Monday, March 14, 2016

Hours of Operation-Updated

The Survival Center Thrift Store is open year round:

Monday-Saturday ------10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

The center is closed on Federal holidays.

Thanksgiving: The thrift store will be open the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving day. Any deviation from this, will be posted on our FB page and this blog (which automatically is added to our website).

Christmas: It depends on the day of the week that the holiday fall on. If it falls on a Friday we will be closed for the rest of the week. For other days of the week, please watch for our signs in the windows. We post at least two weeks in advance of the holiday. It will also be posted on this blog.

The Food Pantry is Open:

Monday-Friday----------10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The pantry is closed on Federal holidays. At Thanksgiving we close the pantry the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and reopen the following Monday. See Christmas information in the thrift store hours section.

From Greenfield on Route 2A, go past Stop + Shop, make a right at the lights. Go around the corner and come up into Gill at the lights. Turn right going into Turners Falls. You will go over the Gill-Montague bridge and onto Avenue A. Continue on Avenue A through one set of lights, the next street off of the avenue is Fourth Street, take a left. The Survival Center is a large gray building (96) on the right near the end of the street, before the Second Street Baking Company.

Call for directions from other areas 413-863-9549.

Update on Franklin Area Survival Center Mission

The purpose of the center is to provide free food to needy individuals and families in the Franklin County Area. There is also a thrift shop where clothing, household items, furniture and other necessities are for sale at an extremely reasonable cost. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance our food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed household items (if available) and clothing, free of charge, also additional food, to help the victims of a disaster. We also assist women who have had to move due to domestic violence.

The only employees at the Center are cashiers, site supervisor and the assistant to the site supervisor. All other workers at the center are volunteers. A Board of Directors, made up of residents from various county towns, sets policy, financial obligations and manages the daily operation of the center. The survival center is a non-profit organization, under section 501 3© of the Internal Revenue Code (our tax exempt number is 042-77-6526). Donors may deduct contributions of money, food, clothing or household items for tax purposes.

Please mail monetary donations to:

Franklin Area Survival Center
96 Fourth Street
Turners Falls MA 01376


Franklin Area Survival Center Board Members

Faith E. Rockwood, President
Sonnya Peters, Vice President
Fern Kolakoski, Treasurer

Dorothy Gagnon, Secretary
Dawn Lang, Executive Committee
Diane Muszynski, Executive Committee

Barbara Alfange, Executive Committee
Jean Thurber, Board Member


Darleen Burke, Team Leader
Miranda Boyle, Sorter
Thea Leh, Bookkeeper 

Monday, March 07, 2016

Come Meet our New Team Leader, Darleen Burke

Stop in and meet our new Team Leader, Darleen Burke. Check out the changes we are making to improve our store! We are placing new items out throughout the day, and we are doing pickups! Just call the store at 863-9549 and set up a pick up with Darleen. Remember all items need to be clean and able to be sold. We cannot take furniture only to have to pay to discard it (each time we have to do this, we have to buy less food), so please call us if you have something we can truly sell. Remember our thrift store finances our food pantry and pays the bills, and we appreciate you helping us keep helping those in need. 

Darleen was born and raised in Greenfield, but left after graduating high school to hit the road as a truck driver. She has worked for 35 years traveling the country and has decided it is now time to settle here for a while and be closer to her family.  Stop by and say hello!