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Coming April 11-13! 17th Annual Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference: The Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference brings together people who share a commitment to protecting and furthering the rights of all Americans, both regionally and nationwide. The conference provides an opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of disciplines discuss the state of fair housing and civil rights in America today and share their ideas on how to effectuate change on both a local and national level. Info and REGISTER.

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413Cares FAQs for you and your agency.

You can find it HERE plus lots more information HERE.

MassHire Recruitment Event

Wednesday, March 29

Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference? All BHN programs offer support, guidance and tools that help individuals make positive, life-altering changes.

INFO here.

Community Action Partnership

Wednesday, March 29

Authentic Engagement: People with Lived Expertise Shaping Homeless Programs and Policies, presented with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. INFO and REGISTER HERE.

Equal Access Rule Workshop

Wednesday, April 5

The Western Mass Network to End Homelessness, the Hampden County Continuum of Care, and the Three County Continuum of Care invite you to register for this session. It will provide participants with a better understanding of this rule and help ensure housing project(s) are in compliance. REGISTER

Advanced Management Skills

Series begins April 5

This certificate series is designed to invest in and promote leaders from within. This program will provide experienced leaders, supervisors, managers, and directors with the high level trainings to gain the skills they need to succeed as they advance in the human service field!

Series INFO here.

CLICK HERE to renew your COSA membership in a flash.

Massachusetts recently launched the new Behavioral Health Help Line and established 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers, as part of the Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform. The goal is to increase access to mental health and substance treatment for people across Massachusetts and offer insurance-blind behavioral health crisis services to anyone in the state. New Behavioral Health Roadmap Toolkit from Mass.gov. Check out resources HERE.

Employment Training

In partnership with the non-profit organization neba, Cooley Dickinson has launched a program that will provide employment training to young adults with disabilities. Project SEARCH offers participants internships in a variety of the hospital’s departments. Cooley Dickinson is the first hospital to lead a Project SEARCH program in western MA. INFO

Personal Care Items Drive

During the month of March, the Hadley and Northampton branches of the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union are holding a Personal Care Items Drive to benefit the pantries of the Amherst Survival Center, Northampton Survival Center, and The Gray House. Items collected will be provided, for free, to our neighbors in need. INFO

KFF: Young people more likely to be experiencing anxiety or depression

Food Bank News: A new model of food banking is emerging

Annie E. Casey: Preventing and ending youth homelessness in America

Mar 29: MassHire BHN Employer Spotlight Hiring Event

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Victim Witness Advocate

Administrative Assistant & Receptionist

Way Finders

Housing Resource Associate (Bilingual) - https://jobapply.page.link/HEi16

Community Action Pioneer Valley

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Head Start Business Operations Coordinator

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Mar 29: MassHire BHN Employer Spotlight Hiring Event

Mar 29: Community Action Partnership Authentic Engagement: Homeless Experience

Mar 30: Human Service Forum Breakfast Funder Foundations Panel

Mar 31: Registration ends for 413Cares office hours on April 6

Mar 31: AmeriCorps 2023-2024 Planning Grants - Intent to Apply due

Apr 01: Amherst Survival Center Empty Bowls

Apr 01: The Truth School Multiracial and Interfaith Families

Apr 04: Human Service Forum Workplace Equity Series begins

Apr 05: Human Service Forum Advanced Management Series begins

Apr 05: WMNEH and Three County CoC Equal Access Rule Workshop

Apr 06: Children's Advocacy Center This Little Light of Mine

Apr 06: Stanford Center on Early Childhood RAPID 3-Year Anniversary Webinar

Apr 08: The Truth School Producing Radio Ready Podcasts

Apr 10: MA Public Health Association Public Health Lobby Day

Apr 11: COSA Zooms @ 10am - Save the Date!

Apr 11: The Truth School Cross-Racial Friendships and Keeping On Keeping On

Apr 11-13 Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference

Apr 12: Brazelton Touchpoints Human-Centered Design for World Without Racism

Apr 14: MA Nonprofit Security Grant Program - applications due

Apr 27: CHAPA Fair Housing Symposium

Apr 30: Big Brothers Big Sisters Daffodil Run

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Northampton Survival Center


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The Literacy Project

Amherst College Center for Community Engagement

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Trauma Informed Hampshire County

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SPIFFY Coalition

Jessie Cooley

Healthy Hampshire

Human Service Forum

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Safe Passage

Community Foundation of Western MA

18 Degrees

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State Senator Jo Comerford

Community Legal Aid

UMass Amherst Community Campaign

Central Hampshire Veterans Services

Roger Anderson

Northampton Recovery Center

Rep. Mindy Domb

Collaborative for Educational Services

Center for Human Development

A Positive Place

Forbes Library

William Benson

Samantha Hopper

Way Finders


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

Family Outreach of Amherst

It Takes a Village

Behavioral Health Network

Cooley Dickinson

Community Action

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

Amherst Survival Center

United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region