PANDEMIC CHANGES
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we created United We Help Fall River; a Collaboration of United Neighbors and United Way of Greater Fall River. Our usual coalition meetings have been consolidated into four community collaborative meetings via Zoom. Our hope is to return to meeting by individual coalition when we are back to face to face meetings. Below are the times of the meetings:

Nov
23
Sat
Guns for Groceries @ Blessed Trinity Church
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Guns for Groceries

No questions asked. 

Gift certificates for groceries will be given in exchange for the guns you return. 

$50-$75

With generous support from Southcoast Health, Market Basket, Attorney Scott Lang, and Domino’s Team Fall River.

Dec
12
Thu
Citizenship Clinic @ Fall River YMCA
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you eligible for naturalization? Start the process today!

Free Citizenship Assistance. 

Free lunch and child care available during event!

Learn more and find out if you are eligible using the link below:

www.miracoalition.org/citizenship

Dec
14
Sat
5th Annual Festival of Trees @ Fall River Government Center
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Creative Arts Network Presents the 5th Annual Festival of Trees!

Come and celebrate holiday traditions!

Visit with Santa, live music and entertainment, food samples, candy station, holiday shopping market, mistle-toe making & SO much more!

Jan
13
Mon
Lunch and Learn: Confronting Cyber-Addiction @ Kuss Middle School
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Unplugging Teens from their Screens

Jessica Fortunato, Psy. D will:

  1. Identify and define cyber-addiction, the risks associated with overuse of social media, and the impact on adolescent development.
  2. Recognize symptoms of cyber-addiction and problematic patterns of use.
  3. Implement effective strategies that help youth understand the risks, set healthier boundaries and maintain a balanced digital diet.

**FREE CATERED LUNCH**

REGISTER HERE

2 CEUs Awarded. The program has been approved for 2 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons of Social Work.

The Father and Family Network is a statewide networking and training group for professionals who work with fathers. The group helps professionals enhance skills, learn new strategies for engaging fathers, and coordinate services across the state.

Jan
22
Wed
A Discussion on Period Poverty @ United Neighbors of Fall River
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am

Please join United Neighbors in a discussion on period poverty, its impact on the girls and women in Fall River and how to ensure free menstrual products in schools, shelters and prisons.

All welcomed and needed!

RSVP to Wendy at 508-324-7900 ext. 103 or through email at wendy@unfr.org 

 

Mar
2
Mon
United Neighbors Community Partnership: Improving Cultural Competency with Transgender Clients @ St. Vincent's Chapel
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the United Neighbors Community Partnership as we discuss ways we can improve cultural competency while working with transgender youth and their families. Throughout the conversation, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Gender on a continuum
  • Gender options
  • Sexist stereotypes
  • Sexist internalization
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Gender binary and cultural norms
  • Transphobia
  • Micro and macro aggressions
  • Transition challenges
  • Evolution of diagnosis in the DSM
  • Transgender youth and family needs and treatment

2 CEU credits will be available to participants, as well as a resource list of transgender friendly services. Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at 508-324-7900 ext. 103 or via email at wendy@unfr.org for more information.

Mar
9
Mon
Lunch and Learn: Dads in Transition @ Southcoast Behavioral Health
Mar 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Dads in Transition

Richard Clayter, Director of Programs at the Family Nurturing Center will present on the following areas:

  • Basic techniques to use while communicating with male clients
  • Understanding men’s needs and their roles as fathers
  • Roles of practitioners in eliminating barriers for fathers who are interested in parenting their children
  • Exploring activities for fathers to enhance their parenting skills

**FREE CATERED LUNCH**

REGISTER HERE

2 CEU’s Awarded. The program has been approved for 2 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW, Boston College and Simmons School of Social Work.

The Father and Family Network is a statewide networking and training group for professionals who work with fathers. The group helps professionals enhance skills, learn new strategies for engaging fathers, and coordinate services across the state.

Jan
13
Thu
Southcoast Food Policy Council @ via Zoom
Jan 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Since March 2020, the SFPC has held weekly, then bi-weekly, emergency resource meetings for all of our SFPC Members-at-Large. (If you are receiving this email, then yes, you are a SFPC Member-at-Large.) We remain grateful to you as we continue working toward creating a regional food system that works for everyone!

Going forth into 2022, we will be shifting these bi-monthly meetings to quarterly. Our focus during the quarterly meetings will be to provide you with updates on our progress, opportunities to get involved, and ways you can take action as a food stakeholder and community partner.

Our first quarterly meeting will be focused on the recently completed 2021 Southcoast Food System Assessment and will be held via zoom. Since we will be presenting the key takeaways from the Assessment, we are offering our Members-at-Large two opportunities to participate in January’s quarterly meeting – dates, times, and zoom links are below.

One of the critical pieces of information highlighted in the report is depicted below in the infographic. From 2012-2017, we have had a 8.1% decrease in farms and a 8.0% decrease in the total number of acres of land in production in Southeastern MA, outpacing the state in both instances. This shift in farm acreage more than reverses a 7.8% gain documented between 2007 and 2012. Food production, and so much more, will be discussed during January’s presentation.

Join our zoom meeting:

Thursday, January 13 at 6:30pm EST

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86100632790

Meeting ID: 861 0063 2790 One tap mobile +13017158592

If you want to join the Southcoast Food Alert Listserv, please contact sfpc@marioninstitute.org. When someone has extra carrots or chicken, or have information on a grant to share, or a question or food system problem, you can use this listserv to talk with a bigger group.

 

 

Jan
17
Mon
Community Wellness Initiative @ via Zoom
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meets the first and third Monday of the month.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at wendy@unfr.org for the Zoom link.

Jan
18
Tue
Confronting Discrimination @ via Zoom
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

These meetings/trainings are discussions for adults and youth about discrimination and bias.

Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at wendy@unfr.org for the Zoom link.