Auction to raise funds for special skills training to those in need

HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) — An auction begins Monday to help raise money for those who need special skills such as knitting, baking, gardening, writing, and more.

It Takes a Village in Huntington Hosts Public Special Skills sharing auction virtually from Monday, April 25 through Sunday, May 1 to raise $3,000 that will go toward lessons in skills and talents taught by donors.

Classes include learning to change goat oil 101, canning pickles, cooking, gardening, computers, and more. Several companies have donated lessons, including a month of unlimited lessons at Northampton Martial Arts, a 2 or 1 mountain bike pass at Berkshire East and a 2-day beginner’s motorcycle lesson from Trailing Wheels in Pittsfield.

All items can be viewed at, monetary donations without an auction are also appreciated.

“We wanted to shine a light on all the amazing talents of our community members,” says Mollie Hartford, Director of Development at It Takes a Village. Hartford came up with the idea for a skills auction from a group of local mothers in It Takes a Village’s “after bed parent group,” which meets online on Thursday nights. Each group ends with a “Show and Tell”, where participants share something they are proud of. “So often we were like, ‘Oh, I’d love to learn that!’ in response to someone sharing. Plus, they wanted to encourage people to share their time, instead of just their possessions. “The idea behind It Takes a Village is that we all have a part to play in helping families with young children We all have something we can do to help.

It Takes a Village is a non-profit organization that provides free postpartum support and early partnering for families with babies and young children, as well as a home visiting program for families with infants in the hills, and free in-person and virtual support groups for parents. and workshops.

Kristen T. Prall