Age-Friendly Initiative: Senior Resident Advocates interested in learning and advocating for an age-friendly city. An age-friendly city is defined as a community where policies, services, and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to “age actively” – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.
Springfield Food Policy Council: The Food Policy Council serves as a forum in which people from many different parts of the food system and government can learn more about each other’s roles and work together to improve the availability of adequate levels of culturally competent, nutritious, and affordable food to all residents in the community.
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition: Springfield Climate Justice Coalition has brought together organizations across the City of Springfield to take on the issues of Climate Change and Environmental Justice at the local level, out of a deep concern for the future of our environment and public health. Our diverse coalition of community, social, civic, and public health organizations, faith based groups and businesses, aim to bring Springfield to the forefront of urban communities on these issues, and create a city where all of our residents can breathe clean air.
C3 Initiative: The Springfield Police Department and Massachusetts State Police C3 teams work with community residents, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses to reduce crime while increasing public safety in the city of Springfield.
Learn more about meeting dates for the C3 initiative here:
Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market: The Go Fresh Mobil Farmer’s Market is celebrating its the tenth season of providing fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce to residents living in Springfield. The mobile market operates from July to November of each year. Check out the GFMM Calendar for stops and locations in your neighborhood.
Gardening the Community (GTC): Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC operates a training program created for youth from around the Mason Square neighborhood and beyond to grow fruits and vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots. Youth receive a stipend and are taught principles of sustainable urban living and urban agriculture. The food that is grown is sold at the Mason Square Farmers Market, Go Fresh Mobile Market, local restaurants, and bodegas (corner stores). Youth also bring food home to their families.
Let’s Play: Let’s Play is a bi-monthly fitness activity for neighborhood youth led by Way Finders Resident Health Advocates. We come to a park, which we’ve taken over and taken back, and, with C3 police, we play with our youngsters and engage with families. This is an effort that’s grown over two years, starting with eight children and now we have more than 60 children registered with the program.