Presentation: Tracy Opalinski, Ware Business and Civic Asssociation
Presented a summary on employment findings; how transportation, lack of connection between employers and employees, lack of training are barriers to employment in the QH region.
Proposal: collaborative funding for transportation?
Proposal: employment readiness clinics for people at different levels?
For a more in-depth look at Tracy's findings, see the file at the end of this post.
Presentation: Gail Farnsworth French, QHCDC Town of Ware
Presented a summary of barriers to education that help explain why Ware (and surrounding towns) unemployment is so high.
Data suggests that driving to education and training programs in franklin, Hampshire and Worcester counties is prohibitively expensive.
Allison – Walk for Children across MA starts Friday May 1, and anyone who wants to join it should email Allison
Julie Jediny – food bank at hillside village is now on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (May 19) from 1pm-2pm, has a newsletter that reaches 200 families that can take announcements
Jane Simonds: approved for IOP license intensive outpatient program for addiction – starting July 1, 3 days per week, 3.5 hours of counseling
Kristin – will be sending and posting fliers of the rooms that will be available in Hardwick via SMOC
Jessica Ware – Head Start is looking to fill slots for the fall
Laurie – Saturday May 9 10-11:30 STEM workshop at the Ware Family Center, doing science with kids at home free childcare!
Lynn – recruiting for next fall’s parent-child home program (Warren, W Brookfield, Palmer Monson belchertown ehamp south Hadley, Pelham, ware)
Haley – walden behavioral clinic, opening new clinic on university drive, trainings for agency stuff, Amherst open house May 21 4:30-6:30
Gail FF – QVCDC launched the financial fitness club with 6 participants who are saving for a variety of financial goals (car, housing, education, small business) in Ware
Michelle H – walk of champions, May 3
gcc mtg highlights: a more in-depth look at tracy opalinski's presentation about unemployment in the quaboag hills:
Here are quick overviews of the meetings; for full minutes and agendas, see the "Meetings" and "Task Force" tabs.