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Light Up The Night

Family Outreach of Amherst's  Light Up the Night and Warm Up the Night events are more than just great parties; they provide essential funding to make sure there is someone there to answer the phone the next time a family is in crisis. 

This year's Light Up the Night! event will take us back to the hot sultry days of Havana with the food, music and tropical vibes to match! Our over 200 guests will feast and dance under palm trees and hundreds of lanterns in a beautiful private garden setting. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, donated by generous local businesses and individuals, will once again be the centerpiece of the evening.

Summer Interns Available

In the past several months the Community Action Youth Programs, Workforce Development Team has been busy contacting area businesses and agencies to develop and maintain partnerships that will benefit local youths soon to be entering the local work force. Our mission is to assist young people to gain a better understanding of the world of work, careers, and the types of educational credentials they'll be needing to pursue their dreams. 

Community Action Youth Programs will soon be placing youths in summer internship positions in the areas of Northampton, Turner's Falls, Orange and Ware.  If you, or other businesses or agencies, are interested in hosting a youth this summer, simply complete and return the linked Work Site Application.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Crafts on the Common - June 25

The Amherst Crafts on the Common Fair raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. The Fair is one of the best-established and most well-respected craft fairs in New England. This fair takes place on the Amherst Town Common on the last Saturday of June every year.  

Featuring over 100 exhibitors representing a wide variety of fine quality handmade crafts, shoppers will delight in beautiful handcrafted and one-of-a-kind products from all over New England. The fair also includes live music, a silent auction, Nancy Jane's Catering and a fabulous children's book sale with thousands of gently-used, pre-loved children's books at bargain prices
Orlando- What Can We Do To Help?

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the  OneOrlando Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of the community. The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation.

Our Fund Foundation is a community foundation that supports South Florida's LGBTQ agencies.   100% of the funds raised twill be donated to the nonprofits in Orlando supporting survivors and victims' families and friends.  and their efforts to restore peace, joy and wellness to Orlando's LGBTQ community. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the   Florida Disaster Fund which will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. 
Equality Florida has set up a  GoFundMe page to support the victims and families affected by the shooting. The state's LGBT civil rights organization is working with a team of attorneys and national experts to ensure the funds are distributed correctly.

Support Organizations to End Gun Violence

Brady CampaignThe organization takes  a three-pronged approach  to fighting gun violence. They seek to change laws, change the gun industry, and change culture.

Every town For Gun SafetyMade up of a coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and survivors of gun violence.  They lobby for gun control legislation on state and federal levels and also provides support services to survivors of gun violence.

Americans For Responsible Solutions - Started by Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, they seek to end the gun lobby's deep political influence and Congress' inaction on gun violence.

Coalition to Stop Gun ViolenceAs an umbrella organization of 47 national organizers, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, is one of the most comprehensive non-profit gun control advocacy organizations with the inclusion of religious organizations, child welfare advocacy groups, public health professionals, and social justice groups. They seek to curb gun violence through research, strategic engagement, and policy reform that challenges existing gun laws. The coalition directly challenges elected officials who support the National Rifle Association.

The Violence Policy Center - Using "research, education, advocacy, and collaboration" to take on gun violence and the gun and firearms industries. 

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence - Works in collaboration with other advocacy groups, such as Americans for Responsible Solutions, providing legal expertise, research, and analysis to push for more effective legislation to be enacted.


Here's some good news this week, in case you need a little cheering up: The Obama administration hosted the first-ever 
United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. With Michelle Obama and Oprah headlining the event, this convergence included many old and new fighters for gender equality including Darren Walker, Gloria Steinem, Matt McGorry and Amy Poehler.

President Obama and Vice President Biden also participated, with the president drawing wild cheers from the crowd as he announced in classic Obama style: "I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like."

Wrapping up today, the summit was convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls, and hosted in partnership with the Department of State, the Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute, and Civic Nation. Other sponsors include a long roster of businesses and foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Pepsico Foundation, the Tory Burch Foundation, and the AOL Charitable Foundation.   READ ON


Direct Service Awards 

Our Annual COSA Awards Breakfast is coming up on September 16th.  It is time to start thinking about the fabulous direct service employees and volunteers you have that deserve recognition!

Our goal is to make it very easy for you to nominate someone and reduce the barriers to participation. We have simplified the nomination form, so the initial time commitment to make a nomination is minimal.  We will follow up with a brief phone interview with you to gather additional information on each nominee. 

