The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is dedicated to building a strong community together. For nearly 100 years, the WCC has been providing critical programming, community support, free outreach programs, and comprehensive fitness and recreational services to the Blackstone Valley. The Whitin Community Center is home to the Blackstone Valley Children's Place, Youth Outreach, and Camp Whitin.
"The Gym", as it was originally known, was a gift to the community of Whitinsville/Northbridge by the Whitin Family in memory of George Marston Whitin who prized service to his community. He planned the construction of a gymnasium in which young and old, men and women, of every race and creed could find a center for their athletic pursuits; where everyone could learn to swim in the pool, and social activities would bring people together. G.M.’s goal was to make Whitinsville a better, happier, healthier, and more congenial place in which to live. To this day, when asked for 3 words to describe the WCC, the majority of people in our community chose fitness, family, and community.
The WCC is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization, and does not receive government, state or town funding. We rely heavily on fundraising events, membership and childcare payments, and donations every year to operate. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the WCC as a whole. The pandemic forced the closure of the Whitin Community Center in mid-March, and with community in mind we stopped all Membership and Childcare payments. In addition, the pandemic also prevented the running of 3 of our major fundraising events, our Bi-Annual Gala, Cars In The Park & Greenway Challenge. Only this month has the WCC re-opened on a partial basis with limited hours and capacity.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a non-profit, the WCC struggled to break even each year. Now, as guidelines and restrictions continue to mount, new, unbudgeted expenses are needed to operate and keep our doors open. The pandemic continues to bear down and jeopardize the WCC’s future. We ask that you consider making a donation, of any amount, to support the great work the WhitinCommunity Center does every day. Your contribution will ensure the survival of the WCC and will help us to continue to offer crucial programming, and thus a healthier, happier, and brighter future for our community.