A year at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
MV Times | 12.28.16
From the very beginning, collaboration has been at the root of our work at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. It all began in 1961 with a small dedicated group of year-round and seasonal residents collaborating to find a solution to simmering concerns over the health and stability of individuals and families on Martha’s Vineyard. Read more.
Islandwide Group Works to Create Better Response to Addiction
Vineyard Gazette | 12.22.16
Better access to detox facilities on the mainland for people needing emergency treatment, specially-trained recovery coaches and changes inside police departments, schools and the hospital are all in the works following a public forum last June called to address addiction problems in the Island community. Read more
In the holiday spirit of giving, Family to Family provided more than 200 families with food at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven last Friday. The group distributes food to Islanders in need three times a year, around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Many of the people who use the service are elderly, people with disabilities, or unemployed. Read more
The great book giveaway
MV Times | 12.17.16
After her friend Karen Harris died this fall, Elyce Bonnell of West Tisbury wanted to find a way to honor her. Ms. Harris taught an early education program at the West Tisbury School, and was passionate about books and reading.
“We really connected when talking about books,” Ms. Bonnell said. “I wanted to do something that she would be proud of.”Read more
Lynn Lyons doesn’t want you to calm down. For much of her 27-year career, the Concord, N.H., therapist, author and speaker has studied anxiety and depression in kids and adults. In a series of workshops presented on the Island this week, the message she delivered about how to treat them may not be one you’ve heard before. Read more.
The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard, the Island’s community foundation, held its inaugural grants awards ceremony Tuesday evening at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. In all, 25 Island nonprofits received $155,000. Read more.
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC), housed at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, has formed a liaison with the Immigration Resource Center of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands, located in Hyannis. The collaboration will bring expert legal advice, one day a month, to those on-Island needing help with immigration issues. The Immigration Resource Center was added to the Hyannis office last summer. Read more.
Men, women, kids in strollers and dogs on leashes: More than 30 people and their pets took part in Saturday’s Domestic Violence Awareness Walk from Edgartown’s Park and Ride to the harborfront and back. This is the ninth year that Connect to End Violence, a division of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, has sponsored a walk that brings Islanders together on behalf of domestic violence survivors. Read more.
OAK BLUFFS – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) and the MV License Plate Committee are inviting island plate holders to attend a group caravan around the Vineyard on October 16. Read more.
The Vineyard’s newest designer line may come with a label, but not with designer prices. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Chicken Alley Thrift Shop has launched its own line of upcycled home goods and clothing, made with discards from the thrift store. The line Hatched, which was introduced two months ago, currently includes T shirt tote bags, dog beds made from old sweaters, flannel shirts turned designer duds, and a few other items — all repurposed and all very reasonably priced. Read more.
Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plates, which benefit Community Services and other Island non-profits, will soon be adorning Vineyard cars. First-round applicants are receiving letters in the mail with instructions about how to pick the specialty plates up at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Read more.
Patrick J. Kennedy stood at the podium of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Friday night. It was a sweltering evening and the audience fanned themselves with programs and leaflets while listening to Mr. Kennedy speak from both a place of personal experience about his battles with addiction, and a political perspective as he fights to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues. Read more.
Despite increased funding and greater public awareness, opiate addiction in Massachusetts is still a runaway train. Seeking to put the brakes on a grim trend, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is deploying a new tactic — the recovery coach — a combination counselor, sponsor, and mentor, who provides one-on-one support to people with substance abuse issues. Read more.
Speak with any Martha’s Vineyard visitor, and when you ask them what they liked about the island, nine times out of ten they will mention the people. There’s something about the island that breeds happy people. The locals seem to always have a smile on their face, and ferry goers who may come grumpy in the early morning are often seen leaving with sun kissed contentment. Read more.
The chairs in the American Legion Hall in Edgartown are arranged around the green platform stage. No two chairs are in front of another and each is about three feet from the stage. The purpose of the arrangement is to provide an immersive experience. Through her play Occupied Territories, writer and director Mollye Maxner attempts to provide audiences with a lot more than entertainment. Read more.
EDGARTOWN – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, along with the Joseph Jerome Memorial Fund is sponsoring “An Evening with Patrick Kennedy” on August 12. Proceeds from the event, which takes place at 7 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, will benefit the Joseph Jerome Memorial Fund and MVCS’s New Paths Recovery Program. Read more.
Armed with numbered paddles, bidders battled it out under peaked white tents at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama on Sunday, pledging $136,250 during the live auction at the 38th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction. Read more.
On an Island known for its generosity, the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction is perhaps the most extravagant example. Since its inception the auction has raised over $11 million for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The 38th Possible Dreams Auction takes place on Sunday, July 31 at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Katama. Read more.
Imagine scoring the best seats in the house for the Oak Bluffs fireworks, with private dining at Offshore Ale Co. Or having a Bad Martha beer named after you, and getting free pints at the Brewery. Or inviting 50 of your friends to the Ritz for a private party and concert featuring Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. These unbuyable opportunities just brush the surface of what will be offered at the 38th annual Possible Dreams Auction this Sunday, July 31. Read more.
