Community Services Employees Receive Carly Simon's Bonus
Mark Alan Lovewell

Just in time for the holidays, there is closure to the long-standing discussion over how to dispense a $16,500 gift to Martha's Vineyard Community Services workers.

The gift - from singer Carly Simon and author Norman Bridwell - funded a one-time bonus to nonmanagerial employees of the health service agency; the money was divided equally among more than 100 of them, amounting to something above $100 each.

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Community Services Hit with Complaint
Julia Wells

Community Services Hit with Complaint

Federal Labor Board Charges Agency with Poor Treatment of Employees During Union Organizing Effort

By JULIA WELLS

A dormant labor dispute at Martha's Vineyard Community Services bubbled to life again yesterday when a newly formed union announced that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against the umbrella social service agency.

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Community Services and Union Far Apart on Economic Issues
MANDY LOCKE

Community Services and Union Far Apart on Economic Issues

By MANDY LOCKE

Three weeks shy of the anniversary of the landmark vote which brought a union into Martha's Vineyard Community Services, the health and human services agency and 35 of its employees have yet to nail down a first contract.

"The more difficult issues have been left for now. It's going to be arduous," said Rob Doyle, an employe of Island Counseling Center, one of Community Services' five programs, two of which are unionized.

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Community Services Launches Self-Study with Heller School
C.K. WOLFSON

Community Services Launches Self-Study with Heller School

By C.K. WOLFSON

Martha's Vineyard Community Services announced this week that it has launched a comprehensive internal management study with the prestigious Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

The seven-month, privately funded study is aimed at developing a strategic plan for the unique umbrella human services agency that was founded in 1961.

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Execultive Director Resigns at Community Services; Heller Study Cites Flaws
James Kinsella

Executive Director Resigns at Community Services; Heller Study Cites Flaws

By JAMES KINSELLA
Gazette Senior Writer

Longtime executive director Ned Robinson-Lynch has abruptly resigned from Martha's Vineyard Community Services in the midst of a searching reappraisal by the agency of its operations and organization. Change now looms large at Community Services, one of the oldest and broadest human services organizations on the Vineyard.

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Community Services Hoped for More
Kate Brannen

Community Services Hoped for More

By KATE BRANNEN

Martha's Vineyard Community Services is taking stock after its most important fundraiser of the year, the Possible Dreams Auction, raised far less than last year's auction.

On Thursday afternoon, Community Services reported that $444,000 had been raised on Tuesday night, including sales from admissions and concessions. In 2006, the fundraiser brought in $810,000, providing a substantial part of the organization's budget.

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State Cuts Affect Island Health Care
Julia Rappaport

Health and human service agencies on the Vineyard are already feeling the effects of severe state budget cuts made last week by Gov. Deval Patrick and are bracing for more in the months ahead.

State funding to Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services was slashed in the cuts, while directors at the Island Health Care Rural Clinic in Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital were busy this week preparing for spending and hiring freezes.

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Community Services Plan Looks To Improve Programs, Funding
Julia Rappaport

Growth is on the horizon for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the largest human service provider on the Island. A new strategic plan released this week announced plans for increased funding, larger facilities and expanded programs.

“The strategic plan is something we’ve put a lot of time and thought into,” community services executive director Julia Burgess said yesterday. “I think we’re going to be strong in the future. We will be able to meet the needs of the Island community on firm footing.”

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Connecting to End Violence and Abuse Against Women
Sam Bungey

Since Carrie White joined Connect — formerly known as Women’s Support Services — last fall, her focus has been on reducing the client base. “We’re trying to get out there to help change the social norms,” said Ms. White who since coming on as program director has made one full-time hire for preventive work and is cross training the rest of the agency’s five staff to work both with prevention and support. The agency has been working with victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault on the Island for over 20 years.

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Community Services Reports Budget Shortfall in Needy Times
Jim Hickey

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Island’s sole provider of many essential human services, unveiled a budget this week for fiscal year 2010 calling for a $500,000 — or 10 per cent — reduction in spending. The budget calls for cuts in salaries, benefits and hours as well as the outright elimination of two programs.

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