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Community Engagement

Flexing Your Civic Muscle: Advancing Digital Equity

1780 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
5:30 pm
Free - includes dinner

This FREE event is from 5:30-7:30pm at the Way Finders Springfield Housing Center. Click here to reserve your space by November 8. 

Emily Thibault

Emily Thibault joined the Community Building & Engagement team at Way Finders in 2019, during her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Emily is passionate about building healthy communities and working with resident leaders to drive and sustain positive change. Emily manages the Resident Health Advocates program and the successful Let’s Get Fit Older Adult Chair Aerobics program.

Anna Cruz

Anna Cruz has been with Way Finders since 2015. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, she provides leadership and assistance to residents and resident-led organizations in targeted Holyoke neighborhoods. She also coordinates the Chestnut Community Alliance, a resident-led group working to address issues of public safety and crime.

Chestnut Community Alliance

The Chestnut Community Alliance (CCA) is an active coalition of residents, joined by community providers and civic leaders, working together to make their neighborhood safe and healthy. CCA residents live in, or have ties to, the two neighborhoods surrounding the Holyoke Public Library and Library Commons, the Way Finders affordable housing development. 

Climate Change & Health Equity

A more just planet and a better future for all—including communities of color, where the health of residents is often disproportionately affected by environmental hazards and climate impacts? Getting there calls for shifts in policies, systems, and practices that will have a lasting impact on climate, air quality, health, and racial equity. 

Springfield Resident Health Advocates

Established in 2017, our small—but mighty!—cohort of five Resident Health Advocates leads the way in inspiring our community advocacy efforts. 

Leading with passion, uniting with purpose

Way Finders Resident Health Advocates serve as both ambassadors of the Community Building and Engagement team and leaders of the Community Advocates and the broader community. In return for a commitment to volunteer a set number of hours (the goal is 45 hours a quarter), Resident Health Advocates receive a quarterly stipend. 

Way Finders Community Advocates

Established in 2018, our team of Community Advocates come together once a month to talk, plan, listen, learn, and connect. 

Advocate with us—for your community.

Our rallying cry? We come together as a start. We stay together to progress. We work together for success.

Digital Equity

The digital realm today is the gateway to so many essentials: health care, education, housing opportunities, social networks with friends and family, civic life, and entertainment—all of which can boost health and well-being. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Now it’s a glaring truth and a growing inequity for the many people who are shut out.

Busy Sparking and Activating Connections in Holyoke

What makes the difference between a “no” and a “maybe” in terms of getting residents involved in community building work? Between watching from the outside or joining the group? Between seeing a challenge as insurmountable or as something to take on with vigor? Between feeling at a loss (“What can I do?”) or feeling empowered (“Let’s do this!”)? 

Partnerships with Local Schools

Way Finders partnership with municipal school because


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