Paddle for Home! is happening again this year, on Sunday June 25. A group of us will paddle down the CT River from the Sunderland bridge to the new Northampton boat ramp, starting between 9:30 and 10:00. There will also be an opportunity for people to do a shorter paddle starting at the boat ramp take-out point, and joining the other paddlers as they arrive. Food, music, & celebration at the boat ramp parking area will follow, from 1:30 – 3:00. To participate, go to this link and once there, click on “join this team”: Paddle for Home! site
If you have questions, email us through the contact on the Friends website, or call Rick at 413-320-1886.
Though people can donate directly to the main Paddle for Home! site, we encourage participants to ask friends and relatives to donate in honor of their paddle. The three top fundraisers will win prizes to recognize their effort. We are almost to our goal for creating the housing — in the home stretch. Help us reach that goal and finish the supportive housing program that will lift young adults out of homelessness!
Northampton’s award-winning independent bookstore has named us their nonprofit of the month. Please stop in (always a pleasure anyway), maybe buy one of the books on homelessness which will benefit the Friends, or slip a donation in the collection jar at the cash register.
Saturday, February 18 at 7 PM
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elms St, Northampton
Women’s college a cappella groups come together to help the Hampshire County Friends of Homeless Individuals purchase a house in Northampton for unaccompanied homeless youth, age 18-25. Featuring Smith Groove, the Smith Noteables, the Smiffenpoofs, the Smith Smithereens, the Smith College Vibes, the Amherst College Bluestockings and the Mount Holyoke Victory Eights.
Tickets: $10 general (students by donation), available on line, at the door, and, after February 3, at State Street Fruit in Northampton, and Cooper’s Corner in Florence.
We wish everyone a happy holidays & New Year!
Our annual Downtown Holiday Singing series has just ended after beautiful performances by many groups. We thank all of the singers; Brit Albritton who organized the series again; our business helpers, esp. Hungry Ghost Bread, and Inspirit Crystals who each hosted materials and served as rallying points for the singers; and the Downtown Northampton Association, who folded some of our groups into the Holiday Stroll. Performances ranged from classical to jazz to rock to traditional carols; from small to very large groups; and from instrumental to vocal. It was an inspiring ending to a busy year.
Enjoy a pleasant paddle down the CT River and raise funds for the homeless! All proceeds go towards the purchase of a home in Northampton for unaccompanied homeless youth.
Donations are made through the individual paddlers listed under “Leaderboard” on the event website (link just below); click on one of them to donate. Donations also can be mailed to: FHCHI, P.O. Box 60398, Florence, MA, 01060 — checks should have a note saying “Paddle event”. Thank you for your support!, go to: Paddle for Home!
Start: Sunderland access (by bridge) – 10:15 to 11:00
Take out at Northampton boat ramp (just above
Picnic celebration at the boat ramp from 3:00 – 5:00
For more information, call 413-320-1886
Come hear beautiful singing to help homeless youth get a home! Our holiday singing was a big success this year, and now you can hear why by experiencing six of the a cappella groups in performance. Visit our Facebook page to find out more:
Friends of Hampshire County Homeless
Valley Gives Day is coming soon – please support our work by donating online during this 24-hour fundraiser. To count towards Valley Gives Day and its possible bonus prizes, donations must be made on that day. However, starting on December 1st, you can schedule an automated donation that will wait and go through on the 10th. To do this, or on December 10th, go to our Valley Gives Day donation page on Razoo: http://valleygives.razoo.com/story/Friends-Of-Hampshire-County-Homeless-Individuals?referral_code=share
Valley Gives Day is a one-day online fundraiser for hundreds of Pioneer Valley nonprofits, a chance for you to open your heart by supporting groups and causes important to you.
As well as the individual gifts, bonus amounts will be randomly awarded to specific gifts – so each gift increases our chance of receiving one of these “golden tickets”.
We hope you will donate to the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals, and other worthy nonprofits, on December 12. To stay updated on this and our other activities, Like us on Facebook (below) or join our email list.