Memorial Day: A Catalyst for Learning, Gratitude, and Kindness

May 28 2018
For some, Memorial Day is a deeply personal holiday, a day for remembering those who have served the people of our country. Participating in Memorial Day celebrations and ceremonies can also be a form of placemaking, strengthening ties to community spaces and encouraging social interaction between generations. Memorial Day is also an opportunity to express [continue reading]

Citizen Scientist Opportunity: IceWatch

Dec 23 2013
IceWatch: Citizen Scientist Project Exams Ecosystems via Ice This winter, families can contribute to climate studies by participating in IceWatch, a citizen science initiative that works to collect information about the ice-in and ice-out times of various bodies of water across the continent. By regularly observing a lake, pond, river, or bay, families can help [continue reading]

DIY: Repurposed Planters for Paperwhites For Giving

Dec 11 2012
DIY Pictorial: Yarn Wrapped Tin Can Planters By Amber Ladley When Hilltown Families asked Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse to come up with a creative (and decorative) way to help families plant Paperwhite bulbs donated by Hadley Garden Center at the first ever Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night, we put our clever minds [continue reading]

Library Seeks Youth Volunteers for Youth Action Committee

Nov 27 2012
Cheri Hardy, Children’s Librarian at the Hatfield Public Library writes: Youth Action Committee (YAC), the youth subcommittee of the Friends of the Hatfield Public Library, is recruiting new members. YAC gets together for an hour on the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of every month at 11am at the Hatfield Public Library to have fun together [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]

Community Service: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

May 16 2012
Families Can Volunteer at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Help to preserve local history and an important part of the evolution of transportation by volunteering at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum! The museum is home to trolleys, a pump car, and information and memorabilia related to local history and the history of train and trolley [continue reading]

Community Service: Horizons for Homeless Children

May 15 2012
Volunteer Training for Teens with Horizons for Homeless Children Did you know that one in every fifty children in the United States lives without a permanent home?  Horizons for Homeless Children helps children living in shelters across Western Massachusetts by providing play spaces in shelters (places often not child-friendly and devoid of home-like aspects) and [continue reading]

Community Service: Volunteering as a Family

Apr 14 2012
Community Service: Volunteering as a Family During the holiday season there was much discussion about community service opportunities families could participate in together. Now that spring has arrived, many parks are getting ready for the season with spring clean ups, an excellent time of the year for families to participate in community service together, while [continue reading]

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