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In lieu of our regular meeting, COSA will host the fourth annual Provider's Fair tomorrow from 9:00-10:30 AM.  Over 30 agencies will be there sharing information about their programs and resources.  We have a few extra tables, so if you did not get a chance to sign up send an email to and we can reserve a spot for your organization.


The Deuce WWII Club- Banquet Room
50 Conz Street - Northampton
Parking available.  

Dancing at the Diner:
An Oldies Night Out
for Cancer Connection

You don't have to be an OLDY to enjoy this event.  But you can be!   Dust off those old saddle shoes or Bass Weejuns  that live in your closet and wear them to  the Oldies Dance at the Bluebonnet.   We will honor the decades of the  50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's  with music and dance moves.

Take yourself to dinner at the diner first.   It's a local "Old School" family diner (since 1950).  Save room for dessert and coffee
(these are included in the dance ticket price).  Join us afterward in the back room at the Oldies Dance!  There will also be a cash bar and 50-50 raffle!

Dance instructors available  to help you with dance moves.
Prizes for best dancer and best outfit.  Bring bring along your dancing queens or disco divas  to make this a great night out!!

Thursday, June 21st
7-10 PM
Bluebonnet Diner

$20 advance, $25 door

COSA Meeting Recap 
Stress Trauma and Resilience 

Kristal Cleaver from Clinical and Support Options made a presentation at our April COSA meeting about "STAR" efforts at CSO.  Click here to read the summary. 

Amherst Survival Center Teen Employment Panel
June 7

The Amherst Survival Center is hosting our 4th annual panel of employers and employed teens! The target audience is teenagers looking for work (and getting stuck at some point in the application process).
Madga Ortiz from Big Y will be here to let teens know what she looks for (what to do and what NOT to do if you are looking for work)  and  Michelle Redenz is an ARHS student currently working at Trader Joe's.  (She's looking forward to letting people know what she did to get the job.)

Dinner is served from 5-6 and people are encouraged to come early to get a plate (they are also welcome to bring the food.)  

Thursday June 7, 5:30 - 6:30

COSA Annual Breakfast and Awards
September 18

Our keynote speaker this year is Paula Green.   Paula Green is the founder and former Executive Director of the Karuna Center for Peace Building, based in Amherst. She has worked for over 30 years on building dialogue and understanding between groups in Rwanda, Serbia/Croatia and in Myanmar. She will speak to us about a dialogue process that started in Leverett after the last election and reached out to a community in Kentucky that voted 80% for Donald Trump.

As always we will celebrate our selected volunteer and direct service award winners.  To nominate someone, fill out this form
and we will contact you for a few more details.  The process is simple, so NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!


Foster Family Information Reception

Learn more about being a foster family! Berkshire Children and Families' Healing Homes foster care program will host a reception for you to ask questions and get more information about making a difference in a child's life. This event is free and child care is available for attendees who RSVP in advance.

Tuesday, June 19 at 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Hotel on North
297 North St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201


Basic Mediation Training

Offered by The Mediation & Training Collaborative, a program of Community Action , in collaboration with HCC 

  • 40 hour training for anyone interested in learning simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements effectively, and gaining skills and confidence in handling, and helping others manage, challenging situations.   
  • Interactive training includes practice with basic mediation steps and skills, experienced coach and trainer feedback with role-plays, and lively discussion sessions. 
  • Court- and bar-approved mediation program. MA TAFL CLEs (or VT CLEs) generally available. 
  • Five full-day sessions (June 8, 9, 15, 16 and 23, 2018, 8:30 to 5:30 each day). Held in Holyoke, MA (details with registration).
  • $840 fee. Flexible payment arrangements and general scholarship support may be available, and we have special scholarship support for a few bilingual (Spanish/English) individuals interested in contributing to a pilot Training Development project. Please inquire for details
  • For more details, contact TMTC (413-475-1505,, or see our website
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    CES Series 
    Puzzle of Parenting

    Early Reading Skills    REGISTER
    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 and how these and other everyday interactions with your child provides preparation for reading.
    • June 4, 2018, 10:00am - 11:30am, Belchertown Family Center (Register by May 30)

    Nonprofit Awareness Day

    On Monday, June 4, hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, along with elected officials, will celebrate the work of the nonprofit sector and raise awareness of causes throughout the state at MNN's celebration of  Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence , presented by  Citizens Bank . The highlight of the celebration, the  Nonprofit Excellence Awards , will be presented to six nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth. Join us for this special event to celebrate and honor the impact of our sector! Don't forget to  sign on to our social media campaign, #MAkingadifference !


    Volunteer at the 
    Amherst Survival Center

    At the Amherst Survival Center, 250 volunteers every week help deliver basic needs services to thousands of our neighbors who visit the Center.

    Now thru September  is a busy time for us . If you think you can make a commitment (2-3 hours a week) in the summer (excluding vacation times) and you'd like to help connect our neighbors to food, clothing, healthcare, and community, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! 

    The first step to becoming a volunteer is attending a Volunteer Orientation.  Check out our upcoming Orientation dates here
    Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

    Berkshire Children & Families
    Click here to see all of our job listings

     Click here   to see all of our job listings

    Collaborative for Educational Services
    Click here to see all of our job listings

    Community Action Pioneer Valley
    Click here to see all of our job listings
    Click here for the weekly job bulletin

    Family Outreach of Amherst
     Development/Office Assistant

    Musante Health Center
    Click here to see all of our job listings

    Service Net
    Click Here to see all of our Job Listings

    United Arc
    Click Here to see all of our Job Listings
    Mark Your Calendars!


    May 24 - The Blood is at the Doorstep Film
    Sep.18 - COSA Annual Awards Breakfast
    A Positive Place
    Amherst Community Connections
    Amherst Education Foundation
    Amherst Housing Authority
    Amherst Survival Center
    Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
    Berkshire Children and Families
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    Cancer Connection
    CASA Latina
    Center for New Americans
    Central Hampshire Veterans Services
    Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
    Clinical and Support Options
    Collaborative for Education
    Community Action!
    Community Foundation of Western MA
    Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    Community Legal Aid
    Core Brilliance Academy
    Craig's Doors
    DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services
    Family Outreach of Amherst / CHD
    Fitzpatrick, Pamela
    Franklin Hampshire Career Center
    Friends of Children
    Greenfield Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Hampshire Community United Way, Inc.
    Hampshire HOPE
    Human Service Forum
    Klausner-Wise, Jan
    Literacy Project, Inc.
    Loughran, Elizabeth
    Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
    Northampton Survival Center
    Northwestern District Attorney's Office
    Pathlight, Inc.
    Peterson, Kristin
    Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
    Representative Solomon Goldstein Rose
    Representative Steve Kulik
    Roth-Howe, Jeffrey
    RSVP of the Pioneer Valley
    Safe Passage
    ServiceNet, Inc.
    Smith College
    Stavros Center for Independent Living
    Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute, Inc.
    United Arc, Inc.
    Valley Community Development Corp. 
    Wayfinders, Inc. 
    Western MA Network to End Homelessness

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