Funding Secured

 John continues to fight to make sure that his communities have a seat at the table on Beacon Hill. In his two and a half years as Senator, John has brought back millions of dollars for local projects and organizations throughout our district. 


Education & YOuth Programs

-$1,000,500 to Westfield High School for upgrades

-$100,000 to Holyoke Community College to implement a 1 year child-care pilot program for parents attaining education

$50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield & $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic

-$50,000 to Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke for education resources and programming

$50,000 to Westfield State University for new equipment at the Dr. Nettie Stevens Science and Innovation Center

-$50,000 to Holyoke Community College for workforce development programs

-$50,000 to Girls Inc. of the Pioneer Valley for Programming

$50,000 to the Homework House of Holyoke

-$40,000 to Holyoke High School for auditorium improvements 

-$40,000 to Easthampton High for security improvements

$25,000 to the Agawam Little League Association 

    Local Economy 


    $100,000 to the Latino Chamber of Commerce in the City of Holyoke

    -$50,000 to the West of the River Chamber of Commerce Inc., to support businesses in Agawam and West Springfield 

    $25,000 to the City of Easthampton for the “Blueprint Easthampton” initiative to support small businesses and entrepreneurs

    -$25,000 to the Town of Southwick for economic development and to encourage local downtown shopping

    Health Care

    More than $300,000 to Baystate Noble Hospital for a community grant program to prevent and treat addiction to opioid and related substances

    $75,000 to Tapestry Health for opioid treatment programs

    Councils on Aging

    -$125,000 to the Agawam Council on Aging for transportation

    $100,000 to the Westfield Senior Center for renovations and new furniture 

    $50,000 to the Southampton Council on Aging for improvements

    Veterans Organizations


    $400,000,000 for the construction of a new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

    $400,000 to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home for the creation of an Ombudsman’s office and to ensure quality resources for residents

    $250,000 to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home for PPE, increased resources, and technological upgrades during the pandemic

    -$70,000 to Agawam Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery for a full time employee position

    $50,000 for repairs and renovations at the Holyoke War Memorial

    -$50,000 to the Agawam Legion for upgrades and improvements

    $35,200 to the American Legion Post 124 in the City of Westfield 

    $15,000 to the Agawam Veterans Council

    $15,000 to the Westfield Marine Corps League

    $5,000 to the Town of Southwick to finish the cleaning, additions, and updated engravings of its War Monument

    Municipalities and Public Infrastructure

    $150,000 to the City of Agawam for roadway improvements

    $75,000 to the City of Westfield for the improvement of dams 

    -$59,800 to Westfield Police Department for an Apex Police Training Simulator that focuses on de-escalation techniques 

    -$50,000 to the Agawam Police Department to support their opioid addiction prevention and treatment program

    -$50,000 for renovations to Montgomery Town Hall 

    $50,000 to the Town of Russell for street improvements 

    -$50,000 to the Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum in the City of Easthampton for improvements and renovations

    $10,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of Easthampton for the expansion of outdoor spaces

      Community Organizations

      -$75,000 to West Springfield’s Irish Cultural Center for renovations and improvements-

      -$50,000 to the Alano Club of Agawam for programming

      $25,000 to the Westfield Food Pantry to help alleviate the rise of food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic

      -$25,000 to Friends of West Springfield Parks and Recreation, Inc. for infrastructure improvements and park maintenance

      $25,000 to Easthampton Community Center for resources

      $25,000 to the Nuestras Raices facility in the City of Holyoke

      John Velis is a member of the Army Reserves. Use of his rank, job title, or photos in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Army or DOD.
      Paid for and authorized by the Committee to Elect John Velis.