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Community Heart & Soul

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.

Help shape the next steps for our community


Every town has a heart and soul that reflects what residents love about their community and why they choose to live there.


As part of our Community Heart and Soul Effort, we have interviewed hundreds of people in town asking for their feedback on what they like about Winchendon and what they would like to see changed.


The statements we have gathered are our first draft, a summary of these comments made by community members when asked to share their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for Winchendon.

We need your help to decide if we got it right.

Please help us by filling out our survey by clicking on this link

Below are the categories which the survey showed were the most important items for the people in town.

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Below is the results of the survey based on the demographic make up of Winchendon.

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CHS Statements

These statements are our first draft, summarizing the hundreds of comments made by community members when asked to share their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for Winchendon. 


Local Matters

Winchendon residents work towards a vibrant local economy that supports small businesses, provides employment, meets residents’ essential needs, and contributes to the town’s tax base.


People Matter 

We value the potential for a small-town feel where all residents can know, connect, and treat one another with kindness. We embrace our different backgrounds, identities, and perspectives, and work together through our local traditions, events, and time-honored institutions to ensure that Winchendon is a viable and good home for all.


YOUth Matters

We strive to provide safe, healthy environments throughout Winchendon where our youth feel welcomed, heard, and valued for who they are. 

We work together to ensure our youth have access to activities, a quality and responsive education, integrated civic engagement, and leadership opportunities.


Town Pride Matters 

Winchendon residents value living in and contributing to a town that is well cared for. We are striving to provide safe, well-maintained roads, bike paths, parks, community spaces, neighborhoods, continued beautification of the downtown area, and the preservation of historic places. 

People appreciate the many town-wide events and support working towards providing an effective local communication system.


Nature Matters 

We cherish the quiet beauty of Winchendon’s natural environment and all that it contributes to our lives, our health, and our sense of peace and well-being.

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