The Mural at Piña Park 

Admiring this great unveiling of a mural created by Tyrone Bowie Jr. Cookies and Hot Chocolate with Parks and Recreation. We are at Piña park Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 4pm-5pm. Come on over!

OneHolyoke’s #KeepItClean2K19 Campaign

OneHolyoke CDC kicked-off its citywide KeepItClean2k19 campaign, an initiative to clean Holyoke’s streets, at the Flats Community Building, 43 Canal Street, on April 22nd at 10 am and ended on September 21st 2019.

OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation a nonprofit organization, hosted a cleaning campaign  starting out of the Flats Community Building, 43 Canal Street in Holyoke, every forth Saturday of the month through September. Wonderful partners on opposite weeks did clean-ups as well. Holyoke organizations were encouraged to volunteer to host their own cleaning events, and the community really came together to do so. We also participated in cleaning events throughout the city hosted by other Holyoke Organizations.  The goal of #KeepItClean2K19 was to promote weekly neighborhood clean ups through fall with an end of the year city wide cleanup event. This event was hosted on September 21 2019, and led all volunteers to Taste of South Holyoke. 

#KeepItClean2K19 is a grassroots community initiative focused on inspiring residents of Holyoke to take ownership of their streets. Our mission is to clean-up and organize identified “problem locations”, keeping these spaces clean throughout the rest of the year.

Holyoke residents may participate individually by cleaning their yard, sweeping their steps, or raking leaves. While doing so, take a minute, snap a photo and share on social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter, using the hashtag #KeepItClean2K19. developing an awesome collage of community cleaning assisting, furthering the mission of #KeepItClean2k19 of inspiring a sense of ownership throughout the city. hashtag #KeepItClean2K19 is a way of keeping the community connected throughout the initiative, allowing residents or partners to participate at their own convenience.

We ask that anyone interested in participating next year to please contact us for more information, for supplies, for support, or to be included in the hosting rotation. Contact Community Engagement Director Nayroby Rosa-Soriano of OneHolyoke CDC at 413-409-2004, or via email at nayroby.rosa-soriano@oneholyoke.org

Special Thank you to the partners that participated in this year’s clean-up:

Holyoke Public Schools

VCARE Medical

OneHolyoke CDC                                             

 EMB Naturals

Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

Ward 2 City Councilor -Terry Murphy

May Center         

Nueva Esperanza           

Criterion Early Intervention          

Kelly School      

Holyoke DCF       

Wayfinders       

Aaron Vega         

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative    

Food Bank of Western Mass

Tapestry

Office of Community Development

Community Members and Volunteers

Holyoke Parks and Recreation

National Players perform Around the World in 80 Days.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

 

At the El Corazon opening event OneHolyoke set up a photo booth. Did you get your photo taken?

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Flats Community Building. OneHolyoke envisions Flats Community Building as a resource to the community. At over 2000
square feet, 43 Canal Street is an ideal space for socializing and creating unforgettable memories for you and your loved ones.

Flats Community Basketball Tournament

#KeepItClean

OneHolyoke CDC Is happy to give Luis Soria the new principal at Kelly School and Nicole Arnold, ER nurse at Holyoke Hospital and all of the other Pioneer Valley ER nurses that came down with her from all over Hampden County to help beautify the streets of the Flats community. #KeepItClean

#KeepItClean2K18 (Flats Community Clean-up)

Please join us in our next Community Clean-up which will take place on Saturday July 28th. Volunteers will meet at our Community Center located at 43 Canal Street, formerly known as the Portuguese American Club. Community Clean-ups are scheduled as follows: August 25th and September 29th. from 12-30pm to 3pm. Or at your convenience if you share our hashtag #KeepItClean2k18

For team or volunteer registration please contact Isabella Cámara Torres Community outreach Specialist at isabella.camaratorres@oneholyoke.org or call work cell 413-409-2006. For sponsorship donations and or registration forms, please contact Nayroby Rosa-Soriano, Community Engagement Director at nayroby.rosa-soriano@oneholyoke.org or call work cell 413-409-2009.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano joined OneHolyoke CDC in November of 2018 as the Resident Services Coordinator for Veterans Park Apartments. Nayroby is now our Director of Community Engagement and Resident Services. Nayroby has served as a human service provider in Hampden County for over ten years. Graduate of both Holyoke Community College and UMASS, Nayroby has worked very closely with many community providers. As a Holyoke resident, Nayroby, has collaborated frequently with many local agencies to provide great services to the population she has served. From case management for teen parents, to domestic violence and sexual assault shelter director to resident services, Nayroby comes to us with a multitude of experiences. Nayroby enjoys motivating residents to reach their full potential.

OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation Partners With AmeriCorps To Hire Outreach Specialist.

We are excited to have a new volunteer coordinator on staff thanks to AmeriCorp LISC
Boston. Isabella Cámara Torres calls home a small town in Puerto Rico called San
Sebastián. Isabella is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of
Massachusetts of Amherst. Isabella is really excited to be working for this community
and helping every resident succeed. Welcome Aboard Isabella! Thank you, LISC-
Boston, for the opportunity.

Mobile Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Our organization is partnering with the Mobile Food Bank of Western Massachusetts with a shared goal to increase access to nutritious foods and to reach families and individuals in need. The Food Bank is held every second and fourth Friday of every month rain or shine on the corner of Mosher and N. Bridge St. In The Flats.

Project Asset Map (PAM) Survey

Quality of Life Surveys and Reports:  In partnership with the UMass School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Nueva Esperanza Inc. and several other Holyoke-based agencies, OneHolyoke has sponsored the Project Asset Mapping (PAM) Survey.  The results provide detailed information about resident perceptions of the quality of life, safety and needs of their neighborhoods. Westfield State University (WSU) prepared a detailed report about the impact of Community Development Corporations on learning in their communities, and heard community voices in Holyoke about a “Learning in Place” plan OneHolyoke is creating. Thank you to Professor Marijoan Bull and all WSU students for their great work, and to our partner on this project, Nueva Esperanza Inc. To view the report please click on the link provided.

PAM Report Results