Community Builder Celebration

Join Our Community Builders Celebration

HSF is celebrating 36 years of building Communities by celebrating our Community Builders.  These are people who make all feel welcome, working collaboratively for the good of the community while helping others to be their best. They break down barriers within an organization to work across departments for the good of the organization or community as a whole.  These Community Builders are willing to share their “trade secrets” to help others, and create partnerships.  They are community directed leaders.
To kick off this celebration HSF is thrilled to announce that Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders will be attending as part of the Honoree class of 2022. Other current honorees include Robert J Van Wart and Ronn Johnson, Click here to submit an honoree .
Here’s another way to join the fun.
Sponsor a Giant Jenga block for $100 and help construct the….
HSF Community Builder Tower!
We will add your name or your organization’s name to a block and you or someone you choose will get to add it to our tower at the event.
Human Service Forum
P.O. Box 366
Holyoke, MA 01041
Attn: Community Builder Blocks
5:45 Rebecca Coolong opens program followed by Secretary Sudders remarks and the Presentation of the Community Builder Honorees
Adults: $35.00
Children: $15.00
Event will include :
Food- Burgers, hot dog, chicken, salads, dessert and soft drinks
Lawn Games
DJ Jeff (Woot,Woot!)
Photo booth fun starting at $5.00

Presenting Sponsors:


HSF Tower Sponsors:

Event sponsor

Annual Sponsors




Advanced Employment Law


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This program will give senior leaders advanced information about employment law; plus skills and strategies for managing agency staff that can help to avoid employment litigation. Our instructors from Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will provide executives with in depth training on new and changing issues that affect the nonprofit sector.

Topics to be covered:

  • Hiring/Firing/Discipline
  • Leaves of Absence including new Paid Family Medical Leave
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Sexual and Other Prohibited Harassment
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Unions
  • Agency Handbooks
  • EPLI
  • Internal Investigations
  • Disabilities & Accommodations


  • Training Sponsors:  

    HSF Annual Sponsors


Choose Your Training for Supervisors

These  workshops are HYBRID and a part of our Spring 2022 Supervisory Series and  open for individual registrations.

Sign up for virtual or in person.

Employment Law
May 19,2022

Many supervisors do not understand how their decisions about employee issues can create liability, not only for the agency but also for themselves personally.  This program will give supervisors basic information about employment law; plus skills and strategies for managing agency staff that can help to avoid employment litigation.

This is a great program for new supervisors learning the material, and seasoned supervisors needing a refresher!

Culturally Responsive Supervision
June 2,2022

Culture has a significant influence on one’s values, perceptions, expectations, and experiences. Through instruction, discussion, and self-assessment, this 2-day workshop will introduce attendees to the framework of cultural responsiveness. This program will provide new supervisors with the knowledge and tools needed to create an environment of inclusion where individual differences are respected, and all feel welcome.

Program outcomes include:

  • Enhanced knowledge of Cultural Responsiveness
  • Enhanced management and leadership skills
  • Strengthened social and emotional intelligences and critical and innovative thinking
  • Improved communication skills/communication barriers
  • Encouragement of positive behavior and choices

Risk Management, Liability, and Cybersecurity
June 16, 2022

Gain insights on how to mitigate and reduce risks in programs to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of services to clients.  This training will provide an introductory look at Cybersecurity. Our presenter will cover cybersecurity risks, what to look out for, and best practices to avoid threats.

 Workshop will cover:

  • The importance of knowing your company’s insurance policies
  • Different types of liability coverages and understanding your policies
  • Tips & tricks to improve employee benefits communication and enrollment.
  • Massachusetts Data Privacy Act
  • Social Engineering attacks and how to protect ourselves
  • Password Complexity
  • Mobile Device Security 

Approaches to Difficult Conversations and Managing Up

We have all encountered both inspiring and challenging relationships with both supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates at work. In this workshop, you will develop personal strategies that promote productive workplace outcomes through emphasis on effective communication, relationship building, and conflict resolution. Participants will also explore “Managing Up”, the concept of having a healthy, positive relationship with your supervisor. We will assess the needs of your supervisor against your needs as an employee. We will review best practices to strengthen this important relationship to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and everyone within your organization. 

After completing this workshop, participants will: 

  • Be able to identify seven concepts of building effective work teams
  • Explore and state their emotional and physical responses to work 
  • Understand communication and conflict management methods and use them to create a personal action plan
  • Identify three ways of working effectively with their supervisor as well as team members who bring diverse perspectives representing five generations as well as rich and vibrant cultural backgrounds
  • Gain perspective and be able to state the needs of your supervisor as well as yourself in developing a healthy supervisory relationship






Thank you to our Series Sponsor:

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors



Spring 2022 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series

This workshop series is a HYBRID event. Sign up for virtual or in person.

All Session Dates:

May 5, 2022; 9:00am – 3:30pm
May 19, 2022; 9:00am – 3:30pm
June 2, 2022; 9:00am – 3:30pm
June 16, 2022; 9:00am – 3:30pm
June 30, 2022; 9:00am – 3:30pm

Join HSF  for our Spring 2022 Supervisory Series. This series features timely program updates to prepare new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. Attendees graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization!

Session Topics:

  • Management Fundamentals  
  • Employment Law 101
  • Culturally Responsive Supervision
  • Risk Management, Liability, and Cybersecurity
  • Approaches to Difficult Conversations and Managing Up  

Presenters include:


*Notes on Attendance*

  • All workshops must be attended in order to receive a certificate.
  • Make-up sessions are not available for missed sessions. You must attend ALL sessions.
  • HSF will enforce CDC recommendations and venue restrictions for COVID-19.


Choose one or two workshops instead of the full series:


Thank you to our Series Sponsor:

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors



LGBTQIA+ Youth: Beyond the Binary

Live Webinar | April 27, 2022, Noon – 2 p.m. ET

Instructor: Michael Alexander-Luz (he/him), M.S.W., LCSW and Salym Winter (they/them), M.S.W.

Level: Intermediate

CEs: 2 CEs are available for $10 fee

Review CE accreditation and approvals for this course on the tab above

This webinar will provide a glimpse into the current language and identities being observed among LGBTQIA+ youth in care. Michael Alexander-Luz, M.S.W., LCSW, and Salym Winter, M.S.W., have extensive experience working with LGBTQIA+ youth throughout the state of Florida and will utilize their training and lived experiences to discuss the predominant identities currently being seen in youth in care. This course will provide an introduction to the ever-evolving LGBTQIA+ terminology currently being used specifically among young people. This webinar will dive in-depth into gender identity, honing in on various terms and identities that fall outside of the western world’s typical binary system. We will touch on race and gender, pronouns (including neopronouns), how to be an affirming clinician and practitioner, working with families of LGBTQIA+ youth, how to create an inclusive practice with a focus on language, and the role of the clinician in this space.