Friends for the Homeless send appreciation
Just in time for the holidays, Amherst Friends
for the Homeless, Inc. is distributing the results of its 14th
annual Shelter Sunday community-wide appeal to raise funds for
the homeless and hungry in our midst. Checks were presented this
week to four area organizations dedicated to providing food, shelter,
clothing and emergency aid: the Grove Street Inn, a shelter for
men and women in Northampton; the Amherst Survival Center, which
provides meals, clothing, household goods and groceries; Not Bread
Alone, which provides weekend and holiday meals, as well as groceries
and fresh produce; and First Call for Help, which provides referrals
and emergency assistance.
Since Oct. 27, $26,853 has been received from residents of Amherst,
Pelham and Hadley. While more than $16,000 was collected on the
day of the door-to-door campaign, checks continue to arrive in
the mail. The funds raised this year have topped last year's high
by over $10,000.
Organizers attribute their success to the support from 300 volunteers
and the generosity of area residents. In addition, Florence Savings
Bank underwrote the operating expenses, including a new banner
to hang in the center of town. Every year, several organizations
from the University of Massachusetts supply large numbers of canvassers
to ensure a successful campaign. Students in fraternities and
sororities at UMass supplied 152 volunteers. Alpha Chi Omega sorority
and two fraternities, Delta Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon, sent
over 25 volunteers each. Over 87 students in the Boltwood Project,
a UMass community service project through which students earn
college credit, also participated in Shelter Sunday. These students
joined with volunteers from local faith communities, service organizations,
individuals and families.
Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc. thanks everyone for their
participation and support. To make a donation, send checks to
Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc., P. O. Box 1071, Amherst,
Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc.
Local businesses thanked for support
Come into the Student Union on any given Monday
evening and you will see UMass student parents and their young
children enjoying delicious dinner entrees donated by local businesses.
Stay a little longer and you will see these parents smile as they
leave their young children in the care of UMass students who provide
the children with supervised play activities while their parents
participate in parenting skills workshops. This is the program
Dinner on Us, sponsored by UMass and the Commuter Services and
Housing Resource Center (CSHRC), and it would not be possible
without generous donations from local businesses.
Student parent Lynn Hatch says, "In light to recent budget
cuts at the University and the general slowdown of our state's
economy, the donations being made by local businesses are even
more amazing. I know that this program has made me a better parent
and I am very appreciative of it."
The Black Sheep, La Cucina di Pinocchio and Panda East each donated
entrees for up to 30 student parents and their children who participated
in Dinner on Us each week of the semester.
One Saturday morning each month in the Student Union Craft Center,
student parents and their children ages 3-7 created butterfly
puppets, masks, gourd creatures, Japanese gift packages and candleholders
from supplies donated by local businesses. The Art Cycles program,
also sponsored by CSHRC and UMass, received donations from Annie's
Garden and Gift Store, Hadley Garden Center, Lots for Littles,
Design Supply Studio and the University Store.
Commuter Services and
Housing Resource Center