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The North Quabbin Community Coalition (NQCC) holds an informative forum on the third Friday of each month, September through June, at the Athol-Orange Elks Club, 92 New Athol Road, Orange, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Various topics concerning the North Quabbin area are presented by assorted organizations, businesses and individuals. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The North Quabbin Community Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, exclusively supported by membership donations and grants. Your donation is tax deductible.



North Quabbin Community Coalition
251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Fax 978-575-0474

About Us

Mission | What Does the NQCC Do For Our Community? | History | Staff | Board of Directors | Members/Donors


The North Quabbin Community Coalition is a community-wide alliance committed to improving the quality of life for all those living and working in the North Quabbin region.

What Does the Coalition do for Our Community?

Collaboration – Coordination - Advocacy

Work started by the Coalition brings over $3.2 million annually to the area in private, federal and state resources.

Promote Economic Development:

Support for Children & Families:

Support for Youth:

Support Veterans:

Promote Quality Local Health Care:

Support Elders:

Promote Public Safety:

For Everyone:

Where Do my Dollars Go?

All of your tax-deductible donations go to support local programs, staff and projects. You may choose to make a donation of any size, or dedicate your gift in the name of a loved one.

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1984 Founded as Athol Orange Health & Human Services Coalition
1985 Established Millers River Information & Referral (Later First Call for Help)
1989 Est. Family Shelter @St. John’s Church
1990 Est. Athol Orange Family Inn
1991 Est. NELCWIT NQ Office
1994 Est. Valuing Our Children
1997 Est. Healthy Connections
1999 Est. Regional Transportation  (Community Transit Services & G-Link)
2000 Est. NQ Patch
2001 Founded the Faith Exchange Project
2002 Est. Healthy Smiles Dental fair
2005 Health Access Physician Network

2007 Est. NQ Community Health Center
2008 Est. NQ Youth CHOICe
2008 Host for Delivered Thanksgiving meals
2008 Sponsor of NQ Food-A-Thon
2010 Host of NQ School to Careers Partnership
2010 Host of NQ Woods Project
2011 Management support for NQ Chamber of Commerce
2012 Assist with Athol Hospital transition
2012 Founded Strength Through Adversity Scholarship (in memory of Shirley N. Hebert)
2012 Co-host for the Vibrancy Initiative for Athol with NQ Chamber
2012 Founded North Quabbin Regional Tourism Council

The North Quabbin Community Coalition has provided a community-wide alliance committed to improving the quality of life for all those living and working within the nine-town North Quabbin region for over 29 years. The model for this Coalition was developed in response to community-identified issues and is focused on developing solutions that are community driven. In a region often referred to as "resource poor", the network of health and human service providers needed to pay even more attention to the issue of collaboration in order to maximize all existing resources. The spirit of collaboration has allowed the area to develop several unique partnerships, to secure many additional resources and supports and has developed a strong coalition that fosters this growth. The Coalition serves three primary purposes within the community as follows:

Advocacy and Response to Emergent Community Issues

The Coalition serves as liaison to local legislators and helps to inform policy as to the needs of the rural community which is served.

Addressing Community Priorities

The Coalition hosts several task force groups, which serve to address local issues by engaging all stakeholders and developing local solutions to these challenges. Each Task Force serves to provide a forum for area providers to share information and to reduce duplication of services, provide community education and finally, to secure resources to address the needs within the local region.

Information Dissemination & Networking

The Coalition hosts a monthly forum to share information among service providers and to present relevant topics for discussion. The monthly newsletter also serves to support information sharing and reaches hundreds of community residents and providers. The Coalition hosts a website which features a comprehensive resource directory of area services and contact information.

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Heather Bialecki-Canning
Executive Director

Katrina Burton
Office Manager

Amanda Mankowsky
CHART Project Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Chief Tim Anderson, President - Athol Police Department
Sharon Tracy, Vice President - Quabbin Mediation
Steve Raymond, Treasurer - Athol Selectboard
Rebecca Bialecki - Athol /Heywood Hospital
Lucinda Brown - Franklin County Trial Court
John Bruinsma - Community Representative
Chief R. Dana Cooley, Jr. - Petersham Police Department
Glenn Eaton - MRPC
Lynne Feldman
- LifePath
Pat Moore - Community Representative
Jeanette Robichaud - Athol Area YMCA
Sandi Walters - Clinical Support Options
Charles Winters - Community Representative
Heather Bialecki-Canning, Clerk - Non-Voting

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