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The Town of Amherst is eligible to receive a maximum of $825,000 in CDBG block grant funds for housing, community development projects, and social service activities benefiting low-and moderate-income citizens. Amherst’s CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7 PM. DETAILS HERE.

Money Matters - Credit Workshop

Interested in learning more about credit reports and scores, how to build good credit or fix bad credit? Community Action's Money Matters program is running a free workshop on August 25 and RSVPs are open now.


Last week's favorite click? Forbes Library Job Postings. Check 'em out.

Extreme Email Makeover - Sep 15

From Human Service Forum: No matter what your job is, you are probably writing a lot of work emails. But writing email can be confusing. In Extreme Email Makeover, you’ll learn how to write good emails fast ... and more.


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Mass Service Alliance has issued a RFP for their Youth Development Volunteer Initiative 2021-2022. Intent to Apply due August 25. You can find all the DETAILS here.


The Baker-Polito Administration releases the Future of Work Report

It evaluates the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed work habits in MA. The Administration also outlined steps that it is taking to address the key findings of the report, with investments and initiatives to boost housing and downtown economies, connect workers with skills for high-demand fields, support changing transportation needs, promote flexibility in child care. DETAILS


2020 Census releases data for states to begin redistricting process.

Redistricting affects your future. Census results show an increase in the population of U.S. metro areas compared to a decade ago. In addition, these once-a-decade results showed the nation’s diversity in how people identify their race and ethnicity. DETAILS

2020 Census data visualizations are available in multiple languages HERE.

MassHire Statewide Virtual Job Fair THIS WEEK! Click for flyer.
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Reuters: White House confirms it will boost SNAP food programs by record amount

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MassLive: Top 15 Community Colleges in Massachusetts shows Greenfield Community College high in rankings

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Spotlight on Poverty: Elder Index tracks senior costs to meet basic needs.

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COSA invites its members to nominate a direct service worker or a volunteer for our annual awards. The awards are presented to honor someone who works or volunteers in Hampshire County for an area human services provider and/or a local community program. 

What is a Direct Service Worker?

Direct service is about hands-on involvement. A direct service worker interacts personally with clients at a local agency. A direct service provider's mission is to assist clients with their unmet needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, mental/behavioral health, family services, or medical care. During the pandemic, some of these direct services may have been provided remotely due to health restrictions. 

If you know someone who has demonstrated exemplary achievement and commitment to helping our neighbors in need, please complete a nomination form. Our selection committee will follow up with a phone call to learn additional details.


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Safe Passage Development Coordinator, Shelter Advocate, First Contact Specialist

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Multiple positions posted

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Community Legal Aid

Multiple positions posted

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Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Family Service Advocate

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Aug 25: Money Matters Credit Workshop

Aug 26: Town of Amherst CDBG Public Hearing

Sep 01: Human Service Forum Beyond Zoom Basics

Sep 09: Brazelton Touchpoints Supporting Young Children in Return to Early Learning

Sep 15: Human Service Forum Extreme Email Makeover

Sep 25: Valley Community Development HomeSafe Post Purchase Webinar

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Amherst Survival Center

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State Senator Jo Comerford

Community Action Pioneer Valley

Community Legal Aid

Cooley Dickinson Health Care

DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services

State Representative Mindy Domb

Forbes Library

Human Service Forum

The Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College

Jan Klausner-Wise

Jo Landers Business Services

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

New England Learning Center for Women In Transition

Northampton Recovery Center

Northwestern District Attorney's Office


Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

Jeff Roth-Howe

Safe Passage

The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership

UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning

The United Arc

United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

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