Who We Are
Shelter Sunday is a one day door to door solicitation organized by Amherst Friends
for the Homeless, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. On the third Sunday in
October, volunteers gather in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center and are sent in groups
to different neighborhoods in Amherst. In a few
hours they visit over 3,400 residences. Last year over $31,000 was collected
and distributed to organizations that provide services to our neighbors in need.
If you would like more information,
click here to send an email.
Amherst Survival Center
Providing food, healthcare, clothing and community through volunteer efforts.
Providing a warm safe place to sleep and receive assistance at Craig's Place, Amherst's winter shelter at the First Baptist Church.
Not Bread Alone
Providing weekend and Wednesday meals and groceries at Amherst's First Congregational Church.
How You Can Help
We need organizers, people to help plan for
the day. This involves four or five meetings over the course of a year. The time
commitment is small, and the benefits to those in need are substantial. If you would like more information about helping
in this way, please
click here and send us an email.
We also need door to door canvassers. They will meet in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center on
Shelter Sunday and will receive maps, envelopes, and instructions about how to ask for a donation.
Canvassers are formed into groups of four or five. If you come with friends,
you can go out together. If you come alone, you will be joined with three or four other volunteers.
More than 300 people volunteer with Shelter Sunday each year. They include local college students and community members, many from the area faith communities.