Coronovirus COVID-19 News and Updates

Massachusetts continues to issue updated recommendations due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Given the evolving landscape, we want to update everyone on our plans for keeping our Village families, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy.
Updated: July 29, 2021

Read our comprehensive COVID-19 Policy. The safety of our clients and team members is our top priority.

The Village Closet

We are happy to announce that the Village Closet continues its work at 2 East Main Street in Huntington, MA. Families DO NOT need an appointment to come in and shop for FREE baby and children’s items. Families can also request items for curb-side pickup. Please visit the Village Closet page for more updates. We follow the guidance of the Gateway Regional School District, which evaluates the COVID-19 risk based on the percentage of positive tests in the six Gateway Regional District towns and the 12 surrounding cities and towns. Because have Gateway Student volunteers and families with children under the age of 12 inside the Village Closet, we currently require all staff and visitors to wear face masks while inside.

Parent Groups

Families have embraced virtual parents groups, and we will continue evolving our virtual and in-person group offerings based on the comfort and safety of our families and group facilitators. Currently there are two online groups that meet every week, and we have reinstated the Ashfield Parents Group outdoors on the Ashfield Town Commons and have plans for another outdoor group in Huntington. Please visit the Parent Group page for the schedule and the link to the join the virtual groups. 

Home Visit Program

Families in the Hilltowns continue to receive one-on-one support from our amazing volunteers, and vaccinated volunteers are available to offer in-home support. If you are expecting a baby or have a baby under the age of 1 year old, please sign up for a FREE Home Visit volunteer. They can help run errands, pick up groceries, meet you outdoors, or even help with an older child’s remote learning if you are not ready for in-home visitors. Visit the Home Visit page for more information and to sign up!

Volunteers

Babies are still being born in your community, and families still need support. YOU can support a family in as little as 2 hours a week while staying socially distant and safe. Find out more at our Volunteer page.

We will continue to update this page, as well as the Village Closet page and Parent Groups page with additional information as it becomes available.

We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including using respiratory etiquette (cough into a tissue or your sleeve) and hand hygiene, wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public, and staying home if you or anyone in your family has a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa or Mollie at info@hilltownvillage.org or 413-650-3640. Your health is our top priority.