Hilltown Families

To This Day by Shane Koyczan “My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways,” writes Shane...

Hilltown Families: Best Blog Vote for Us by 12noon this Wednesday, Feb. 13th! As Hilltown Families enters its eighth year, celebrate the past seven with us by voting for Hilltown Families...

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Call for Hilltown Artists The Westfield River Wild & Scenic advisory committee invites local artists of all ages to paint wooden suitcases that will “Travel the...

Practicing Consideration of Others on Martin Luther King Day of Service… and Everyday! It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service! If you’re looking for a way your family can participate...

Hilltown Families: Best Blog Vote for Us by Feb. 13th! As Hilltown Families enters its eighth year, celebrate the past seven with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog...

Transforming Sorrow Into Action: A Community Gathering of Solidarity, Support and Song Friday, Dec 21th. 10-11:30am Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton Annette Cycon, Founder of MotherWoman writes: In response to...

News & Information on Service Learning, Community Service, & Family Volunteering Opportunities Around Thanksgiving Day Looking for ways to give back to your community during the holidays. Here are 10 ideas...

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night Friday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm Bridge Street School in Northampton, MA Join Hilltown Families for an evening of volunteering together with your family during our...

Status Updates: Community Service Connections Here are 10 ways families and teens can support their community and others post Hurricane Sandy and leading up to the holidays.  All of these suggestions...

Election Day, 2012! Tuesday is Election Day, a great day to engage your kids in civics! Sienna Wildfield: “I’m taking my daughter! It’s a great opportunity to model civic engagement… plus,...

Source-to-Sea Clean-Up in Hampden County Sunday, Sept. 30th The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), United Water, and Holyoke Friends of the River have joined forces this fall to organize a river...

On Saturday, Sept 15th, Hilltown Families partnered with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a field trip that combined both service-based and community-based learning. Our field trip involved a tour of...

Growing a Model Sustainable Campus: UMass Permaculture Documentary Series UMass Permaculture Committee writes, “Together, we have the unique ability to create huge positive global transformation, and inspire more colleges and universities,...

Berkshire Bioblitz Burbank Park in Pittsfield Sept 22-23, 2012 When learning about biodiversity, students are often shown far away landscapes – such as jungles and deserts – as examples of places...

Berkshire County Digs in to Assist Local Food Pantries The first items that many individuals reach for when donating to a food drive or food pantry are canned or boxed non-perishable...

Adopt Your Local Stream or River Rivers and streams are beautiful. That’s why we are drawn to them, deeply and elementally. The first colonists in Western Massachusetts hugged close to the...

Hilltown Families Field Trip The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Saturday, September 15th at 1:30pm At the beginning of the summer we wrote about the benefits of families, schools and organizations...

ReUse Rally for the Arts: A Call for Artisans What can you do with old clothes, leftover non-recyclable containers, bits of string, extra drops of paint, and seemingly useless utensils? Make...

Western Massachusetts Libraries Work to Banish Hunger In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, residents of Panem, a future country based in the ruins of North America, struggle to survive while...

What Are We Going to Do Now Aldo Leopold was one of the shining lights of our long-awakening ecological movement; and he said that one of the drawbacks of seeing the...

Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival Call for Films Western Massachusetts is home to many towns in which there is an incredibly strong sense of community – it has helped to...

Cloud Rover Observers Wanted As Citizen Scientists What shapes do you see in the clouds?  There may be rabbits, eggs, vines, airplanes, and shoes… and no matter what you see in...

SciSpy How many different types of creatures has your family seen crawling, flying, and climbing around a local park, the beach, or your own back yard lately?  Identifying critters is a...

Families Can Help Grow Food for Hunger Relief in Greenfield this Summer Western Massachusetts is lush with farms, making locally grown and produced foods relatively easy to find.  However, there are...

Safe, Healthy Food Choices: Resources for Families in the Pioneer Valley This past Tuesday, May 29th, Hilltown Families and the Hilltown Non-GMO Workshop Group hosted a community conversation, Safe and Healthy Food...

Hilltown Families presents… Safe and Healthy Food Choices: Educating and Empowering Families in an Era of High-Tech Food Production A Community Conversation with Local Food Advocates Tuesday, May 29th in Williamsburg...

Earth Day Weekend 2012 Earth Day is this weekend and there are several ways families can be eco and community minded this weekend and next. COMMUNITY SERVICE Volunteering in their community...

It Takes A Village Volunteer Training in Ashfield The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is certainly true, and It Takes a Village, a community volunteer...

Hatfield Youth Take Action! Raising Funds to Save Panda and Polar Bears Did you know that there are more people in Hatfield than there are pandas in the world? The Youth...

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood writes: The...