Weekly Positions

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From working with kids, to enhancing the arts, to protecting the environment, there are many opportunities to make a difference here in Worcester. And, thanks to WPI’s already established relationships with many local organizations, it’s easy for you to get started.

How To Apply

The following weekly volunteer positions are open to all WPI students. And they are pre-approved for those students looking to fulfill their entire Federal Work-Study allocation with community service work, through the Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) Program. Students interested in applying for these positions should contact community-service@wpi.edu.

Name/Address Title Hrs/Wk Description Interest
The Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge Street
3-5 Student Ambassadors Variable The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts has establishing a college work study initiative. We seek to form a team of 3-5 Student Ambassadors from various colleges in Worcester and surrounding towns to assist in marketing and promoting the theatre on college campuses. This team would be involved in the promotion of performances, shows and events to the student population, as well as work to enhance student participation at the theatre and in city-wide collaborative marketing efforts initiated by the theatre, such as the WOO card program and other co-marketing efforts. Students applying for this position must be highly motivated, enthusiastic team players and creative thinkers. Students will receive the following training: initial training to familiarize them with the day-to-day operation of the theatre, an overall understanding of each individual department at The Hanover Theatre, a deeper understanding of the theatre’s marketing programs and community partnerships and an overall understanding of cooperative marketing programs in cooperation with other non-profits and businesses in the central Massachusetts region. Arts
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Administrative Assistant 5-10 Purpose: Assist Education Registration Administrator in the Education Office. Duties and Responsibilities: data entry, charting & pivot tables in Excel and data analysis, customer service, reception and answer phones. Education and Qualifications: background in business administration, clerical or office setting, extreme attention to detail, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and excellent customer service skills and phone etiquette. Arts
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Computer Studio Assistant 3 or more Purpose: Assist Manager of Youth and Family Class Programs with maintenance of Computer Studio.Duties and Responsibilities: updating, upgrading and installing software, maintain network and file backups, hardware maintenance and installation and other duties as required. Education and Qualifications: must be attentive to detail and must be comfortable with computers, MAC preferred. Majors or minors in following programs may be interested: communications, library sciences, or computer science. Arts
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Gift Shop Assistant 5-10 Purpose: Assist Gift Shop Manager and staff with day to day operations in the Museum Gift ShopDuties and Responsibilities: welcome Visitors and assist with sales and help with inventory, organizing and dusting of merchandise. Education and qualifications: knowledge of POS systems helpful, enthusiastic and friendly with the ability to work well independently, ideal candidate should be customer service and detail oriented, dependable and trustworthy. Opportunities are available Tuesday through Sunday. Arts
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Registration Assistant 5-10 Purpose: Assist the Administration Coordinator in the Education office. Duties and Responsibilities:support Education office, including public contact, class registrations and answering phones, post classes on Craig's list and data entry, special projects including reports on targeted portions of the Museum's public, including the Museum's adult and youth students, assisting in the Art pARTnership programs with Elm Park Community School. Education and Qualifications: BA or MA program in arts, arts education or museum education preferred, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines and excellent customer service skills. Arts
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Visitor Services 5-10 Purpose: Assist Visitor Services Manager with day to day operations and work on project-based initiatives. Duties and Responsibilities: welcome guests to the Museum, provide information on programs and exhibitions, sell memberships and gift cards, answer the Museum's general phone line and collect admission fees and data, work in back office on Visitor Services projectsEducation and qualifications: knowledge of POS systems helpful, enthusiastic and friendly with the ability to work well independently and with staff and visitors in a public setting. Ideal candidate should be customer service and detail oriented, dependable and trustworthy. Opportunities are available Tuesday through Sunday. Arts
