The Community Survival Center
240 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Welcome to the Community Survival Center
The mission of the Community Survival Center is to provide survival items of food, clothing, and household goods to members of our community in times of need.
The Community Survival Center is a 30 year old non-profit agency that helps families struggling to provide the basics: food, clothing and household items. Our emergency food pantry serves Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Hampden as well as the 16 Acres, Pine Point and Indian Orchard neighborhoods in Springfield.
The Bridge of Hope Thrift Shop is open to the public and sells quality clothing and accessories, most at just $2 per item. Also, our Clothing and Household Goods Program offers sales at just $3/bag and is also open to the general public. All proceeds help to fund our pantry.
We are supported by donations from our neighbors: individuals, churches, businesses, schools and various groups and organizations within the above mentioned communities. And we are extremely grateful to be able to support the center primarily with their help.
|The Community Survival Center wishes to thank everyone who donated Thanksgiving dinner food items, and those who sponsored families with a $20 donation. Your generosity allowed us to help 449 families to enjoy a traditional meal in their homes with family and friends! A total of 9,050 lbs. of food was distributed for Thanksgiving. |
Many, many thanks to all who conducted food drives to benefit the Center. No drive is too small, as ALL donations help us to help our neighbors.
Our contributors put the COMMUNITY in our name!
Some of the larger drives received include:
Cathedral High School: 762 lbs.
Cub Scout Pack 180: 260 lbs.
Wilbraham Monson Academy Middle School: 1,103 lbs.
East Street School: 364 lbs.
Ludlow Boys' and Girls' Club: 773 lbs.
St. John the Baptist School: 2,015 lbs.
Minnechaug High School: 915 lbs.
Ludlow High School: 317 lbs.
Columbia Gas: 2,666 lbs. (Mr. Marvin Brooks)
Valley Gives Day, 12/12/13December 12, 2013 is the second annual Valley Gives Day. It is a 24 hour celebration of generosity. During Valley Gives Day, Western Massachusetts nonprofit agencies collaborate with the goal of getting residents of the Valley to support their favorite nonprofit group. By participating, donors will help charities become eligible for special prizes totaling $200,000.
Here's how to help.
Click on the link below.
Search for "Community Survival Center".
Make your donation.
Invite your friends to participate.
The Community Survival Center thanks all of our generous neighbors for their ongoing support.
Christmas dinnersWith Christmas fast approaching we have received calls from the community asking what we need for the Christmas meals that we give out. Here is the Christmas menu.
As you can see, we try to provide a traditional meal for our clients that they can prepare at home with their family and friends.
Chickens or turkeys-fresh or frozen
Turkey or chicken gravy
Potatoes - instant or fresh
Green beans-canned or fresh
Carrots-canned or fresh
Yams-canned or fresh
Desserts-mixes or pre-made packaged
Another option is to sponsor a family. A $20 donation allows us to purchase the necessary items for a complete meal for an average sized family.
You can drop the food off at the Center any time between 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursdays we are open until 5:00pm.
Your generosity helps many struggling families to enjoy a traditional holiday meal.
Winter CoatsWe are in need of winter coats for the upcoming season. We gratefully accept coats for men, women, and children in all sizes and styles.
Community Survival Center's 30th AnniversaryThis year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Community Survival Center.
Many thanks to those who joined us for the Open House and Food Drive at the Center on Saturday, November 2, from 2:00-4:00pm.
Approximately 25 people attended the celebration, and two signed up to volunteer!
We are proud to celebrate 30 years of being part of this community.
Thank you for the 150 lbs. of food donations and many other items received at this event!
Our Emergency Food Pantry is in Critical Need of the Following Protein Food Items:
The Items Are
canned beef stew
corned beef hash
Please Help---Our Shelves Are Empty!
The Community Survival Center is in desperate need of food and is again turning to the local community for assistance. We are suffering from a serious lack of food donations at this time. Unfortunately at the moment there are less people giving and more people receiving. In the thirty years that the Center has been open we have never turned anyone away because of lack of food. I do not want to have to begin this now that is why I am turning to you, our friends in the community, who continue to respond with overwhelming generosity.
While donations pick up around the holidays, food insecurity is a 365 day-a-year issue.
We will gratefully accept any and all food items, as everything is in short supply at this time, including items that we normally have in abundance. It takes a wide variety of food to provide a balanced diet, especially for people whose health is already compromised. We are having a difficult time putting together an emergency supply of food for our families because of the lack of most protein items. (Please see our wish list above.)
I know that with your help we will not have to turn anyone away without food.
Thank you in advance for all of your generosity.
Remember, even ONE can or box item can make a difference!
Tax deductible cash donations designated for food are also gratefully accepted. We will purchase the necessary items to provide a balanced food supply to our clients.