Continue reading Habitat For Humanity: Developing an E-Commerce Strategy for Habitat ReStore

Habitat For Humanity: Developing an E-Commerce Strategy for Habitat ReStore

Project Description We worked with MetroWest/Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity ReStores to create an e-commerce implementation plan. Through 9 interviews and the analysis of 11 e-commerce platforms, we evaluated e-commerce business models and marketing methods. Using this data, we developed an e-commerce implementation plan. Specifically, we recommend ReStore sell high-value collectibles and antiques on eBay,…

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Continue reading Trail Blazing the Worcester Intercollegiate Outdoor Initiative

Trail Blazing the Worcester Intercollegiate Outdoor Initiative

Project Description Worcester college students do not spend enough time outside due to their workload and limited access to nature. This project improved the well-being of Worcester college students by creating a sustainable plan to revamp the Worcester Intercollegiate Outdoors Initiative (WIOI). We gathered data on college students through surveys and interviews, ran an outdoor…

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Continue reading Worcester Community Fridges: Following The Food – Developing a Data Collection Tool to Monitor Community Fridge Usage

Worcester Community Fridges: Following The Food – Developing a Data Collection Tool to Monitor Community Fridge Usage

Project Description This project aimed to better understand the usage of the Worcester Community Fridges by developing data collection tools for the organization. The main constraint was maintaining the hands-off, self-service mission of the fridges while still gathering a significant amount of data. We interviewed volunteers as well as researched similar projects done by other…

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Continue reading Legendary Legacies: Tracking the Reentry Phase for Post-Incarcerated Individuals

Legendary Legacies: Tracking the Reentry Phase for Post-Incarcerated Individuals

Project Description Reentry in the U.S. is a complicated and multifaceted issue with many challenges facing justice-involved individuals. In collaboration with Legendary Legacies, our team developed a new approach to evaluating data in the reentry space. While historically, data collected regarding program participants have been primarily quantitative, the secret to fostering positive change may lay…

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Continue reading Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative: Increasing Environmental Literacy through STEM Modules

Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative: Increasing Environmental Literacy through STEM Modules

Project Description Worcester has been experiencing an increase in cyanobacteria blooms in recent years. To counteract this, the Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative (WCMC) has been releasing informational material to increase knowledge about this issue. Our team worked with the WCMC to create STEM learning modules that teach the youth different ways to identify cyanobacteria and…

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Continue reading Improving Water Quality of Green Hill Park Ponds and Investigating the Feasibility of an Irrigation System Using Pond Water

Improving Water Quality of Green Hill Park Ponds and Investigating the Feasibility of an Irrigation System Using Pond Water

Project Description Water pollution in surface water is attributed to stormwater runoff, introducing nutrients and sediment into water bodies. This project researched the historical and current conditions impacting the Green Hill Park Ponds, as well as researched the feasibility of using Pond water to irrigate the adjacent golf course. Samples of the water from both…

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Continue reading Fostering Community Through Alumni Outreach: Design and Development of an Electronic Alumni Survey for the Latino Education Institute

Fostering Community Through Alumni Outreach: Design and Development of an Electronic Alumni Survey for the Latino Education Institute

Project Description While the Latino Education Institute (LEI) provide exceptional services to their students, the organization is relatively small and is currently investing in more insight in their programs via usage of a new internal database and solidifying communication from their alumni network. Our team has developed a system consisting of an alumni survey with…

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Continue reading Girls Inc. of Worcester: Developing an Outdoor STEM Curriculum for Camp Kinneywood

Girls Inc. of Worcester: Developing an Outdoor STEM Curriculum for Camp Kinneywood

Project Description During this project, we researched and interviewed organizations to create environmental science STEM curriculum for Worcester Girls Inc. Camp Kinneywood summer camp. The team conducted focus groups and pilot studies to evaluate and assess the curriculum. They provided a binder containing all the lesson plans with activity instructions and information related to the…

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Continue reading Indian Lake Watershed Association: Modernizing Archival Management

Indian Lake Watershed Association: Modernizing Archival Management

Project Description The Indian Lake Watershed Association (ILWA), having organizational issues, tasked us with creating an Archive. Our objectives included gathering information on the best archiving practices, deciding the historical relevance of the documents, and creating an archiving manual. We created an Archiving structure, reorganized and scanned all physical documents, and implemented the structure to…

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Continue reading Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Project Description Through our project, we aimed to facilitate and simplify the food distribution and data management process for the local food pantry, El Buen Samaritano. By implementing a technological solution, we hoped to improve the inventory system that the organization is currently using. Shifting from the current pen-and-paper system to a digital system, the…

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