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The North Quabbin Community Coalition (NQCC) holds an informative forum on the third Friday of each month, September through June, at the Athol-Orange Elks Club, 92 New Athol Road, Orange, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Various topics concerning the North Quabbin area are presented by assorted organizations, businesses and individuals. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The North Quabbin Community Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, exclusively supported by membership donations and grants. Your donation is tax deductible.



North Quabbin Community Coalition
251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Fax 978-575-0474

Youth Directory

Sign up for Parenting Overload Here ~ North Quabbin Playgroups & Clubs for Children & Teens Calendar

If information about you or your agency is incorrect, please let us know at 978-249-3703 or If you or your agency are not listed as a service for the North Quabbin region, please feel free to submit your information for consideration.

Please click here for an alphabetical list of listings: INDEX

Athol Area YMCA

545 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-3305 ~

The Athol Area YMCA is an association that strives to enrich the quality of life for families and community in the North Quabbin. Facilities include indoor/heated pool, gymnasium, racquetball/squash and a fitness center with strength training equipment. Programs include:

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Athol Public Library

568 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-9515 ~ Fax 978-249-7636 ~

Library services include:

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Franklin County

16 Court Square, PO Box 100, Greenfield, MA 01301
978-772-0915 ~ Fax 413-772-0911 ~

Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides one to one volunteer mentors to children. We have a program at Northfield Mount Hermon School for North Quabbin children ages 6-10. Transportation from Athol and Orange is provided.

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Boy Scouts of America ~ Nashua Valley Council

1980 Lunenburg Road, Lancaster, MA 01523
978-534-3532 ~

The Boy Scouts provide inclusive opportunity for boys in the North Quabbin area.

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Center for Human Development

357 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-830-4120 ~ 800-232-0510 ~ Fax 978-830-4123
131 West Main Street 1st Floor, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-2148 ~ 800-232-0510 ~ Fax 978-544-2196

The mission of CFS is to strengthen and promote the quality of life for children, adults & families through education, counseling and support. Services include.

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Community Network for Children

201 Wendell Road, New Salem, MA 01355

The Community Network for Children Program supports families by acting as a hub to provide information, support and family programs within the communities of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Wendell, and Shutesbury. Come take part in our programs and play, read, and meet up with new and old friends.  It takes a village to raise a child!
Funding for the program is provided through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant, and donations.

DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services – North Quabbin

15 East Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-1800 ~ Fax 978-544-9800 or

DIAL/Self Youth & Community Services is a community-based non-profit agency dedicated to promoting the health and positive development of teens/young adults in Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the North Quabbin region.

DIAL/SELF – North Quabbin provides free clinical services, information and referral, and case management through their TeenLine program (ages 16-21) including emergency housing options. In collaboration with the YWCA of Western Ma, eligible young men and women can receive parenting/pregnancy services up to the age of 24 through the TeenLine Program.

Our new Transition to Independent Living Program (ages 16-21) offers services to young adults as they transition from homelessness to living independently in safe, stable circumstances. DIAL/SELF services are free! Please call or stop by at anytime!

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Erving Public Library

17 Moore Street, Erving, MA 01344

Sundays ~ 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Mondays ~ 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays ~ 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays ~ 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursdays ~ 1:00 - 7:00 pm

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Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts

301 Kelly Way, Holyoke, MA 01040
800-462-9100 ~

Inclusive opportunity for girls in Orange, Wendell, New Salem, Petersham and Warwick to learn self awareness, respect for others and community leadership.

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Greater Athol Area Advocates for Families with Special Needs (GAAAFSN)

(A program of the ARC of Franklin and Hampshire Counties)
359 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-4052 ~ Fax: 978-249-3683

The Greater Athol Area Advocates for Families with Special Needs, provides community-based family and individual supports/services to people with specific developmental disabilities. In order to access supports, the child or adult must be eligible for Department of Developmental Services.

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Healthy Families

(A program of Community Action!)
167 South Main Street, Orange MA 01364

Becoming a parent for the first time can be a challenge. It's even more of a challenge if you're age 20 and under. 

