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Policymaker Roundtable
with Amy Kershaw
Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance
April 7, 10am

Register before April 6 and make your voice heard at this informative and important roundtable with Amy Kershaw.
Tuesday, March 30, 6:30pm-8pm
Amherst Community Land Trust
Click on the flyer above for all the details!
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Posters Available to
Encourage COVID Safety

As the state moves forward with vaccination availability, it's still important to maintain safe behaviors. This great graphic depicts the array of measures we are all using to stay healthy.

If you are interested in this helpful messaging, a special offer is available through Community Action Pioneer Valley. This graphic can be customized with your organization's logo. For more information on this generous offer, please reach out to Dane Kuttler, Community Collaborations Coordinator, at dkuttler@communityaction.us.
Special Arrive@5 on April 7, 5pm-6pm
with Greater Northampton Chamber

Khrysti Smyth Barry of the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will speak about practical steps you can take to be more sustainable in your operations. We’ll cover resources and information available from CET’s various programs, some easy tips, and have time for questions about reducing waste and saving energy at your business.
Please save the date for Senator Jo Comerford’s next People’s Town Hall — a virtual town hall that will look forward to a post-COVID world and the future of our district.
 
The Town Hall will be closed captioned and interpretation will be available. Sen. Comerford's office welcomes your feedback on features that may make this event more accessible to you via this survey (https://forms.gle/ccRSKcFp5AAM6GQG7).
 
More details, including the link to register for the event, will be posted on this event page (https://senatorjocomerford.org/event/the-peoples-town-hall-2/) soon.

Por favor, reserva la fecha para la Asamblea Pública con la senadora Jo Comerford. En esta reunión virtual Jo y su equipo analizarán un mundo post-COVID y el futuro de nuestro distrito.

Se dispondrá de interpretación en español.
 
Pronto se publicarán en esta página (https://senatorjocomerford.org/event/the-peoples-town-hall-2/) más detalles, incluido el enlace para inscribirse en el evento.
Articles, updates & webinars worth scrolling for.
Multilingual Resources to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation

The NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities research teams around the country have developed tip sheets in English and Spanish to help address misinformation, highlight community benefits of COVID-19 research, outline the importance of community health workers, and advise on building community trust in COVID-19 resources. As they continue to develop tools and resources to combat the pandemic, reference these tip sheets to help build your community’s approach.

  • Addressing COVID-19 Misinformation: A Tip Sheet for Health Professionals Working with Community Members | English and Spanish
  • Community Benefits of COVID-19 Research: An Overview for Community Members | English and Spanish
  • Community Health Workers and Other Lay Communicators: An Overview for Researchers | English and Spanish
  • Building and Maintaining Community Trust in COVID-19 Resources | English and Spanish
Join the Collaborative for Educational Services for their Puzzle of Parenting workshops, all held virtually this year.

You will find all dates and times for the currently scheduled workshops and information about how to register here.

Topics include:
Positive Solutions
Soluciones Positivas
Baby and Toddler Sign Language
First Steps to Reading
Helping Children Manage Anxieties
and many more. Check it out!
Join Alyssa Golden from Community Legal Aid on April 12 2pm-3pm.
This presentation will focus on legal issues due to criminal court involvement or incarceration. Details HERE.
Help protect your clients during the pandemic --
Special Presentation on COVID-19 scams
April 8th 12pm-1pm on Zoom

Join the Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs, the Mayor of Easthampton, and detectives from the Easthampton Police for an informative discussion. They will discuss current scams happening during the COVID-19 pandemic, common fraud during tax season, tactics that the fraudsters use, as well as tips to help keep you safe. See the details and registration info here. Press Release is here.

The MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation offers a variety of presentations to support consumers, featuring topics such as Identity Theft, Online Safety, and others. Robin Putnam, Events and Outreach Manager, robin.putnam@state.ma.us is available if you want to learn more about scheduling events. A complete topics list is here.
Meet new staff at the Community Foundation
of Western Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) announced the appointments of Briana Wales as vice president for People and Culture, Emma Mesa-Melendez as director of Communications, Keith McKittrick as Development coordinator, and Ullapi Shrestha as program assistant. These appointments are the latest example of CFWM’s ongoing commitment to expand its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts internally and within the nonprofit sector. Read a great piece in Business West about CFWM here.
April 18-25

Looking for motivation to run your first 5k? You've got time to train for this year's annual Daffodil Run 5k - or even a 10k.

You’ll be helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
DPH requests information on how to use COVID funds
to improve the state's SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery systems.

The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) seeks written comments from providers and stakeholders on their recommendations on how to use recently released COVID emergency relief funds in order to improve the Commonwealth’s SUD prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services systems in the context of COVID-19.

Recognizing the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people with substance use disorders (SUD), as well as service providers, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration recently released COVID emergency relief funding as a supplement to the Substance Abuse Block Grant.

Please provide a brief response by April 16, 2021 at 5PM using this DPH form.
Jobs and Training are available for your clients
- act quickly for April training!

If you have customers who are looking for well-paid jobs in manufacturing – with predictable hours, benefits, overtime opportunities – attached are flyers for two trainings that can be FREE to eligible applicants. 
 
One training is in Sheet Metal Fabrication (160 hours) and will be taught in Springfield at Sheet Metal Workers Local no. 63. That training begins in April. Contact Joanne Lyons at jlyons@masshirehcwb.com. Sheet Metal Fabrication flyer.
 
