MVCS ready to break ground on education center


Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has reached its fundraising goal to construct a new Early Education and Care Center, according to a press release. Ground will be broken on the facility this fall.

“We are incredibly grateful for the early $1 million commitments from MVYouth and Martha’s Vineyard Bank. A number of individual donors and local community institutions have joined these leaders to support this first milestone of our new campus,” Julie Fay, executive director of MVCS, said in the release. “Their generosity will allow us to create a safe, respectful, and enriching learning environment for the Island’s children and families for many generations to come.” 

South Mountain Co. has been selected to build the 10,000-square-foot facility, which will be able to serve 30 percent more Island children.

MVCS is shifting its focus to raising $12 million by the end of the year for a new multipurpose center that will house Island Counseling Center, Enhanced Urgent Mental Health Services, Disability Services, Veterans Services, and administrative services, according to the release.

“I was floored when I witnessed firsthand the state of the M.V. Community Services campus, and after learning how critical their work is to the health and stability of the Island community, I knew I had to do something,” donor Barry Tatelman, Broadway producer and former owner of Jordan’s Furniture, said in the release. “The services this vital organization provides have continuously evolved to meet the growing needs of the community, and it’s time that a new and improved campus follow suit.” 

For a campus tour, or to learn more about the M.V. Community Services capital campaign, contact Laura Seguin, who oversees the capital campaign, at or 508-693-7900, ext. 454.