Healthy Families is a free home visiting support program for first time parents, age 20 and under, living in the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin regions, as well as Ludlow and Chester in Hampden County. Home Visitors provide parenting support and child development education at participant homes as well as in groups with other first time pregnant and parenting teens. Activities are geared toward young parents' interests, whether it be support groups on relationships or making special journals about their child's first years of life.

Home Visitors also model healthy parent-child interaction, facilitate age-appropriate activities with children and parents together, make referrals, and provide information about a range of topics in a non-threatening and supportive way. But most important of all, they listen. All services are voluntary and confidential. Spanish speaking home visitors are available.

Healthy Families offers:

Franklin & Hampshire County Families, browse our Referral Form!

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The Literacy Project

North Quabbin Adult Education Center
34 North Main Street, Orange, MA 01264
978-544-8917 ~ Fax 978-544-8917 OR
15 Bank Row, Suite C, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-3934 ~ Fax 413-774-3946 ~ TTY 413-774-3934 ~

Offers Adult Basic Education and GED preparation classes for the North Quabbin region.

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education-
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources ~ 781-338-6309

Providing extensive information on bullying and what to do about it. Also visit your school's website for their bullying policy.

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Montachusett Girl Scout Council

81 Goldstar Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01606
508-853-1070 ~ Fax 760-241-8046

Girl Scouts is in the forefront of helping girls develop the courage, confidence and character to make a difference in their own live, in their communities and in the world.

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New Salem Public Library

23 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355


Tuesdays ~ 12:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursdays ~ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays ~ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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North Quabbin Girl Scouts
Click here for their Facebook page.

North Quabbin Girl Scouts serves nearly 200 girls in grades K-12 in the towns of Athol, Royalston, Petersham, Orange, New Salem, Warwick, Wendell. Mission: To build Courage, Confidence, and Character that develop leadership skills.

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Partnership for Youth

278 Main Street, Suite 411, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-1194 ~  Fax:  413-774-6257 or
34 North Main Street, Suite 5, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-6912 ~ Fax: 978-544-8917

Partnership for Youth collaborates with school and community partners to support programs aimed at reducing and preventing high risk behaviors by youth in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

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Petersham Memorial Library

23 Common Street, Petersham, MA 01366

Tuesdays ~ 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesdays ~ 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Fridays ~ 2:00 pm
The library is closed Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays

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Phillipston Free Public Library

25 Templeton Rd, Athol, MA 01331

Mondays ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Tuesdays ~ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday ~ 9:00 am-12:00 noon

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Phinehas S. Newton Library (Royalston)

19 On The Common (PO Box 133), Royalston, MA 01368
978-249-3572 ~

Mondays ~ 10:00 am-8:30 pm
Thursdays ~ 1:00-5:00 pm & 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturdays ~ 9:00 am-12:00 noon

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Seeds of Solidarity Education Center

165 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-9023 ~

Seeds of Solidarity brings to life the connection between environmental and social justice issues through research, demonstration, and hands-on education. Our work is a response to the inequitable distribution of resources and ecological destruction that plague communities locally and globally. We partner with the schools to promote wellness through school gardens and greenhouses. Seeds of Solidarity Education reliance. We try to contribute to the vitality of the area through our SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden program for area teenagers, and through the annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival.

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Tapestry Health Systems

80 Sanderson Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-773-5403 ~

Family Planning provides reproductive health care, birth control counseling, STD and HIV screening and HIV/Substance abuse counseling for Franklin/Hampshire County & North Quabbin residents. The Athol office is open on Wednesdays from 12 – 5 pm and has a clinician and a counselor onsite. When the office is closed, the Athol phone number rings through to the Greenfield office.

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Valuing Our Children (VOC)

217 Walnut Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-8467 ~ Fax: 978-249-8228 ~

VOC is a Massachusetts Family Center offering support and education to families in the North Quabbin region. Programs include:

All services are free. Transportation and childcare for classes and activities is available.

