Children/Youth and Families

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative (HSNI)

The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service organizations; faith based organizations; the business community; education providers; property managers; and residents coming together with a goal to create safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhoods through information sharing, identifying at-risk youth, referrals and community efforts in specific Holyoke neighborhoods.

Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Inc.

The Amherst Hurricane Boosters are a local, independent group of parents, coaches and other supporters of High School sports in Amherst. We raise funds to help achieve our mission of having a positive impact on athletics at Amherst High School. Specifically, we have defined the following four goals as core to our mission:

  • To ensure the continued existence of sports program
  • To promote school athletics by increasing participation
  • To insure a positive experience for participants
  • To help promote achievement in sports.

UMass FTK (For The Kids) - Baystate Children's Hospital

UMass FTK (For the Kids) is the largest student-run nonprofit charitable organization at UMass Amherst. We raise money year round for Baystate Children's Hospital in Springfield, MA, for children and infants with debilitating diseases and health issues. Baystate is the only accredited full service children's hospital in the region, complete with its own pediatric intensive care unit, and receives little to no funding from the state. UMASS For the Kids raised over $200,000 over the course of the past academic year, and this year we are looking to raise more than $300K.

Compassion International

We are advocates for children. Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus' name.

It Takes a Village

Our mission is to increase support and decrease isolation for rural families with infants and young children living in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

Shanti Bhavan Children's Project

We empower children from impoverished backgrounds to take control of their lives and bring positive change to their families and communities. Each child receives 17 years of educational intervention, from the age of four until they graduate from college and begin their career. Our commitment extends from their first day of school to their first day of work. Shanti Bhavan levels the playing field, allowing our children to compete in the global marketplace on their own merit.

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Amherst Boys and Girls Club

An organization providing youth a safe supervised environment with educational and recreational activities to promote health, development, leadership and community regardless of income, race or religion.


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