Local Families Give 300 Hours of Community Service!

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 hours of service to our community!

Together we were able to:

  • Make 10 blankets to donate to Safe Passage!
  • Fill 50 bags with personal care items to donate to Northampton Survival Center!
  • Decorate over 100 place mats to give to homebound elders through the Meals on Wheels program!
  • Create cards & fill 50 bags with fun items for kids at Bay Sate Children’s Hospital!
  • Decorate 50 pots planted with paperwhites to pass along to a community member or community space!

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Just like the non-profit organizations Hilltown Families supports during our Family Community Service Events, Hilltown Families is a non-profit organization too… and we need your help so we can continue to support education through community engagement, including service-based learning experiences. Donate to Hilltown Families and double the impact of your giving dollars!

AT HOME: Equally as important, families learned how they can be of service to their community on their own:

  • Families can fill ziplock bags with personal care items or healthy snacks & water to carry with them to give to a person in need they might meet while traveling around town.
  • A family can make no-sew fleece blankets as a family project to donate to a local shelter.
  • Cards can be made at home to be sent to a child in the hospital, or homebound elders in their community.
  • A random act of kindness, like giving a planted paperwhite to your library, nursing home, school, or elder in your neighborhood, can bring joy and beauty to others, and is a fun creative project families can do together.

MORE IDEAS: If you want more ideas on how your family can volunteer together, we have copies of The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering by Jenny Friedman.  It’s a GREAT book and we have several copies for sale.  If you’d like a copy, send a check for $20 (includes S&H) made out to Hilltown Families to P.O. Box 98, West Chesterfield, MA and we’ll get that out in the mail to you.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: We look forward to hosting another Family Community Service Night (FCSN) this spring, but we can’t do it without your help!  Whether you’re interested in volunteering the night of or volunteering on a working committee, we’d love to hear from you!  Opportunities for teens & tweens too!

THANK YOU! We had a great group of folks that volunteered for our first ever FCSN, making the event run successfully, including: Jess Kuttner, Robin Huntley, Tanzi Cannon-Eckerle, Oriana Martinez, Deborah Slavitt, Sarah Briggs, Amber Ladley, Macey Faiella, Jen Gottlieb and all of the teen volunteers from the Northampton High School Key Club!  The event was co-sponsored by Northampton Public Schools/CFCE through a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, Florence Savings Bank and Greenfield Savings Bank. Thank you to all of the businesses who donated products to the Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night, including: A2Z Science & Learning Store, Ashfield Hardware Store, Big Y World Class Market, CVS Northampton, Hadley Garden Center, Knack, Northampton ReUse Committee, Textile Company, Whole Foods Market and the Worthington Health Center. ❤❤❤

And thank you to Northampton Community Television for this great coverage:

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