Seven Western MA Community Coalitions To Know About

Seven Community Coalitions
Supporting and Serving Families in Western MA

Communities that Care Coalition brings together youth, parents, schools, community agencies, and local governments to promote the health and well-being of young people in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Programs include Healthy Youth Initiative (youth nutrition and physical activity), Bullying Prevention Workshop, education on parent social norms, mini grants to recognize youth for their contributions to the community, and more. For more information, visit communitiesthatcarecoalition.org.

North Quabbin Community Coalition is a community-wide alliance committed to improving the quality of life for all those living and working in the North Quabbin region. Their focus areas are liaison between the rural community and local legislators, task force groups to address local issues (substance abuse, economic development, etc.), and monthly forums to share information among community service providers. For more information, visit nqcc.org.

Northampton Prevention Council. This group’s mission is to prevent youth substance abuse in Northampton. They serve all youth who live in, go to school in, or work in Northampton, with programs such as parent education, compliance checks of liquor retailers, training for those who serve or sell alcohol, and more. For more information, visit northamptonprevents.org.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. The mission of the Coalition is to improve the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. Programs include substance-free performing arts events for youth, teen writing workshops, youth leadership programs, community forums, and more. For more information, visit nbccoalition.org.

South Berkshire Community Coalition. Their mission is to prevent youth alcohol and drug abuse in South County in a long-term and sustainable manner. Programs include building community dialogue, coordinating prevention activities, conducting trainings, sponsoring workshops, and more. To learn more, visit southberkshirecommunitycoalition.org.

Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force covers nine rural towns which in Hampshire and Hampden counties, and meets monthly to develop and support local direct service projects and to launch a variety of prevention, outreach, training, and service coordination efforts. The Task Force works with local law enforcement, schools, and businesses on domestic violence prevention and education. For more information, email southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page.

SPIFFY Coalition is made up of over 60 community groups working together to improve the lives of youth in Hampshire County. Programs include parent education, community task forces, educator training, and youth engagement. Check out their awesome project PhotoVoice, which allows youth to express their views on underage drinking while learning photographic skills. For more information, visit spiffycoalition.org.

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