~ We update this page when each new issue comes out. ~
This e-newsletter is a collaborative effort by four local coalitions – Greenfield 4SC, Gill-Montague Community School Partnership, Communities that Care, and the North Quabbin Community Coalition, with support from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.
Our hope is to help connect families and family service providers with timely news, ideas, and inspiration – and to offer these things in a package that feels helpful and supportive during this stressful time. On this page you can check out past issues – each of them has a ‘subscribe’ button you can click to sign up to get future issues emailed to you.
Coalition Connections #42 (October 21, 2021) News & Updates; COVID Updates; Drug Take Back Day: Sat. October 23; What to Do About Colds, Flu, and Other Viruses During COVID; Continuing Connections: Partner Abuse Resources; Paper copies of Parent Guides; Have You Seen This? Community Action Family Center Fall Programs
Coalition Connections #41 (October 7, 2021) News & Updates; Community Action Youth & Workforce Development Programs: Get involved!; COVID Tips and Updates; 2021 Parenting Guide Offers Validation, Tools, and Resources; Stone Soup Spanish Hour: ¡Ven a decir “Hola”!
Coalition Connections #40 (September 23, 2021) News & Updates; Family Day 2021; COVID Updates; Emergency Preparedness is for Everyone; Have You Seen This? Hunger Action Walking Trail
Coalition Connections #39 (September 9, 2021) News & Updates; 2nd Regional Policy & Norms Workgroup Meeting; COVID Updates: Pooled Testing in Schools; What is the 2021 Child Tax Credit?; Have You Seen This? Talk to Kids about Microaggressions – An Embrace Race Online Conversation
Coalition Connections #38 (August 26, 2021) News & Updates; CHIP Network Meeting Sept 1; COVID Updates: latest news plus tips from a nurse; Masks are Required in Schools: Advice from Local Families; Wildfire smoke from the West is here. How to check air quality; Have You Seen This? Greenfield and Montague Soap Box Races!
Coalition Connections #37 (August 12, 2021) News & Updates; COVID Updates; Back to School: Things We Can Do to Make it Easier; New Collaboration on Early Childhood Substance Use Prevention; Have You Seen This? Stone Soup Cafe’s 17th Annual Harvest Supper
Coalition Connections #36 (July 29, 2021) News & Updates; Re-Enrollment Reminder from Local School Districts; COVID: Delta variant and kids under 12; It’s a Great Time to Ride the FRTA Bus!; Green River Swimming Area Re-opens & Using Insect Repellents Safely; Free events at Unity Park the next two weekends
Coalition Connections #35 (July 15, 2021) News & Updates; COVID Updates; 6 Tips for Avoiding Tick Bites; Ways to Cool Down When the River Isn’t Safe; Continuing Connections: Gill-Montague Regional School District’s Free Summer; Have You Seen This? Recently updated “Talk. They Hear You.” mobile app
Coalition Connections #34 (June 24, 2021) News & Updates; Free Summer Meals for Kids and Youth 18 and under; Pandemic Changes: What Do We Want to Keep?; Have You Seen This? “Youth Ending Stigma” Workshops in July
Coalition Connections #33 (June 10, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Updates; Nervous About Needles? Tips for Getting the COVID Vaccine; Pandemic Summer 2.0; Have You Seen This? North Quabbin Community Coalition Scavenger Hunt!
Coalition Connections #32 (May 24, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Updates; 2021 Student Survey Data: Available Now!; Highlights from the Spring Communities That Care Full Coalition Meeting; Have You Seen This? Black Lives/Black Lungs, a short film and discussion
Coalition Connections #31 (May 10, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Updates; Easing Pandemic Stress: What Do Teens Need Now?; Summer Activities: Teen Jobs and Internships; New Programs for Teens and Tweens from Greenfield Public Library
Coalition Connections #30 (April 26, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Info and Vaccine Updates; Summer Camp Info for Summer 2021; Resources for Building Healthy Relationships & Addressing Partner Abuse; Teen Sleep Schedule Reboot; FRTA 2nd/3rd Shift Taxi Service and Free Rides
Coalition Connections #29 (April 12, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Info and Vaccine Updates; Returning to School In-Person: Tips from Local Families; Have You Seen This? Free Webinar: Breaking Down Structural and Systemic Racism for Our Children.
