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COSA Fourth Annual
Provider's Fair


The annual Provider's Fair is coming up on May 24th.  Members are invited to bring information about their organizations to share with one another.  You will be provided with a table and two chairs, and you bring the information and supplies to bring your work to life.  This is a fabulous morning of networking, and we encourage you to make sure your organization is represented.

Non-member agencies are also welcome to join us.  There is a $35 fee for a table which can be applied toward a membership if you choose to join COSA after the Fair.  

To reserve your place, please email Colleen at cosahc@gmail.com

The Provider's Fair will be held
May 24, 2018  9am-11am
World War II Club - The Deuce
50 Conz St.  Northampton


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Immigrant Voices
A Celebration of Arts
Center for New Americans

Join us for a showcase by our immigrant students and their friends, including the band, Gokh-Bi System, and members of the band, Viva Quetzal.

Purchase Tickets online or at the door.  $10 per ticket; additional donations gladly accepted.  Purchase now before it sells out!

Sunday , April 8
3:00 PM
Shea Theater - Turners Falls

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Volunteer Coordinator's Network



Volunteer Coordinators' Network meetings provide an opportunity for Volunteer Coordinators to come together, on a quarterly basis, to discuss  topics which will help them to design/improve their volunteer programs.  The meetings also provide an opportunity for the coordinators to share experiences from within their own agencies, and to network with other coordinators.  

Our next meeting "How to Recruit baby Boomers"
Thursday, April 12, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Rockridge Retirement Community 

ACT is a program of Dial/Self Youth and Community Services
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Franklin County Resource Network

Franklin County Resource Network is a diverse service-oriented group that strives to enhance the quality of life for the community and ourselves. FCRN is an active group, with generally 50 service providers and community members attending monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month from September to June (9-11 a.m. at the John Olver Transit Center meeting room, corner of Olive Street and Bank Row, Greenfield). All are welcome to attend the meetings which primarily focus on networking and sharing information. The monthly FCRN e-Newsletter is sent out to over 450 people on the Monday prior to the meeting. Between meetings and newsletters, FCRN members use the FCResourceNet email listserv to share information. FCRN has three active task forces: the Hunger Task Force, the Public Policy Task Force, and the Transition from Jail to Community Task Force.
 
If you'd like to receive the FCRN Newsletter and/or join the FCResourceNet listserv, please contact Mary McClintock at mmcclintock@communityaction.us  If your agency or program would like to share information about Franklin County-focused services or events in the FCRN Newsletter, please send them to Mary McClintock.

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Make Sure Your Organization is Listed in iCarol
Information and Referral System

Is Your Program's Information Listing Accurate? 
iCarol is the current name of the information and referral system that Community Action will be launching soon to the public and for some partners for the Building Bridges for Coordinated Care grant. We're working on verifying the information in the database and setting up a user-friendly interface for the public resource directory.  
What does the system say about your agency and program? To help us make sure your program's information is accurate, please fill out the form  here We'll send you an email message including the information we currently have and a way for you to update that information. To learn more about iCarol, please contact Mary McClintock at  mmcclintock@communityaction.us.  

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Help Youth/Young Adults Be Counted!
The 5th Annual 
MA Youth Count 
April 23rd-May 14th, 2018

Are you working with young people under 24 years old who may be couch-surfing or not sure where they'll stay on a regular basis? Please help us get an accurate count of these young people and demonstrate the need for housing and other resources by connecting them with the survey, which will be sent out soon. 

Gift cards are available for those who complete the survey, so please reach out if your organization is interested in providing these to the young people you are working with. Contact Lisa Goldsmith at DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services at lgoldsmith@dialself.org or 413-774-7054 x110 if you would like to support the Count in any way.

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Join us April 20, 2018, 7 PM, at Hotel Northampton in Northampton, for  Small Bites for Big Change, an unforgettable night of celebration and impact!
  • A tasting tour: a filling collection of elegant small bites
  • A complimentary champagne toast
  • A silent auction with items valued from $50 to $5,000
  • Bid right from your phone at home or at the event
  • A raffle of local artisanal goods
  • Our (in)famous Best In Shoe competition 
  • Live music from prodigious local young musicians
All this is included with  your purchase of a Red Shoe Ball ticket here. Early bird discount tickets are $95 until April 10, then at full price of $110. If you are purchasing with a group of 6 or more, call us at 413.586.0011 to learn about group rates. If you want to participate in the auction only, but not attend the Red Shoe Ball,  you can purchase an auction pass here.

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PV Habitat For Humanity
Feast for Habitat
SAVE THE DATE!


Join Pioneer Valley Habitat and our co-hosts Cowls Building Supply for the annual FEAST for Habitat, a fun after-work party to be held this year at Cowls in North Amherst from 5:30pm - 8:00pm on Wednesday May 16th.
 
For the $45 ticket price, partygoers will feast on delicious food, enjoy a beverage, meet new people, hear some jazz provided by local musicians, and find some hidden gems at the auction table. Including the second annual auction of  birdhouses "decked out' by local artists. Come join us to celebrate the good work being done by so many including our volunteers, building and housing community, and building supply donors.  BUY TICKETS
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UMass 5K Dine and Dash
Amherst Survival Center Benefit
 
UMass Dining is excited to host the Ninth Annual 5K Dash & Dine on Saturday, April 7th, 2018! This event is open to both students and the community with the goal to raise funds for the Amherst Survival Center. We hope you join us for lunch immediately after the run/walk!
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8th Annual Mother's Day Half Marathon! 
A Benefit for Cancer Connection


Run for a cause at the 8th Annual Mother's Day Half Marathon! 
100% of the proceeds will benefit  Cancer Connection, Inc., a local organization that provides resources for your neighbors that are fighting the battle.

The perks: Free race photos, free shirt, free bragging rights. 
Prizes for top finishers and a shiny new medal for all finishers.
Walkers are welcome! You can walk the full 13.1 miles or choose a 9 mile option.

Race Day is May 13th.  Walkers start at 7:30am, runners start at 8am. Plenty of time left in the day to celebrate the special day with loved ones!
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Human Service Forum
May Breakfast




Join H SF in welcoming
international political consultant, Anthony Cignoli. Based in Springfield, Anthony has his finger on the pulse of what makes Western MA unique. He will be updating us on the political trends to watch for and what might be on the horizon.

May 3, 2018   7:30am
The Log Cabin, Holyoke 

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FREE WEBINAR



Obtain & Utilize Donor Data Effectively to Increase Giving
April 4,  1:00 PM
Database-phobes do not fear. In this webinar we'll dig into the fundamentals of collecting donor information and how to use that information to better cultivate and steward your donors.

If you've been using spreadsheets, we'll show how to create those mysterious "pivot tables" and demonstrate how modern donor management systemsremove the need for this spreadsheet wrangling to understand your donors and personalize your communications more easily.

 

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Opportunities
   
Amherst Survival Center 

Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Berkshire Children & Families
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CHD
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Collaborative for Educational Services
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Community Action Pioneer Valley
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Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Youth Services and Special Projects Coordinator

Musante Health Center
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Service Net
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United Arc
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Mark Your Calendars!


HAPPENINGS IN 
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY




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COSA  MEMBERS
This list is being updated during our Membership Drive. 

A Positive Place
Amherst Community Connections
Amherst Education Foundation
Amherst Housing Authority
Amherst Survival Center
Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
Berkshire Children and Families
Cancer Connection
CASA Latina
Center for New Americans
Central Hampshire Veterans Services
CHD
Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
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.
Human Service Forum
Klausner-Wise, Jan
Literacy Project, Inc.
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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