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The Community Survival Center
240 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
(413) 543-3930

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 32 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. Shirts and blouses are $3 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.

Thank You!

Thank You!
Please check out our "Thank You" tab, where we express our appreciation for those who support the Community Survival Center.

Berkshire Bank Xtraordinary Day

Berkshire Bank Xtraordinary Day
On June 7, 2016, Berkshire Bank is participating in our Xtraordinary Day, and will be volunteering at The Community Survival Center. While this is a day of volunteering that has occurred in previous years, this year is the FIRST year that Berkshire Bank will close at noon, so the entire company and its employees can focus on many community projects throughout Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.
In addition, during our Xtraordinary Day, June 7, 2016, we will be hosting a contest in which we challenge the public to Catch Us in the Act for your chance to win $100 for the non-profit of your choice!
Catch us in the act by:
o Snapping a photo of our employees performing a volunteer service
o Go to our Facebook Page
o Find the “Catch Us In The Act” tab and complete the contest form
o Upload your photo on 6/7/16 starting at 1pm with the caption #Xteam
o All photos need to be submitted by 6/10/16 by 5pm

There will be TWO winners per region, (a total of 14 winners in all). This $100 will then be donated on behalf of the winner to the 501c3 organization of their choosing.

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24th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive

24th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 24th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive a success!! We had some great volunteers from the Hampden County House of Correction Pre-Release Program and the Knights of Columbus Ludlow Council 3535. Thank you to all who placed donations by the mail box to fill our shelves and help us to help our neighbors in need. Extra special thanks to our United States Postal Service Letter Carriers for making it all possible--we couldn't do this without you!
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Prom Dresses

Prom Dresses
Soon it will be prom and wedding season. We gratefully accept donations of prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, other formal wear, plus accessories.

Come See Our New Look

Come See Our New Look
Spring has arrived! Come shop for spring items in the Clothing and Household Goods Program and the Bridge of Hope Thrift Shop.

While in the Bridge of Hope Thrift Shop, check out our 2 new display cases. These were purchased from Macy's at the Eastfield Mall, and are being used to display jewelry and beautiful glassware. Also, Macy's donated 3 mannequins and a couple of display racks (one for each room).

Come check out our spring updates!

Urgent Food Storage

Urgent Food Storage
We desperately need your help!

Once again we are looking to you, the community, for help in getting food on our pantry shelves as they are virtually empty once again. It seems as though this is becoming the “norm” at The Center. With our number of families coming to us for food increasing drastically by the month, we cannot keep our shelves stocked with the variety of nutritious items that we need. We are averaging 40 new families a month along with approximately the 475 families we currently provide food for.

Remember One Can, Can Make a Difference!

Thank you all in advance for your new or continued support of The Center. Ask to see Michelle, when you bring in your food donation, I would love to personally thank you.

Donation hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm, and Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

We Need Volunteers

We Need Volunteers
We are always in need of volunteers. If you think you could give some time to help us, and would like to be a volunteer or an "on call" volunteer, we will be happy to work with you to create a mutually beneficial schedule.

We also gladly welcome groups of volunteers. Do you have a Scout Troop, church, school, or community group looking for a service project? Are you a confirmation student fulfilling community service hours? We could use your assistance!

Please contact Jackie or Michelle at 413-543-3930.
Our Wish List

Our Emergency Food Pantry is in Critical Need of the Following Protein Food Items:

The Items Are
peanut butter
canned tuna
hearty soups
canned beef stew
corned beef hash
canned chili
canned chicken

Always welcome items:
canned fruit
canned vegetables
hot and cold cereal
pasta sauce
100% fruit juice

during donation hours only:
fresh meat
fresh milk
fresh fruit
fresh vegetables
garden surplus
frozen foods

SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)

SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)
Many of you may have heard of the passage of the Farm Bill and the corresponding cuts that have been made to the SNAP (Food Stamps) program. Thousands of individuals who rely on this program are facing a serious crisis, which means many of them turn to their local food pantry.
The Community Survival Center's pantry has been struggling to meet the ever growing needs of our neighbors for the past three years. The Center acknowledges with gratitude all that churches, schools, and individuals have done to help fill this need. We are asking your help once again to fill our pantry shelves.
The Center needs a wide variety of non-perishable items to be able to provide our emergency food clients with a 4 to 5 day supply of well-balanced meals. Please remember when you are shopping to pick up an extra item or two for donation, especially on-sale items and buy 1 get 1 (or 2!) free.
As always, we know we can count on you, our COMMUNITY, to help keep our shelves stocked.
Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. On Thursday, donation hours are extended to 5:00pm.
THANK YOU for all you do assist the struggling families of this community.
Community Survival Center, 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151 • PHONE: 413-543-3930
A bridge of hope to the hungry and homeless since 1983.

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