Hilltown Families Voted “Best Blog” by the Valley Advocate’s 2014 Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll!

Hilltown Families Voted as Best Blog for the 4th Year in a Row!

Best Of 2014

Hilltown Families placed 1st for the fourth year in a row as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! ♥ Thank you to our readers, sponsors and writers who sustain Hilltown Families with their ongoing support!

GOOD STUFF!

Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement. We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement. We do this by connecting, collaborating, and creating community building events, community based educational opportunities, and community service leaning experiences.

Founded in 2005 by Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts, serving thousands of families living throughout western Massachusetts. Through an online grassroots communication network, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of western Massachusetts by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children’s education and increase participation in community life.

This past Fall, Hilltown Families Founder and Executive Director, Sienna Wildfield, was invited to present a TEDx Talk that shared her vision and mission behind Hilltown Families.  In this TEDx Talk, “Supporting Education Through Community Engagement,” Sienna shares her story on why feeling connected to where you live matters, and how community-based education and community-service learning can help grow active citizens who care about where they live.

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If you’re interested in getting involved with Hilltown Families as either a contributing writer, sponsor, bulletin board manager, volunteer, fundraiser, committee member or intern, we’d love to hear from you. Email us with your interests at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Reaching over 1.3 million visitors to date, our blog continues to grow and expand! There are several ♥ amazing folks behind the scenes at Hilltown Families, along with an equally amazing team of ♥ contributing writers who believe in and support our mission!  Our current team of writers include: Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families Voted as Best Blog & Best Website!

Hilltown Families Voted as Best Blog & Best Website!

♥ Thank you for your votes!!!

Hilltown Families placed 1st for the third year in a row as Best Blog in the Advocate Best of The Valley Readers’ Poll 2013!

And, new this year, Hilltown Families placed 3rd as Best Website, behind MassLive.com and WWLP-22News… not bad company to keep!

♥ Thank you to everyone who supported us with their votes in the annual Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2013!

GOOD STUFF!

This has been an amazing year with a lot of growth and exciting changes & additions.  We’re looking forward to sharing this excitement as we move ahead as a newly formed non-profit organization, and continue our mission to connect, collaborate, and create community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences throughout the four counties of Western MA.

JOIN US

If you’re interested in getting involved with Hilltown Families as either a contributing writer, sponsor, bulletin board manager, volunteer, fundraiser, committee member or intern, we’d love to hear from you. Email us with your interests at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Reaching over 1 million visitors this past March, our blog continues to grow and expand! There are several ♥ amazing folks behind the scenes at Hilltown Families, along with an equally amazing team of ♥ contributing writers who believe in and support our mission!  Our current team of writers include:

ONGOING COLUMNS

In addition to our monthly and bi-monthly Contributing Writers columns, you can find:

Hilltown Families Voted as Best Blog by the Valley Advocate’s 2012 Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll!

Hilltown Families Voted as Best Blog
2nd Year in a Row!

Thank you to all of our readers for voting Hilltown Families as the Best Blog for the 2nd year in a row!

We can’t thank our readers enough for voting Hilltown Families as the Best Blog for the 2nd year in a row in the Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2012!

Interviewing Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, Maureen Turner of the Valley Advocate writes:

When Sienna Wildfield takes her nine-year-old daughter to the Ashfield farmers’ market, she doesn’t worry about keeping track of her every single second. “Half the people there know her,” Wildfield says. “Everyone has an eye on her. It’s a safer community for her to be growing up in.”

That feeling of connection to a community is a big part of what drives Wildfield’s “Hilltown Families,” winner, for the second year, of the award for Best Local Blog. The site, which Wildfield calls an “online grassroots communication network,” has events calendars, essays and art by contributors, podcasts and other goodies, and, its name notwithstanding, covers the four western counties.

Readers can easily discern the ethos behind Wildfield’s work, with its focus on the local and sustainable, non-commercial and often non-mainstream… But there’s something a little less obvious that drives her, too: a desire to help families make real, multi-generational connections to their communities, the way her own child has.

Hilltown Families focuses a lot on what Wildfield calls “place-based, community-learning opportunities”… kinds of opportunities can supplement, in really enriching ways, kids’ school studies, Wildfield says. But they also help create and reinforce families’ connections to the place where they live—something she hopes kids will carry with them as they get older. “If their foundation of what they’re learning is coming from where they live, they grow up and become more invested in their community,” she says. “They want to protect their environment, they want to keep things local, they want to support their local economy, they are more civic minded.” And whether those kids stay in the Valley when they grow up or move elsewhere, Wildfield hopes they’ll carry that belief in the importance of community with them. “This isn’t a short-term thing,” she says. “It’s a real investment.”

HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

There are several ♥ amazing folks behind the scenes at Hilltown Families, along with an excellent team of ♥ contributing writers & community correspondents!  Our current team of writers include:

JOIN US!

Interested in joining our team of writers, community correspondents, volunteers, fundraisers, sponsors, advertisers and street team? We have many opportunities and welcome your involvement to continue the mission of Hilltown Families!  Send an email with your interests: hillltownfamilies@gmail.com.

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