Working with the towns of Belchertown, Brimfield, Brookfield,
East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holland, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Palmer, Spencer, Wales, Ware, Warren and West Brookfield
NEXT QUABOAG HILLS COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING
Monday, February 26, 10:30am-11:30am
Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89459498683
Meeting ID: 894 5949 8683
Join us for our February meeting:
Presentations on NextGen Careers and Federation for Children with Special Needs to be rescheduled.
Legislative staff from the offices of Senator Oliveira, Senator Fattman, and Representative Berthiaume will join us to hear about QHCC’s policy priorities and the most pressing issues impacting our Quaboag Hills communities.
Jennie Blake, The Health Foundation of Central Mass Vice President for Programs, will provide information about the Activation Fund grant opportunity.
QUABOAG HILLS COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING CALENDAR
Third Monday of each month (unless a holiday), 10am-11:30am
2024: February 26, March 18, April 22, May 20, June 17
On 3/18/24: Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation Rural Transit Program Manager Jen Healy will present on the Quaboag Connector and Convenient Care Van. Kelly Lamas, Baystate Health Mobile Health Equity Program Manager, will share information about Wellness on Wheels. Legislative staff from the offices of Representative Saunders and Representative Smola will join us to hear about policy priorities and issues impacting our communities.
On 4/22/24: Liv Anna Homstead, Coalition Building Manager with Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, will share information about 413Cares. Legislative staff from the offices of Senator Durant and Representative Puppolo will attend to learn about our region’s policy-related needs.
Our meetings focus on the social determinants of health: housing, safety from violence, addiction, food, education, employment, transportation, social support and environment, behavioral health, and built environment. Check out our meeting materials, local news and events, and other resources for more information.
SUPPORT THE QUABOAG HILLS COMMUNITY WITH A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION!
Your Donation Makes a Difference!
Dear Friend of Quaboag Hills Community Coalition:
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our community-based work in the new year.
The Quaboag Hills Community Coalition (QHCC) was established in 2014 to address the needs of people in our historically overlooked, under-resourced area at the nexus of Worcester, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. Our mission is to promote the health, education, and welfare of residents in the 15 towns that comprise the Quaboag Hills region of Massachusetts. For example, we partnered with the Foodbank of Western Mass and the Town of Ware during the pandemic to move the mobile food pantry to a new location that allowed food security assistance while following COVID safety measures. The Quaboag Connector, which we helped to establish in 2017, is a lifeline service addressing key transportation needs. The Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance, which began as a program under the auspices of our coalition, focuses on prevention and treatment.
Currently, our Seeds of Hope program provides wrap-around care and stipends for EMT training for rural youth ages 17-24 who are not going to college and who need to begin economic independence. Through another program, we connect low-income residents who need assistance with an emergency expense with resources to prevent a domino effect of crises. Last but not least, our Resource Hub offers opportunities for collaboration, connection, and information sharing that help people find the assistance they need to live a better life. Our coalition’s key priorities this year include housing and access to health care.
Your tax-deductible donation makes a difference for families in the Quaboag Hills, and no amount is too small. We are a volunteer-powered organization, stretching every dollar contributed for maximum benefit. Please send your check made out to “Quaboag Hills Community Coalition” to Country Bank, 278 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609.