Dynamy
27 Sever Street
Marketing Intern 6 Dynamy is a non-profit organization in the Worcester area with a gap year program focused on internships. It is a program providing residential living, life skills and three internships in a year for students 18-22 years old.The ideal candidate is creative, familiar with social media and new technologies that can help with ideas on how a non-profit can integrate into their marketing communication plan. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Toutube, etc), print collateral, Adobe Design Suite Childcare, Education
Dynamy
27 Sever Street
Tutoring Coordinator 6 The Dynamy Youth Academy is an experience-based, four-year, after-school leadership and mentoring college access program. Youth Academy identifies promising low-income 8th grade students in the Worcester public schools, supports them in completing their high school education, motivates and prepares them for college and internships and upon completion of the program, guarantees them access to higher education. As tutoring coordinator, you would be responsible for overseeing the tutoring component of the program, including matching students with tutors, recruiting and interviewing potential tutors, developing a database for maintaining tutor information and tracking student's tutoring needs. As part of this work study, you may be asked to perform other administrative duties, like inputing students grades in a database, and other administrative duties as needed. Childcare, Education
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School
10 New Bond Street
Literacy Aid 10 Our elementary school as approximately 650 students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade.  We are seeking academic support for our kindergarten and first grade classrooms to assist with the ELA component of their curriculum.  All volunteers must complete a background check with the school (CORI Form) Education, Mentoring
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School
10 New Bond Street
 Math Aid      10 Our elementary school has approximately 650 students ranging from kindergarten through fourth grade. We are seeking academic support in math, science, and technology. There are also options for students to work on health initiatives with our school nurse and P.E. teacher. Additionally, there is a need for volunteers to help out at our school-wide events and to provide after school help. All volunteers must complete a background check with the school (CORI Form) Education, Mentoring
Big /Brothers / Big Sisters of Centeral Massachusetts
Belmont Street School
Wawecus Road School
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Elm Park Elementary
Site Coordinator 3-10 Assist a BBBS Match Specialist in interviewing and assessing children, coordinating volunteer schedules and transportation, supervising matches and recruiting WPI volunteers. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 2:30-4:30pm at Belmont Street School, Wawecus Road School or Elm Park Elementary. Education, Mentoring
Claremont Academy Tutor 4-6 Assist students and teacher with tutoring within classrooms. Ideal candidates are organized, timely, and a master of a subject area. Education, Mentoring
Edward Street Child Services
34 Cedar Street
Social Media Assistant 4-6 Parents of young children use social media to communicate. We need to meet parents where they are using the media they prefer. We are seeking a savvy student who can devote a few hours a week engaging families to improve their children's development. Student will be supervised by Director of Special Projects. Education, Mentoring
Elm Park Elementary School
23 N. Ashland Street
Office Assistant 5-10 Activities include answering phones, answering the door, arranging student pick-up and using the computer to categorize.  Additional duties may include: assisting with intramural sports, working in the school library, and providing additional clerical support.  An orientation and training are provided.  Work hours are during weekdays only. The ideal candidate will have reliable attendance. Ability to work with and follow directions from staff and/or peers and a desire to work with children is a must.   Education, Mentoring
Girls Incorporated
125 Providence Street
Volunteer 4-6 Girls, Inc. offers facility-based, after-school programs that provide youth with constructive skill building alternatives to prevent destructive behaviors. Work with girls on crafts, play games with them, and act as a positive role model. These programs are offered Monday-Friday, after school, and on Saturdays. Education, Mentoring
Lutheran Social Services, Services for New Americans
14 East Worcester Street
ESOL Tutor 4-6 At LSS, the Services for New Americans program provides resettlement services, legal assistance, case management, employment services and education for refugees, immigrants and individuals seeking asylum. ESOL tutors help adults to speak, listen, read and write English. Advanced students need help with writing and conversational skills. Skills needed: creativity, respect for other cultures, coursework or experience in education and/or reading/writing instruction. Education, Mentoring
