It Takes a Village, a small nonprofit based in Cummington, MA is this year’s winner of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Small Nonprofit category. This year, a panel of judges raked through over 180 nominations that represented the incredible work of nonprofits and professionals across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Since 2009, It Takes a Village has provided free postpartum and early parenting support to families with infants and young children living in Western Massachusetts, and inspired the community to welcome the newest members of their Village. What started with one neighbor supporting one mother has expanded into a Home Visit Program which covers 29 towns, a donation and distribution center that has distributed over $600,000 worth of free maternity, infant, and children’s clothing and gear, and a Parent Support and Education Program with drop-in support groups and a series of free educational workshops for parents.

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Mollie Hartford, It Takes a Village’s Director of Outreach and Development accepted the award during a virtual ceremony Wednesday...

I want to thank you for recognizing the issue of family support as something worthy of an award...I imagine there are parents on this call who have felt judgment when they asked for help, so this gives me hope that that culture is shifting. ~ Mollie Hartford, It Takes a Village’s Director of Outreach and Development


Families looking for support and community members looking to get involved can learn more at or by calling 413-650-3640.

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