Dear Pioneer Valley friends and colleagues,
I AM SENDING THIS AGAIN, IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO READ, DIGEST IT, RESPOND TO IT.
IN A NUTSHELL, I’M LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF MONEY, FOOD, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, HYGIENE ITEMS, AND OTHER GIFTS THAT CAN BE RAFFLED, FOR THE BRIDGE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER, THAT HELPS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEED AROUND GREATER AMHERST.
HERE’S THE FULL DETAIL:
I am proud to be on the board of Clinical & Support Options, a behavioral health organization that has been helping families and children throughout Western Mass for over 60 years.
CSO runs many life saving programs such as Friends of the Homeless, Crisis and Respite Services, Center for Community Resilience after Trauma, clubhouses for psychiatric rehabilitation, treatment for substance abuse, STOPLIFT (alternative to prosecution), and several others.
I am also proud to volunteer with one of their programs, the Bridge Family Resource Center, which provides many kinds of support, again, to children and families in need. Each year the Bridge has a Kids’ Week program (Aug 21-25), and a day of celebration (Aug 25), just before the beginning of school.
WE ARE SEEKING DONATIONS
of food to serve through the week (from area restaurants and food businesses) and donations of money; and also items that would go in gift bags, i.e. school supplies, and toiletries:
shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste.
We are also seeking a volunteer musician/ band to perform at the celebration. If this is you, please get in touch! If you know of anyone, please refer, recommend, pass on this info.
Please get in touch with Jilena Cicho Jcichon@csoinc.org or me to arrange drop off or pick up of your donation, or for more info, or with any questions.
Like many of us, I am fortunate to be fortunate. I am also happy to be able to help those with less opportunity, who’ve suffered hardship, who’ve had trauma, or who’ve been dealt a hand not as lucky as yours or mine. Life is hard, and we need to help each other. And life is good, and we need to help each other.
* C&SO is a 501(c)3 non profit, so donations are tax-deductible
* Mail check (write The Bridge in memo) CSO, Development Office, 8 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060
* Donate online here: https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=140067