Support New Families! Volunteer with It Takes A Village!

It Takes A Village Volunteer Training in Ashfield

Get involved with It Takes A Village! There will be a volunteer training happening in Ashfield, MA on Sunday, April 22nd from 11am-2pm. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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 three months of  family’s journey with a new child.  Volunteers can help cook meals, take care of household chores, spend time with older children, among other ways of participating.

There will be a volunteer training for Hilltowns volunteers on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, from 11am-2pm.  Adults can learn about the program, as well as tips and strategies for helping the families they will be paired with.  The training will take place at St. John’s House, located at the corner of Route 116 and Baptist Corner Road in Ashfield.  For more information, contact Anna Westley at 413-634-5431.

It Takes a Village is Serving Up Soup to Raise Funds

Maureen Shea of Cummington, MA writes:

Family-friendly fundraiser in Cummington to support It Takes a Village. Click to see larger image.

I’m wearing my ‘It Takes a Village‘ hat here to let you know about our fundraiser on Saturday, September 25th. ‘It Takes a Village’ matches a volunteer with a family for weekly home visits for the first three months after a baby is born. In the ten months since we began, we have served fourteen families with a roster of over twenty volunteers. Our fundraiser, called Soup, will take place at the Cummington Community House from 5-8pm, and we hope to raise $500 to reimburse our volunteers for travel and childcare costs while visiting their Village families. At Soup, several Village volunteers will be serving delicious soups made from the bounty of their gardens. Bring your own bowl! Buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful bowl made by a local potter! There will also be an activity table for kids to make pinch pots that we will glaze, fire and return to the kids before Christmas.

Please come for a quick bowl of soup after the Hilltown Olympics in Goshen, or before the Ashfield Film Festival! We would love to see you. If you would like to hang out all evening, we would love that, too!

For more info contact Maureen Shea at (413) 634-5431 or email her at

It Takes A Village: A New Initiative for Families in the Hilltowns with Newborns

It Takes A Village Hosts an Open House
February 28th, 2010 in Cummington, MA

It Takes a Village‘ is a free-of-charge, community service that supports families for the first three months after a baby is born. A family is matched with a volunteer who visits the family home on a weekly basis, providing support with anything from meal preparation and dishwashing, to companionship and playing with older children.

The Village is modeled after Many Mothers in Santa Fe, NM. We are based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, and dedicate our service to the memory of Heather Egan, who gave her own life bringing a new one into the world.

‘It Takes a Village’ was initiated by Maureen Shea after her son was born last autumn. The first six weeks were the most trying time Maureen had ever experienced and she spoke with her midwives, Tanya Rapinchuk and Lucinda McGovern about the extra support needed for families with newborns.

“There was one particular afternoon when my good friend Samantha came over for a couple of hours and in that time she folded laundry, helped me make dinner, made space for me to express my woes and was a generally glowing support”, Maureen shared, “and that visit was a turning point for me in my healing after the birth”.

Lucinda sent a copy of the Many Mothers manual to Maureen and along with Heather Cupo, Davio Danielson, Bi-sek Hsiao, Jaylin Stahl and Anna Toth, ‘It Takes a Village’ was born.

OPEN HOUSE – 02/28/2010 from 2-4pm

At the OPEN HOUSE on February 28th, 2010 in Cummington from 2-4pm, the founders will introduce ‘It Takes a Village‘ to the community at the Cummington Community House at 33 Main Street in Cummington, MA. Expectant families, families with newborns and interested volunteers are warmly welcome. All those who already work with families post-partum are invited to join us and to add their contact information to our list of resources.

The OPEN HOUSE is a family-friendly event! There will be an appearance of the Green Tara puppet from Moejo puppets as well as an excerpt from Maureen’s latest performance piece, Tremble.

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