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Warwick Free Public Library

4 Hotel Road, Warwick, MA 01378
978-544-7866 ~

Mondays ~ 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesdays ~ 1:00-8:00 pm
Thursdays ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturdays ~ 10:00 am-12:30 pm

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Wendell Free Library

7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA 01379
978-544-3559 ~

Oct through May
Mondays ~ 12:00-5:00 pm - Internet only
Tuesdays ~ 12:00-7:00 pm
Wednesdays ~ 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursdays ~ 3:00-7:00 pm
Saturdays ~ 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Sundays ~ 11:30 am-3:30 pm

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Wheeler Public Library

49 East Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-2495 ~ 

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Youth Programs

(A program of Community Action!)
167 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-8109 ~ Fax 978-544-2805
154 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-7028 ~ Fax 978-544-2805


Generation Q & T.R.E.E. : Open to youth ages 14-21 ~ Greenfield & Northampton, plus monthly joint special events.

Generation Q is a confidential educational and social/support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and straight allies. This peer-led group provides an opportunity for youth to make new friends, find support and get educated on LGBTQ topics. TREE (Trans Rights, Education, and Empowerment) provides additional education and support to trans and gender non-conforming youth during Generation Q meetings. Generation Q and TREE participants experience a safe and supportive space while becoming leaders in their community. Stipends are

Shout Out!: Open to youth ages 14-21  ~ Greenfield & Turners Falls

Shout Out is an inclusive and energetic, after school program for high school aged youth in Greenfield and Turners Falls. The group empowers youth as they take leadership roles in their schools and community. This year we will actively analyze, improve, and celebrate school climate and norms. Participate in our art projects, events, and general promotion of respect for all.Shout Out is a space where your voice will be heard, your presence is always welcome, and your experiences are valued. Stipends are available for all youth leaders involved in the projects.


Employment Readiness: Open to youth ages 14-21~ Hampshire County, Franklin County & North Quabbin

There are NO eligibility requirements for this program.

Introduction to Youth Programs: Curious about what Youth Programs provides and/or how they can  support youth? Come and  have an introductory meeting to find out  the abundance of opportunities Youth Programs has to offer!

1:1 Support: Thinking about your future? Need help navigating school or career goals? Get help looking for jobs, exploring career options, setting future goals, or applying for college –the list is endless! Call for an appointment today!

Signaling Success: A workshop series to help improve communication, sharpen interpersonal skills, learn to be a professional and learn what employers are looking for in young people today. Offered both at community based sites and schools. See website for details.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA): Enrolling youth ages 17-21 ~ Hampshire County, Franklin County & North Quabbin

WIA is an intensive workforce development program that gives youth an opportunity to work one-on-one with a case manager to achieve educational and occupational goals. In addition to case management, youth participate in occupational training, work-based learning experiences, and leadership development opportunities. Participants also receive supportive services, advocacy, and referrals. Enrollment is limited.

Career Pathways Exploration & Training: Open to WIA & Northampton YouthWorks participants ~ Hampshire County, Franklin County & North Quabbin

Through Career Pathways Exploration Trainings, participants learn about career options in the growing fields of Green Energy, Health Care, Manufacturing and Early Childhood Education. Learn about the types of available jobs, assess your skills and interests to find the right fit, visit local employers, get hands-on experience, learn about educational options, and find out who’s hiring and what they look for. WIA & YouthWorks participants who complete training may be eligible for paid internships in their field. See website for training dates.

Northampton YouthWorks: Enrolling youth ages 17-21 ~ City of Northampton

Eligible youth have the opportunity to participate in paid Work Readiness training and work based learning opportunities, gaining experience, job skills and access to growing career paths in the area.

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YMCA building, 545 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-3305 ~

YouthReach! is the after school program at the Athol Area YMCA for North Quabbin kids who are in the fifth through tenth grades. It’s a drop-in program where you can make art, go swimming, play sports and other games, watch a movie, listen to music, learn to cook, become a babysitter, do your homework, exercise and lift weights or just kick back and hang with friends. Plus lots of other cool stuff!

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