It was 1969, and Steve Maxner was in a concrete bunker in Vietnam, witnessing his daughter’s birth for the first time on videotape. Less than 300 yards away, helicopters were circling Vietnamese troops, raining down rockets and minigun fire, irradiating the sky with flares. Mr. Maxner, huddled in the relative safety of the firebase with his friends, listened to his daughter’s cries. “This is wonderful, this is new life,” he thought. Read more.
Only a handful of people will have the opportunity to attend what is, arguably, the hippest event of the Vineyard summer season. On July 29, Gallery Josephine in Oak Bluffs will host a benefit cocktail party with performances by Pulitzer prizewinning author Junot Diaz and composer, producer, and recording artist John Forte. Read more.
Residents and visitors on the Vineyard will gather later this month for a major fundraising event to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The 38th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction will be held on Sunday, July 31 at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown. Read more.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Eyes New Campus on Adjacent Property
Vineyard Gazette | 6.10.16
Cape Cod Five Awards MV Community Services Telemedicine Grant
Capecod.com | 6.8.16
Kathi Hackett Receives State Award
Gazette | 3.29.16
New State Opioid Law Gives Hope to Island Officials
Gazette | 3.17.16
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is announcing the All Island Veterans Discount Card program. This program is an initiative between Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Veterans Outreach Program, Dukes County Veterans Services, and local Island businesses to recognize and thank the Island’s more than 500 veterans, reservists, and individuals serving on active duty. Read more.
Escalating concern about the heroin epidemic, and how the Island is dealing with treatment and support for addicts and their families, was the primary topic at a meeting of the Dukes County Commission this week. Read more.
Anew support group begins this week for family members and friends of people experiencing substance abuse. Sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Island Counseling Center, the support group, called Ripple, is for people over the age of 18. The aim of the program is to provide a safe space with information about recovery and treatment. Read more.
Federal officials get an earful from Martha’s Vineyard veterans
MV Times | 2.17.16
Veterans of military service living on Martha’s Vineyard came out in force to American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven on a stormy Tuesday night. They packed the pine-paneled hall to air their grievances about Veterans Choice, a program begun in 2014 that was intended to provide better health care access to veterans who live in remote areas, and has, ironically, made access more difficult for many. Read more.
Dreaming Big and Stressing Less at Alex’s Place
Vineyard Gazette | 2.13.16
It’s a little after noon on a wintry Wednesday, and Alex’s Place is hopping. Normally the 5,000-square-foot space, spread out over two floors in a wing of the YMCA, across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, is quiet until school lets out at two. Read more.
Martha’s Vineyard Reaches Goal for Specialty Plate
CapeCod.com | 2.8.16
MARTHA’S VINEYARD – Motorists will soon be seeing Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plates on the roadways. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has sold 850 plates with proceeds benefiting the organizations programs including mental health, child care and domestic violence services. Other island non-profits that service youth and the elderly will receive 20 percent of the funds. Read more.
How hard could it be to work at the Island’s favorite boutique
MV Times | 1.26.16
It’s a well-kept secret that’s no secret at all. Vineyarders, men and women alike, love to hunt for treasures at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Thrift Shop on Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven. It’s probably a country thing. Even more than that, an Island thing. Read more.
Deadline to order MV specialty plates through Community Services
MV Times | 1.26.16
MV Community Services has sold 850 Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plates and submitted all completed applications to the RMV this week, after nine months of working on the project. The RMV will process each application and the plates will be produced and shipped out within 6 to 8 months. Read more.
Specialty License Plates on the Way
Vineyard Gazette | 1.26.16
The specialty license plate program begun last year by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is on its way to becoming reality. Community Services reported this week that it had sold 850 Martha’s Vineyard specialty plates and submitted applications to the Registry of Motor Vehicles this week. Read more.
Chicken Alley Crafts Upcycle the Unused
MV Times | 1.19.16
Thrift shops have always been a great recycling resource. Now the Chicken Alley Thrift Shop in Vineyard Haven is upping the ante through upcycling options. This winter, thrift shop employee Anna Marie D’Addarie will lead a series of crafting classes which will utilize useless items. Read more.
New Fund will Assist Islanders with Off-Island Medical Trips
MV Times | 1.13.16
A new initiative to assist Islanders with medical expenses, the Transportation Access Program (TAP), will help pay for off-Island travel to receive treatments not available on Martha’s Vineyard. Read more.
Community Services Introduces Medical Travel Expenses Program
Vineyard Gazette | 1.7.16
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is introducing a new program to help Vineyard and Nantucket residents with travel expenses for medical appointments off-Island. Read more.
Coping with PTSD, a Veteran Finds a Way Back to Peace through Farming
WCAI | 1.7.16
Tom Rancich is a war veteran and a self-described sharecropper. He’s done combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He worked in special forces, on bomb squads, and retired as a decorated Navy SEAL, awarded the Bronze Star. Read more.