Hilltown Families


Volunteer with your family to help local non-profits in a single free event on Saturday, November 22nd during the Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event in Northampton— a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together while educating children about important social issues and the value of community service! —

“Our goal is to give families service-based learning experiences by collaborating with local non-profits and community organizations in a single event,” says Sienna Wildfield, Executive Director of Hilltown Families. “Many families are interested in volunteering together but may find it difficult due to either a limit in time or to a lack of opportunities. Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event is an intergenerational & delightful way for families to volunteer together. It’s also an avenue for parents to discuss and educate their children on important community issues and the value of volunteering in our community.” —

Space is limited, so reserve a spot for your family today!

Global Youth Service Day, designed to promote community service and to draw in youth as volunteers to support a wide variety of causes, takes place this week: April 11-13. Families interested in participating in community service can use Global Youth Service Day as an opportunity to choose a cause and begin donating their time and efforts to it.

Volunteering with The Food Bank is great way for kids to give a unique gift to families struggling with food security throughout the holiday season and winter months. During the school vacation week, the Food Bank will host a children’s volunteer morning in Hatfield…

This fall, Kane’s Krusade is offering a unique opportunity for families to help out in supporting dogs in need! In order to ensure that outdoor dogs are safe and healthy during the harsh winters that we experience in New England, the organization is hosting a Dog House Build Off…

This past Saturday at Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families collaborated with Whole Foods Market and brought families together in the fields for a day of community service, gleaning organic kale, collards, chard and broccoli leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank of Western MA…

This September, Hilltown Families has another community service event for families… Kids’ Day of Community Service! In collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley, this will be an opportunity to glean organic vegetables for The Food Bank of Western MA at Atlas Farm in Deerfield. Join us in this service learning opportunity giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting local food security efforts…

Get involved! Service -Learning Opportunities in Western MA How better to participate and learn through your community than a service-learning project? Service-learning projects can help youth connect with others while learning about their world. Since just about anything can be a learning experience, this list will include both opportunities where the learning is obvious, along with opportunities where the learning is more subtle. While there are lots of “Projects,” and opportunities for… Read More

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event Gives Back! This past Saturday, May 4th, was the second Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event, a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together at seven different community service stations in a single morning! From teens to tots to grandparents, together families were able to generate 450 hours of community service at this intergenerational event for different non-profit and community organizations in our… Read More

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, MA Join Hilltown Families for a Saturday morning of volunteering together with your family during our spring Family Community Service Event on Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm in Northampton, MA! This past fall at our inaugural Family Community Service Night we focused on human service organizations and families had a great time working together in support… Read More

Park Clean Ups & Community Service Activities for Families this Spring in Western MA As spring warms the landscape across western Massachusetts, opportunities for outdoor adventures increase exponentially. What would have been a snowshoe trek and bark inspection a month ago has become a woods hike where families can identify plants, trees, and wildlife of all shapes and sizes. However, as the ground awakes from its snow-covered slumber, trails and parks are… Read More

Click here to find out how this wonderful community-service event went: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event Generates 450 Hours of Community Service in a Single Morning… and a whole lotta fun! Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am-1pm Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, MA Join Hilltown Families for a Saturday morning of volunteering together with your family during our spring Family Community Service Event on Saturday, May… Read More

Hilltown Families event at Bridge Street School links community service and family fun By Barbara Solow, Daily Hampshire Gazette NORTHAMPTON (Dec 3, 2012) — City resident Margaret Martin said she brought her two granddaughters, 9 and 6, to a community event at Bridge Street School last Friday to “get them out and about and helping people.” Victoria Worth of Ashfield was there with her 9-year-old daughter to learn more about the work… Read More

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night Thank you to all of the families who joined us for the Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night this past Friday evening, November 30, 2012! The event was a great success with nearly 150 folks joining us for a fun evening of community service.  By spending a couple of hours helping out in hands-on projects at five different stations, participating families were able to give 300… Read More

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 we’ve shared this week on the Hilltown Families Facebook Page.  Ideas range from volunteering with your family for a single evening to hosting an elderly person in your home, and span the four counties of Western MA. There’s also information to… Read More

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 first ever Family Community Service Night!  On Friday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm in Northampton, families can come together for a fun evening visiting five different volunteer stations, each offering a simple, hands-on service project for all ages.  Participants can volunteer at… Read More

18th Annual Search Under Way for Nation’s Top Youth Volunteers Over the past 17 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 10,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. The search has begun to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities… Read More

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 The Food Bank in Hatfield, MA, led by The Food Bank’s Education Coordinator, Molly Coon. Families got to see the facility up-close and learn how The Food Bank operates, who it serves and individuals can support their mission. The group played… Read More

Everyone Has Something of Value to Share With a Young Person Likely you or someone you know has been inspired by a mentor…or by being one. Through mentoring, young people are brought together with caring adults who, along with family, offer guidance, support, and encouragement, nurture social, emotional and problem solving skills, and serve as a role model and advocate. Mentoring definitely makes a big difference, helping school-aged youth stay in school,… Read More

Families Can Volunteer at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Help to preserve local history and an important part of the evolution of transportation by volunteering at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum! The museum is home to trolleys, a pump car, and information and memorabilia related to local history and the history of train and trolley transportation. Volunteers at the museum can help with many different tasks, depending on skills, interest, and age…. Read More

Volunteer Training for Teens with Horizons for Homeless Children Did you know that one in every fifty children in the United States lives without a permanent home?  Horizons for Homeless Children helps children living in shelters across Western Massachusetts by providing play spaces in shelters (places often not child-friendly and devoid of home-like aspects) and offering volunteers to spend time with kids, playing, reading, etc., in the play areas. Due to the… Read More

Community Service and Theater Highlights: April 28th & 29th, 2012 Participate in community service this weekend with your family, then head out to one of the many theater opportunities! COMMUNITY SERVICE Families can spend a day volunteering with Mass Audubon! The organization’s annual Statewide Volunteer Day will take place from 9am-12noon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton), Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Pittsfield) & Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Hampden)! Volunteers can help to clean… Read More

Work for Wildlife Mass Audubon 6th Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Saturday, April 28th, 2012 Spend a day volunteering with Mass Audubon! The organization’s annual Statewide Volunteer Day will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 9am-12noon in locations across the state. In Western MA, families can volunteer at one of three sanctuaries: Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield; Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton; or Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden. Volunteers can help to… Read More

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 service helping families with new children, helps bring the village straight to families. The group serves greater Brattleboro and the Hilltowns of Western MA, and volunteers are paired with families who they visit for 2 hours a week for the first… Read More

Community Service: Volunteering as a Family During the holiday season there was much discussion about community service opportunities families could participate in together. Now that spring has arrived, many parks are getting ready for the season with spring clean ups, an excellent time of the year for families to participate in community service together, while enjoying the outdoors. This past Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Greenfield Energy Park had their spring clean up,… Read More

Charities and Volunteering for the Holidays Recommend a Charity The holiday season is approaching and many families are looking to volunteer time with their kids or charities to donate to. We’ll be adding links to recommended charities to the side bar of HilltownFamilies.org. If you would like to recommend a charity, please post the name of the organization and their web address in our comment box. We’ll add it to the list…. Read More

Brandon Deroche of Causecast writes: In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration of President Elect Obama, Causecast has produced a video to push and inspire people to get involved and serve in their community on January 19th. Service is so important to our communities and our country, both locally and nationally, and we want to help make the connection between King’s dream in ’63 and our yearning for… Read More

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