Mentor, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts Mentor 1 - 2 Activities include a one on one mentoring program for children in the local area. WPI Students would volunteer at one of three local schools that are within walking distance to WPI. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.   Education, Mentoring
Worcester Housing Authority
40 Belmont Street
Homework Center Tutor up to 10 WHA Home Work Center tutors provide supervision and assistance in an after-school "drop-in" program for children of Great Brook Valley/ Curtis Apartments and Lakeside Apartments. The Center can accommodate up to 30 children per day. The Center is an active and dynamic environment. The time is spent on homework and social/recreational activities. The Center provides a safe, constructive alternative for children. Tutors rely on their own academic skills, friendliness, and good humor to assist students with academic assignments, serve as role models, and generally promote academic and social success. Education, Mentoring
Worcester Public Schools AVID Tutor 4-6 The AVID Program in the WPS is recruiting WPI students to tutor within the AVID elective class in all middle and high schools in Worcester. AVID is a program for students in grades 7-12 who are capable of completing a college preparatory program but need additional support and assistance. Training will be provided. Education, Mentoring
WPI ASSISTments Project 2-10 ASSISTments is a free web-based platform that allows teachers to write individual ASSISTments (composed of questions and associated hints, solutions, web-based videos, etc.). The word “ASSISTment” blends tutoring “assistance” with “assessment” reporting to teachers. It supports all subjects (i.e., Math, English etc.) and due to federal grants, has a huge repository of math content. Professor Heffernan invites Federal Work Study students to spend their community service and work study hours assisting in the Non-Profit ASSISTments project. WPI's ASSISTments project provides web-based tutoring to students in public schools as a free service to the schools. While working on the project you will build the problem sets students will be working on in their classrooms from textbooks provided by the teachers into the ASSISTments system. To learn more about the project please visit www.assistments.org. Education, Mentoring
WPI Mentor, Exploradreams / Robokids at WPI Mentor 2-4 Activities include tutoring and mentoring grade-school students in math and science and assisting them in recreational activities. An orientation and training are provided. Work hours are during weekdays only.Ê The weekly Exploradreams program is usually held on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Requirements include the ability to work with and follow directions from staff and/or peers and a desire to work with children is a must. Good communication skills and a willingness to share your knowledge in math and science are essential. Education, Mentoring
YMCA of Central Mass
1 Salem Square
Technology Assistant flexible hours Possible responsibilities based on interest and skills of the student: Update inventory of IT equipment (hardware/software/printers/etc.); Install updated patches and drivers on pcs.; verify serial numbers/software versions & revisions; assist with training staff on use of software. Qualifications: college course work and/or certificate in computer operations, personal computers or network administration. Experience with Microsoft Office and Windows95 required. Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills, communications skills and ability to work with and train staff with diverse computer knowledge required. Education, Mentoring
Preservation Worcester
10 Cedar Street
Preservation Assistant 4-6 Preservation Worcester is the sole institution in Worcester dedicated to the preservation of the historic architecture of Worcester and the promotion of excellence in new design. We are an advocacy and education organization that works with the city, neighborhoods, and the public to improve and protect the built environment. The Preservation Assistant will help the organization in the input of images and objects into the PastPerfect software. The project will include scanning historic slides, and taking digital images. Using information available at PW and with staff assistance, the Preservation Assistant will research properties and catalog information on them in the database. The Assistant may also update and create PowerPoint presentations from existing slide format. Computer skills and interest in the built environment desired. Environmental
Worcester Animal Rescue League
139 Holden Street
Shelter Assistant 5-10 Activities include tending to the care and maintenance of the pets in the shelter. Duties may include cleaning kennels and cages, laundry, washing dishes and litter boxes. Additional duties may include sorting food, transporting donations, bathing pets, extreme cleaning. Animal interaction may be limited. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. An orientation and training are provided. Work hours are may be flexible with more help needed between 8-11 a.m. No nights or Sundays. The ideal candidate will have reliable attendance and transportation. Students are to schedule their own hours and notify shelter supervisor what their weekly schedule would be. Requirements: Ability to work with and follow directions from staff and/or volunteers and a desire to work with pets is a must. Previous shelter or animal experience preferred. Must be ready to work hard in dirty situations. Be aware that clothing may be stained, ripped, dirty, etc. Waterproof boots and extra socks are highly recommended. Environmental
