Monday, August 07, 2017

No Donations on Wednesdays and Thursdays

We have made it a policy now that no donations can be accepted on Wednesdays and Thursdays because we need those two days to get caught up on donations from the beginning of the week. Please know that we appreciate your donations, but because we have a small workforce and volunteers, it is imperative that we have time to process them. Thank you so much for adhering to our policy!

Update on our Mission and Other Information

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

Dawn Lang, Executive Committee
Diane Muszynski, Executive Committee
Barbara Alfange, Executive Committee


A New Manager will join us soon--Stay tuned for announcement
Miranda Boyle, Sorter
Denise Aiken, Store Associate
Cynthia Baranoski, Store Associate
Juan Hilraldo, Driver/Maintenance
Thea Leh, Bookkeeper 

The Survival Center Thrift Store is open year round:

Monday-Saturday ------10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Donations are no longer accepted on Wednesday or Thursday

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.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

New Policy-No donations accepted on Wednesday and Thursday

Attention: We will not accept donations on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Donations are now being accepted on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. 

Donations of clothing and linens must be in tied off bags and please watch how much they weigh. Most of the time the bags are being lifted out of bins and if very heavy could cause us injury. 

We appreciate your donations, but we ask that you adhere to our new policy so that we have that middle of the week time to catch up! 

Thank you!