Meet the newest member of our cafe staff! We are working on a name – currently in the running are: Rosie, Blinky Blinky, Hyosung, or Etienne the ATM. She/he is a “Local Bucks” ATM which means that 10% of each transaction fee is donated to a local non-profit. In our case, the group Families with Power/Familias con Poder (FWP) is receiving the donation. FWP is a voluntary community organization dedicated to cultivating grass-roots leadership among low income parents and youth, especially those of color. Let’s keep our money in the community – use cash whenever you can!

 

 

 

 

 

More about Families with Power

Families with Power/Familias con Poder (FWP) is a voluntary community organization dedicated to cultivating grass-roots leadership among low income parents and youth, especially those of color.

Begun by parents and teachers in Northampton in 2007, FWP organizes programs to support the educational and health needs of low-income students and their families. FWP organizes Neighborhood Reading Parties, held in living rooms in Florence Heights, Meadowbrook, Hathaway Farms, Hampshire Heights and other neighborhoods around the city.  FWP parents help organize and run a free Morning Math Club for students and parents two mornings each week.  In February 2012, FWP launched a five week Family Math Project in collaboration with Casa Latina and with the support of a Northampton Education Foundation grant, to engage children and parents/guardians in playing math games, to increase math confidence, skills and understanding, and to solve problems in the real-world context of financial literacy and family budgets.

FWP promotes physical activity by hosting a monthly Family Dance/Baile de Familia, and a six week series of self-defense classes.  FWP helped organize the Jackson St. Farmers Market  at Hampshire Heights in the Summer of 2011 and collaborated with the Food Bank of Western Mass to organize a four week program of healthy cooking classes for families in January 2012.   FWP hosts a monthly Cafe to bring together parents, students, educators and other community members to discuss issues of concerns and brainstorm solutions.

If you are interested in volunteering, supporting or learning more about Families with Power, please call Josefina Rodriguez at  860-794-6343 or Mary Cowhey at 584-8917.

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