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.
- 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 Volleyball Club
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?
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 email@example.com
Open Mic Nights View Flyer
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Every month except December!
Saturday, March 9th
Featured artist: Jamie Guyette
Our featured artist this month is a lovely young lady from Uxbridge, MA. She has studied various genres of music ranging from: opera, musical theater, classical crossover, sacred/oratorio music as well as Christian music. She has been studying music since she was 15 and has performed with the Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, the Village Congregational Church choir, as well as various soloist performances. Jamie has been performing at the Open Mics since its inception. Jamie was chosen to sing the national anthem at Polar Park in Worcester this past July.
Saturday, April 13th
Theme: Singing in the Rain
Featured Artist: Rusty Guertin
Friday, May 3rd
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!
The Blazers are inclusive, and this opportunity is open to any Youth in 2nd Grade through Young Adults (up to age 24). No experience necessary - all abilities welcome!
Held at the Open Sky Gym, 4 Mann St., Worcester. The WVC Winter/Spring Session practice dates will be Saturdays, January 20th – April 13th (No practice will be held on 2/10, 3/9, and 4/6; Practice snow dates are 4/20 & 4/27) Scholarships and financial aid are available for youth and young adults served by Open Sky (2nd grade – 24 years). See specific practice times on the registration form.
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.
BVAA Monthly Meetings: 6:30pm - 9pm, 3rd Tuesday of each month at Open Sky's Community Gallery. 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. (The webpage needs to be linked in 2 spots)
Staff and Individuals served by Open Sky may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance entering or delivering pieces for the exhibits or for information on membership and how else you may get involved in this inclusive art community!
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 email@example.com for financial assistance or assistance with enrollment.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!