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15th Annual 
Light Up The Night 
to Benefit 
Family Outreach of Amherst

Light Up the Night is our annual dinner event and auction. This year's event will take us deep into the transformative magic of a Midsummer's Night. Lose yourself to an enchanted night of friends, delicious summer-inspired food, and dancing. Over 200 guests will feast and frolic in a captivating garden. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, donated by generous local businesses and individuals, will once again be the centerpiece of the evening. For more information,   click here .

June 15th, 5:30pm in a beautiful garden setting in Amherst    Tickets: **$100, $150, $250

Big Brothers
Big Sisters
Crafts on the Common

Join CHD's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County for the 38th Annual Amherst Crafts on the Common, one of New England's oldest and finest craft fairs. This craft fair is one of the best-established and most well-respected craft fairs in New England.

Come to shop, eat great food, listen to local music and more!

Admission is FREE and the event will be held rain or shine on the Amherst Town Common,  Saturday, June 23rd from 9am - 4pm

The 2nd Annual 
Western Massachusetts
Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers

Come learn, share and exchange information and resources among providers working to prevent and end homelessness across all four counties of Western Massachusetts .
In addition to tables staffed by provider agencies, brief workshops will be offered by experts with information and referral resources related to:
  • Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE programs for families
  • chronically homeless individuals
  • veterans
  • unaccompanied homeless youth
  • domestic violence victims
  • career services
  • opioid crisis and homelessness
  • overcoming tenant screening barriers
Please go to this Registration Form   to register to attend and/or to request agency space at a fair table.   We look forward to seeing you there!  
Thursday, June 14, 
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(9 am for checking in and refreshments)
Kittredge Center, Rooms 301-302
Holyoke Community College


John P. Musante Health Center Opening
Starting July 11th, we will be offering primary and preventive medical and dental care to all, regardless of insurance status.  Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment can call  413-835-4980 .

Please note : If you know individuals who have MassHealth and are interested in coming to the JPMHC for medical care, please tell them to contact us as soon as possible.  Under new MassHealth rules, patients who are not already receiving care at the Hilltown, Franklin County, or Holyoke Community Health Centers have until July 1st to change their PCP to one of these sites without having to file additional paperwork that asks for an exception to the prohibition on changing PCPs outside of the enrollment period.  We know this is a tight timeline, and we will obviously help any patients after that date to negotiate the process if they want to come to us, but the sooner they call, the easier for everyone.  And we can also get them in for an appointment sooner!  This restriction does not apply to dental services, only medical PCPs.


Solar Survey 
for Nonprofits

Hampshire Council of Governments  has put together a solar survey for nonprofits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information from nonprofits, which will assist in crafting a program to make it easier and less expensive for local nonprofits to use solar to power their buildings.  The survey takes only 3 minutes.  We would love your input!  Access Survey Here

Franklin-Hampshire Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable Panel Discussion
    Trauma Informed Care and Beyond ~ Toward a Shared Language and  Understanding

The ECMH Roundtable is very excited to be hosting a panel discussion of trainers and local trauma practitioners who will discuss from their lens where we are, what's happening with TIC and what the next steps are both in building capacity and in improving access to services. So far, we have confirmed...

Tina Champagne ~ Northampton Center for Children and Families at Cutchins Programs
Ellen Cullen ~ Institute for Health and Recovery
David Stanley ~ Institute for Health and Recovery 
Krystal Cleaver ~ Clinical and Support Options
Dr. Stephanie Daly~ Bay State Family Advocacy Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School,  Baystate Behavioral Health - Child Partial Hospital Program
Nikki Gamache   ~ Child Trauma Institute-Northampton

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
 CSO Conference Room -1 Arch Street, Greenfield
12 - 2:00pm


Amherst Education Foundation

What better way to thank teachers than with a gift in their name to the  Amherst Education Foundation ?

AEF works directly with teachers to fund projects with district-wide impact. In fact, AEF has granted more than $400,000 to fund teacher-initiated programs in our public schools over the last 24 years.

AEF provides an easy way for you to make a meaningful donation to your child's teacher(s) by going to our website  and clicking on  "Stars in Our Schools" . You can donate to more than one teacher in one easy transaction! 

Healthy Incentives 
Program is Here

HIP (the Healthy Incentives Program)  that gives access to local produce directly from farms to SNAP recipients has been funded!  If you know anyone that accesses SNAP (Food Stamps), please let them know they can get FREE produce at Simple Gifts Farm Stand and some Farmer's Market Vendors.  The amount is determined by family size.  

Piano Concert to Benefit Center for New Americans

Literally "joining hands", four pianists; Estela Olevsky, Eugenie Malek, Meg Kelsey Wright, Deborah Gilwood, present a special concert of four-and eight-hands piano music from a wide range of styles and composers. Several of the composers whose music they will play, including Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, and Piazzolla, were immigrants to the U.S.

All proceeds will support free English classes and other services for immigrants and refugees offered by The International Language Institute and Center for New Americans.

Sweeney Auditorium, Smith College, 
Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:  Can be purchased here General tickets: $25, Student/Senior Tickets: $15. Tickets are also available in advance through the State Street Fruit Store (Northampton), Cooper's Corner (Florence), and A.J. Hastings (Amherst). 


Amherst Survival Center
Summer Picnic

Pool passes available! Delicious lunch! All are welcome.


Cancer Connection Events

Monte's Campout
Monte is preparing for his 12th Campout beginning  Wednesday, July 18th-July 19th or until he reaches his goal for Cancer Connection! We would love to have your help.   We  would love to have some help down at the courthouse from volunteers who could join us to help keep an eye on the donation jar, thank donors that stop by to make a contribution, explain to passers by what's going on and talk to people about what we do here at Cancer Connection, etc. If you have any time that you could help outside, please let me know.
Premier of "Number 2"
A Film by Ali Kasemkhani, about the rippling effects of heroin on the family members and friends of people struggling with addiction. Sunday, June 10th at Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street.  Doors open at 4 pm, Showing at 5 pmTickets are $20 to benefit Cancer Connection   To order tickets: Call Joannie at Frameception Pictures (413) 230-0035. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and number of tickets desired. 

Pioneer Valley 
Habitat for Humanity Upcoming Events

Raise the Roof fundraising concert
Come listen to three of the Pioneer Valley's most beloved vocal groups and contribute to the efforts of a local interfaith coalition in their quest to raise $30,000 toward the construction of a modular home in Northampton!
Contributions of all sizes welcome.
  • Rock Voices, America's Community Rock Chorus
  • On That Note
  • The Amherst Area Gospel Choir
Friday, June 8th - 7 pm
First Churches of Northampton,   1

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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Family Outreach of Amherst
 Development/Office Assistant
Musante Health Center
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Service Net
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The Literacy Project
Three Adult Basic Education Instructors Needed

United Arc
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Mark Your Calendars!


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 Educational Services
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 Recovery Center
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.
UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Valley Community Development Corp. 
Wayfinders, Inc. 
Western MA Network to End Homelessness

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