Charitable Organizations

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The Jewish Community of Amherst is committed to offering rich spiritual, educational, and social opportunities to a diverse Jewish community in the Amherst area - from guiding our young and learning from our elders to helping improve conditions in the greater community. 

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 15289

Providing professional services to assist all individuals and families with life's challenges and transitions, based on the Jewish principle Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness).

Federation: United Way of Pioneer Valley
Code: 473588

Jitegemee is a small, charitable organization that provides vulnerable children in Machakos, Kenya with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent children from attaining their educational or vocational goals—whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness or lack of schooling. We were founded by the New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Farah Stockman and support about 250 children per year.

Federation: No
Code: 15417

The Club inspires and enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Understanding today's youth and developing tomorrow's leaders through a kaleidoscope of opportunities, fun-filled programs, and great people.

Federation: No
Code: 15458

Jones Library promotes open access to information and creative literature, provides literacy training in English, and preserves the history of Amherst and its remarkable writers.

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 949455

Tashi with her son

When Tashi arrived in the U.S. as a Tibetan refugee, she had no English skills, no formal education, and no work history outside of the home.  Brought by a relative to The Jones Library, Inc.’s English as a Second Language Center, she expressed some doubt about whether a middle-aged woman without literacy skills would be able to learn enough English to succeed in this country.

Help us find a cure for diabetes. Through research we can save lives of children and adults who suffer from diabetes and its devastating complications.

Federation: Community Health Charities
Code: 52988

We prevent the surrender of dogs to shelters through the distribution of Canine Assistance, Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) Kits containing food, equipment, vaccinations, spay/neuter, vet care and dog training. Our Tenant Advocacy program helps people find dog-friendly housing, obtain emotional support dog certification where appropriate, and assist with eviction notices that are specific to the family dog. We also design and build custom insulated dog houses called Kondos. These dog houses are loaned to dog owners who cannot afford a proper dog house and whose dog must remain outside for some portion of the day. We reinforce and comply with Massachusetts animal welfare and tethering laws.

We are the only animal welfare organization in Western MA that brings services directly to people in their homes. Many of our people are disabled, elderly or don't have cars. By going to their homes, we establish a rapport and generate good will. We proved dog training in the home. This empowers us to identify other issues that may be contributing to behavioral challenges. Our families must receive some form of federal or state assistance. Our families are the elderly, disabled, veterans and others living on fixed incomes or unemployment.

Kane's Krusade utilizes a unique Pay It Forward system. After 6 months of receiving services, families must Pay It Forward through a variety of volunteer options as they are physically and mentally able. 85% of our volunteers are family members.

Federation: No
Code: 15462

Our mission is to empower people divided by conflict to develop mutual understanding and to create sustainable peace. The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, founded in 1994, has pioneered effective multi-sector programs to promote genuine dialogue, reconciliation, and cooperative problem solving in over 25 conflict-affected countries on four continents. Our programs engage key actors – from government ministries all the way down to the grassroots level – to strengthen their capacity to reach out across deep divides to resolve conflicts, rebuild trust, and prevent future violence in communities where ethnic, religious, sectarian, or political conflict poses a threat to a healthy, inclusive democracy.

Federation: No
Code: 15426

Kestrel Land Trust protects farms, forests, and wetlands. Kestrel recently merged with Valley Land Fund, and now serves 19 towns surrounding Amherst and Northampton.

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 315135

Two students doing field research in a forest clearing

It’s a chilly spring day, but Elizabeth Besozzi, a junior at Smith College, is happy to be out in the woods instead of being confined to a classroom. She’s surveying the shady hemlock forest floor for red-backed salamanders as part of her research about their habitat needs.


Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 15306

To cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and Myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Federation: Community Health Charities
Code: 53088

Funds research to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes and provides emotional, educational and financial support to patients and their families.

Federation: Neighbor To Nation
Code: 111381

The friends of the Leverett Library are active in supporting the Library and Librarian. Annual activities include fundraising projects and hosting speakers, especially local authors.

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 501288

Library of American Landscape History is the leading publisher of books that advance the study and practice of American landscape architecture–from gardens and parks to city plans. LALH books educate the public, motivating stewardship of significant places and the environment, and they inspire new designs that connect people with nature. Founded in 1992, LALH is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing in the field of American landscape history. Our books are informative, engaging, and priced affordably.

Code: 15409

LifePath, an Area Agency on Aging, is a private, nonprofit corporation that develops, provides and coordinates a range of services to support the independent living of elders and persons with disabilities with a goal of independence.

Federation: United Way of Franklin County
Code: 111946

Thanks to the Meals on Wheels program, Joan has the security that comes from a daily hot nutritious meal and wellness check. For over a year, volunteer driver Alan Coutinho has been checking in on her with a hot, noontime meal five days a week.

Free classes and advising to help adults and out-of-school youth earn a GED and prepare for college, vocational training and work.

Federation: United Way of Hampshire County
Code: 495188

LivableStreets Alliance envisions a world where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where they live, work and play. We advocate for innovative and equitable transportation solutions that create safe, affordable and convenient options for everyone in Metro Boston.

Federation: No
Code: 15448

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry, Inc. exists to be a food security resource to the greater Chicopee community by providing access with respect and dignity.

Federation: United Way of Pioneer Valley
Code: 15346

A youth development organization providing preschool, and school-aged childcare, youth athletics, aquatics, middle school, teen, family, adult, and senior programs for members ages 2.9 to 65+

Federation: United Way of Pioneer Valley
Code: 473688

"The Club is like a second home for me. I always feel welcomed here. The Club’s great staff has taught me to be a better person and taught me right from wrong. As I grow older my goal is to be a part of that staff and continue teaching that philosophy."

Voluntary health organization whose mission is to support people with lupus and their families by providing education, support, awareness, referrals and medical research.

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 53388

The Lupus Research Alliance is the world’s leading private funder of lupus research. Established in 2016 – from the merger of the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Research Institute, and the S.L.E. Foundation – the Lupus Research Alliance was created to improve treatments for lupus while advancing toward a cure. This effort includes raising funds and advocating on behalf of the lupus community in the public policy arena. 

Federation: Unafilliated
Code: 15343

Affirming God's love for all people,

Federation: Unaffiliated
Code: 33588

MAB is dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities, including vision loss, developmental disabilities and brain injury, to eliminate barriers and create opportunities.

Federation: United Way of Pioneer Valley
Code: 304188

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope and transformation.

Federation: America's Charities
Code: 962821

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Federation: Community Health Charities
Code: 683012