Community Engagement

Resident Leadership Program

Way Finders and our partners know that thriving communities start with, and are propelled forward by, the very people who live there: the residents who call the area home, who are raising children and grandchildren there, who are shopping and walking there, and who are running local businesses there. These are the voices that can help transform a community into one that is healthy, safe, and full of life. 

Springfield Initiatives & Activities

The Healthy Hill Initiative (HHI) is a multi-sector collaborative working to improve resident health & well-being in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood. Since beginning the Healthy Hill Initiative in 2016 Way Finders has expanded its efforts to the Mason Square community, engaging residents in health and fitness activities, leadership trainings, and advocacy efforts.

Vista Volunteers

Committed to helping individuals and communities who are facing real challenges find real ways to thrive and prosper? Convinced of the power of grassroots leadership? Driven to go where the need is greatest? So are we! Sign up to become a Way Finders' AmeriCorp VISTA Volunteer. 

Senior Health and Leadership in Springfield

Whether taking a vigorous chair aerobics class or walking through the Old Hill neighborhood, a group of seniors from Springfield are becoming healthier and transforming their community in the process.

The Healthy Hill Initiative in Action

Hi, I'm Beatrice Dewberry, Community Building and Engagement Manager at Way Finders. I have the good fortune to manage the Healthy Hill Initiative. It's a five year public health initiative that focuses on one neighborhood in Springfield, the Old Hill neighborhood. We were able to secure funding through the BUILD Health Challenge in 2015 for a two-year planning grant. And then, through community and investment tax credit funds, we were able to leverage those credits to secure additional funding through Baystate Health, to actually implement the Healthy Hill Initiative.

The Healthy Hill Initiative - A Western Massachusetts Healthcare Hero

Congratulations to the Way Finders' Community Building and Engagement team and their partners for being named a Business West western Massachusetts Healthcare Hero for their collaborative work within the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield through the Healthy Hill Initiative. 

Block Party on the Hill

William N. DeBerry School, 670 Union Street, Springfield
4:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Free

Springfield College, along with the Old Hill and Upper Hill Neighborhood Councils, Way Finders, and the Partnership for the Renewal of Old Hill, is glad to sponsor the annual Block Party on the Hill on Thursday, Aug. 10, at William N. DeBerry School, located at 670 Union Street in Springfield.

Guests attending will be treated to free food, music, and dancing, while also being encouraged to join their local neighborhood councils. There will be a resource fair with information about health, education, and housing.

19 Holyoke Residents Graduate from Way Finders’ Resident Leadership Program

Way Finders, formerly HAPHousing, recently graduated 19 Holyoke community members from the organization’s Resident Leadership Program, the largest class to date.

Holyoke neighbors celebrate community during NeighborWorks Week

[Holyoke, MA]— On Saturday, June 10th Holyoke residents and volunteers worked to improve the block around Essex and Chestnut Street, where a new affordable housing project known as Library Commons is planned to be developed. Way Finders celebrated what makes the project special, as part of a week-long celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

Way Finders Community Engagement Manager presented with honor from Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke

Media Coverage | May 17, 2017

Around the Mills: Holyoke Mayor to Honor Two Local Immigrants for National Immigrant Heritage Month

Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke presents citations to Marikler Toensmeier of Way Finders and Rashi Vega of the Gandara Center for contributions they have made to the city of Holyoke.

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