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31st Annual 
September 18

We are happy to announce the date for our 2018 COSA Breakfast.  The breakfast is always a wonderful opportunity to network with the colleagues in the human services sector, enjoy a relaxing start to your day, and honor the hard work being done by so many.

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.

We hope to see you there.  

It's Diaper Drive Time!

August is here and so is the annual United Way Hampshire County  Diaper Drive (August 1-29, 2018)! 

1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need. Diapers are a basic need for all babies and their families, yet some care givers are not able to provide enough diapers to get through the day.

Infants and Toddlers need about 8 to 12 diapers per day. Diapers can cost over $100 per month, per child. Because of this, many families decide between changing a diaper or paying a utility bill or buying food each month. Food Stamps and WIC cannot be used to buy diapers even though diapers are a basic need for infants and toddlers.

Stop by one of our Diaper Drop Off locations and drop off a box of disposable diapers or some wipes.  The sizes that are most needed are 4,5, and 6. Pull-Up training pants are helpful too! Our goal this year is 25,000 diapers and 25,000 wipes! Please help us wipe out diaper need by making a donation today!

Where do the diapers and wipes go?
All of the diapers and wipes collected will go to some of our amazing partner agencies who have their own diaper banks for families in need:
-Amherst Survival Center
-Easthampton Community Center
-Northampton Survival Center in Northampton & Goshen
-It Takes a Village
-Jubilee Cupboard at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ware

Human Services Forum Job Fair

HSF is hosting their first human services career fair! This event is tailored to nonprofit human services organizations and job seekers who are looking to make a difference in their communities. 

What if you came into work every day knowing you were making a difference? Join us on August 22nd to start your career in the human services field! Please bring copies of your resume to share with employers. Coffee and snacks will be available.  More information is available on our website.

Job Fair is
 free to all job seekers!


Amherst Education Foundation Presents:  An Education Forum with State Rep. Candidates

AEF is holding an Education Forum with the candidates for State Representative of the 3rd Hampshire District on August 27th 
Don't miss this opportunity to hear the candidates discuss their views on education and education policy at a local and state-wide level before the primary election on September 4.

Moderated by Rebecca Woodland, Professor of Educational Leadership & Co-Director, Center for Education Policy, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, University of Massachusetts

August 27, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium

Register Now for an Early Bird Rate!

The 2018 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, is the ideal place for those working in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector to learn, network, inspire, and impact.

Our conference sells out every year, so save your spot today while space lasts. Take advantage of early-bird rates, in effect from now until August 31, and  save up to 40% on admission.


United Arc
2018 Gala & Auction
September 15th

Bid on exciting packages in our Priceless, Luxuries, Adventure, New England, Cities & Towns, and Sweet Life Collections! Get your raffle tickets for our Magic Mystery Box and Pandora's Box!

The Annual Gala & Auction is our major fundraising event with attendees including our most involved supporters: individuals, families, businesses and other regional community members. Bidding for auction packages begins at our Annual Business Meeting in May, continues on our website throughout the summer, and culminates with the Live and Silent Auctions at the Annual Gala & Auction on September 15. You can also view our online catalog of auction items that will be auctioned at the Gala!

HSF September Breakfast  2018 Veterans Affairs Mental Health Summit

This summit is for VA service providers and human service providers to collaborate and learn together about the needs of the veteran community in Western Massachusetts, including available resources and programming within the VA, and the issues currently affecting veterans.
Many veterans may not disclose their military status to providers, and this partnership strives to bridge the gap between VA and community providers to enhance veteran access to services in our region. This event marks the beginning of collaborative community efforts focused on outreach and care for our local veterans.

This program will begin with a keynote from a local expert in the VA Healthcare System, followed by a panel delving further into the current knowledge of veterans' mental health needs and VA programs available.

September 6, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Delaney House - 3 Country Club Road (Route 5) Holyoke


Western MA Health Equity Summit

The Summit will bring together practitioners, students, planners and community leaders from across sectors and our four counties. We'll work, learn, and take important steps toward creating greater health equity in Western MA.
Co-Emcees: Elizabeth O'Gilvie from the Springfield Food Policy Council & Gardening the Community and Phoebe Walker from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Unique networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Workshops and roundtables on policy, power, the toxicity of racism, and data & analysis challenges
  • Plenary Speakers include Pablo Ruiz from RaiseUp Massachusetts and Gwendolyn VanSant from the Berkshires' Multicultural BRIDGE 
Visit here  for more information.  If you have questions, please contact Risa Silverman in the UMass Amherst Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences: at (413)-545-2529, .

Power, Policy and Health
Friday, September 14, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
UMass Amherst Campus Center


September First-Time Homebuyer Class

Our next First Time Home Buyer Program is just around the corner. 
We hope you'll spread the word!

Here are some reasons to come to our 4-part series: 

1) Incredible Loans! 
Because we offer a certified class, our participants are eligible to apply for competitive First Time Home Buyer mortgages.

2) Access to Down Payment and Closing Cost $$$. 
Participants receive the most up-to-date information for our geographic area! (Grants come from a variety of sources and are frequently changing. Income and credit guidelines apply.) 

3) Education, education, education!
We know that informed consumers are most likely to make smart choices! Participants hear presentations from home buying professionals that include attorneys, loan officers, Realtors, home inspectors, insurance agents, credit experts and more.  Sponsored by Valley Community Development and PeoplesBank

Wednesdays,   Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM         
PeoplesBank -  300 King St, Northampton, MA  

Register Online   or c ontact  Fern Selesnick

Amherst Community Connections
What Is Your Community?  

What does community mean to you?  ACC wants to know.  Facilitated by  Pamela Matsuda-Dunn

Aug 22 - 10-11:30 AM
236 North Pleasant St - Amherst
Free Lunch!

How To Motivate and Inspire Donors - eGuide

Do you know why your donors support your organization? Understanding why donors give affects every interaction and piece of communication you have with them. Knowing what motivates and inspires donors will create future engagement, deeper relationships, and turn first-time donors into lifelong supporters and advocates. Download our How to Motivate and Inspire Donors eGuide   to discover seven reasons why donors give-and one big reason why they don't. Plus, tips to inspire donors and how donor management can improve fundraising.


Latinx Food Access Program at the
Amherst Survival Center

Amherst Survival Center now has a Latinx Food Access Program!  The program, funded by the town of Amherst, will ensure that Spanish speakers in our community will know about the ASC's Food Pantry.  The program will be headed up by Rolando Garro, the outreach specialist.  Rolando will find out if there are barriers to access that we at the Center can address.  He is in the process of reaching out to many of our community partners.  If he hasn't called you and you have some information that may be helpful, please email him at  
Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Berkshire Children & Families
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Center for New Americans
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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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United Arc
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Mark Your Calendars! 

Aug. 22 - HSF Job Fair
Aug. 24 - The Bridge Back to School Celebration
Aug. 27 - AEF Candidates Education Forum
Sep. 18  - COSA Annual Awards Breakfast
Oct. 25 - Road To Resilience 
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
Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition
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
Healthy Hampshire
Human Service Forum
Klausner-Wise, Jan
Literacy Project, Inc.
Loughran, Elizabeth
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc.
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
Suprenant, Linda
Tobacco Free Community Partnership
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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