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2nd Annual
COSA Provider's Fair!
May 24th,  9:00 - 10:30 am

 Non-member agencies may reserve a table for $25, which can be applied towards a membership. Pass the word!   

Member agencies are invited, and encouraged, to participate.  We will provide a great atmosphere, table for your agency, and refreshments.  Bring resources and other staff members along for an enlightening morning with your peers. The Providers Fair will be held in lieu of our monthly meeting, from 9:00 to 10:30 am.   There will be ample time to circulate and network with other agencies! The Provider Fair will take place at "The Deuce" events room at the World War II Club in Northampton.

UMass Interns Available!

The UMass Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) is significantly enlarging its Internship Program. 

Undergraduate Interns are available to work 9 hours a week in your Agency in exchange for course credit from the University and an educational opportunity with you. The educational opportunity should involve some direct client contact (which could be shadowing) and some regular mentoring and supervision. Click here to see the Student Intern Contract

For more information, email Prof. Marian L. MacDonald, PBS Internship Program Coordinator,

Valley Gives 2016
May 3, 2016 

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is pleased to continue hosting Valley Gives in 2016. Valley Gives Day will be May 3, 2016. Registration   is open now for participating organizations.

There are three goals for Valley Gives Day:
1. Raise money for organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley that serve the needs and address the aspirations of our communities
2. Expand and enhance philanthropy and the spirit of giving throughout our community
3. Provide support and tools to organizations in the region to effectively increase their capacity to raise funds and share their stories.
Stay informed by visiting The Valley Gives website

Trivia Night 
Fundraising Event!!
April 1st  6:30 to 8 pm

To Benefit PeaceJam, a youth led social justice and community service program. 

The PeaceJam Foundation is the global leader in developing young leaders and engaging adults and youth in the local and global communities. Here at The Bridge Family Resource Center youth have explored issues related to peace, violence, and social justice along with studying the work of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates. The youth and teens in the group have become inspired by world peace leaders, and are in the process of developing a service learning project, but need your help raising the funds to support it !  $5.00 donation per person.
Come with a team or on your own... it's going to be a great time!
 101 University Drive, Suite A3
Amherst, MA 01002
Snacks and raffle prizes!
COSA Meeting 
Using Volunteers

At our March meeting, Patricia Sicard, Volunteer Coordinator at RSVP, and Renee Moss, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, shared their experiences recruiting, training and retaining volunteers to be integral members of your team.  

If you missed the meeting, check out the notes here. 


United Arc Workshops

Creating Effective Parent-School Partnerships
A free workshop for parents and professionals to be held on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at  The United Arc
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls,  6-8 PM.
Guest Presenter Laurel Peltier, parent and educator,  will discuss how to create effective parent-school partnerships.  Learn what parents can do, educators can do and advocates can do.  Educating children requires a partnership.  

An IEP for my Child
A  free  workshop for parents and professionals to be held on Thursday, April 28th, from 6-8pm at  The United Arc/GAAAFSN
361 Main Street  Athol, MA
The Federation for Children with Special Needs is presenting this workshop to educate parents step by step to learn to develop an IEP and articulate a vision.
For more information or to register,   contact  Melissa Davis at 413-774-5558 x1042 , or email  or register on the web at

Friends, family members, professionals, and support persons 
are encouraged to attend!
May 2016
First Time 
Home BuyersWorkshop

This workshop is sponsored by the 
Valley Community Development Corporation   and  Greenfield Savings Bank.

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!
Wednesdays - May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th,
6:00-9:00 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank - 325 King St, Northampton

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts  recently received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to revamp its Harold F. Johnson Library on campus as a centralized hub of campus learning, content, tools, and academic support services. The grant came through Mellon's  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities program, which focuses on "enhancing the learning experience of both undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities, and fostering collaborations within and among institutions." 

It's worth digging into a grant like this to see exactly how a small liberal arts school fostered a relationship with a major foundation and landed a seven-figure boost.   Continue Reading


Poets for Life:
 Poets Respond to AIDS
A Benefit Reading for A Positive Place

On Saturday, April 9 at 3 pm, Patrick Donnelly, 2015 - 2017 poet laureate of Northampton, Mass., will host Poets for Life: Poets Respond to AIDS, a benefit reading in support of A Positive Place (formerly AIDS Care/Hampshire County), a non-profit organization providing a wide array of services for people with HIV in Hampshire and surrounding counties.

The event will be held at the Paradise Room, Conference Center, Smith College, 51 College Lane, Northampton. The Northampton Council for the Arts and the Poetry Center at Smith College are co-sponsors of the benefit.Tickets for the event are $20 and may be purchased online or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 x 1, or at the door. 

Poets for Life will feature readings by award-winning poets Eduardo C. Corral, Patrick Donnelly, Michael Klein, and Joan Larkin, who will not only read from their own poetry about the epidemic, but from the work of other notable poets, living and dead. Singer-songwriter Laura Wetzler will also perform. The noted artist Barry Moser, whose work is represented in The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum, and The British Museum, has created a poetry broadside, designed and engraved specifically for sale at this event, with all proceeds to benefit A Positive Place.
WMASS Mother's Day Half Marathon
to benefit Cancer Connection
Sunday, May 8

Click here to register

HSF April Breakfast & Keynote -  Creator of the "Ice Bucket Challenge," 
Nancy Frates!

Last summer, Ice Bucket Challenge videos filled social media and news sites. Everyone and anyone was dumping ice water over their heads on camera. Lots of money was raised, $160 million and counting.
Join HSF to learn what was behind the success. How does a cause suddenly go viral-so much so that Leonardo DiCaprio dumps ice water on his head and donates $100,000?

