UMACC (the UMass Amherst Community Campaign) is off to a strong start, with $250,000 already pledged from 400 faculty, staff and retirees to help nonprofits find a caring mentor for a child, help families put food on the table and protect our rights.
When you give through UMACC, you decide where your donation goes. And remember, none of your donation stays at UMass.
For example, last year more than 100 people chose to donate to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts through UMACC, making it the top choice among all nonprofits. The Food Bank distributes food to food pantries, meal sites, rehabilitation facilities, senior centers and shelters throughout the area. For every $1 that you donate, it is able to provide three meals. Last year, the Food Bank provided 8 million meals to your neighbors in Western Massachusetts.
Another popular choice is the Amherst Survival Center, which “connects residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties to food, clothing, health care, wellness and community, primarily through volunteer efforts.” The center serves a hot lunch – free and open to anyone – four days a week. It has a community store filled with clothing, toys and household items where everything is free. They offer a health clinic, dental clinic, live music once a month and more. This year the Amherst Survival Center celebrated its 40th anniversary of neighbors helping neighbors.
This holiday season, think about what issues concern you, and who you can help. Giving to UMACC is easy and efficient, and it makes you feel good. As one employee recently said, “I might never have as much money as I would like to, but giving a little money away makes me feel rich.”
You can give now at umass.edu/umacc, or use the paper pledge form you received by campus mail. If you give by check or credit card before the end of 2016, you may be able to deduct your donation on your tax return. If you give by payroll deduction, your deductions will begin in January 2017.
When you give through UMACC, you become part of a larger community effort that helps us show the world that UMass Amherst cares.