art workshops! Please check the BVAA website at bvaa.org for the topic of each meeting.

EPIC (Empowering People for Inclusive Communities)

Honoring Young Leaders Event - Saturday, June 15th @ 6-8pm, Pakachoag Center, 203 Pakachoag St, Auburn, MA

Attention Young Adults and those seeking meaningful volunteer opportunities. There will be an event to celebrate graduating and incoming Service Warriors on Sat., June 15th at the Pakachoag Center, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn from 6-8pm.

Refreshments will be served. Meet great people who are passionate about inclusion in their community. This will be a great time to learn about how you can be involved!

Service Warrior Program for Young Adults 16-23 years old - Registration for 2024-2025 is closed.

Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) - EPIC’s Service Warrior Program is a service learning and leadership development program for young adults. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the community, learn new skills, build your resume, and develop meaningful relationships! Learn more here. Please contact michelle.benjamin@openskycs.org for financial assistance or assistance with enrollment.

Southbridge Community Center

Join others in the Southbridge Community for activities including arts and hiking trips. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in your area, get creative or to stretch your legs while exploring the trails that surround Southbridge’s many parks.

Contact victoria.prince@openskycs.org to see how you can get connected! See upcoming events.

Southbridge Recreation Department

Community Membership has partnered with the Southbridge Recreation Department and other community organizations for creative and inclusive activities. Follow events by the Southbridge Recreation Department or on Facebook.

Contact Victoria.prince@openskycs.org for more information.

Second Chance Animal Shelter Adoption Center

Attention Animal Lovers! Volunteers Needed!

These are terrific ongoing opportunities for volunteers to have a meaningful impact on the lives of furry friends awaiting permanent homes. Second Chance Animal Shelter Adoption Center is in North Brookfield and needs dedicated dog walkers.

There are a few short training videos to watch and sign off on before volunteers can begin. Volunteers can sign up once a week, a couple times per month, or periodically as it fits their schedule. The Community Cat Connection is in Webster and is looking for volunteers to help care for the animals. Interested parties, please contact Vicki Prince, South County Community Membership Facilitator, at victoria.prince@openskycs.org

Valley Chapel & Faith Fellowship Church: Night to Shine

Registration is closed. Check back later for 2025 event information.

The purpose of Night to Shine is to create an unforgettable prom experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs. Every guest will enter on a red carpet and be greeted with a warm welcome, friendly crowd, and "paparazzi." Guests will receive the royal treatment with hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, limousines rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room, a catered dinner, prom favors, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers, and of course dancing!

Whitin Community Center

Worcester Bravehearts 

Autism Awareness Event – Thursday, June 20th, game starts at 6:30pm (gates open at 5:30pm)

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Tickets include admission and an all-you-can-eat pass for $20. Discounted tickets may be purchased for $15 directly though the Community Membership Department if registered by May 31st. Payments are due June 7th.

Contact michelle.benjamin@openskycs.org for more details.

Pen Pal Club - Do you enjoy writing? Do you want to make new friends and get to know the Bravehearts baseball players? You can help make these players feel “at home” in Central Massachusetts by becoming a Pen Pal! Signs ups for the 2024 season have closed. Please check back in 2025.

2024 Pen Pal Journal Schedule
Drop-off to participants June 5
Pick-up from participants June 12
Drop-off June 28
Pick-up July 8
Drop-off July 19
Pick-up July 24
Journals reutnred to individuals at Pen Pal Cookout August 3

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Kickball Tournament – Monday, 6/24 (rain date 6/25) – This event is open to individuals served and employees of Open Sky.

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Open Sky at the Bravehearts Game Day – Thursday, 7/25 – The Open Sky Community and their families are welcome to cheer on our Community Partners during Game Day. Admission and lunch included. More details to come.

 

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