Coalition Connections #28 (March 22, 2021) News & Updates; COVID-19 Info and Vaccine Updates; Easing Pandemic Stress: Let Nature Be Your Guide; Housing Help and More: The RAFT Program; Food Access Resources and Updates on Local Programs for Youth; Interactive HIP Locations Map
Coalition Connections #27 (March 8, 2021) – News & Updates – Lots!; COVID-19 Info and Vaccine Updates; Easing Pandemic Stress: Focus on Food (Part 2!) – Getting Inspired and Economizing; Building a Resilient Community Event, March 12
Coalition Connections #26 (February 22, 2021) – News & Updates; COVID-19 Info and Vaccine Updates; Easing Pandemic Stress – Focus on Food; Learning Black History All Year; NQCC’s Munch & Move; and more!
Coalition Connections #25 (February 8, 2021) – Lots of News & Updates; COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Updates; Black History Month Resource Guide; Feb Vacation Ideas; Youth Vaping and COVID Risks; and more!
Coalition Connections #24 (January 25, 2021) – Lots of News & Updates; Update on COVID Vaccine Rollout; Youth Voices – How COVID is Affecting Them (and What You Can Do!); Virtually Free Screening Report Back, and more!
Coalition Connections #23 (January 11, 2021) – Lots of News & Updates; “Stop the Spread” COVID Testing in Greenfield; Support for Grief, Loss, and Missed Milestones During COVID; COVID Vaccination Begins in Franklin County; Family Visits After Some Members are Vaccinated; Letter to CNN from DA’s Office: It’s Time to Stop Glorifying Binge Drinking plus Resources for Parents
Coalition Connections #22 (December 21, 2020) – Making the Most of School Vacation and Beyond; What Does it Mean to Quarantine?; School Meals and Other Food Resources Available Now; Continuing Connections: Job Training and Volunteer Opportunities; Teen Craftacular Book Box Kit and more!
Coalition Connections #21 (December 7, 2020) – Community Service and Other Activities for Youth, Winter Holidays: Fun, Connection, Food, and Mental Health, Updates HIP and free school meals (food resources), Handholdma.org, and more!
Coalition Connections #20 (November 16, 2020) – Food and Housing Resource Summaries and Links; Masks Tips and Options; More resources for Thanksgiving, teen stress, and better family meals; and Link to guide for parents/caregivers about Among Us video game
Coalition Connections #19 (November 2, 2020) – “I’m Not Racist…Am I?” Movie Screening Follow-Up; Learning About Microaggressions; 2020 Regional Teen Health Survey Takeaways; and Thanksgiving During COVID.
Coalition Connections #18 (October 19, 2020) Parenting During COVID:
Healthy Coping When Stress is High; Tapestry Health: Youth-friendly & NowOpen; Halloween tips and info to share; and Please Use Free School Meals
Coalition Connections #17 (October 5, 2020)
Coalition Connections #16 (September 21, 2020)
Coalition Connections #15 (September 8, 2020)
Coalition Connections #14 (August 17, 2020)
Coalition Connections #13 (August 3, 2020)
Coalition Connections #12 – (July 20, 2020)
Coalition Connections #11 – (July 6, 2020)
Early issues came out weekly.
Coalition Connections #10 – (June 22, 2020)
Coalition Connections #9 – (June 15, 2020)
Coalition Connections #8 – Planning for Summer Continued (June 8, 2020)
Coalition Connections #7 – Planning for Summer (June 1, 2020)
Coalition Connections #6 – Moving Forward, Cautiously (May 22, 2020)
Coalition Connections #5 – Navigating New Rules (May 15, 2020)
Coalition Connections #4 – Groceries (May 8, 2020)
Coalition Connections #3 – Masks & Face Coverings (May 1, 2020)
Coalition Connections #2 (April 23, 2020)
Coalition Connections #1 (April 17, 2020)