- Local Organizations
En Ka Society
The En Ka Society is a volunteer organization comprised of more than 200 women in Winchester. The En Ka Society annually provides thousands of “woman hours” to Winchester non-profit organizations. Each En Ka member supports the efforts of the En Ka Exchange, a clothing consignment store located at 1037 Main Street in Winchester, and the En Ka Fair, held every May in downtown Winchester. Members work along side each other at the fair, the exchange and also participate in other civic and social service activities, such as delivering Meals on Wheels and providing daily snacks for the residents at the ABC House.
En Ka is fortunate to have volunteer members of all ages, from their 20s to their 90s, which provides added richness in the relationships that are formed. Members enjoy social activities together and highlights include the annual fashion show, new member tea and theatre and dining outings.
Through each En Ka member’s individual and combined efforts, the Society distributes monetary grants and gifts every year to more than 40 charities, youth, civic and non-profit organizations that impact the lives of Winchester residents.
Family Action Network (FAN)
The FAN organization is a Winchester based non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization which began in 1994. We offer the following services:
- Offer a support network for families with infants and young children
- Serve as a resource to help unify Winchester's programs for families
- Offer parenting resources
- Promote inclusivity
- Facilitate the exchange of ideas
- Organize playgroups; children, parent, and family events; educational programs; food and toy drives; playground cleanups; and more
The Winchester Jumelage Association administers the Twin City relationship of cultural exchange and friendship established in 1990 between Winchester and St-Germain-en-Laye, France, an historic suburb of Paris.
Jumelage conducts numerous programs throughout the year including a summer internship program for young adults from St-Germain and annual joint group trips for adults alternating between France and the United States. In addition, Jumelage aids in cultural exchanges between professional (firefighters, for example,) civic (government officials,) and cultural groups (Music Conservatories, for example,)
Moreover, Jumelage sponsors lectures, concerts, French-themed dinner parties, changing French book offerings in the local library, facilitates informal homestays and receptions for members on both sides of the Atlantic. In the end, the objectives are to promote warmth between the two nations and foster life-long friendships.
League of Women Voters of Winchester
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots organization that promotes civic participation through education on issues of concern to its members and the public. Membership is open to all citizens - women and men - of voting age.
The League of Women Voters of Winchester prides itself on being an integral part of the Winchester community and contributes to the town and its residents by:
- Leading voter registration drives in Winchester and nearby communities
- Organizing candidate forums at local and state levels
- Arranging events for voters to hear opposing views on current issues
- Hosting consensus studies to shape national League positions
- Partnering with other groups in town on educational programs
- Presenting an annual Civic Leadership Award
- Providing an annual appreciation luncheon for Town employees
The League is nonpartisan and neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party; it does advocate on issues based on input from its members. For more information, please visit our website at www.lwvwinchester.org.
Sustainable Winchester is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of educating and raising awareness about sustainability so that residents, officials, and community organizations can be educated and empowered to take action in their day-to-day lives to incorporate sustainability into our community.
Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community
The Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community is a comprehensive community-based organization, housed within the Health Department, that works collaboratively with town residents, departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth community, and to foster safe choices and healthy living through education. To learn about upcoming Coalition programs and to stay in touch with what the Coalition is doing, please “like” us on Facebook.
Winchester Community Music School (WCMS)
WCMS provides outstanding and diverse musical education and performance, accessible to all, in Winchester, neighboring communities, and beyond. The school began in 1981 as after-school lessons in space borrowed from Winchester Public Schools at McCall Middle School. Now WCMS serves 900 students each week ranging in age from 18 months to 102 years. In 1998 we moved into our “Home for Music,” a century-old house on Highland Avenue, restored and expanded through an outpouring of community support. We employ 65 professional teaching artists and serve 5,000 people each year through concerts, workshops, events and outreach, including music therapy and student performances at assisted living communities. No matter what your age or ability level, the exceptional WCMS faculty can help you on your musical journey, from toddlers to teens to seniors; classical to jazz or rock. In addition to private lessons, WCMS offers many fun and affordable group learning opportunities, as well as financial aid for qualified applicants. We also host popular community drop-in activities such as Blues Jams, Broadway sing-along evenings, and Open Mic nights at Starbucks in Winchester Center, and our bands and ensembles play at many Winchester events, such as Farmer’s Markets and Town Day.
Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE)
Founded in 1992, WFEE (www.wfee.org) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting excellence and innovation in Winchester’s public schools. Each year, through a competitive process, WFEE makes grants to teachers to fund both their own professional development and classroom projects. WFEE grants:
build school gardens
- Introduce new theater and art programs across the district
- Support WHS science and robotics programs
- Provide major funding for technology at all WPS schools
Be involved with WFEE!
- Participate in the WFEE Trivia Bee in February
- Attend the annual Prom ‘n Aid in September
- Make a Teacher Tribute in the spring
Sign up for the WFEE newsletter and check out the WFEE grants at your school at the WFEE website - www.wfee.org
The Winchester Multicultural Network (The Network), a 501 c 3, works to:
- promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity;
- to advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and
- to confront intolerance through a variety of approaches.
The Network has been an integral part of the Winchester community for over 25 years. The Network often consults and collaborates with other civic groups in programming efforts, and as well as with neighboring communities. Our public events are open to all and free of charge.
The Network’s activities include providing public forums, cultural celebrations, training and workshops, collaboration with other civic leaders and organizations, letters to the editor, perspective columns and our Journey Newsletter. Within the Network are active subcommittees such as Response, International Connections, and School Impact. Our programs are open to all and free of charge.
Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our office is at 63 Shore Road, Suite 22, in Winchester Center near the Griffin Museum. To call or email our office: 781 729-7100 and email.
Winchester Youth Center
The WYC offers something for everyone: Youth development and leadership programs, service opportunities, special events, and a great space for teens to call their own where we make good decisions!If you are a teenager who wants. . .
to do something good for others
to develop your skills as a leader
a supportive and encouraging environment
to spread the word about important issues
to be a role model for others
to give something back to the community
to make good decisions
to learn more about yourself and what you are capable of
. . . then the WYC is the place for you!
Visit the Winchester Youth Center's website for more information.