Don't procrastinate!  Identify your internal heroes and send us a nomination form for them!  It only takes a minute.



July 2016
First Time Home Buyer Workshop

Our next First Time Home Buyer Program is just around the corner. We hope you'll spread the word!

Here are some reasons to come to our 4-part series: 

1) Incredible Loans! Because we offer a certified class, our participants are eligible to apply for competitive First Time Home Buyer mortgages.

2) Access to Down Payment and Closing Cost $$$. These grants come from a variety of sources and are frequently changing. Participants receive the most up-to-date information for our geographic area. (Income guidelines apply, not all participants qualify.) 

3) Education, education, education!
We know that informed consumers are most likely to make smart choices! Participants hear presentations from home buying professionals that include attorneys, loan officers, Realtors, home inspectors, insurance agents, credit experts and more.

Sponsored by  Valley CDC  and  Freedom Credit Union
Mondays, July 7, 18,25 and Aug 1 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Easthampton Municipal Building -  50 Payson Ave., Easthampton

Creating and Supporting Harmonious Relationships at Work - June 29 

We have all encountered challenging relationships -- with co-workers, clients, business associates, etc. -- with whom we need to work. 

Join presenter Christine Singer for this workshop to develop personal workplace strategies that minimize stress, promote productive workplace outcomes, and enhance workplace satisfaction -- and make those difficult relationships much easier to navigate .  
Welcome to Our New Member:


Casa Latina is an educational and cultural center located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Casa Latina was established more than 40 years ago by area Latinos to represent, celebrate, and advocate for the Latino community. Today, Casa Latina promotes Latino empowerment and cultural pride through its popular education programming, its community activities, and its access services, which include a medical interpreting service and an information & referral program.

Through Casa Latina's access services, local Latinos in need of social and health services, interpretation, translation, and advocacy learn to navigate an often-complicated - and primarily English-speaking - system of service provision.

Casa Latina's presence and programming in the community are intended to facilitate processes of change: Change in the lives of marginalized Latinos, change in the overall well-being of our community, and, eventually, change in the societal structures that keep many local Latinos poor and disenfranchised. 

Casa Latina is the only Latino-led and Latino-focused organization in Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Check out their website here

Welcome to Our  New Member:

The Treehouse Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to restore and strengthen the health and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care. Our Community model aims to move children out of the public foster care system and into permanent, loving families.  Our movement is helping people across the country have the courage to face the fact that we need to Re-Envision Foster Care in America.

Treehouse is a multi-generational community where seniors are vital to the support system that enables parents to succeed and the children to thrive.

Our pioneering social project called the Treehouse community is a 60-home village built from scratch nearly a decade ago in a broad former meadow near Mount Tom.  The Treehouse Community was founded to support families that take in foster children in the hopes of stopping the bounce through the system. Now approaching its tenth year, the numbers reflect a success story and defy statistics on foster children.

It's an uncommon place, where once-traumatized children are raised in a quiet neighborhood where the special needs of foster and adoptive families are supported and understood.  It's also a place where dozens of elderly residents have moved specifically to help these families in simple but critical ways - by walking children to school, by baby-sitting to give stressed parents a break - and to savor the simple pleasures of joining a community where their help and life experience are appreciated.

  Check out their website here

Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we've gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations who have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.
Join us to discover:
  • 3 keys to becoming a thought leader.
  • Who should blog? It's not who you'd expect.
  • 7 components of the best nonprofit blogs.            REGISTER

The Resilient NPO: 12 Questions for Sustained Change

This session provides nonprofit managers with an approach for responding to this environment of never-ending change by creating a more resilient and resolute organization .          REGISTER 

How to Use YouTube for Nonprofit Donations
June 21, 12:30 pm by GoToWebinar
  • What type of video content should my nonprofit create?
  • What is the Google for Nonprofits program and how do I apply?
  • How can my nonprofit be added in the YouTube donation cards list?
  • How can a YouTube influencer help with donations? 
  • What are the steps to optimizing a YouTube video? 
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Amherst Survival Center

Cancer Connection

Clinical Support Options
There are many positions available. 
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Community Action
There are many more positions available!
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Treehouse Foundation

Mark Your Calendars!

June 21 - HSF June Breakfast
Barry, Sean
Landers, Jo
Loughran, Betsy
Person, Katherine
Roth-Howe, Jeff

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