Engage in Community-Based Learning & Service: Become a Pet Foster Family

Dec 7 2014
Engage in some furry family community service by becoming a foster family for a local animal shelter or humane society! Cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and even birds await foster placements all over western Massachusetts, and providing a foster home to pets waiting adoption is a fantastic way to not only enjoy some animal [continue reading]

this is what stopping fracking looks like

Aug 29 2013
Daryl Hannah calls for a ban on fracking
On Thursday, MoveOn members joined Americans Against Fracking—and actress and activist Daryl Hannah—at the White House to deliver 650,000 public comments to the Bureau of Land Management demanding a ban on fracking on public and Native American lands. All told, concerned Americans submitted more than 1 million comments the largest unified [continue reading]

save the honeybees

Jun 24 2013
honeybees_copy A note from the folks at Greenpeace:
Scientists have linked a powerful class of pesticides called “neonics” to increases in bee die-offs.  Due in part to these deadly toxic chemicals, 31% of hives in the United States collapsed this past winter alone.
Last month millions across Europe [continue reading]

PeaceJam: Connecting Teens with Nobel Peace Laureates

Apr 1 2013
PeaceJam: Youth and Nobel Peace Laureates Working Together to Change the World Have you heard about PeaceJam yet?  It’s an international educational program that connects young people with Nobel Peace Laureates, built on three simple ideas: Education, Inspiration, and Action.  The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is, “to create young leaders committed to positive change [continue reading]

Poetry & Art Tell a Powerful Story About the Lasting Impact of Bullying

Feb 24 2013
To This Day by Shane Koyczan “My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways,” writes Shane Koyczan.  “I wrote To This Day, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an [continue reading]

10 Ways to Give Back & Support Your Community Around Thanksgiving

Nov 19 2012
News & Information on Service Learning, Community Service, & Family Volunteering Opportunities Around Thanksgiving Day Looking for ways to give back to your community during the holidays. Here are 10 ideas we’ve shared this week on the Hilltown Families Facebook Page.  Ideas range from volunteering with your family for a single evening to hosting an [continue reading]

Election Day Family Traditions

Nov 5 2012
Election Day, 2012! Tuesday is Election Day, a great day to engage your kids in civics! Sienna Wildfield: “I’m taking my daughter! It’s a great opportunity to model civic engagement… plus, in our town they still use the old fashion hand-crank ballot boxes. I can sneak in a little history lesson in there too!” Carrie [continue reading]

Election Day Family Traditions

Nov 5 2012
Election Day, 2012! Tuesday is Election Day, a great day to engage your kids in civics! Sienna Wildfield: “I’m taking my daughter! It’s a great opportunity to model civic engagement… plus, in our town they still use the old fashion hand-crank ballot boxes. I can sneak in a little history lesson in there too!” Carrie [continue reading]

Safe and Healthy Food Choices: Educating and Empowering Families in an Era of High-Tech Food Production

May 7 2012
Hilltown Families presents… Safe and Healthy Food Choices: Educating and Empowering Families in an Era of High-Tech Food Production A Community Conversation with Local Food Advocates Tuesday, May 29th in Williamsburg Hilltown Families presents Safe and Healthy Food Choices: Educating and Empowering Families in an Era of High-Tech Food Production on Tuesday, May 29th from 7-9pm [continue reading]

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