Friday, April 26, 2013

New York Bus Trip on Sunday!

Reminder, we will be leaving an hour earlier than the flyer states. We will leave the Franklin Area Survival Center in Turners Falls at 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 from the Greenfield Savings Bank on King Street in Northampton.  We moved the time up to allow us more time in the city.  We are bringing movies to watch on the bus. We have decided not to do bingo on the bus and just relax and enjoy the movies. Since we will have children on the bus we will be playing movies that are children friendly.
We do have a few seats available if you are interested in joining us! You can come to the center tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th, and purchase your seats or you can take a chance and come to one of the center or the bank and see if there are seats available on Sunday morning. The cost is only $40.

See you then!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are you in need of Food Assistance? Want to donate? Need to arrange a Pick up? Volunteers?

If you live in one of the towns in Franklin County, MA, and are income eligible, you can receive a food allotment once a month from our food pantry.  Our food pantry is located at 96 Fourth Street in Turners Falls.  The food pantry is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Come in and complete an application. Bring proof of residency for the town in which you live (such as your current lease or mortgage slip), picture ID, proof of income for all the people in your apartment or home (work, public assistance or pensions or social security), and cost of utilities.  Once you are approved, you will receive food for all members of your household.  You also can come in each day and get special items we have available for all who come.  Some of these items are limited, such as 1 item per family, 2 items per family, etc.

Feeding those who need help is our main mission.  To continue to do this, we operate our thrift store. The thrift store must do well for us to be able to supply the food to those who need it. We depend on donations of furniture, clothing, household items, etc., to sell at low cost in the store. The items must be in clean, sellable condition, or we have to throw it out (and that takes money away from our mission).  Please be sure that items you donate are items you would be willing to pay for yourself. If you wouldn't buy it, then neither will our clients.

If you have items to donate, please contact Jamie Symmes, Site Supervisor, at 863-9549.  He will work out a time and date that will work for you and him.  Let him know what you have before he comes, so that he knows whether he will need help or not with loading the truck.  We accept estates, home/office clean outs. We cannot accept computers, printers, cribs, mattresses/boxsprings, carseats, large stereo equipment, older luggage items or older model televisions.

Remember when you shop at our store, we allow a 7 day hold for pick up of any large item you purchases. The down payment is non-refundable, so if you do not pick up the item within that 7 day period, it will be placed back up for sale and you forfeit your down payment (there will be no exceptions due to space limitations).  We will also deliver your item for you for a reasonable fee.  Jamie will be able to tell you the cost once he knows where you want it delivered.  Remember, too, that he will deliver to the address, but only to the first floor.

We rely heavily on a team of great volunteers. If you are willing to give a few hours a week, we would definitely appreciate your help. Please come in and complete a volunteer application and talk with Jamie.

We hope you will continue to support the Franklin Area Survival Center.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, Faith E. Rockwood, President, Board of Directors.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Reminder, we do pick ups!

Just a reminder, we pick up large donations. If you have a couch, chair, boxes of household items or multiple items from an estate, our site supervisor will come and pick them up! 

Your donations are sold in our low-cost thrift store to help fund our food pantry. We assist over 11,000 people a year from all over Franklin County.

Also, your donations are sold here, where you live, helping people in your area. They are not delivered elsewhere to be distributed out of the area.

If you have items that need to be picked up, please call us at 863-9549 and ask for James Symmes, our site supervisor. He will work out a time that will work for you and him. He does have the right to refuse if he gets to your house and the items are ripped, dirty or broken. Please keep that in mind when you decide to donate. All items must be in good, clean and sellable condition.

We are a 501c3, so your donations are tax deductible!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Spring has arrived in the thrift store!

We have brought out the spring and summer clothes, so do not miss out on some great deals. Beat your friends to the store, because you could be missing some great outfits!

New York Bus Trip

We still have seats available for the NYC trip on April 28. Stop at the store and sign up and pay for your seat. We will be selling seats up till the bus is full. This is only $40. We leave Turners Falls at 7:00 a.m., and Northampton at 7:30 a.m. Two drop off and pick up spots: Natural History Museum and 53rd and Broadway (Ed Sullivan Theater where David Letterman is taped). We will pick up at 4:30 and 5:00 at the locations in NY to return home to Northampton for 8 and 8:30 to Turners Falls. Please call the numbers on our flyer on this FB page. Times for leaving have been changed since doing the flyer. Call us, so we can put your names on the list!