Shelter Sunday is a door-to-door solicitation of Amherst neighborhoods. Since 1989, Shelter Sunday has been well supported by the community. This year, on Sunday October 16, community and student volunteers will gather at Fine Arts Center and then will canvass throughout the Amherst community. It is such a popular event that volunteers often come in droves. Volunteers will also be stationing outside of Atkins, and Stop and Shop to collect contributions from shoppers.
Shelter Sunday is a special day each year on which volunteers go collecting donations to support local homeless shelters, emergency housing, and survival services. The funds raised on this day go to help hundreds of homeless individuals and families receive essential services.
There are three benefiting agencies. One of the agencies are Not Bread Alone which is a free meals program in Amherst that welcomes everyone to help prepare and enjoy fresh, nutritious, family-style meals three days a week. Another beneficiary agency is Craig’s Doors. It provides a seasonal shelter to those who are homeless and provides case management during the year. The third agency is Amherst Community Connections. This agency provides information, referrals and financial assistance to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless through empowerment, advocacy and assistance at its One Stop Resource Center, Hampshire County Jail and Jones Library.
Please join us in thanking the Florence Bank, People’s Bank, Northampton Cooperative Bank, and Amherst Business Improvement District for being our sponsors donating to Shelter Sunday. In addition, Bertucci’s will donate 15% of what customer spends to Shelter Sunday if you dine on October 16 during the Dining For Dollars event. Please dine at Bertucci’s to support Shelter Sunday!