While the Network is not usually a vehicle for job openings or fundraising, these are not usual times. In the face of this pandemic and the herculean effort to open expanded emergency shelter sites across our cities and towns, there is an immediate and urgent need for both staff and volunteers, as well as financial support.
Emergency shelter job listings and regional funds are listed below. While every non-profit is in great need of support right now, I am offering here the regional support mechanisms, which also include opportunities to request funds and volunteers. Of course this is all simply an “FYI” to ensure you are aware and able to spread the word across your own professional and personal networks as you see fit.
COVID-19 Emergency Shelter Staffing/Volunteer Needs
Greenfield, Northampton and Pittsfield: go to www.servicenet.org/jobs (type “Shelter & Housing” in the search bar). Jobs are also listed on www.indeed.com.Positions are also available at ServiceNet’s Recovery Houses in Orange and Greenfield.
Amherst: Craig’s Doors shelter. Applicants or volunteers should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield: go to https://www.csoinc.org/housing-homeless-services (go to “employment” in the search bar).
COVID-19 Relief Funds to Donate or Request Funds or Seek Volunteers:
- Community Foundation of Western MA – serves Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
- United Way of Pioneer Valley – serves Hampden and Hampshire Counties
- United Way of Franklin County – serves Franklin County
- United Way of Hampshire County – serves Hampshire County
- Berkshire United Way – serves Berkshire County
Finally, there is a Western MA regional volunteer effort to make homemade masks. To register a request for masks, go here. To sign up to participate in the mask-making, go here.
Thanks to everyone for your extraordinary work in these extraordinary times.