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COSA Meeting
Stress Trauma and Resilience
April 24

Kristal Cleaver, LICSW will join us to discuss CSO's STaR (Stress, Trauma & Resilience) project and the work she and other are doing in the community to build awareness about the effects of stress and trauma on the bodies and brains of young people. She will also discuss how we can all play a role in helping to counter the effects of these adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and build resilience and hope for children and families. The talk will include several short clips from the documentary "Resilience."

Meetings take place at Berkshire Children & Families
220 Russell St (Rt. 9) Hadley
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Hope to see you there!

COSA 4th Annual
Provider's Fair
Register for a Table!

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. There is no charge to participate. 

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

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


Conversations about Systemic Oppression

The Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community and the Consortium's Home & Community Connections program have come together to create a 2018 Anti-Oppression Series. The purpose of this series is to bring our community together to explore issues of oppression and help spark the fires needed for change.

In this series opener, we will feature three panelists speaking from first-hand experience of a variety of types of systemic oppression. They will share of their lives and of the wisdom they've gained about how to move difficult conversations and change forward. Community Dialogue will follow their presentations.

Featuring Rev. Louis Mitchell, Caroline Mazel-Carlton, and Shain M. Neumeier.  REGISTER HERE

May 10, 2018, 4:30 to 7:00 pm
DeCice Hall at the Marian Center,
1365 Northampton St, Holyoke


Valley Gives
May 1st
Support Our Members!

We have made it easy for you to support our members!  Below is a list of COSA member organizations that have a Valley Gives fundraising page.  Click on the organization's name to take you directly to their Valley Gives page. 


COSA Meeting Re-Cap
Marijuana Laws

Margaret Hurley joined us and gave an excellent update on the many facets of the laws around the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth.

Click on the links below for the hand-out she shared merging the three legislative acts re commercial marijuana. The Municipal Guidance can be found on the Cannabis Control Commission website

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Design Engagement 

The exhibition, "Design Engagement," highlights the work of Joseph Krupczynski, an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, and the Director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a designer and public artist, Krupczynski's work links design, art and culture through participatory art/design platforms that promote imaginative community partnerships-especially in collaboration with underrepresented communities. 

Through April 20
UMass Design Building Gallery
Gallery Hours: M - F / 9 AM to 4 PM

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Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14

A free, fun and interactive 7-week program for parents/caregivers and their middle school students, 5th through 8th grade. Topics include peer pressure resistancebetter communicationreducing stressfamily valuesproblem solvinggoal setting and more. Starts April 24th.
Child care available
CLICK HERE to register.


HSF 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, 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Delaney House, Holyoke

Refer Families to 
Community Action!
Head Start & 
Early Learning Programs

Accepting Applications Now for Fall! - Community Action's Head Start & Early Learning Programs (Formerly The Parent-Child Development Center/PCDC) offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties.  

CAPV Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and offers full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Ware, Northampton, Easthampton, Westfield, & Agawam.  Family Child Care locations are located in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.  Call  413-387-1250 or visit the website to apply 

Kali Akuno Talk
UMass April 27th

Join us for a public talk with activist, scholar, and theorist Kali Akuno, the co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, a network of worker cooperatives in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a longtime organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. His new book is titled Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi.

April 27th, 6PM
Mahar Auditorium, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst 


7 Ways to Increase Member Engagement in a Distracted World
April 24,  2:00 - 3:00 PM
If you're looking for new ways to engage more members, we invite you to join our webinar on April 24th with national nonprofit consultant and engagement guru, Ben Bisbee. Ben will reveal the art and science behind the engagement strategies used by top organizations to drive membership growth. 
In the free webinar, Ben will show you:
  • Why many well-meaning attempts to engage members fail
  • The 7 engagement types every membership manager needs to know
  • Where to focus your engagement energy for the strongest intended results             REGISTER

Foundation Directory Online 
May 1, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Join our complimentary webinar and learn about our newest feature, Recipient Charts, and how they can accelerate your
prospect search.
Amherst Survival Center 

Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Berkshire Children & Families
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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

Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Youth Services and Special Projects Coordinator

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 1 -    Valley Gives Day!
May 8 -    HSF May 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.
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.
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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