It Takes a Village

2 E Main St, Huntington, Ma 01050
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Our mission To provide free postpartum and early parenting support to families with babies and young children living in Western Massachusetts, and to inspire the community to welcome the newest members of their Village.

It Takes a Village

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Village Closet Volunteers

At our donation site in Cummington, we always need help sorting and putting away donations, assisting families taking items to their cars, and gathering items for deliveries. Time commitment: as little or as much as you like, whenever the Village Closet is open.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Donation Delivery Drivers

Sometimes we need help getting donated items to and from our Village Closet. The volunteer driver may bring items from the Closet directly to a family, or else meet up with a volunteer who will bring the items the rest of the way. This position requires good communication skills, flexibility, and reliable transportation throughout the Hilltowns. Time commitment: about 1-2 hours per month.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Student Interns

There is so much that can be done to serve our Hilltown community because it takes a village! We are always open to having student interns help with outreach/ promotion of our services and programs, assisting with events and providing childcare, administrative support, and more.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Administrative Volunteers

It Takes a Village has a very small staff, so any volunteer support behind the scenes goes a LONG way! We can use support with: Marketing and Outreach — hanging flyers, delivering brochures to local businesses, use your talents to help spread our message. Event Planning and Support — help make our events successful! Backup childcare for Parent Groups and events Social Media or Website help — curate posts for Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, update the ITAV website, etc. Fundraising — help with fundraising campaigns, grant-writing, etc. Data Entry This position requires good communication skills, flexibility, and reliable transportation throughout the Hilltowns. Time commitment: about 1-2 hours per month.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Home Visit Volunteers

Home-visits are the heart of what we do. Volunteers are matched with a family for weekly, two-hour visits for up to 12 weeks during the first year of a baby’s (or babies’) life. Volunteers provide companionship, play with older children, prepare meals, wash dishes, and help in other ways that an extended family member or neighbor might. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to join us. This position requires flexibility, good communication skills, access to reliable transportation to and from the Hilltowns, and our volunteer should be comfortable with babies and young children. Time commitment: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks. We can reimburse volunteers for miles driven to and from the family’s home at $0.14 per mile.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
About us Through It Takes a Village, parents and caregivers are empowered to secure their own postpartum safety-nets, families combat the isolation that is so common in rural areas, and communities are transformed into an indispensable support system.
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