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Hilltown Families hosts Community Service Night at Bridge Street School

To help families learn more about local community service opportunities, Hilltown Families is sponsoring its first Community Service Night next Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bridge Street School on Parsons Street.

Participants will be able to visit five volunteer stations at the school to work on a simple, hands-on nonprofit service project. Family members can volunteer at all five or just a few.

The stations will be run by members of the Northampton High School Key Club, who will help stamp community service “passports” as projects are completed. The passports will also include “conversation starters,” online resources and recommended reading lists.

Sienna Wildfield, founder of Hilltown Families, hopes the event will be a bridge between families looking for volunteer opportunities and local human service organizations in need of help.

“Many families are interested in volunteering together but may find it difficult due to either limited time or a lack of opportunities available to younger children,” Wildfield said. “Our service night is for all ages and is a fun avenue for parents to educate their children about the value of helping others.”

Nonprofits involved in the service night include Northampton Survival Center, Highland Valley Elder Services, Safe Passage and Baystate Children’s Hospital.

The event is free, but space is limited. Registration forms are available online at the Hilltown Families website or the network’s Facebook page.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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