Our History

Community Work Services was founded in 1877 as the Cooperative Society of Visitors Among the Poor of Boston to provide services to the poor of Boston and address the roots of poverty through employment, education, and housing improvements. Our founder, Annie Fields, is said to have been a transitional figure in the development of a professional social-service network. Mrs. Fields hoped to apply business principles and efficiency to benevolent activities and charity work. For over 140 years, CWS has stayed true to the mission set by our Founders while also expanding the scope of our programs and widening the range of the populations and geography we serve.

The success of CWS would not be possible without the commitment and diligent support of our organization’s earliest champions and Past Board Members, which are showcased below alphabetically.

Individuals Who Helped Make CWS Possible:

Mr. Benjamin S. Calef

Mrs. Benjamin S. Calef (Annie M.)

Mr. Richard S. Fay

Mrs. James T. Fields (Annie)

Mr. George A. Goddard

Mrs. James Lodge (Mary G.)

Mr. Edward J. Lowell

Mr. S. B. Schlesinger

Our Board of Directors

Paul Davis
Board Chair

Principal, Marble Harbor Investment

Jamie Ross

Registered Representative, Securian Advisors of New England.

Steve DeSalvo
Board Treasurer


Joe Capalbo
Regional Director of Operation

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant

Amy Donovan
Real Estate Agent


Joe DiLorenzo
President, Chief Strategic and
Operating Officer

MD Group

Hilly Ebling

Mary English

Longview Coaching, LLC

Michael D. Gaquin

Global Executive

George Spilios

Crown Uniform & Linen

Ken Chaisson
Managing Director, Digital Technologies

The Trustees of Reservations

Charles Stuppard, Ph.D
General Manager

Canopy Defense

Susan Peillet Yule

Seth Gelsthorpe

Mathijs Zandbergen

CWS have been saddened by the loss of Robert Fawls, Vice Chair and longtime CWS board member, who passed away suddenly on November 18, 2017.

Financial Statements

Community Work Services is a company of The Fedcap Group a global network of agencies dedicated to advancing the economic and social well-being of the impoverished and disadvantaged. As such, Community Work Services’ financials are included in The Fedcap Group’s consolidated audited financial statements, which you can download here.