Community Collaboration - Case Studies

Learn more about some of the successful Island collaborations. 

The ability to partner effectively with other individuals and organizations -- both inside and outside the community -- is absolutely essential to doing what we like to call "the work" of building healthy communities. - The Community Toolbox, Center for Health and Development at University of Kansas

Island Youth Collaborative

The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is a Massachusetts Family Resource Center that provides services for at-risk families, young people and community members.

Formed in 2013, partners of the IWYC include the Youth Task ForceYMCA of Martha’s VineyardMartha’s Vineyard schools, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, who also serves as the program’s home.

The IWYC receives its funding from the Department of Children and Families, the Tower FoundationMV Youth and municipal and private donations.


MV Food Equity Network

The Vineyard Food Equity Network is working to bridge the gap between the bounty of food available to hungry Islanders and reaching people in need, especially seniors.


Featherstone & The Yard Memory Cafe

Memory Support Group is a weekly group serving those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and wishing to find a supportive environment to talk about it and get support and advice for their problems.


Island Grown Schools and the Public Schools

At Island Grown Schools, they bring garden-based learning, healthy, locally grown food, and hands-on farm experiences to almost every school-aged child in our community. They work with all seven K-12 schools on the island and with nine preschools, more than 2,300 students from 2-18 years old. They have installed and help maintain 15 school gardens, and lead more than 1,000 classroom lessons and 80 farm field trips each year.


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