Wednesday April 27,  8:00 - 9:30 AM 
There are 3,487 Nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley!

MNN has gathered information on Nonprofits in Massachusetts by region.     See the infographic here to get a picture of what the nonprofit landscape looks like in Pioneer Valley. 

by Marc Pitman - Nonprofit Hub 

Everywhere you turn, it seems someone is creating a new nonprofit to combat some societal evil. In the USA, the number of registered 501(c)(3)s jumped from around one million in the mid-1990s to over 1.5 million in less than 12 years. That is the equivalent of 801 new 501(c)(3)s being created each week...for more than a decade! And "501(c)(3)" is only one classification of nonprofits. It doesn't even include the number of associations, chambers of commerce and political action groups. Nor does it include the penny collections and coin jars at convenience stores to help raise money for a neighbor's medical bills.

All of this benevolent entrepreneurialism should help grow our nonprofit sector, right? Unfortunately, no. As much as we like to say we're not competing with each other, we are competing for people's attention and donations; the same attention businesses and politicians are competing for.

This competition is making donors much more savvy. No longer are people satisfied with simply sending cash. People increasingly want to direct where gifts are going and see a measurable return on investment from their gift. Personally, I am excited for this new level of accountability. I think it will force us to get better both at doing our mission and increasing the impact we can have on our communities.    Continue Reading

Six Free Educational Webinars! 

5 days, 6 webinars, 
7 experts.
April 4th - 8th

Are you taking advantage of online marketing tactics like Social Media, Google Ads, and Email Marketing  to help you reach new members and get the word out?  

From  April 4th to April 8th , Wild Apricot will be hosting one full week of  FREE expert webinars on digital marketing strategies  to help nonprofits and charities promote their organizations, build awareness and get more members.
Today's top notch nonprofit experts to teach you how to: 
  • Set up an Online Marketing Funnel to make the best use of email marketing
  • Build effective Google and Facebook Ads
  • Use Social Media to grow your community
  • Engage Millennials
  • Build an Effective Membership Model
  • and more!        REGISTER


Being a grandparent can bring its own challenges (and joys), different from those of parenting. This is an opportunity for grandparents to connect with others, discuss their experiences and feel supported. A light lunch and childcare provided
April 1, 8 and 15, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am, Ware Family Center 

Join other parents in informal conversation to share experiences, support each other through the challenges we all face and talk (and laugh?) about the ups and downs of parenting.
April 28May 5 and 15, 20166:00pm - 7:30pm, Easthampton HS

Why Do They Do That?!
Raising children isn't easy, and sometimes it can be hard to know how to handle difficult behaviors. Often it can help when we try to understand why a child is behaving the way he is. In Why Do They DO That?! we'll look at what's at the root of children's challenging behaviors and discuss strategies for handling them.
May 3, 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Belchertown Family Center

Three years ago, the Haas, Jr. Fund joined with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to produce a study,  UnderDeveloped, documenting the chronic fundraising challenges facing today's nonprofits. One possible path to addressing these challenges, the report suggested, is for nonprofit leaders to foster and develop a "culture of philanthropy" in their organizations.

Even as we made this recommendation, we acknowledged that the term "culture of philanthropy" was not yet well understood across the sector. That's why we recently asked Cynthia Gibson to look into exactly what the field means when we talk about such a culture. In  Beyond Fundraising: What Does it Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?, Cynthia synthesizes her conversations with diverse experts, offers a framework for understanding what a culture of philanthropy might look like, and provides suggestions on how to know if you have one.

The notion of a culture of philanthropy has generated a significant amount of conversation - and some controversy - across the field. Cynthia's paper is a first attempt to try to capture what people are talking about and to identify the core elements of such a culture. The paper suggests that, without a deeper shift in how organizations hold the work of fund development, simply adopting new tools and techniques may not be enough.


April Healing Arts
 Workshops at CCRT

The Center for Community Resilience after Trauma (CCRT), a program of Clinical & Support Options, Inc., offers free Healing Arts programs open & free to people who have been exposed to violence, crime and trauma.  All CCRT services are confidential. Space is limited, registration is requested & programs do fill up quickly. Contact us to reserve your place in up to 2 programs: (413) 773-5090 or

Spring Cleaning: Unpacking Your Inner Packrat:
Springtime is traditionally the time to throw things out; bur for some people there is never a good time to throw anything out. Join CCRT's Suzy Polucci and Peer Specialist Jessica Star to explore the reasons why some people compulsively buy, save and hoard (major life events, trauma, loss, depression, etc.) and begin building 
an uncluttered life, using the book "Buried in Treasures" as a reference. All three sessions required. Held at CCRT, One Arch Place Main Entrance, 2nd floor in Greenfield.  Tuesdays, April 12th, 19th & 26th 5:00-8:00pm

National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience
Come to this interactive community gathering to help People of the Global Majority (people of color) begin to heal from the trauma of racism. Anika Nailah  will give a mini-performance of Liberation Poetry and facilitate the creation and  sharing of the audience's own liberatory words, art, movement, or songs. Held at  One Arch Place Main Entrance, 3 rd Floor in Greenfield.  Thursday, April 28th

United Way 
of Hampshire County 
Annual Celebration

Hadley Farms Meeting House, May 25th at 11:30 am!

Center for New Americans

Clinical Support Options
There are many positions available. 
Click here to see the job listings 

Community Action
There are many more positions available!
Click here to see all the job listings
Click here for the weekly job bulletin

Service Net

United Arc

Valley CDC

Mark Your Calendars!

Apr. 1 -   Trivia Night to Benefit PeaceJam
Apr. 28 - Parent Cafe
May 5 -   Parent Cafe
May 15 - Parent Cafe
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