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Grant Makers Panel
February 21st

Join us as we discuss grant making with local experts Jim Ayres of the United Way and Janet Daisley of the Community Foundation of Western MA.  Time to sharpen your skills and hear the latest!

Monthly meetings take place at Berkshire Children & Families
220 Russell St. (Rt 9) in Hadley from 9-10:30am

Mobilizing Public Health for Immigrant Rights
by Public Health Awakened

1-hour webinar to learn about:
  • Specifics of how the President's immigration policy agenda is a threat to public health
  • The personal experiences of people affected by unjust immigration policies
  • Community organizing for immigrant rights in this era
  • Specific examples of what you can do within public health and as a private citizen/resident with public health knowledge
Tuesday, 2/28 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Pacific Time
Who's it for
Public health professionals, academics, and students interested in learning about community organizing efforts for immigrant rights - and looking for ways to participate in these efforts, from a public health standpoint.
Youth Mental Health 
First Aid Course

YMHFA is likened to CPR in that it is a first-responder training that teaches people how to respond if faced with Mental Health issues for people aged 12-18 years old, as well as help them to recognize signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder. 

The training will be held at Smith College Academy Library on March 25th from 9am to 5pm.  There is no cost for this course, and lunch will be served. 

This training is being provided by the Coalition of Western MA Hospitals in collaboration with the Hatfield Mental Health Awareness Committee. 

To register, call or email Brenda Kempisty 413-247-5641

Pioneer Valley 
Habitat for Humanity Events

SWEET!  Steve's Sugar Shack!
It's your annual opportunity for a seasonal treat combined with the sweet feeling of helping others on Saturday February 25th from  7:00am - 1:00pm.  It's the Opening Day of Steve's Sugar Shack in Westhampton ! On behalf of the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ, Steve has once again offered to donate a portion of the day's profits to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.  When you place your order you will also have the opportunity to donate $1 beyond your breakfast price directly toward Habitat, and a donation jar will be available throughout the sugar season for those of you who wish to donate in a larger capacity. Thank you to Steve and Julie Holt and the WCCC for their years of support through this festive event!

On Sunday March 5th from 1p to 4 pm we will be holding our first SWIM-A-THON!  The event will be held at the JFK Middle School on Bridge St. in Florence.  Food and beverages will be provided for participants post-swim, and prizes awarded in the following categories:
  • Top Fundraisers - the three people who raise the most support through pledges
  • Top Lap Swimmer - greatest number of laps in 30 minutes
  • Youngest Participant
  • Oldest Participant    
Registration is $25 and due by March 2. For questions, email


United Arc
Free Training
Autonomy, Decision Making Supports, and Guardianship
Attorney Fred Misilo, of Fletcher Tilton will lead a training on guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and  other "coming of age" related issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

March 22, 6 - 8pm - Turners Falls, MA -  REGISTER

The United Arc provides support services and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Western Massachusetts.  The United Arc is a partner agency of The United Way of Franklin County.

The Puzzle of Parenting Series

Hola Amigos y Amigas
 This special event introduces the Spanish and Latin American culture, and it includes children's music, stories, games, an art activity, and a special snack. Many dates and locations are available.     REGISTER

Positive Solution Part One - Making Connections
In this session we will i dentify the importance of building positive relationships with children and  discuss the "power" of using positive comments and encouragement with children.  REGISTER
Dates and Locations
    March 6, 2017, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Belchertown Family Center
    April 25, 2017, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Easthampton High School

Positive Solution Part Two - Making it Happen!  
In this session we will understand how play can be a powerful parenting practice, learn ways to help children develop friendship skills, link building relationships, using positive comments, encouragement, and play to children's behavior.    REGISTER
Dates and Locations
     March 13,  5:30pm - 7:30pm , Belchertown Family Center
     May 2, 5:30pm - 7:30pm , Easthampton High School

Narcan Training

Join us to learn:
  • What is an opioid overdose?  How do you r ecognize and respond to an overdose?  How do you  administer Nasal Narcan to reverse an opioid overdose?
Dates and Locations:
  • Amherst: March 1, 9:00 am,  Unitarian Universalist Church,  121 North Pleasant Street
  • Huntington: February 15, 3:00pm, Hilltown Community Center, 9 Russell Road, Huntington
  • Easthampton: February 14, 3:00pm, Easthampton School Dept. 50 Payson Ave, Easthampton
  • South Hadley: February 9, 5:00pm, South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main St. #109, South Hadley
  • Event details for Northampton, Florence, Granby, Belchertown, and Ware to be released soon.
Sponsored by the NWDA Office, Hampshire HOPE, Tapestry Health and the Quaboag Hills Community Coalition

Residents from all communities are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to Cherry Sullivan at (413) 587-1219 
Amherst Survival Center
Empty Bowls
March 20

The Empty Bowls fundraiser is coming up on March 20th, at the Pub in Amherst.  Stay tuned for more information!
Story Telling as 
Mission Moments
A Nonprofit Hub Podcast

All of us have stories that stem from our work and most of us already know the importance of storytelling. In this Hubcast, Lori Jacobwith helps us look at storytelling in a new way. She goes over "mission moments," stories that explain our mission and the influence it creates.

During this episode, you'll learn:
  • How to be a better storyteller-even if you're not a writer
  • What to include (and not) in your own mission moments
  • How to create a culture of storytelling in your nonprofit
Creative Self-Care
 The Bridge

This group is designed to encourage the use of self-care and self-compassion in parents. Each week will begin with a short check-in, followed by an art project designed to promote healing.

Tuesday evenings  5:30 to 7:30 pm,  from  March 14th to April 25th
Pre-registration is required.

Amherst CDBG Meeting

The CDBG Advisory Committee will be meeting next on February 23rd at 7 PM in the South Meeting Room (#101), Bangs Center. This will be a public hearing to announce the final funding recommendations for the 2017 application, and to revise the Community Development Strategy and target areas as necessary to incorporate the recommended projects. 
More information can be found on the committee's webpage

Do You Need a New Website?

Could your nonprofit organization benefit from a new website? This June 7th-9th,   48in48   will be partnering with local web designers and agencies to build 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in the area for FREE. For your nonprofit to be considered, apply by March 31, 2017. Apply here 

Free Webinars

Background Checks - by MNN
 February 22nd, 10-11 am

Join Colleen Doherty of Eastern Benefits Group and attorney Catherine Ruben of Hirsch Roberts Weinsteinfor an interactive webinar where you will learn about the practical and legal issues surrounding the vetting of potential employees, the legal requirements of the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act), and the Massachusetts CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) system. The webinar will also cover employer liability issues with respect to negligent hiring practices and related issues. REGISTER

Marijuana in the Workplace - by MNN   Mar. 1st, 10 - 11 am

Join Colleen Doherty of  Eastern Benefits Group  and attorney David Wilson of  Hirsch Roberts Weinstein  to learn about the current legal landscape for marijuana usage, recreational and medical marijuana's impact on drug-free workplace policies, disability accommodations for addiction, whether and how to accommodate medical marijuana users, and practical measures for dealing with impairment in the workplace.  REGISTER

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