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Pioneer Valley Data

On Thursday, the Community Foundation of Western MA joined the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to celebrate the launch of the new   Pioneer Valley Data website. Now local governments, businesses and nonprofits can quickly get answers to question such as "What's the poverty rate in West Springfield?" 

The website is a project of the CFWM, MassMutual Foundation, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Beveridge Family Foundation, Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts and Franklin County Council of Governments.  Read more coverage here

Look4Help Resource Directory

This spring Community Action's    Look4Help, a Free Resource Directory and great new website, will officially "go live" to the public.

When that happens we expect both an increase in searches for resources and in applications for local services, and one or more of those resources and services might be yours.

Now is the time to make sure your information is up-to-date and you are satisfied with your listing in the Look4Help Directory. Please contact me, Len Cocco, at Community Action today to request a copy of your listing and the directions to review and update your records.

Len Cocco
Resource and Data Specialist, Look4Help
Community Action Pioneer Valley
393 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 376-1175


Community Forum to Assess Needs
of Older Adults

Cooley Dickinson Health Care is conducting a community health needs assessment. Our  2019 assessment will include a special focus on the needs of older adults and we want to  hear from you! Please join us for a discussion about the needs of older adults in our area. We hope to hear from a variety of older adults as well as programs that serve them. We are  offering two dates and locations. Please register for the location that's most convenient to  you. Light refreshments will be served.

* Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1:30 to 3 pm
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
This event is co-sponsored by the Northampton Senior Services and Northampton Neighbors
* Monday, March 4, 2 to 3:30 pm
Amherst Senior Center, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA.   This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst Senior Center/COA and Amherst Neighbors

To register, please contact 888-554-4234 (4CDH) or visit


Flexible Spending Informational Session

MassHealth will be hosting an informational meeting on the Flexible Services Program on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM in Boston, MA. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce organizations to the Flexible Services Program and provide details around allowable services, member eligibility, funding and payment, and various programmatic requirements, including data collection and reporting. Note: this meeting will be geared towards Social Service Organizations which may act as potential partners with ACOs.

Due to space limitations and the availability of a dial-in option, we ask that each organization send only one representative in person. Please send an RSVP email to the FS Program mailbox ( FlexibleServices@MassMail.State.MA.US) and provide the name of your organization and the name, title, and email address for your in-person representative, as well as those who will be dialing in. If you have any questions about this meeting or requests for an ASL interpreter, please direct them to  FlexibleServices@MassMail.State.MA.US.
Meeting Information:


Location: 1 Ashburton Pl, 21st Floor Rm 1, 2 & 3; Boston, MA

Conference Line: 1 646 876 9923  Meeting ID: 846 221 583

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Valley CDC
Digital Footprint

Join us and grow your business digitally. You will learn not only what is important on your digital footprint, but how to use it strategically to get more customers. This takes place each Friday from 9-11am.  It's all here for FREE, but you must   register in advance.

Dee Dice
Small Business Development Coordinator
413-586-5855 X230


Trans Youth and Parent Summit

BAGLY's Trans Youth Summit is a one-day event on Feb. 9th at Simmons College, created by and for transgender youth 24 and under to build community, combat oppression, and provide education and resources to those who need them.
The Trans Youth Summit provides a much-needed opportunity and space for transgender youth to build community, get connected to essential resources, and participate in workshops to explore identity and increase knowledge on important topics such as legal rights and transgender-inclusive health.

The Trans Youth Summit is a free event for people 24 years old and under who identify under the transgender/nonbinary/gender expansive umbrella. This year, we will be celebrating the Summit's 10th anniversary and convening over 250 people! In addition to the youth segment, the Summit offers separate tracks for parents/ guardians/ caregivers of transgender youth in order to provide support, information, resources, and networking. This summit is put on by BAGLY, MTCP and GBPFLAG.

Protecting Your House of Worship with Compassion and Common Sense

Dear local faith leaders ,

Please click here to read a letter from Northwestern District Attorney, David Sullivan, about an upcoming workshop on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM for faith communities about how to strengthen security within their institutions. This day-long session will also draw from western Mass police departments, so we expect there will be opportunities for networking and creating connections with local law enforcement. Please feel free to pass this notice along to anyone you think might be interested. Click here for the flyer
Laurie Loisel
Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street


Human Service Forum 
Trauma-Informed Care: A Two Part Training 

This series will teach participants to embed trauma-informed principles and practices in the very fabric of their organization and to support a wider trauma-informed community.

#1 - Leadership's Role in Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization and How You Know You're Getting There
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Becoming a trauma-informed organization requires commitment and buy-in at the highest level. This workshop will focus on the role of senior and executive leadership in trauma-informed change and how you can assess if your investment of resources are making a difference on measurable outcomes.  REGISTER

#2 - What Is Trauma-Informed Care....Really? Going Beyond the Buzzword
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
As awareness increases about the prevalence and profound impact of trauma, it's harder for organizations to ignore the critical importance of becoming a trauma-informed organization. This workshop will help human service professionals explore the relevance of trauma-informed care to their setting and clients. It will provide direct care staff, administrators, and supervisors, the tools needed to foster trauma-sensitive behavior and support a trauma-informed organization.

Registration: 8:30am; Program 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke

Free Webinar

Next Level Fundraising
February 6th, 2019   1:00 PM ET

Build the ultimate fundraising strategy for your nonprofit.   Our nationally recognized featured speaker and author, Mazarine Treyz, has  helped over 12,000 nonprofit executives raise millions of dollars  over the last 10+ years and we are bringing her in to share innovative research and proven fundraising strategies with you. 
We will cover different programs and how they are innovating in technology, earned income, partnerships and marketing, and we'll even go over how to start your own unique partnerships and earned income streams.

Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Berkshire Children & Families
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Collaborative for Educational Services
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Community Action Pioneer Valley
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United Arc
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Mark Your Calendars! 

Feb. 9  -  Trans Youth Summit
Feb. 11 - HSF Feb. Breakfast

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