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Adult Living Options: What are the possibilities?

Adapted from a United Arc press release:

Are you wondering about future living situations for your son or daughter with disabilities?  The United Arc will host a panel discussion to examine this important question on Monday, February 24th, at 6 PM, at its Family Center (294 Avenue A in Turners Falls).

Area Homeless Children Need Your Help

Adapted from a Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) press releases:

Become more involved in your community!  On January 25th, Horizons for Homeless Children will offer training for volunteers interested in helping children in Greenfield's homeless shelters.

Legislative Advocacy & Futures Planning Workshops at the Arc

Adapted from a United Arc press release:

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, The United Arc will host two separate workshops that will be of interest to advocates for, family members of, and individuals with disabilities.  Both workshops will be offered at The United Arc's new office (294 Avenue A) in Turners Falls and are free and open to the public.

RSVP Now for Events Next Week

Adapted from Common Capital and Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) press releases:

The first part of next week presents two opportunities for people to become more involved in their community.  On Monday night, Common Capital, a community loan fund serving western Massachusetts, will hold their twenty-fourth annual celebration, "Investing in What Works".  Then, Horizons for Homeless Children will offer training, on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, for volunteers interested in helping children in Greenfield's homeless shelters.

United Arc Offers Workshop on Special Needs Trusts

Adapted from a United Arc press release:

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, The United Arc will be presenting a workshop on special needs trusts, called Protecting the Financial Future of Your Loved One, for people that care for a family member with disabilities.

Next HHC Volunteer Training 9/17 & 9/18/13

Adapted from a Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) press release:

Horizons for Homeless Children (www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org) creates and installs Playspaces (kid-friendly spaces) inside of over 20 family homeless shelters in Western, MA, including Greenfield. We then recruit, train and place volunteers from the community in these Playspaces to provide healthy and fun play for the children living in the shelters.

Pre-Register Now for NAMI "Family to Family"

Adapted from a NAMI-WM press release:

NAMI-WM, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will offer its free, 12 week, "Family to Family" Education Course, for families, partners, or friends of individuals living with mental illness, beginning September 7th at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

UMass Offers Free Consulting to Local Nonprofits

From The Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

Nonprofit organizations of the Pioneer Valley are invited to submit proposals and, if selected, teams of students will complete consulting projects as part of a graduate level Nonprofit Program Management course in the Center for Public Policy and Administration. Interested nonprofit organizations are asked to submit proposals outlining clearly defined projects for student teams to undertake.

School's Out, Food's In

Adapted from a Project Bread press release:

Project Bread is awarding more than $160,000 to 425 summer meal locations in 37 communities, including Greenfield, to boost, strengthen, and expand the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally supported child nutrition program, which was specifically designed to bridge the summer gap in school meals.

Academy Award Winner Invests in Local Hunger Project

This just in from a Stone Soup Cafe press release:

Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges announced today that he is pledging a matching grant up to $10,000 per year for three years to the Stone Soup Café in Greenfield.  To build awareness and support for hunger relief in Franklin County, the Stone Soup Café will host a screening of the new documentary starring Bridges called A Place at the Table, on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30pm at the Greenfield Garden Cinema.  Bridges connected to the Pioneer Valley program through Zen Master Bernie Glassman, a resident of Montague, whose Zen Peacemakers started the Café in 2010.  The screening will be followed by a panel on the Café’s past and future with Bernie Glassman, Chef Isadora Sarto, and Executive Director Ari Pliskin.

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