Valley Gives Day: Donate to Hilltown Families TODAY!

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The mission of Hilltown Families is to create resilient and sustainable communities by:

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  • STRENGTHENING A SENSE OF PLACE through community based education and engagement
  • FOSTERING A CULTURE OF INTENTIONAL LEARNING making education inclusive, accessible and intergenerational
  • CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EMBEDDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES by linking families to community-based learning resources that support our core values


Your donation will help us achieve our mission by helping us connect to our local families, create opportunities and collaborate with our community. This includes:


  • Our weekly Learn Local. Play Local posts highlight community-based learning opportunities.
  • Our Learning Ahead post highlights embedded learning opportunities for self-directed teens and lifelong learners.


  • In collaboration with the Flywheel Arts Collective we host an annual weekly Family Music Series to celebrate community.


Hilltown Families: We Are Non-Commercial

We Are Non-Commercial

So much of our world is cluttered by commercialization. Hilltown Families strives to create more meaning with less. On Valley Gives Day your donation will help families reconnect to our environment while supporting the development of a sense-of-place.

Hilltown Families connects you with non-commercial ways to engage in your community that are based in community values rather than consumption. On Valley Gives Day make an impact by giving where local and non-commercial.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Community Service


Looking for ways your family can act locally? Hilltown Families has a 10-year track record of partnering with community organizations on service learning events and volunteer activities throughout the region. On Valley Gives Day, your donation will help us help more people engage in their communities.

From food drives to field trips to youth volunteering, our network offers new ideas for ways families make a difference in their communities. On Valley Gives Day, your donation will help us help more people engage in their communities.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Citizen Scientists

We Are Citizen Science

We have wee little ones but it’s never too early to begin introducing them to STEM learning. We have found Hilltown Families to be a great resource for discovering opportunities for our little guys to learn about the amazing world all around them. It sparks their imagination, their curiosity and their respect for learning.” -Kristin, community member and volunteer.

One of the best ways we can support a young child’s development of science­-based knowledge is through nature­-based creative­-free play. When you donate on Valley Gives Day you support connections to community-based citizen scientist opportunities.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Community Meals

We are Community Meals

One of our favorite ways to use Hilltown Families is to find out what delicious happenings are going on all around us! Some of the best meals we’ve eaten since moving here last summer have been at community events – one of our family favorites being at the Kitchen Garden’s Chili Fest in Sunderland.” says community member, Kristin.

By donating on Valley Gives Day you can support intergenerational connections as we connect you to local community meals.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Creative Free Play

Hilltown Families: We Are Intergenerational


At Hilltown Families, we believe in the power of learning that is shared between generations. On Valley Gives Day help strengthening intergenerational ties.

Our network offers a host of ideas for connecting youth and older adults through gardening, library story hours, arts and crafts, playgroups, nature walks, community meals—and more.  On Valley Gives Day, please donate to help us build more relationships.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Local Values

Hilltown Families: We Are Collaborative Consumption

We are Collaborative Consumption

Value collaborative consumption? It’s one of Hilltown Families 12 values that infuses our mission of supporting education through community engagement! Donate to Hilltown Families on May 3 during Valley Gives Day so we may continue to share learning opportunities found in community-based engagement through the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources:

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Hilltown Families: We Are Kindness

Hilltown Families: We Are Skill Sharing

We are Skill Sharing

Hilltown Families is a great resource for finding learning opportunities for the entire family! A favorite event for learning through skillsharing is our farmers’ markets; in addition to supporting local agriculture and filling our cupboards with fresh food, it’s a great place to learn about the amazing skills within the community. On Valley Gives Day, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 your donation will help us connect more families to activities that promote skillsharing.

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Hilltown Families: We Are Nature-Based

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event Generates 600 Hours of Community Service in a Single Morning!

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Supports Western MA Non-Profit & Community Organizations through Service-Based Learning!

This past Saturday, November 22nd, was the third Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event, a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together in a morning of community service! From teens to tots to grandparents, over 200 folks were able to generate 600 hours of community service at this intergenerational event for different non-profit and community organizations in our region that support education, children’s welfare, and human services.

This year our event was held on national Family Volunteering Day at Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, MA. Together, families traveled to five different community service stations with a Community Service Passport in hand, participating in facilitated hands-on projects to benefit non-profit & community organizations throughout Western MA:

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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!

Part of the mission of Hilltown Families is to create, connect and collaborate in service-based learning experiences through community engagement. Acting as a bridge between Western MA non-profits and service organizations, Hilltown Families is able to amplify the work of these community groups by connecting families to said organizations through service-based learning opportunities.

Thank you to all of the families, volunteers, facilitators and sponsors who joined us! The event was a great success with over 200 folks participating in a celebratory morning of family community service! Together we were able to:


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