We Are Involved!
Quality of Life Surveys and Reports: In partnership with the UMass School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Nueva Esperanza Inc and several other Holyoke based agencies, we have sponsored the Project Asset Mapping (PAM) Survey. See www.PAMHolyoke.org The results will provide detailed information about resident perceptions of the quality of life, safety and needs of their neighborhoods.
Westfield State University prepared a detailed report about the impact Community Development Corporations have on learning in their communities, and heard community voices in Holyoke about a “Learning in Place” plan Olde Holyoke is creating.
Thank you to Prof. Marijoan Bull and all the WSU Students for their great work.. Thanks also to our partner on this project, Nueva Esperanza Inc. We are happy to share the report. Just click this link:
Urban Quality of Life Initiative – We developed a Quality of Life Fund with a grant from the Community Development Block Grant awarded by the City of Holyoke, Office of Community Development. Several Property Owners and Businesses contributed additional funding. The Quality of Life Fund provide the following services the summers of 2013-2016:
Public Safety: Holyoke Police Department Foot Patrols provided over 150 hours of public safety support to locations with a demonstrated need for their presence. We provided new a camera monitoring a chronic open air drug market in the Flats
Graffiti Abatement: Overt 1000 square feet of tagged surfaces were cleaned, in areas provided with police coverage and other locations of high public visibility.
Removal of Bulk Trash and Litter, We identified & made small repairs to public infrastructure in target areas: Alleyway cleanups will be organized and carried out in areas provided police coverage, as resources allow.
Park Improvements: We partnered with students at Dean Technical High School and repaired park benches in front of Kelly School
We are an active member of the South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood initiative (SHSNI). This 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 a safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhood through information sharing, referrals and community efforts in the South Holyoke neighborhood. South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative We were one of the proud sponsors of the SHSNI Winter Basketball League. We will be sponsoring the Summer Basketball League as well. Holyoke Summer Basketball League is Free and runs from June 14 to August 30, 2014. Games are on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All games held at James Jackson Court. Check out the flyers for more information. Summer Basketball League 2014 FlyerGirls Basketball Flyer
We are partnering with the Mobile Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Our shared goal is to increase access to nutritious foods and to reach families and individuals in need. We are partnering to host a Mobile Food Bank food distribution at one of our locations in Holyoke. The Mobile Food Bank will be in the Flats on the 2nd and 4th Friday starting July 25, 2014, be sure to follow us on facebook for updated information. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank Flyer Michael Moriarty was selected as a Difference Maker by Business West. Michael has committed much of his time and energy to taking on a societal challenge – early literacy. He has taken the lead in Holyoke’s Third Grade Literacy Initiative, helping to put in place an infrastructure and a battle plan to dramatically increase the number of young people able to read by the fourth grade – the time when people stop learning to read and begin reading to learn. Click to Learn more about Michael Moriarty and Early Literacy