COMMUNITY ACTION PIONEER VALLEY
WE'RE ON THE MOVE!
Fuel Assistance, Youth & Workforce Development, Community Resources & Advocacy, Community Collaborations, and Healthy Families programs are moving to their new Northampton location:
155 PLEASANT STREET, NORTHAMPTON
(In the same space as our friends at Way Finders)
COVID-19 PROGRAMMING UPDATES
As your Community Action agency, we work to create access and opportunity for our most vulnerable residents, and build communities in which all people have the opportunity to thrive.
Now, just as we have for the last 55 years, we will uphold that commitment to our community. We recognize that COVID-19 will likely have the hardest impact on those we serve, and are creating flexible service delivery plans, informed by best practice recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Department of Public Health, to protect the safety of our participants and our 350 employees while continuing to provide critical services in the most effective and socially-conscious means possible.
Community Action will continue to operate to fullest extent possible without compromising the health and safety of our staff and our participants. Here are the latest program updates as of this morning (these are subject to change based on federal and state guidance and requirements):
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & ADVOCACY: Our Community Resources & Advocacy staff work with households in need to access financial assistance that may be available to prevent homelessness for help with rent arrears or move-in assistance. We can assist households throughout our service area of Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin. For more information, please contact us. 413-475-1570
HEAD START & EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS:
Our five full-day, full-year sites are open for on-site services with a shortened day and comprehensive screening and other stringent health & safety precautions in place. Our part-day sites remained closed at this time. Home visiting programming continues to take place virtually. Please contact our enrollment office at 413-475-1420 for inquires.
Our Fuel Assistance Program is open, but not accepting walk-in or in-person appointments. Applications can be taken over the phone. We are continuing to certify applications, authorize deliveries, and pay vendors. 413-774-2310
All Energy Efficiency Programs are fully operational and can be reached at 413-376-1140. Please call first. At this time, walk-in appointments are not available.
HEATING REPAIR PROGRAM:
Our Heating Repair Program is open for heating system repairs and replacements. We can be reached at 413-376-1115. Please call first. At this time, walk-in appointments are not available.
THE COMMUNITY ACTION FAMILY CENTER:
Our Family Center is closed for walk-in appointments, playgroups, and group programming, but staff are available for individual and family support and are working to connect participants to resources by phone. We are not accepting free store donations at this time. Diaper distribution will be arranged by phone. 413-475-1555.
VITA FREE TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
VITA Tax Assistance clinics are taking appointments. Please click here for more information.
We are following the guidance from our funding source, USDA. If you are concerned about your WIC appointment for any reason, please call us for assistance. We will do our best to help all families navigate services. 413-376-1160
YOUTH & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Please call for our latest program updates: 413-774-7028
HARMON PERSONNEL SERVICES
Please call for the latest program updates: 413-774-7847
THE CENTER FOR SELF-RELIANCE FOOD PANTRIES:
The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry is open at its new location at 156 Main Street in Greenfield. We are now offering delivery, curbside pick up, and in-pantry food access options. To learn more about CSR, to view our hours or order online, please click here.
If you are unsure if your program is affected, or if you need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, please contact the appropriate Community Action program directly or call our agency line at 413-774-2318.
During this time, we have increased sanitation protocols at our sites. With that, we ask that if you or someone in your household is ill that you stay home. Please call us to cancel your appointment and we will work with you to reschedule and help you access the resources you need.
Furthermore, we are encouraging all Community Action staff and visitors to:
Wash hands upon arrival
Respect 6 feet of personal space and avoid direct physical contact
Observe appropriate hygiene precautions
With every challenge comes opportunity. The pandemic creates an opportunity for us to mobilize and come together to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. Community Action will continue to be a resource for all and strategize ways to affect the most good. We ask that you do the same.
If you know a family that is struggling, please visit our web-based online resource directory, Look4Help or call us at 413-774-2318.
In this time of social distancing and disconnection, we will continue to bridge connection and build community. We know that the families we serve are deeply concerned about how COVID-19 may affect their ability to receive basic needs and we are taking a proactive stance to ensure that we can continue to provide services to those who need them while prioritizing the safety of our participants and staff.
We will continue to update you as our plan develops. In the meantime, take care of yourself and each other.
HERE'S HOW WE CAN HELP...
Head Start & Early Learning Programs provides early education and care to children, ages 0-5, in Head Start & Early Head Start programs, center-based classrooms, family child care homes, and home visiting programs. Through a flexible mix of affordable options, we offer families earning lower-incomes the security of knowing that their children are learning and playing in a safe, supportive environment.
In New England, heating expenses are a big part of anyone’s budget, whether you rent or own your home. Community Action can help you heat your home and reduce home energy costs by installing insulation and fixing or replacing heating systems.
All people have the right to food, clothing, shelter, warmth, and medical care. Because costs are so high, many in our community have to sacrifice one necessity for another- rent vs. food, heat vs. needed medication. Community Action can help.
Good food is the basis of good health. Through its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program, Community Action assists pregnant women and families with children 0-5 in affording nutritious food and educates participants about immunization, nutrition, and breastfeeding.
Parenting is a tough and rewarding job. All parents need support and encouragement. Community Action offers playgroups, family activities, parenting education, and support for many kinds of parents and caregivers.
Community Action Youth Programs inspires emerging leaders to be their very best. Our free youth development programs focus on leadership development, community service, employment readiness, and diversity support.
Harmon Personnel Services is an an Alternative Staffing Organization and a division of Community Action Pioneer Valley. Harmon combines high-quality commercial staffing services with the social mission of helping people with low incomes move out of poverty.