On a beautiful Island like Martha’s Vineyard where so many seek pleasure, rest and rejuvenation, it is hard to imagine that residents struggle with the same problems of living experienced in other rural communities.
In reality, the year-round population of 16,000 is one of the poorest in the Commonwealth and has one of the highest incidences of mental health and substance abuse. With a seasonal economy and a high cost of living, the Vineyard can be a very difficult place to live for those without the emotional, financial, or social resources available to help them cope with personal, health, and family problems.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of Islanders from every corner of the Vineyard community and at every point in their journey.
More than 6,000 of our neighbors (nearly half of the Island’s year round population) rely on Martha’s Vineyard Community Services for help through our six core programs.
Reflecting the diversity of the Vineyard community, our clients are both impoverished and affluent and include families and individuals of all ages, races and ethnicities. A community-based organization, Community Services employs 87 staff and more than 100 volunteers.
In 1961, MVCS made a promise to be there for all in need. Our interconnected programs have had two essential qualities: Serving Islanders of every economic circumstance and offering services that would otherwise be unaffordable or completely unavailable to many of our neighbors who need them.