Grant for Media Center; Volunteer Engagement; Leadership Training

June 4, 2019 — Holyoke Media to use $200k grant to construct a media center... United Way of Greater New Bedford, Cape Abilities honored for volunteer efforts... Cape Code, Martha's Vineyard nonprofit leaders complete leadership training.

Holyoke Media to Use $200K Grant to Construct a Media Center

Holyoke Media, a Holyoke-based nonprofit that provides a public access cable television service, recently received a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to construct a $2 million media center.

Additional funding reportedly will come from Comcast, the sole cable TV provider in Holyoke, which has been providing funding to Holyoke Media since 2014.

The center will include a 100-seat black box theater, production suites, office space and a reception area, according to

"Scott McPherson, Holyoke Media’s executive director, said plans include demolishing the building’s interior in the coming months. The project must then go out to bid, with renovations expected to take 14 months," MassLive reported, adding that the theater will provide a space for original productions and public meetings.

United Way of Greater New Bedford, Cape Abilities Honored for Volunteer Efforts

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), a Boston nonprofit that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, recently recognized two nonprofit organizations for innovative volunteer engagement.
  • The United Way of Greater New Bedford, based in New Bedford, for increasing its annual number of volunteers, improving volunteer retention rates, obtaining funding for volunteer programming, and growing awareness of its Volunteer SouthCoast website. In addition, the organization significantly improved its Return on Volunteer Investment (ROVI). In 2016, the volunteer contribution to the agency was valued at $43,452, and the ROVI was $2.49 for every $1 invested. In 2018, the volunteer contribution rose to $68,171, and the ROVI increased to $3.45.

  • Cape Abilities, based in Hyannis, for growing and improving its volunteer program and hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator, which has led to improved processing and onboarding of volunteers, increasing the number of volunteers and hours served and increasing the number of volunteer applications.
Both organizations have participated in the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a research-based training and certification program designed to help organizations enhance nonprofit capacity through the fundamental and strategic use of volunteers and their skills.

“When an organization embraces Service Enterprise on all levels, great things happen,” commented Emily Haber, chief executive officer of MSA. “United Way of Greater New Bedford and Cape Abilities are outstanding examples of the power of Service Enterprise as both have fully, and with great impact, integrated this model into their organization.”

Cape Code, Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Leaders Complete Leadership Training

The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced that 22 leaders from nonprofit organizations in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard recently graduated from a program designed to equip nonprofit leaders with the skills, knowledge, and networks to make strategic, mission-driven decisions that will positively impact their organizations and the communities they serve.

This year marks the third time the program, organized by Institute for Nonprofit Practice, a Needham-based nonprofit that helps educate nonprofit leaders, has been held on Cape Cod.

The following nonprofit executives graduated from the program:
  • ACE Martha's Vineyard: Samuel Hart
  • Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival: Elaine Lipton
  • Cape Cod Literacy Council: Kathryn Carpenter
  • Cape Cod Village: Susan Johnson
  • Chatham Conservation Foundation and Chatham Marconi Maritime Center: Dorothy Basset
  • Cotuit Center for the Arts: Tracy LaBonte
  • Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools: Tracey Crago
  • Featherstone Center for the Arts: Posie Haeger
  • HopeHealth: Julie Dalton
  • Hospice of Martha's Vineyard: Thomas Hallahan
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: Katie Miller
  • Island Grown Initiative: Emily Armstrong
  • Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association: CJ Rivard
  • Martha's Vineyard Community Services: Amy Houghton
  • Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative: Nevette Previd
  • Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center: Sarah McKay
  • Orleans Chamber of Commerce: NoéŠlle Pina
  • Provincetown Community Television: Amy Davies
  • Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.: Katharine Taylor
  • Sharing Kindness: Kim Mead-Walters
  • Vineyard House: Kate Desrosiers
  • WellStrong: Amy Doherty