Care for Community

Care for Community

Care for Community: A Volunteer Coordination Program MV Community Services continues to respond to the needs of our clients and the community at large. Last week, we worked with Island Grown Initiative, Vineyard Food Equity Network and other community partners to launch Care for Community, a volunteer coordination program to support Island organizations in need of…

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Island Wide Youth Collaborative Expands

Island Wide Youth Collaborative Expands

Every parent wants the best for their children, but when life throws unforeseen circumstances their way; even providing basic needs can become difficult.   When Jane* was referred to the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, our Massachusetts Family Resource Center, the world she dreamed of giving her children felt unattainable.   “When I walked into IWYC…

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Give back this season

Give back this season

As joyful as the holiday season can be, this time of year also adds a level of stress to daily life. The days are getting shorter and the to-do lists seem to get longer. From holiday parties and school concerts to gift-giving, baking and coordinating travel plans – it is hard not to feel overwhelmed….

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Connecting Island Veterans with Support

Connecting Island Veterans with Support

“What bothered me most was living in anticipation of military conflict,” recalls MV Community Services Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Bob Tankard, about his time spent as a medic in Korea during the Vietnam War era. Bob joined the Army out of high school and like many veterans, his experience had a profound impact on his future….

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Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

No one wants to believe that someone they love is capable of hurting them – physically or emotionally, but domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year.  While Martha’s Vineyard has a distinct romanticism about it – the sunsets, pristine beaches and Island magic that seems to draw us all in, our community…

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Head Start

Head Start is a national program committed to giving every child the opportunity to succeed in school and life beyond school. MV Community Services Head Start program is home-based and locally designed for our Island community. Want to learn more? Read our quick interview below with Head Start Program Coordinator, Cindy Flanders. Q: How long have you…

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10 Things to Know About This Year’s Possible Dreams

Our largest annual fundraiser is just five days away. We invite you to join us at The Historic Tilton Farm on Middle Road on Sunday, July 28th for an evening that will have a lasting impact on our community. This year’s event has a fresh new vibe, venue, and shortened program. Possible Dreams- 10 things…

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3 ways you can help create a more inclusive Island community

“A community that excludes even ONE member is NO community at all.” – Dan Wilkins March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month. This national campaign is raising awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. What are Developmental Disabilities? Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an…

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