News & Events
Thank you to Western Mass Mom Prom for surprising our Springfield Program with a generous donation!
As a part of their Hope Project, this program made amazing 80’s- themed centerpieces and other decorations for the event that was held in October.
Thank you to our friends and community partners for making our 1st Annual Sunshine Village Chili Challenge a delicious success!
Many thanks to all of our chili recipe entrants, The Blue Room Cafe for hosting us,
The Polish National Credit Union for the pizzas, and Quality Beverage for the beer tastings!
Congratulations to Monica on winning the contest!
Thank you to WWLP – Channel 22 News for covering the event.
Click here to see us on the news.
Join Sunshine Village for a Chili Challenge
to benefit our innovative programs and services.
Tuesday, November 12th
The Blue Room Cafe
139 Broadway Street, Chicopee
For just $10, you will judge the entrants’ recipes
with unlimited chili tastings and cornbread!
Chili challenge entrants are free.
You will also enjoy complimentary
beer tastings from Quality Beverage
(formerly Williams Distributing)
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
All tickets sold at the door. Raffles will be available.
We had a blast at our First Annual Sunshine Village Everyone Shines Dance Showcase!
All the dancers worked so hard to learn their routines over the the past year and it was a great celebration of their determination, talent and efforts.
Thank you to Ashley and Danielle from Ohana School of Performing Arts for your vision and creativity in making it all come together.
Thank you also to Health New England, especially Kim, for your grant to support our dance program and make dreams come true.
Thank you to the families, friends, MA Department Of Developmental Services, Mayor Richard Kos, The Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee, and other community members for cheering us on! We hope everyone enjoyed the performances, finale and impromptu dance party by DJ Anomaly of Vision Entertainment.
We let our creativity SHINE at
Collections: An Art Reception for Sunshine Village
held at Chicopee Public Library on October 17th!
To celebrate National Disabilities Awareness Month we held this art show to celebrate the unique abilities of artists from our programs.
During the reception, artists were available to discuss their artistic inspirations and techniques with members of the community, including Mayor Richard Kos from City of Chicopee – Mayor’s Office!
Thank you to WWLP 22 News MassAppeal for helping us spread the word about our events celebrating ABILITIES for October as National Disabilities Awareness Month!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunshine Village Celebrates National Disability Awareness Month –Creative Events Bring Community Together
Chicopee, MA — October 1, 2019 —In honor of October as National Disability Awareness Month, Gina Kos, Sunshine Village Executive Director, invites the community to attend several events in partnership with local organizations throughout the month. In the spirit of inclusivity and acceptance of differences, these events will bring awareness and celebrate the unique abilities and creativity of the people served by Sunshine Village.
To kick off the month, Sunshine Village will host “Collections: An Art Reception Featuring Artists With Distinct Abilities” on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 10:00am-11:30am at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street in Chicopee. Artists will be available to discuss their artwork and light refreshments will be available. In addition, art will be on display in the community room of the library throughout the month of October.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 10:30am-12:00pm Sunshine Village will team up with Ohana School of Performing Arts for a showcase dance performance at The Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee at 580 Meadow Street, Chicopee. Through a partial grant from Health New England, Sunshine Village brings Ohana School of Performing Arts instructors into its programs to offer the joy and wellness benefits of dance. Light refreshments will be available.
Sunshine Village provides
innovative day services for people with developmental disabilities, including
those on the autism spectrum. As a non-profit industry
leader for over 50 years, the organization serves nearly 600 individuals with 280
employees at sites in Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, and Three Rivers.
Thank you to Marcotte Ford for being a wonderful partner!
James Filomeno and Jeannie Filomeno presented our Executive Director, Gina Kos, and Director of Community Relations, Amie Miarecki,
with a donation of $750 from the proceeds of the celebrity
chef lunch held at Marcotte Ford’s LugNutz Cafe.
To honor the partnership, our Community Engagement Program
created a beautiful handmade bottle with lights to decorate their cafe.