December's Change for Change Recipient: Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals
Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals helps homeless people in Hampshire County live with dignity by providing emergency shelter and related services, creating housing, and advocating for the homeless.
The Friends’ is a non-profit organization made up solely of volunteers. Their mission is simple: to provide financial and volunteer support for the Interfaith Emergency Shelter for homeless individuals and its associated programs.
Through fundraising efforts, they ensure that the shelter doors stay open through the six coldest months of the year (November – April). Their volunteer meal teams provide warm and nutritious meals to shelter guests each evening, and their overnight volunteers provide back-up coverage to the staff. Members of the community also help by contributing monetarily and volunteering in other ways (i.e., knitting hats and gloves, donating toiletries or socks, offering vocational workshops, etc.).