How Can I Help?
Help With State Agencies
Many issues involving our state administration can be complicated. I am always available to help you navigate government systems and ensure that your problems are resolved in a timely manner. Shoot us an e-mail if you have an issue we can assist with.
Visiting the State House
The State House Tours division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth office offers both guided and self-led tours of the Massachusetts State House. Those requesting guided tours are asked to schedule in advance by calling 617-727-3676. Tours are given weekdays year-round from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm, and are free of charge. The building is open for self-guided tours from 8:45 am until 5:00 pm.
To schedule a meeting or an event with me, please e-mail Catie, my legislative aide, at Catherine.Rutley@mahouse.gov.
Community Action of Hampshire County: 413-582-4230
Amherst Community Connections: 413-345-0737
Safe Passage, Shelter in Northampton, MA: 888-345-5282
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline: 800-327-5050
Psychiatric Emergency/Crisis Intervention: 413-584-7329
Western MA Alcoholics Anonymous: 413-523-2111
Eating Disorder Hotline: 800-931-2237
Hampshire County Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-337-0800
Planned Parenthood Springfield: 800-258-4448
Tapestry Health, Sexual Health Testing: 413-586-2539
UMASS Center for Women and Community: 413-545-0800
New England Learning Center for Women in Transition 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Hotline: 413-772-0806
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center: 406-477-3896
African-American Women's Resource Center: 202-215-6147
Civil Rights Resources
Attorney General Hate Crime Hotline: 800-994-3228
Employment Discrimination Hotline: 617-727-2200
Personal Rights Hotline: 413-784-1240
Homeless and Runaway Youth Hotline: 800-999-9999
Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 866-331-9474
Human Trafficking National Hotline: 888-373-7888
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: 855-378-4373
MA Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-922-2275
Elder Hotline: 888-243-5337
Trevor Project, Crisis and Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7386
Gay and Lesbian National Hotline: 888-854-4564
MassHealth Customer Service Center: 800-841-2900
Department of Transitional Assistance: 800-249-2007
Department of Unemployment Assistance: 877-626-6800
State Treasurer (Unclaimed Property, Board of Retirement information, Information on State Spending): 617-367-6900
Department of Revenue (Problems with taxes, child support): 617-887-6367
Child Support Help Line: 800-332-2733
In addition, for problems or questions involving the federal government, you should contact your United States Congressman or Senators and request assistance from their office:
US Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
US Senator Edward Markey: 508-677-0523
Congressman Richard Neal: 413-785-0325
Congressman James McGovern: 413-341-8700
Upcoming Office Hours
May 22 - 6-7pm Atkins (south Amherst one, at the back)
May 29 - 6-7pm LimeRed Teahouse
June 5 - 8-9am Cushman Cafe
June 12 - 11-12 Granby Senior Center, 6-7 Pelham Library
Upcoming Community Events
May 15th-17th: The Northeast Climate Science Center's regional science meeting will take place at UMASS Amherst this year. The meeting will focus on "Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast." Each day of the meeting will include events from 4-5 p.m.; there is no cost to attend and you can register here.
May 20th: Celebrate spring at the Garden Club of Amherst's Annual Plant Sale! Open 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. next to the Amherst Farmer's Market on the town common--open rain or shine!
May 21st: Run over to Rafters Sports Bar and Restaurant for Amherst's annual Rafters College Town Classik 5k walk or run and 5 mile run. The race raises funds for the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association. The race starts at 9 a.m. and entry is $25 in advance or $30 on race day.
May 22nd: Naturalist and landscaper John Root presents the talk "Organic Gardening for Everyone" at Pelham Community Hall. Learn how to cultivate vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers using natural methods to promote soil and plant health. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend.
June 8th: Join the Hitchcock Center for their annual Battle of the Botanicals fundraiser. Talented chefs & mixologists from local restaurants serve up appetizers and cocktails featuring local botanicals, and battle it out live on the competition stage to take the crown! Tickets are available on a sliding scale, with all event proceeds supporting the Hitchcock Center’s year-round science and nature programs for all ages. Visit their website for more information.