Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of generosity. GivingTuesday take place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

For Giving Tuesday this year, we are hosting a virtual giving tree to provide gifts to the people that we support in our residences, day programs and community. You can help ensure everyone has a special gift under the tree that was selected just for them!


How it Works & How you Can Help

  • Visit the Venture Wish List Here – if you use AmazonSmile (see below) you can also find the list in your Amazon account under ‘your lists’ then ‘AmazonSmile Charity Lists”
  • Browse the list and select item(s) you want to purchase and add them to your cart
  • Select ‘this item is a gift’ so we will know who it is from and we can thank you for your generosity.
  • Checkout as usual and select the Venture Gift Registry Address for the shipping so the items will be delivered directly to Venture’s Administrative Office.
  • We will wrap the gift and have it delivered directly to the recipient to open and enjoy just in time for Christmas.

Please purchase items to be delivered no later than Friday, December 9th so we have time to wrap and deliver prior to the holiday.

If you have any questions, please contact Kerrie Mason at 774-922-1136

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

No Time to Shop? Click Here to Make a Donation to the Giving Tree Program.


Shop & Donate at the Same Time

Did you know that you can support Venture while you shop at Amazon year round? All you have to do is visit: and select Venture Community Services as your charity of choice. That’s it!

AmazonSmile now also works in the Amazon mobile app. Just activate in your settings.

Happy Shopping and Giving!

Order Med Books

Developed by certified MAP trainers, this controlled substance documentation book is geared toward the specific needs of staff certified under the Medication Administration Program. The book meets all MAP requirements and is approved by the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health. Books are $60 each. Please contact Kim Hillier for more info.

Golf Classic – Thank you!

Thank you to all of our supporters for a successful event, it is truly appreciated!  We hope you can join us again next year.  Photos from the day are posted on our Facebook Page.

Congrats to all of the winners:

  • 1st place with -17 = Andy Macnaughton, CW Sheltman, Jamie Sheltman, Steve Nappi
  • 2nd place with -11 = Brian Griffin, George Aubin, Nick Kachadoorian, Nils Ljundgberg
  • 3rd place with -7 = Eric Masi, David Masi, Ken Bakes, Kent Carlson
  • Closest to pin & long drives:  Mike Letouris, Renee Kujowski, Tony Hoyt, Paul Julian, Brian Griffin

Proceeds from the event will support people with developmental disabilities in our community and our new program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)



The Hoyt Foundation, Southbridge Credit Union, Starkweather & Shepley, Ted’s Package Store


MDG Benefit Solutions, Open Sky Community Services, Cornerstone Bank, Pelmeds, United Healthcare




All Star Incentive Marketing, ACT LeasingCK Smith Superior, JD Leblanc Electric, Country Bank, LUK, Inc.Load Controls, Ogletree Deakins, OFS OpticsPaylocitySlims & Berthiaume Sewer ServiceWayside Youth & Family


Beacon DistributorsBrousseau’s FlooringCormier JewelersDave’s ApplianceEmployers Association of the NorthEastGaudette Landscaping, The Lowe Family, Interior Resources,  The Merrill Family, ProCare MedicalQuality Van SalesSablack LandscapingSchottSoper ConstructionSteadfast Fence

Thank you – Wine Event

Thank you to all who joined us on Thursday for our Sip, Sample & Support event! We appreciate each and every raffle ticket, auction purchase, sponsorship, volunteer and donation that contributed to such a successful night of fundraising. Be sure to take a look at the photos from the night on our Facebook page HERE.

Special thanks to our co-host Ted’s Package store for coordinating all of the distributors and their auction donations.

We look forward to everyone’s support again next year.

2022 EVENT

Adaptive Yoga & Mindfulness

Our virtual classes are led by certified yoga instructor, Lisa Irvine, of Brave Yoga for All in partnership with Shri Service Corps.

The classes are free of charge and geared toward young adults 16 and over that may have disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  No experience is necessary, so give it a try!

 Every Thursday at 6 pm (via Zoom)  

To receive the Zoom link to join the class, please email: and include the participants name and age.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Hoyt Foundation.

ASD Program Grand Opening

Today we were pleased to host many of our community partners to celebrate the official opening of newest program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Venture Advancement Center offers transitional programming focused on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. We also honored the legacy of Dick Hoyt with a memorial dedication. We welcomed his sons Rick and Russ Hoyt of the Hoyt Foundation who addressed the group on behalf of their family, presenting, Venture CEO Mike Hyland with a generous donation. This donation will enable us to continue to offer opportunities for inclusion.

“Venture is excited to officially open our new Advancement Center and to continue the legacy of The Hoyt Foundation,” said Mike Hyland, Venture President & CEO. “This first of its kind program will open many doors for people just as they have done through their tireless commitment to people living with disabilities.”

Pictures from the event are posted on the Venture Facebook Page

Ribbon Cutting & Hoyt Dedication

Join us as we officially launch our new program – The Venture Advancement Center.  The new initiative provides supports to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  This transitional program focuses on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. In general, engagement in meaningful work provides a host of benefits in addition to compensation and self-sufficiency.

We will also be unveiling our dedication to our longtime supporter, Dick Hoyt.  His family will be assisting with the ribbon cutting.

Tours of the program will be available after the ribbon cutting.

Thursday, March 31st @ 10:30am

Venture Advancement Center | 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge, MA

Please rsvp to:

Pappy Bourbon Winner & Thanks

Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets for this raffle, your contribution truly makes a difference. All proceeds will be used to support people with disabilities in our community including our newest program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Many thanks to Ted’s of Charlton for donating this very rare and sought-after bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year old bourbon whiskey! (Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve | 23 Year Old |Bottle # M1005)

The winner that was drawn randomly from all of the entries is…

Brandon Stowe, Cheshire, CT

  • Winner must pick up prize in person at Venture’s main office at 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge, MA no later than March 15 and sign for bottle. Must be 21+ to win.
  • For more info: Paige Mador | 774-922-1135

We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events:

New Program for ASD

We are excited to announce the launch of The Venture Advancement Center located in Sturbridge. The program benefits young adults (18+) in the central Massachusetts community who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This transitional program focuses on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. In general, engagement in meaningful work provides a host of benefits in addition to compensation and self-sufficiency.  Most people, regardless of ability, will derive a sense of purpose from their work. You can learn more here