MHA First Nonprofit to be Selected as Beneficiary of Big Y Community Bag Program

MHA has been selected as a beneficiary of the Big Y Community Bag Program for the month of February. The Big Y Community Bag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. The program features the reusable Community Bag with a special tag attached that allows customers to direct a donation upon purchase.

MHA was selected as the February beneficiary of the Community Bag program by store leadership at the Big Y located at 300 Cooley Street in Springfield. MHA will receive a $1 donation every time the reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Cooley Street Big Y during February, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

“MHA is thrilled to be the first nonprofit organization that Big Y selected for the Community Bag Program at this location,” said Kimberley A. Lee, VP Resource Development & Branding for MHA. “People who buy a reusable bag or two at the Cooley Street Big Y during February will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing their support is directly helping people who are impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and homelessness to lead better lives. These are nicer quality bags than ones you typically find as part of fund raisers, and they’re a convenient way to make shopping a little easier while being more environmentally friendly. We think it’s a win-win-win—and it’s in the bag!”

For more information on the Big Y Community Bag Program, visit

About MHA:

MHA is a nonprofit provider of residential and support services based in Springfield, MA, providing services throughout the Greater Springfield area to people impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and homelessness. Our core values are Respect, Integrity and Compassion.

MHA has 400 full- and part-time employees and serves more than 600 participants annually. We operate 25 residential sites, as well as extensive outreach and supported living programs. MHA receives state and federal funding from multiple sources including the MA Department of Mental Health (DMH), MA Department of Developmental Services (DDS), MA Department of Children and Families (DCF), MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHDC) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

MHA was founded in 1960 by concerned citizens to provide advocacy for people with mental illness living at Northampton State Hospital. Throughout the deinstitutionalization movement MHA developed a continuum of housing and support options to participants with a wide variety of needs. Our services reflect the belief that everyone deserves quality affordable housing, the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and the support to pursue their personal vision and meaningfully participate in the life of their community.