World Kindness day is on November 13th!

In our current world of uncertainty and devastating news stores everyday…..Please take some time out to actively practice KINDNESS

Even the littlest acts can have positive rippling effects and did you know that kindness positively impacts even those who witness kindness!!


Please visit Random Acts of Kindness website for inspiration, curriculum, monthly Kindness calendars, posters and more!

KINDNESS in words creates CONFIDENCE KINDNESS in thinking creates PROFOUNDNESSKINDNESS in giving creates LOVE. -Lao Tzu

Check out the Science of Kindness in the great video below from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation!

KINDNESS is something we can all do, and  by making  a little extra effort to do it everyday….World Kindness Day Can Be Everyday!!!

Are you a family who is in need of help this holiday season? Are you a service provider working with a family that is in need of help?


The Joy to the Children Project is Self Help Inc. CFCE’s annual holiday gift giving program for families in need. Families in need with children ages birth—twelve are given gifts of new toys and clothes, through partnering with local businesses and individuals.

The project for 2018 has now started….please CLICK HERE for info. on our NEW ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES and to Apply!


For information on how you can support this project through donations….PLEASE CLICK HERE
Each year Self Help Inc. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement offers ELIGIBLE Families the opportunity to apply for holiday assistance of toys, clothes and gifts for their children ages 12 and under. If you are eligible and feel that you need holiday assistance, please Complete the APPLICATION, by November 8th, 2018, for Priority Consideration.  Final deadline for all applications is Nov. 21, 2018

Please ONLY APPLY if you are in need of help!


The CFCE program NOW covers 23 towns and we are limited to helping families from these communities. The towns we cover are:

Abington, Avon, Canton, Dedham, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Franklin, Hanson, Holbrook, Mansfield, Middleboro, Norfolk,
North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Whitman and Wrentham

If you live somewhere outside our catchment area please check with your local Social Service agencies for gift giving programs in your town. Or CLICK HERE for a list of other programs that may be able to help you!

Celebrate STEM WEEK Oct. 22nd-26th

Celebrate STEM week with CFCE!  Check out our calendar to see what fun and FREE STEAM programs are going on this week!!


Please also check out the MA STEM Week website for professional development and activities for all ages!!!


What is STEM or STEAM?  This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics.


Why is STEAM important?  By the time your child enters the workforce, 65 % of the jobs that will be available don’t even exist today.  You are preparing your children for a world that doesn’t exist yet…for technologies that are not invented.


How do you prepare your child for a world that doesn’t exist yet?   Encouraging your child’s natural curiosity and talents through STEAM activities helps your child learn:
  • how to persevere
  • how to learn from failure and still try again
  • how to re-evaluate, redesign and re-think a problem to create a unique and inventive solution.
All of these skills (among many more) are learned through STEAM activities.

steve jobs stem quote Anything is possible with STEAM-filled kids. 


Preschoolers in the Park with Canton Public School’s- Rodman Early Childhood Program

Thanks to the Rodman Early Childhood Program for inviting Self Help Inc. CFCE to their PRESCHOOLERS IN THE PARK EVENT, on Saturday October 20th.  There were over 60 parents and children who attended, and CFCE was able to let them know more about the great FREE programs CFCE has to offer!!!!



The winner of the CFCE Dinosaur Book Basket is……….Marino B. of Canton.  Please get in touch with Michele Davidson ( at Self Help Inc CFCE for details on getting your prize!!

If you can’t make it to our Community Based Programs or you are looking for some things to do at home with your kids…..CHECK OUT THESE GREAT AT-HOME CFCE ACTIVITIES!!

Think, Draw and Write MONTHLY Online Project @ online and mail-in activity

@ Anytime-each month

please check our calendar for the story starter each month at 

This at-home activity can be obtained online for families to do together. Each month they are given a different concept to think about and then write about along with an illustration!!! 

Creative, imaginative writing fun for school-aged children and siblings…and you get a FREE surprise each month you participate!  For more information and to Register, please email or call Carol Carver at 508-559-1666 x1811,  CHECK OUT THE AMAZING WORK FROM THE KIDS WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2015-2016 BY CLICKING HERE!  If you can, please mail of copy of this picture to me so I can hang it up on our CREATIVITY Wall at Self Help Inc./CFCE, 780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322.  If you register to do this activity each month, I will send you some self-addressed stamped envelopes to help with the mailing.  CATEGORIES: SCHOOL AGE TAGS: Carol

Seasonal Nature Collection Table : @ At Home Activity

@ anytime 

Families email Carol at to register and/or for questions, to express an interest in the at home/online parent-child activity called….Seasonal Nature Collection Table for Home.   CFCE staff will email you suggested ideas of what to do , mostly outdoor activities, with their child in that particular season, along with a list of nature items to collect, and then a craft idea to create by using them !! Take pictures of an activity outdoors , things you collected or the craft you created and email them to Carol at CFCE and she will then mail or give your child a special surprise!!!!!  CATEGORIES: ALL AGES TAGS: All Partnerships At Home Carol

Read & Roll for School Aged Children @ At Home Activity 

@ anytime 
REGISTER for this program by contacting Carol at 508-559-1666 x1811 or email   
Read & Roll: This is an engaging activity for the whole family!!! Dad’s, Mom’s and school-age children!!! CFCE is collaborating with WHITMAN CAROUSEL FUN CENTER to offer this activity!!! Email Carol to REGISTER – please include Child’s name & address. The children are asked to read 5 books and mail CFCE a short summary and picture of the book(s) they have completed- one at a time. CFCE will tally their participation and when all  five books and activities are completed, they will be mailed a book mark certificate stating the reading completion.

This will enable them to go , with the certificate, to CAROUSEL FAMILY FUN CENTER in WHITMAN to get one FREE admission to the roller skating rink- FUN,FUN,FUN!!! (you still need to pay for skate rentals).  CATEGORIES: SCHOOL AGE TAGS: Carol 

STEAM @ At Home Activities for October-December

@ anytime during Oct.-Nov.-Dec.

We are offering an online activity for families to participate in with their children during the months of Oct., Nov. and Dec. Choose any of the fun science activities from the links (will be sent in the confirmation email, once you register), then print and mail the observation sheet back to us. You may also email the observation sheet.



Think, Draw and Write…….Online Activity

Each month there is a different activity to THINK, DRAW & WRITE about! Once you register you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!

Here’s how it works……

First.You think about the idea.Second….You draw a picture of the idea…..Third…..You write a short story!!!


You can mail the picture/story to Carol Carver, so she can hang it up on the CREATIVITY Wall at Self Help Inc./CFCE, 780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322.  A copy of it will be made and the original will be mailed back to you along with a SURPRISE each month!!!


If you register to do this activity each month via mail, you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!


Register by emailing or calling Carol Carver at 508-559-1666 ext 113  or email  at

Will you recycle with us? It’s easy and 100% free. It’s win-win

Rumble-ongoing_423x255Self Help Inc Coordinated Family and Community Engagement has entered the’s Recycling Rumble……and we need your help!

We have been matched against Portland High School from Portland, TN to see who can recycle the MOST items and RAISE the most money in the process.
In order to be successful we are asking that you get involved by recycling your empty ink cartridges, toner cartridges and small electronics…..WITH US!  We promise to make it easy.

Check out or Recycling Rumble Page for More information!!