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Community Service

A reputation is built not on what you take from your community and society. Rather, it is built on what you give back. Jack Ferriter has a long life history of community commitment and involvement that clearly demonstrates his character.

Attorney Jack Ferriter was presented with the Pioneer Valley Distinguished Advisor in Philanthropy award at the November 18, 2016 meeting of the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council, recognizing his important work in philanthropy in Hampden County, Hampshire County and the Pioneer Valley.

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, presents the award twice annually.
Take a look at the many ways Jack has contributed:

Contributions To Community Service

Trustee, Board Secretary, Finance Committee Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Holyoke Community College

May 2011 – May 2016

Strategic planning and organizational development for Holyoke Community College.

Trustee and Member of Grant Review Committee

Massachusetts Bar Foundation

January 2004 – January 2019

Trustee of the charitable arm of the Massachusetts Bar Association tasked with reviewing and awarding grants from funds raised through interest paid on lawyer trust accounts to promote justice in Massachusetts.

Baystate Health, Hospice Volunteer

November 2014 – Present

Assisting patients and families with end of life transitions.

Hampden County Bar Association, Arbitrator of Legal Fee Disputes

February 2014 – Present

Hold hearings and make decisions regarding fee disputes between clients and lawyers.

Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Clerk and Board Member

September 2014 – September 2019

Organizational leadership and strategic development to assist local businesses and the community.

Yale University, Judge of Moot Court Regional Competition

February 2014 – February 2015

Presided over law school students arguing and conducting examinations in trial competition.

Hampden County Bar Association, Board Member and Treasurer

September 2000 – February 2015

Recognized as a leader of the legal profession in Western Massachusetts.

Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer and Board Chair

April 2007 – September 2014

Organizational leadership and strategic development to assist local businesses.

Project Handgun Remove, Treasurer

January 2002 – December 2011 

Managed finances of NGO with mission to remove handguns from the streets and partnered with law enforcement agencies to achieve strategic and operational goals.

United Way of Pioneer Valley, Board Chair and Campaign Chair

May 2007 – June 2010

Strategic leadership for the Non-Profit Community of Western Massachusetts.

Providence Place, Board Chair and Director

2000 – 2010

Organizational leadership, strategic planning and development at a premier retirement community.

Mount Marie Nursing Center, Director

2000 – 2008

Strategic planning and development at a premier continuing care retirement community.

Rotary International, President and Board Chair

1998 – 2004

Community leadership, strategic planning and development of service club providing local college scholarships and international water purification systems.

The Loomis Communities, Director

1990 – 2000

Strategic planning and development at a premier continuing care retirement community.

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