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Community Needs Assessment Survey

Help us to help others. Our Community Needs Assessment Survey is your opportunity to call awareness to the most pressing needs of our community. Please take a minute to complete the survey. Click the link in the red box to begin.

Join us tomorrow at 5pm for our first meeting for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. See the attached flier (pictured above) for details.

2017 Community Scholarship Award Breakfast

2017 Community Scholarship Award Breakfast
We recently celebrated the achievements of an impressive bunch of college-bound Springfield residents at our community scholarship awards breakfast event given in their honor.

The event, which took place on Friday, June 16th at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Springfield, featured an uplifting keynote presentation by John Cook, Ph.D, President of Springfield Technical Community College. We were so lucky to get Western Mass News anchor Ray Hershel to act as our master of ceremonies for our 2017 Community Scholarship Award Breakfast this morning.

Those chosen to receive our 2017 Community Scholarships are:
Deidra Catala
Sasha Gonzalez
Kiara Mickens
Taylor Mickens
Nathalie Orelien
Emanuel Parrilla
Vidhi Patel
Kimberly Quinonez
Kyle Rivera
Priscilla Rucks-Smith
Cecelia Scott

Congratulations to all!

Congratulations First Time Homebuyer Graduates

Congratulations First Time Homebuyer Graduates
Congratulations to this quarter's First Time Homebuyer graduates. We wish you all the best in your new homes.

As a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, Springfield Partners provide comprehensive housing counseling to hundreds of residents of Western Massachusetts every year. Our first time homebuyers classes are free, and certified by the Mass Housing Partnership and the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). Classes consist of four hour sessions on two consecutive Saturdays. Participants must attend both parts.

The next First Time Homebuyer classes are tentatively scheduled for the last two Saturdays in September. Registration opens in August. Watch this space for the announcement.

Second Annual Community Action Awareness Day Cookout was a success!

Second Annual Community Action Awareness Day Cookout was a success!
Springfield – Springfield Partners for Community Action held our Second Annual Community Action Awareness Day Cookout on Friday, May 26th from 3pm-6pm. The free community-wide event was designed to bring awareness to our agency’s programs and services in conjunction with National Community Action Month this May.

The forecast did not deliver on its promise to clear up in time, so--not ones to let the rain spoil the fun--our quick-thinking staff swiftly relocated many of the activities inside including the information tables and popular activities for children like face painting. The day also featured popular music spun by DJ Walt Fludd, our Director of Veterans’ Services, and a spectacular magic show by Scotty Swan.

Springfield Partners is committed to providing local families with quality services so staff members sought feedback throughout the day on how to best meet the needs of the community this included a survey about topics which local residents had previously identified as the top issues facing Springfield and the surrounding area. The survey acted as a meal ticket for the event as attendees were able to trade their completed survey for delicious food, hot off the grill. Locals were further incentivized to visit individual program tables by the opportunity to collect stamps in a passport which allowed them to be entered into a raffle. The entire agency staff and members of our board of directors were on hand to serve food, paint faces, offer carnival-style games for children, take photos, and—most importantly— educate people about the many programs that tour agency offers.

Close of Tax Season

Close of Tax Season
Springfield Partners' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program closed for 2017 as of April 18th. Volunteers and staff are no longer available to assist you until next tax season.

In the meantime, please contact the following with any inquiries about your return:

Federal: IRS 800-829-1040
Mass Department of Revenue: 800-392-6089

Thank you to all those who donated their time to prepare income tax returns at no cost as part of our VITA program and all the local taxpayers who used this free service.

This message does not apply to taxpayers with a letter from the IRS who will be serviced by the staff of our Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC).

40 Under Forty Honors

40 Under Forty Honors
Congratulations to our very own 40 under Forty awardees.

We are so proud of Tabitha Desplaines, Springfield Partners for Community Action's Director of New Beginnings Early Education and Care Center, for being selected by Business West for a 40 Under Forty award for her outstanding work.

We are also very pleased to see Wilfredo Lopez recognized for all his hard work for the community which includes being an active member of our board of directors.


Springfield Partners for Community Action

Springfield Partners for Community Action
Springfield Partners for Community Action is the federally designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for the greater Springfield area, serving low-income individuals and families. Established in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act, Springfield Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SOMWBA-certified enterprise. The agency has over 50 years of experience providing services and advocacy to alleviate the conditions of poverty for area residents.

Springfield Partners is a lifeline for the low-income residents of Springfield and Hampton County we help every year. Nearly 29% of the people living in Springfield live below the poverty line. We help these families break the cycle of poverty.

We assist up to 7,000 individuals in our community every year with our programs, and we strive to provide even more.

Executive Director, Paul Bailey

Executive Director, Paul Bailey
"...we have to box clever in the margins, and make the most of what we have."

Sadly, Springfield is in a deep pocket of poverty— through a low-income base and high unemployment, which keeps communities in a long-term economically vulnerable position. This cycle of poverty impacts the ability of a person to function in society, and has a domino effect on issues such as homelessness and malnutrition.

Please Help, Together We Can Change Lives!

Please Help, Together We Can Change Lives!
Please support Springfield Partners for Community Action's programs by making a donation today.

With your help, we can continue providing these crucial services to the community, and respond to people's needs proactively.

Your donation is an investment in your community. Investing in the self-sufficiency of your neighbors offers a big return: more educated citizens, more homeowners, more stable neighborhoods, and more personal income being spent at local businesses.

Springfield Partners is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and your donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.