Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, employees and volunteers of the Franklin Area Survival Center, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy your day with family and friends. We are closed so that we can all be with our families. The thrift store will reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m., but the food pantry will not reopen until Monday at 10. Enjoy your day, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

DATE: December 18, 2014
     Faith E. Rockwood, President, Board of Directors
     413-863-9549 or
    Libby Volckening, E-RYT 500, Director
    413-772-2050  or
Green River Yoga & Movement to hold fundraiser 
for the Franklin Area Survival Center
GREENFIELD, MA — Green River Yoga & Movement (158 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Greenfield, MA, above World Eye Bookshop) will be conducting a yoga fundraiser on Saturday, January 3, 2015, from 9 – 11 am.  Suggested donation is $10 – 20, and all proceeds will be donated to the Franklin Area Survival Center.
Libby Volckening, E-RYT 500, Director of Green River Yoga & Movement, will teach the class in the viniyoga style, a breath-centric lineage of Hatha yoga which emphasizes healthy movement patterns to increase the strength and stability of body and mind.  Some yoga experience would be helpful to participate in the event, since it will be a more active practice.  Children ages 10 and older are welcome to practice with their parents.  “Our mission at Green River Yoga & Movement is to teach skills that support healthy bodies, minds, and lifestyles, and ultimately a healthy and peaceful planet” says Volckening.  “A fundraiser like the January 3rd event helps us take our yoga 'off the mat' and into the community.”
The Survival Center, located at 96 Fourth Street in Turners Falls, has been providing free food to needy individuals and families in the Franklin County Area since 1981.  They also operate a thrift shop where clothing, household items, furniture and other necessities are for sale at a reasonable cost.  In the event of a disaster, the Survival Center also supplies needed clothing, linens, and additional food to help the survivors.  The Thrift Store is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday, and the Food Pantry hours are 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Survival Center President Faith E. Rockwood says, “Use of our food pantry has seen a steady increase each year.  This year, I believe that we will serve around 11,000 people! We are going through thousands of pounds of food each month. Last year we lost our bread supplier of over 30 years: this was a deep cut to the people who relied on us for bread for their kid’s lunches.  We cannot afford to purchase bread because our budget just can’t do it, so we have to supplement our clients with what we have available. Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, it doesn’t look like it is going to be any better in the new year.”
All contributions collected during the January 3rd fundraiser will be donated to the Franklin Area Survival Center.  For more information about the Survival Center or to make a donation online, visit 
For more information about the yoga fundraiser Saturday January 3, 2015, at Green River Yoga & Movement, contact Libby Volckening (413-772-2050 or or visit