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Ida & Frank

Ida Konderwicz and Dr. Frank Gallo

Chicopee Comprehensive High School HOPE

Through the contribution of their time, talent, and passion, our volunteers are leading the movement to prevent suicide in local communities across the nation.

They are the driving force behind increasing the public’s awareness of suicide as a public health issue that is preventable. Together, our chapter volunteers deliver innovative prevention programs for schools and business, reach out to survivors of suicide loss, organize fundraising events, and act as a go-to resource for their entire community.

Whatever your background, strengths, or interests, our chapter needs you. Let’s make a difference in the lives of those who have been touched by suicide in our community. Please join us today.


Help us provide information at Health Fairs, Hospital Conferences or other events

Berk Coal

Berkshire Coalition Executive Committee

Work in the marketing or public relations field? Have a knack for increasing people's knowledge of programs or the mission of an organization? Well then we could use your help! There are many opportunities to help market the survivor programs and fundraisingopportunities.

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Board Member Connie Mahoney and colleagues 22 in Focus

Updating Our Lists

We do our best to maintain all of the lists that we use - everything from health department staff to university department chairs to support groups. If you are organized, able to search the web for information and won't mind calling to double check accuracy of information, we'd appreciate your help with this ongoing task.

2013 Out of the Darkness Community Walk

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Longmeadow High School 2012 walk volunteers

We are looking for motivated volunteers to commit time and energy to our 2014 Out of the Darkness Walk event to take place in Greater Springfield  September 21st at the Mass Mutual Center. Pat Pupek and Kathleen Duquette will be co-hosting the Walk at this year. We are anticipating over 2,500 participants this year! The bigger the event grows, the more need there is for friendly volunteers assist and help make the Walk the most successful ever. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer/committee member chair for this event, or would like to volunteer a little time, either for the day of activities or for the planning of the event, contact Cheryl Ronzoni, Western MA Coordinator, at (413) 387-3770 or



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Betsey and JoAnn Purgatory Run Chairs

Ever thought of getting your friends together to host an event to benefit the suicide prevention? Chairing an event to raise awareness and funds for research and education can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. Volunteers in our chapter have developed everything from golf tournaments to bowling events to parties - all in an effort to advance our mission. If you have an idea, or think you would like to organize an event and need ideas, contact Cheryl Ronzoni, Western MA Coordinator, at (413) 387-3770 or

Spring/Summer Event Committee


Maria Dargelantonio,Giana Allentuck, Dayryl Moss

Help us plan and implement our spring and summer fundraising event! Planning for this event will begin in January 2013.