This past week we celebrated the Middlesex Area Interagency Council’s 42 years of community excellence at the group’s annual meeting at . The organization was established in 1969 to encourage the highest standards for the delivery of human services in Middlesex County.
The design of MAIC promotes and enhances cooperation and coordination of service providers as well as investigates and evaluates any unmet social, welfare, or health needs. Even more importantly, the members determine any duplication of services or outmoded practices in the county.
In addition to monthly meetings with informative guest speakers, the group holds an annual legislative breakfast and presents programming and forums which provide thoughtful discussions that can lead to finding solutions to our most pressing problems.
Erin Gasparini, of , is president of MAIC. She notes that, “This past year the Middlesex Area Interagency Council has provided valuable monthly forums to human service providers in Middlesex County, which has assisted in creating linkages, developing collaborations, and encouraging partnerships within the membership organizations.
“MAIC is such an important council,” Erin continues, “As it has and will continue to examine the unmet needs of the individuals we serve so that we may enhance supports and programs to ultimately improve the quality of life for people living in Middlesex County.”
I am proud to say that is an active member of MAIC. In fact, Ed Bonilla, United Way’s Senior Director of Community Resources, is the vice president of the organization. Other members of MAIC represent many sectors including human service providers, private organizations, and area businesses.
Ed has shared with me that moving forward, MAIC is investigating ways to help ex-offenders and other under-served populations secure employment. They will be looking at working closely with other groups to not only know ahead of time what businesses and types of entry level jobs are coming into the region, but also to help educate those employers about the strength of our employment services and supports for these populations.
The strength and ultimate success of the group truly lies in having active, engaged members participate.
New members are always encouraged to join and may include social service agencies, churches, civic groups, child and youth services, adult services, private practitioners, elected officials, health and correctional facilities, and representatives from the business community.
I strongly encourage your organization, group, or business to consider joining MAIC. It has been a worthwhile endeavor for United Way and has improved our job of advancing the common good. Your participation contributes to keeping our region vibrant and healthy. Annual dues are just $15. To join or find out more information about MAIC, please contact Frank Kuan of Wesleyan University, Secretary of MAIC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.