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This year, October 2nd will mark Northampton’s 31st annual Shelter Sunday—an effort which began in Pulaski park with the initial goal to inspire every household in the Northampton area to contribute at least $1 to support essential service in the community. Today, Shelter Sunday is still raising crucial funds for three local agencies serving people who are serving those experiencing housing and food insecurity in Northampton and Easthampton: Hampshire Friends of the Homeless, Manna Community Kitchen, and ServiceNet.  ­­­

When we began Shelter Sunday, we went door to door. We also had collection sites at various businesses. And from the start, we have relied on the generous support of our sponsors, community members, and local businesses. In previous years, the focus of this day was a handful of volunteers walking around their neighborhoods and knocking on doors. Given the current health crisis, this year you’ll receive a mailing instead of a visit. We invite you to send in your contribution or use the convenient online donation platform. Your participation will help us reach our goal of $175,000.

The pandemic has affected us all— however, many of our neighbors who were already living on the edge were further set back by the pandemic and remain especially vulnerable, even now. Our Shelter Sunday programs are here to help—providing year-round shelter, regular access to hot meals and food pantries, and outreach services.

It’s been a challenging time, and this year, the need is greater than ever. We hope that you will take a moment to dig deep and contribute to this day which makes such a difference in the lives of so many. Shelter Sunday is a fall tradition here in Northampton, and our long history is evidence of support in this community. We hope you will join us in our mission to serve our most vulnerable neighbors and thank you for your support of Shelter Sunday in 2022.