Ecotarium
222 Harrington Way
Volunteer 3-4 Many volunteer opportunities available to assist guests to this beautiful indoor/outdoor science museum. Environmental, Education
Institute for Energy & Sustainability
16 Claremont Street
Senior Program Advisor 4-10 The Institute for Energy & Sustainability is Central New England's Green Business Zone. We work to attract and grow clean energy and sustainability jobs, projects and businesses to Central Massachusetts, find us online at www.energyandsustainability.com. Tasks: event planning, website and social media, newsletter, clerical, project assistance. Environmental, Education
Community Harvest Project
37 Wheeler Road, Grafton, MA
Various Internship Opportunities flexible hours While our organization is deeply committed to building a sustainable food system, we do not require candidates to be well versed in agriculture or the food production system. Bring your enthusiasm, and we will teach you the rest! The majority of your time will be spent instructing volunteers and ensuring a positive experience for our volunteer groups, most of which are local school groups in the fall and spring. Since we are a small non-profit, we are able to utilize your talents and interests. The remainder of your time is flexible; we have needs in development, social media, marketing, volunteer relations, or database administration. We're also open to other projects provided they advance our organization. Environmental, Hunger
Nuestro Huetro Urban Farm
20 Southgate Street
Intern Variable Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which treats adolescents and adults using a Recovery Model. Clients recover from their illness through group therapy, individual therapy, and medication compliance. Special projects doing direct service with clients or research on a specific department issue. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Environmental, Hunger
Lutheran Social Services, Services for New Americans Resource and Volunteer Coordinator 4-6 At LSS Services for New Americans we provide resettlement services, legal assistance, case management, employment services and education for refugees, immigrants and individuals seeking asylum. We need help in our donation room organizing donated clothing and household goods. These items are given to refugee families that have recently arrived in Worcester. We need someone with good organizational skills and the ability to lift 25lbs. Faith based, Education
American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee 1-5 Members of the committee will be responsible for planning Relay for Life on campus. Volunteers will serve on the planning committee from September through April as well as staffing the event held in April. Healthcare, Education
American Cancer Society
350 Plantation Street
Office Assistant up to 10 Assist with mailings, filing, small projects, computer work, etc. Hours are between Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm. Healthcare, Education
Christopher House
10 Mary Scavo Drive
Volunteer 2-10 The Christopher House offers volunteer opportunities in a wide variety of areas working with the elderly. Assignments are available for volunteers interested in resident interaction and for those who prefer to remain behind the scenes. They offer complete flexibility for your time, schedule and choice of assignment. Healthcare, Elderly
Community Legal Aid
405 Main Street
Development Intern 5-10 Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA) is the civil legal aid program that provides free legal services to low-income and elderly families and individuals in central and western Massachusetts. Through our advocacy in over 5,000 cases each year, the region’s most vulnerable residents obtain safe and stable housing, access disability and other benefits programs, and break free from domestic violence. The Development Intern will work with CLA’s 4-person development team to clean, code and enter data on a regular basis into our donor management software, GiftWorks. The organization will likely transition to a new donor management software (Salesforce) and will need assistance in making the transition and managing the new database. The intern will also assist with planning events, solicitation campaigns, direct mailings and other administrative duties as needed. Student should be detail oriented, have an understanding of relational databases and the importance of quality data. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required. Prior experience working with a non-profit would be helpful but is not required. Social Services
Greater Worcester Land Trust
101 Water Street
Office Intern up to 10 Assist with administrative tasks at a small non-profit land trust. Social Services
