Community Survival Center, a bridge of hope to the hungry and homeless since 1983
 
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Narrative

Narrative
In Fiscal Year 2017, the Community Survival Center continued its work of providing necessary and nutritious food to families and individuals from Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Hampden, as well as the Indian Orchard, Sixteen Acres, and Pine Point neighborhoods of Springfield. Seniors, from anywhere in Hampden County, also visited the Emergency Food Pantry.

The Center is lucky to have the support of local businesses, schools, churches and temples, and many, many individuals, who help by organizing food drives, donating food, money, and time as volunteers. And we have donors who bring in wonderful, quality items that we sell in the Thrift Shop and the Program. Quite literally, we could not function without everyone’s help: and we are very grateful to all the people who think of the Center and who support us in so many ways.

Many area businesses allow their employees to spend an entire work day helping out at non-profit agencies like ours. This is a chance for the Center to get around to those projects that are always being pushed back because of lack of time; washing windows, putting together desks and other pieces of office furniture, placing sticky pads on hangers, and all the other tasks that we never seem to get around to. Thanks in particular to the Serve With Liberty group who helped out in May. We also had a great group from Mass Mutual, organized via the United Way of Pioneer Valley, who helped out at our fall Flip Day, where we change over from summer clothing and bring out heavier, winter clothing from storage. It is a lot of work!

The Center has now been serving households in need for the past 34 years. In that time we have provided emergency food to 209,268 individuals! The Clothing and Household Essentials Program has now helped 742,758 people to purchase items by the bag at $4 and $5 depending on the size of the bag.

So, how can you help? Come in and buy some of the bargains in our Thrift Shop; sign up for the Matching Gift program at your work and donate to help support our operations; become one of our monthly donors, allowing us to count on a reliable income each month to continue our work; become a volunteer; and help organize a food drive at work, in your neighborhood, or at a particular club where you’re a member. And, on behalf of Board Members, Staff Members, and our Clients, thanks for being a part of our supportive 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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