Continue reading Worcester Regional Food Hub: Helping the WRFH with Retail Expansion

Worcester Regional Food Hub: Helping the WRFH with Retail Expansion

Project Description Our project is to help the Worcester Regional Food Hub (WRFH) by recommending them a POS system as well as presenting research on online retail outlets such as Grubhub and Instacart. The WRFH is moving to Union Station in 2023, and will have a new retail store, thus prompting the need for a…

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Welcome NST: Integrating Technology

Project Description WelcomeNST is a refugee resettlement organization using a private co-sponsorship model. Our project used technology to improve communication and information storage at WelcomeNST. We conducted interviews with Slack experts and NST members and observed WelcomeNST’s Slack workspace. We found communication disconnects, decentralized knowledge and resources, and technology limitations. We investigated potential Slack add…

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Continue reading DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

Project Description The project team researched and assessed the current operations of DoughBoyz. From this, they identified bottlenecks and areas of improvement where DoughBoyz can optimize their profits for use towards charitable events. The team developed several deliverables that will help DoughBoyz hold consistent Community Breakfast events. These deliverables consisted of a cost analysis spreadsheet,…

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Continue reading Technocopia: Increasing Accessibility and Belonging at Technocopia

Technocopia: Increasing Accessibility and Belonging at Technocopia

Project Description This project worked with Technocopia, a makerspace in Worcester, MA, to foster accessibility in training and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in their space. We interviewed staff, instructors, members, and DEIB specialists, and evaluated the CNC machining training through participant observation. We found that Technocopia has a need for: reference and safety…

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Continue reading Thrive Support and Advocacy: Designing a Food Pantry

Thrive Support and Advocacy: Designing a Food Pantry

Project Sponsor: Thrive Support and Advocacy Thrive Support & Advocacy, founded in Marlborough, MA, during the 1970s, is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering, advocating for, and assisting youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental disabilities (DD), and intellectual disabilities (ID). Our sponsor’s mission is to help their audience and their families not…

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Continue reading Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: Community Health Dashboard

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: Community Health Dashboard

For our Interactive Qualifying Project, our team worked with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester to develop an online dashboard that displays public health data in a user-friendly and engaging way. Project Sponsor: Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester The Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester is a local nonprofit focused on developing and…

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Continue reading Worcester Historical Museum (WHM): Smiley Cart

Worcester Historical Museum (WHM): Smiley Cart

Welcome to our page! During our Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) we worked in collaboration with the Worcester History Museum to design a mobile exhibit to commemorate Harvey Ball’s 100th birthday. Harvey Ball is the creator of Smiley Face and created World Smile Day. World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October to…

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Continue reading Women’s Initiative of the United Way: Dollar Scholar engagement

Women’s Initiative of the United Way: Dollar Scholar engagement

We worked with the Women’s Initiative of the United Way to enhance their online financial literacy program, Dollar $cholar. This program aims to help empower young women through financial education. A lack of financial literacy training can lead to economic dependence. This financial literacy discrepancy is particularly prevalent amongst women, leading to an increase in…

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Continue reading Worcester Community Connections Coalition: Digitalizing the Resource Guide

Worcester Community Connections Coalition: Digitalizing the Resource Guide

  Project Sponsor: Worcester Community Connections Coalition The Worcester Community Connections Coalition (WCCC) is a coalition of Worcester parents who come together to help families deal with child maltreatment, neglect, and abuse. They work together to distribute the Blue Book to families and parents who are struggling and in need to support families and help…

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Continue reading Habitat for Humanity: Virtual Fundraising and Engagement Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity: Virtual Fundraising and Engagement Opportunities

Project Overview For our Interactive Qualifying Project, we worked with the Metro West/Greater Worcester branch of the global nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity to develop virtual fundraisers and engaging virtual events to help this branch of Habitat for Humanity be successful during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, many nonprofit organizations experienced financial trouble and…

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