JA Offers a Great New Year’s Resolution Suggestion
What was your New Year’s Resolution? Did you decide to do something to better yourself? Well, there’s no better way than by volunteering! It’s a reward in itself, but also a great opportunity. By volunteering as a mentor for Junior Achievement of Western MA (JAWM) you will meet more people, become more active and confident, and you will be making a difference in the lives of local students.
How and When can I make a difference for JA?
On-going: JAWM is seeking business professionals to support the JA Company Program, who would support a group of students starting their own business. The students will create personal action plans using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the program. The company they create will donate a portion of the funds raised to a charity of their choice.
Tuesday, January 24, 8:30am-1:30pm: JA in a Day at Sumner Ave School, Springfield MA. Fun will be had in grades K-5, and you can have the grade of your choice! Bring along a partner! 36 volunteers needed.
February: JA at Meadow Brook Elementary School, East Longmeadow MA. 16 volunteers needed. Meadow Brook has eight 2nd grade classrooms that need volunteers to lead activities that focus on “Our Community.” JA traditional style: volunteers go once a week for five weeks for about 45 minutes – 1 hour. If you are able to teach one week or all five weeks, we could use the help either way!
Don’t forget volunteering helps boost your resume and helps you learn new skills! Training is always provided ahead of time by JAWM. To put your New Year’s resolution into action by volunteering for JA, contact Abigail Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org stop by the JAWM offices in suite 217 on the second floor of Tower Square.
COMING UP AT JAWM:
· March 3: the JA EnTEENpreneur Challenge comes to UMass Center
· March 3, 7pm: JA Company Program students will host the Springfield Thunderbirds vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the MassMutual Center
These diagrams show the impact that JA and its
volunteers has on local youth’s educational future.
Cambridge College Welcomes Christian Beato and Enhances MBA Program to Fit Your Needs
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Cambridge College – Springfield is excited to announce that Christian Beato has joined the College as the new Admissions Counselor for the School of Management. The MBA programs in Business and Health Care Management are designed to help students focus on their personal strengths and attributes to create change and exercise leadership in any setting. Adult learners, career changers, busy parents and working professionals learn to succeed in today’s complex business environment. Classes are offered in a blended learning format, in-seat on weekends and online.
Beato will be working with the School of Management students throughout their admissions process and tenure at Cambridge College. In this role, he will build relationships with companies, local small businesses and health care agencies to raise awareness about professional development programs for their employees.
Christian is a graduate from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He previously worked at Staples Business Advantage (SBA) as a business-to-business sales professional for their commercial division. Prior to working at SBA, Christian spent several years at Home Box Office (HBO) assisting with social media marketing. The team at Cambridge College is pleased to have him as their newest member as he helps students meet their higher-educational goals.
Are you interested in completing your MBA in Business or Healthcare Management? Contact Christian Beato, Admissions Counselor at 413-747-0204 ext. 6612 or email Christian.Beato@cambridgecollege.edu.
Cambridge College also offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, counseling psychology and human services. For more information stop by our downtown Springfield facility at Tower Square on street level or online at
Festival of Trees Has Record Breaking Season!
Sixteen years ago when the Springfield Boys & Girls Club (SBGC) opened the doors to their very first Festival of Trees fundraiser, they had no idea that the thirteen-day seasonal event would become a holiday tradition for many, and as a result would crush their fundraising efforts from year to year.
More than 14,500 people visited the Festival of Trees in the Tower Square Meeting last month, breaking the previous year’s traffic record, as well as topping the event’s fundraising efforts! Monetarily the festival took in $163,377, which is up by more than $13,000 from the previous year!
“The FOT is successful because we have a committed committee, staff, community, sponsors and donors that want nothing more than to continue to bring the holiday spirit to our great city,” explained committee chair Stacy Magiera. “The Festival appeals to men and women, young and old. Everyone loves to admire the thought and creativity that goes into decorating these trees, not to mention the generous gifts that sponsors donate on the trees! I see and hear of nostalgia throughout the room on a daily basis.”
The SBGC started their first Festival of Trees in the former Basketball Hall of Fame, and moved to Tower Square’s meeting room in the third year, where they have been ever since.
“We are pleased to have the Boys & Girls Club’s festival here at Tower Square,” commented Fred Christensen, Vice President, CBRE-NE. “The additional foot traffic that the event brings to Tower Square is an asset for our retail merchants and eateries, and likewise the support we give the club in in-kind services is beneficial to their fundraising purposes as well. So we feel this is truly a great partnership for all involved.”
The Festival of Trees is forest of close to 140 donated decorated Christmas trees, all raffled off at the end of each season. Trees range in size, décor and value, and there is pretty much something for all tastes!
As part of the event, visitors are asked to vote on their favorite tree for the categories of Most Original, Most Beautiful and Children’s Favorite. (See photos and captions for winners!)
The proceeds from the Festival of Trees will be used to provide memberships, programs enrichment activities, field trips and every other aspect of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club experience for the 1,500 youth served by the club each year. For more about the club and the festival visit www.sbgc.org
Tower Square Tenants & Patrons Raise Money for UNICEF
Thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals, the owners of Neighborhood Foods broke their fundraising goal for their year-long 2016 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) donation collections.
The UNICEF donation collection raised $8,697, which is approximately $50 more than last year’s record. The donations are collected via a donation box on the counter at Neighborhood Foods all year, as well as during a special collection time in October when most of Tower Square’s merchants agree to display collection boxes in their places of business for the month. Donations were also made during a one-day UNICEF Day event in the food court on Halloween Day.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our UNICEF fundraising efforts throughout the year,” commented Young Choi, co-owner Neighborhood Foods and UNICEF fundraiser coordinator. “The people here are very generous, and do what they can each year to help raise money for children in need around the world.”
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and much more.
The Choi’s would like to thank everyone who contributed in 2016, with a special acknowledgement to the following companies and individuals:
· St. Germain Company, Inc.
· Robinson Donovan PC
· Ironclad Serices Inc.
· Sean M. Feeley
· Douglas A Reed
· Barbara Booker
· Emerald City Travel
· Nuvo Bank
· Morgan Stanley
· Crevier & Ryan
· Sonin Kwon
· Thrifty Financial Services
· Economy Insurance Agency
· William Power
“Thank you all for helping to make a difference in the lives of children around the world,” added Young.