The Island Counseling Center invites MVRHS girls to…
Emerge is a skills and support group created to help girls cope with life’s challenges. The group will use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help teach girls how to handle difficult emotions, build better relationships and be more present.
Registration is required – please contact Sara Townes 508-693-7900 x233 to register.
Off-island disposal in an environmentally friendly way! Electronics Disposal Day is a fundraiser to benefit the programs and services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
Recycle your personal or business old and tired:
Air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers & dryers, and scrap metal!
Fees between $5 and $40 per item. 10% discount for full car loads!
Island resident and runner, Ruth Ambrozaitis, is planning the second Run for Veterans to benefit MVCS Veterans Outreach Program.
The Run For Veterans is on for Saturday, November 10.
The run will begin at 9:00 and start at the Right Fork Diner.
No timing, no tee shirts, no porta potties, no water stops…
just a group run for a great cause! Walkers welcome!
CONNECT to end violence, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, holds an annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in an effort to help raise awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All proceeds from walks benefit the CONNECT to end violence program.
The 11th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk will take place on Saturday, October 13th – all ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Drive with Vineyard Pride. Put it on your ride!
Your purchase of a Martha’s Vineyard License Plate directly benefits the vital program and services of MVCS. In keeping with the agency’s community-minded spirit, MVCS has committed to donating 20% of net proceeds to other Island non-profits that benefit youth and seniors through the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Driving the Future Fund.
The 2nd Low-Number Charitable Auction is happening now! Numbers being auctioned off can be seen below.
Interested in one of the above plates? Visit the online auction today by clicking here.
MVCS is excited to announce that Beth Wike has joined the agency’s leadership team as the new Disability Services Program Director. Beth brings 17 years of diversified experience to the program, working with individual with disabilities of all ages and backgrounds.
Originated in 1988, Disability Services through MVCS provides community integration and independence of Island residents with disabilities through the Island Employment Services and the Family Support Center.
Ms. Wike will focus on the development and implementation of the STEP program, a transition support program aimed at supporting students with the school to employment process at MVRHS.
“I believe there is great potential on this island to create new opportunities for our residents with disabilities,” said Beth. “The beauty of inclusion is that the entire community has much to gain from bridging gaps and bringing folks together. I value working as a member of a team, and appreciate a dynamic approach to problem solving. I am honored to take on this role, and look forward to getting to know my new community even more throughout this process.”
Ms.Wike will also work closely with the newly formed Disability Services Coalition. This collaboration brings together service providers, school and business representatives, self-advocates, and parents of individuals with disabilities to identify gaps in services and resources available to residents with disabilities, and create solutions to enhance opportunities to live full, engaged, and active lives.
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative in collaboration with the Island Counseling Center host Transgender & Gender Non-Binary Support Group on Thursday evenings. This support group is for youth and adults of all ages who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or any other of the multitude of identities on the transgender spectrum.
Island native, Todd Hitchings, will embark on a 272 mile hike through Vermont this fall to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. Todd started an Everyday Hero fundraising page to raise money for MVCS’ Substance Use Recovery Programs. His story and inspiration are below:
“My name is Todd Hitchings. I was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard and have spent the majority of my adult life living here as well. I am eternally indebted to this amazing community and want nothing but the best for everybody who calls this special place home.
However, over the past few years, I have seen a crisis get exponentially worse and change the lives of those around me in a horrible way. I’m talking about the opioid epidemic that is not only sweeping the mainland, but is right here on the streets and dirt roads of our home.
I know that everyone reading this right now can identify with me. We all know someone who has struggled with addiction. Many here on the island have lost loved ones, sometimes for a few years, sometimes forever. But there are many success stories as well, and I want people to know that there is hope and there is a way out.
I know I have felt helpless for too long in trying to change the things I see around me so I will be taking some time I have this fall to complete a 272 mile hike in Vermont known as the Long Trail. I really just wanted to help in any way I could, so I thought fundraising through the vessel of this hike would be a great opportunity. That’s why I will be raising the money for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Through their Substance Use Disorder Program, they will use the funds to help people recover and survive the problems that arise from addiction.
It’s time to turn my frustration and sadness with this situation into something constructive, and I ask all of you for help in this endeavor. If we’re able to change one person’s life for the better through this project, I would consider it a tremendous success.
I am not asking for any more than you are able to part with, but I am asking for a donation to MV Community Services.”
Chicken Alley Art and Collectible Sale
The Chicken Alley Art and Collectible Sale benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. All year long the staff at the thrift shop keep an eye out for special treasures, putting them aside for the sale. The event is the brainchild of Olga Hirshhorn, who came up with the idea more than a decade ago. It has since been expanded to include a fashion show on the Friday before the Sunday sale. Some say the show is “the most exciting and unique art show of the summer season.”