Habitat for Humanity - MetroWest / Greater Worcester, ReStore
111 Park Ave.
Truck Assistant & Program Ambassador 4-8 Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Tasks: Serves as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity/ReStore, work with Donations Coordinator to establish weekly donations pick-up schedule, maintain all tools and equipment required, pick up donations as assigned and complete donation receipts, load and unload ReStore truck, maintain safe and clean work environment in donations area, assist other volunteers and staff as needed. Qualifications: Enjoy interacting with the public, courteous to donors and mindful of their property, ability to express the mission of Habitat for Humanity and ReStore, ability to lift at least 50lbs and ability to learn how to pack trucks and work safely. Social Services
Women's Initiative of the United Way of Central Mass
484 Main Street #300
Program Manager 6 Women's Initiative is a women's philanthropy group whose mission is to promote women's leadership and philanthropy and to support the development of healthy, confident and safe adolescent girls. Assist in the development of presentations and marketing materials for college audiences including the use of social media. Assist in database management and event preparation and execution. Suport volunteer committees in meetings and event planning. Desired skills: strong interpersonal skills, both writing and speaking; strong computer skills desired, including knowledge of social media. Ability to network in diverse groups and represent the Women's Initiative in a professional manner. Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills are necessary. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Health Care Administration 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Project-based, participate in all aspects of the Recovery Center administration, including: human resources, financial, legal, treatment and overall hospital administration. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
General Store Associate 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Support the functions of the General Store which includes: merchandising items, managing the register, opening and closing the store, assisting the manager on ways to promote the store and interacting with all customers. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Greenhouse Assistant 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Co-lead groups with horticultural therapy activities in patient greenhouse and grounds, assist individual clients with skills and participate in job coaching and assist in keeping stock fresh and saleable. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Art Therapy Associate 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Co-lead groups with hospital staff using many types of art. This may also be done on a one on one basis too. Allowing the client to express him/herself through art can assist with his recovery. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Evening Activity Facilitator 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Co-lead patient evening activities with the hospital rehab department. Possible activities: game night, dances, work in the hospital general store, theme nights, karaoke, volunteer – a specific skill or hobby to show, work with clients in our business center or art therapy room. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Music Therapy 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Assist the music therapists with patient groups. This includes interacting patients in his/her group, showing clients how to use an instrument, teaching listening skills with the therapist’s assistance. Opportunity to teach clients a musical instrument, singing lessons – individually or in small groups. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Friendly Visitor 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Visit a client on a regular basis showing interest in him/her and supporting their recovery. Activities include: conversing, taking a walk, playing games, cards, etc. and his/her interests and your skills as needed. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Wellness Intern 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Co-lead a patient wellness group which educates the client on leisure/ recreational skills and or improving their health status: possible groups, exercise, dance, yoga, sports activity-leisure-team and individual, fitness-strength and aerobic, outdoor education, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, culinary skills, cycling and horticultural therapy. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Recreation Staff 4-6 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which treats adolescents and adults using a Recovery Model. Clients recover from their illness through group therapy, individual therapy, and medication compliance. Conduct recreational activities for family members that are visiting their family members (patients) at the hospital. Play games, conduct simple craft projects, lead other group or individual activities with youth. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Psychology Assistant At least 4 hours/week for 6 months Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which treats adolescents and adults using a Recovery Model. Clients recover from their illness through group therapy, individual therapy, and medication compliance. Special projects doing direct service with clients or research on a specific department issue. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Public Art Public Institution Program 4-6 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which treats adolescents and adults using a Recovery Model. Clients recover from their illness through group therapy, individual therapy, and medication compliance. The goal of the Public Art Public Institution Program is create specific art pieces for the Worcester Recovery Center. Art can take the form of pictures, sculptures, photography, etc. Art can come from all artists; students, adults, hospital clients. Social Services
Worcester Recovery Center
309 Belmont Street
Performance Improvement 4 Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is a 220 bed psychiatric hospital which serves adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness. Its mission is to treat clients through a recovery model of treatment; patients through therapy can recover from this illness and live productive lives. Assist the Director of Performance with department projects to improve patient care, can include: research, collecting data and analyzing the data and report writing and editing. Basic knowledge of psychology and research methods preferred but not required. Social Services
Community Service Center at WPI 3 Student Assistants 4 - 5 Assist in the daily operations of the Community Service Center by greeting visitors, answering telephones, copying, filing, and other duties as assigned. The Community Service Center provides community service opportunities to the entire campus population. Student workers will assist in coordinating and executing community service events throughout the year. Extra hours will be available most weekends; student assistants are expected to supervise a minimum of one community service events per semester. WPI Community Service Center
Community Service Center at WPI 5-8 Van Drivers 4 - 5 Community Service Van Drivers will be responsible for transporting students to and from community service sites in Worcester and surrounding communities. Candidates for this position must have excellent driving skills and a valid driver’s license. WPI Community Service Center
Aids Project Worcester
85 Green Street
 Gardener      2-4 AIDS Project Worcester provides a multitude of services to people who are infected with and or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Qualifications: We are in need of a person who is ready for hard work.  We have a community garden located around the corner from the agency that needs attention.  We are engaged in watering, weeding, picking fresh produce and maintaining the cleanliness and nice appearance of the garden. Social Services, Healthcare
 
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