The second training is Foundational Manufacturing training (80 hours) which begins in June and is taught mostly online by Greenfield Community College (one week of classroom training in precision measurement at the Greenfield campus). This 4-week training prepares participants to quickly enter the manufacturing field in entry level production, assembly and warehouse positions, and can also be used as the required precursor for a follow-on 8-week CNC Operator shop training for entry into precision machining. To learn more, customers can sign up for a 1-hour Information & Application session on April 5 or May 3. To sign up, call the Career Center at (413) 774-4361 or register online for an Info Session at:  https://gcc.mass.edu/manufacturing. Foundational Manufacturing flyer.
Food for Thought: Quick reads this week



Mark your calendars ...
Upcoming webinars, trainings, fundraisers & more.
Mar 30: MA Attorney General's Office Assistance to Immigrants and Refugees
Mar 30: MA Network to End Homelessness Legislative Briefing on COVID-19
Apr 01: Children's Advocacy Center This Little Light of Mine
Apr 01 & 08: Human Service Forum Employment Law 101
Apr 06: Human Service Forum Supporting Working Parents
Apr 06: Mayor of Easthampton Presentation on COVID-19 Scams & Press Release
Apr 06-08: Brazelton National Forum Working Together for Racial Equity
Apr 16: Mass DPH How to use COVID funds for SUD systems request for info DUE
Apr 19-23: Human Service Forum Administrative Professionals Event
Apr 20-22-27: COSA-UWHC Human In Common Interrupting Racism Level III
Apr 22: Amherst Survival Center Chat
Apr 26: The People's Town Hall with State Sen. Jo Comerford
Apr 28: Brazelton Touchpoints Center Listening to Transgender Children Webinar
Apr 29: Autism Connections 30th Annual Autism Conference
May 02-09: Cancer Connection Mother's Day Half Marathon Virtual Event
May 12: Brazelton Touchpoints Center Relationships in Indigenous Communities
May 19: Amherst Survival Center Chat
Jun 04: Western Mass Network to End Homelessness Annual Gathering
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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Keep your legislators informed about what matters to you,
your clients, and your organization. Reach out!
Rep. Mindy Domb has news about COVID-19 and more on her Facebook feed HERE.
Sen. Jo Comerford has COVID-19 info HERE and a Facebook page HERE.
Check out Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa's Twitter feed HERE for the latest.
Rep. Dan Carey posts on Facebook HERE.
Congressman Jim McGovern has a COVID-19 page HERE and Facebook HERE.
Rep. Natalie Blais updates regularly on Facebook HERE about COVID-19 and more.
Your clients can find resources through Mass 2-1-1 HERE.

Look4Help has updated information about services that are available HERE.

Email updates to Mary McClintock at Community Action.
FIVE COLLEGE PLANS FOR 2021

Amherst College HERE
Hampshire College HERE
Mount Holyoke College HERE
Smith College HERE
UMass Amherst HERE
Mass.gov Resources
MassHealth COVID-19 Resources and FAQs
Mass.gov video PSA about following the mandatory masks rule HERE.
Pandemic EBT Benefits Cards: Check out the FAQ page HERE.
This Healthy Incentives Program document is updated each month, so you can expect this link to be useful through the year. Here is the updated listing of all of the HIP locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. And check out HIP Facebook updates HERE.
Northampton Survival Center has pantry operations located at 265 Prospect Street in Northampton and offers outdoor pick-up. Please check HERE for times and details.
Amherst Survival Center is open for outside food distribution (lunch and fresh food) and pantry pick up (low contact onsite/no contact curbside/no contact delivery). See details HERE. For open positions at the ASC, please check HERE  
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has updated its services. Get information HERE.

Pantry and Meals updates HERE.
Easthampton Community Center continues to serve individuals and families from 22 communities and has modified food pickup to observe social distancing.
Office of Child Care has a new updated COVID-19 Resources page HERE.
COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource Digest. Get full information and resources HERE.
CDC Resources to Support Homeless Populations HERE.
Mass DHCD has a new website related to COVID-19. Find resources and guidance about RAFT, public housing, rental vouchers, guidelines for shelter providers, the eviction moratorium and loads more. Get it all on Mass.gov HERE.
Learn more about resources for your organization at Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Get the details on their COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley HERE.
Many thanks to Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for assembling a helpful list of links to support your nonprofit during this outbreak. Look HERE.
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Neighbor, meet Neighbor.

The Western Massachusetts Community Aid is a grassroots movement that provides opportunities to post updates about support and requests for assistance. How can I help? What if I need help? Learn more HERE.
Partners HealthCare COVID-19 Multi-Lingual Information Page in English, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish HERE
Baystate Health regularly updates information about coronavirus in our area. They include a glossary of terms.

Does your organization have additional supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? They welcome your donations of this life-saving equipment.
Call 413-794-6552 or email COVID19PPE@baystatehealth.org.

Cooley Dickinson Health Care updated information page HERE.

Cooley Dickinson has a COVID-19 Call Center for questions about symptoms or general inquiries.

Call 888-554-4234

Cooley Dickinson is accepting cloth masks that will be washed, packaged, and distributed to patients in need.
CDC Coronavirus Resources, includes map of US cases to date and downloads

includes downloads
Massachusetts Form PC Filing Deadline Extended by six months: Get the update HERE.
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