History

Shelter Sunday began in Northampton at Pulaski Park 27 years ago.  The initial goal was to inspire every household in Northampton to contribute at least $1 to help the homeless. The event was organized by a coalition of nonprofits that serve the homeless and hungry in our community. The member organizations represented in our Shelter Sunday Coalition have changed over the years, but our goal remains the same to raise the funds needed to help support our most vulnerable members of our community.

In the beginning, a handful of folks canvassed as much as the city as possible.  With each passing year, more and more volunteers joined in. We have many regular volunteers, but we could always use more help!

For our 27th year, we are doing a pre-event mailing and will limit our canvassing. We hope you choose to donate this year by responding to our mailing. There will also be opportunities to donate at our collection sites on both Saturday and Sunday. Your participation will help us reach our goal of $55,000.

Shelter Sunday is a fall tradition here in Northampton. Our long history is evidence of the your warm generosity. We look forward to you joining with us this year! Donations in any amount are always welcome.  Please see our Volunteer page for more information on what you can do to help.