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COSA Monthly Meeting
October 24th

Harm Reduction in the 
Face of the Opiod Epidemic

Please join our guest presenters, Albie Parks and Liz Wynot from Tapestry to hear about the harm reduction initiatives being implemented in Hampshire County. 

Harm reduction principles have implications for human service agencies beyond those that deal directly with people struggling with substance use disorder.
Harm Reduction as a means and philosophy of service delivery has been around for thirty years. Even though it has been endorsed by  MA DPH as the standard of care for substance use treatment, how harm reduction is implemented and understood by service agencies is broad and inconsistent.

What does harm reduction mean to you personally? What are the obstacles to implementing high quality harm reduction treatment in an agency setting? What are staff misconceptions and objections to harm reduction philosophy? What does high quality, low threshold harm reduction care involve?
Our meetings are always a great place to network with your peers and to hear about efforts being made by local agencies. Please join us!

We meet at Berkshire Children & Families on 220 Russell St. in Hadley from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Amherst Community Connection
Open House and Art & Craft Exhibit!

Celebrate with us at our NEW office! We are now located at 236 North Pleasant St. in Amherst.  We will have two times available:  Oct. 24 at 10:00 AM and Oct. 28 at 2:00 PM

Come enjoy the art and crafts done by our talented participants and staff!   Fun and Food will be served to you-- our most valuable partners in our work helping the homeless and poor!

Please RSVP!

We also have two other events in October:
10/18  10-11:30am Affordable Housing Opportunities
10/25  10-11:30am Sing Along Gospel & Blues

Through Her Eyes
13th Annual 
October 27

The human service conference is designated for a variety of professionals, including social service providers and community leaders, who work with at-risk girls and women. This year's theme, "Through Her Eyes, She Sees YOU," addresses "the stress and trauma associated with working" with such a population, as well as addressing strategies for trauma, clients aging out of foster care and maternal mental health.

Motivational speaker Linda Edgecombe is the keynote presenter.  Edgecombe's morning presentation, "Moving From Distraction and Overwhelm to Engagement and Resilience," is described as one in which she "will weave her humorous stories and research into an interactive presentation with tons of aha moments and take-a-ways." 

The conference is presented by the Center for Human Development, in partnership with Cambridge College, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St.



Network for Good
7 Donor Preferences to Boost Year-End Giving

72% of giving comes from individual donors.  Do you know your donors' preferred giving method? What form of communication inspires them the most?
Get to know their giving preferences before December to hit your year-end goals!

Download this FREE guide, 7 Donor Preferences to Boost Year-End Giving, to understand what motivates your donors to give.


HSF Executive/Senior Management 
Two-Day Leadership Retreat 

Retreat participants will work on the problems surrounding hiring, training, and workforce retention. The HSF retreat will focus specifically on creating effective job descriptions for the changing workforce to get the applicants you want, low cost and no cost staff training and development, and how do we change the overall perception of the workforce about working in the human service sector. We will look in depth at the changing workface and alternate markets of employees as well as methods of attracting and retaining quality staff.

Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cranwell Conference Center - Lenox MA

United Way 
2017 Health and Safety Community Survey

The United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC) is committed to building hope, opportunity and a better quality of life for all people in Hampshire County, through a focus on Children & Youth, Health & Safety and Economic Security. UWHC works to rally resources, advocate for unmet needs and convene problem-solvers to address community challenges. With this comes the responsibility of remaining current, focused and in sync with the community's goals and needs. 

In August we convened panels with community members who are experts in the field of Health and Safety. We created this survey based on their feedback.  Now, we are seeking input from the community on how best to prioritize needs and services in our Health and Safety program area. UWHC understands that Health and Safety can be seen as a continuum spanning immediate needs to long-term solutions. Given that our resources are finite, we seek to ensure maximum impact of our investment. 

We are reaching out to community members and community partners to gather additional perspectives.  Your responses will contribute to our understanding of the issues and will help us structure our upcoming funding opportunity.

The survey should take approximately 5 MINUTES, and is intended for individuals who live, work and/or provide services/support in Hampshire County.  Fill out the survey now!

Amherst Survival Center
Job Fair!

Amherst Survival center provides a Job Search Assistance program that helps community members find a job. We provide one-on-one job search coaching and workshops, and in partnership with local employers and agencies, we host job fairs and recruitment events. The service is free and open to the entire ASC community.

PLEASE NOTE: Personalized Job Search Support happens at the Amherst Survival Center on Thursdays from 11:30AM to 1:00PM. All are welcome. 

Wednesday, October 25, 1pm-2:30pm
at the Amherst Survival Center. All are welcome. 


CES Puzzle of Parenting Upcoming Classes

Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills.  Join us to learn how you can do more of these activities with your child.
  • October 21, 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst  (register by Oct 13) (Spanish)
  • October 25, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Amherst Family Center  (register by Oct 18)
  • October 30, 2017, 9:30am - 10:30am, Pelham Library (register by Oct 23)
  • November 2, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Palmer/Monson Family Network, Three Rivers (register by Oct 26)
  • December 4, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Easthampton Family Center (register by Nov 27)
Baby Sign Language
Join us to learn how you can enhance communication with your young child before they are verbal by introducing and using baby signs together.
  • October 26, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Belchertown Family Center (register by Oct 19)
In this session we will d efine the concept of emotional vocabulary, i dentify feeling words and identify effective ways to teach feeling vocabulary, d emonstrate the use of books to support emotional vocabulary and social-emotional development, i dentify how the turtle technique can be used to cope with feelings of anger and disappointment, and l earn how to teach problem-solving skills.
  • October 27, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Easthampton FamilyCenter (register by Oct 20)

In this workshop we'll talk about ways to encourage and build on your child's natural inquisitiveness, and we'll have lots of things for you and your child/scientist to explore together. Child care will be available during the parent learning session, which will be followed by fun parent-child activities.
  • October 28, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Palmer/Monson  Family Network, Three Rivers (register by Oct 20)

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November First Time 
Home Buyers Workshop

Our next First Time Home Buyer Program is just around the corner.  Here are some reasons to come to our 4-part series: 

1) Incredible Loans! 
2) Access to Down Payment and Closing Cost $$$. 
3) Education, education, education!
Thursdays, Nov  7th , 14th, 21st and 28th  6:00-9:00 pm
Belchertown Recreation Center -  66 State St, Belchertown 

Sponsored by: Valley Community Development and Country Bank


5 Free Webinars from Today's Top Membership Experts.  

In a series of five one-hour webinars, a select group of industry experts will reveal the modern marketing strategies used by the top membership organizations to dramatically increase member growth.

By the end of the week, you will know:
  • The 3 keys for attracting younger members
  • How to turn your events into a membership growth engine
  • The blueprints to a digital marketing campaign that actually works
  • How and why digital learning is the glue that keeps your members coming back for more
  • The tech tools used by the fastest growing nonprofits to grow membership
Berkshire Children & Families
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Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Collaborative for Educational Services
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Community Action
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Literacy Project

Northeast Center for Youth and Families
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Service Net
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Tapestry Health
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United Arc
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Mark Your Calendars!


Oct.  19 - FOA Warm Up the Night
Oct. 31 -   HSF Employment Law 101
Nov. 1 -   MNN Annual Conference

This list is being updated during our Membership Drive.

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