Groups and Events
Parenting Under Pressure
Saturday, April 6
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington, MA
How do families grapple with disability, mental health, poverty, racism or opioid addiction? How well does America’s infrastructure of care meet their needs? Karen Zilberstein, local author of “Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America,” will lead a discussion about the support systems that parents need, but can not always access. Karen Zilberstein is a practicing psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Northampton, MA chapter of A Home Within, a national nonprofit that provides pro bono psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced foster care. She worked as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work for 12 years, where she taught and coordinated the Child Development Team. She has co-authored a children’s book entitled Calming Stormy Feelings: A Child’s Introduction to Psychotherapy and published numerous journal articles on child therapy, parenting interventions, the treatment of foster and adopted children, and the clinical implications of attachment and complex trauma in children.
This workshop is part of It Takes a Village’s Parent Support and Education Program, sponsored by United Way Hampshire County, and the AKC Fund.
Volunteer Information and Training Meeting
Sunday, April 7
St. John’s Corner House
469 Main Street, Ashfield, MA
New and prospective volunteers will gather with seasoned volunteers to learn about the It Takes a Village Home Visit Program and discuss what new families really need during the postpartum period.
We will discuss:
- On the front-line of postpartum care: Top 5 ways to serve new families
- Whole-body listening
- Understanding postpartum depression across cultures
- The Family Resource Kit
The It Takes a Village Home Visit Program matches any family with a baby under the age of one year living in the Hilltowns with a volunteer who visits the family weekly and helps with things like dishes, laundry, or just holding the baby so the parent can take a shower.
Volunteers will receive training, a resource kit to share with the family, and an experienced volunteer “buddy” to help them during their first visit with their matched family. We are looking for volunteers from all over the Valley and Hilltowns, and from all walks of life (Home Visit volunteers must be over 18).
Refreshments and childcare will be available during the meeting. Please RSVP your child(ren) here so we can make sure to have enough providers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclXd9SYmeahApi0OZx70R1Z2Hkp0Hw9y2w12Lnunc5yEo7Ag/viewform
This training and the It Takes a Village Home Visit Program are sponsored by the Hilltown Community Health Center, Florence Bank, the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Irene Davis Foundation.
In the News
- “Local organization helps new parents find their ‘Village’,” Mass Appeal WWLP, February 2018
- “Expert to lead workshop on electronic use among youth,” from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 8, 2018
- “Opinion: Helping Hands,” from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 3, 2018
- “It Takes a Village” from The Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 26, 2018
- “It Takes a Village, Village Closet,” from iBerkshires.com, July 2, 2018
- “Village Closet hits $100K mark in donations,” from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 23, 2018.
- “It Takes a Village”, from The Berkshire Eagle, June 19, 2018
- Valley Gives PSA, New England Public Radio, May 2018
- LGBTQIA+ Families, Mass Appeal WWLP, May 2018
- “It Takes a Village rolls out film series, new groups”, from The Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 12, 2018
- “Family support agency hosting open house”, Berkshire Eagle, September 2017
- “United Way Diaper Drive PSA”, Hits 94.3, June 2017
- “Nonprofit seeks backpack donations for foster kids”, from The Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 2017
- “Backpack Drive PSA”, Hits 94.3, June 2017
- “United Way grants awarded”, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 2017
- “Women’s Fellowship Follow-Up – It Takes a Village”, from the Westhampton town Newsletter, November 2016
- “Agency offers free support to moms”, Springfield Republics, November 2016
- “It Takes a Village: More than a Proverb in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts”, from Vida Leche Amour, October 2016
- “Village Closet offers free items to young families”, from The Country Journal, October 2016
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