Shelter Sunday
Shelter Sunday 2013
Amherst, MA

will take place on

October 20, 2013

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Printed Instructions for Canvassers

Last year we raised over $31,000!
Contributions are appreciated throughout the year
and can be sent to:
Amherst Friends for the Homeless
P.O. Box 1071
Amherst, MA, 01004-1071

We also welcome online donations.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Canvassing volunteers:

Please arrive at the
UMass Fine Arts Center Lobby at 11:30 am

We will be canvassing rain or shine (or snow).
We're counting on you regardless of the weather.

Note: We are NOT meeting on the Amherst Common.
All volunteers please come to the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center

Printed Instructions for Canvassers

Who We Are

Shelter Sunday is a one day door to door solicitation organized by Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. On the third Sunday in October, volunteers gather in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center and are sent in groups to different neighborhoods in Amherst. In a few hours they visit over 3,400 residences. Last year over $31,000 was collected and distributed to organizations that provide services to our neighbors in need.

To sign up to volunteer, click here

If you would like more information, click here to send an email.

Beneficiaries include:

Amherst Survival Center
Providing food, healthcare, clothing and community through volunteer efforts.

Craig's Doors
Providing a warm safe place to sleep and receive assistance at Craig's Place, Amherst's winter shelter at the First Baptist Church.

Not Bread Alone
Providing weekend and Wednesday meals and groceries at Amherst's First Congregational Church.

How You Can Help

We need organizers, people to help plan for the day. This involves four or five meetings over the course of a year. The time commitment is small, and the benefits to those in need are substantial. If you would like more information about helping in this way, please click here and send us an email.

We also need door to door canvassers. They will meet in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center on Shelter Sunday and will receive maps, envelopes, and instructions about how to ask for a donation. Canvassers are formed into groups of four or five. If you come with friends, you can go out together. If you come alone, you will be joined with three or four other volunteers.

More than 300 people volunteer with Shelter Sunday each year. They include local college students and community members, many from the area faith communities.

To sign up to volunteer, click here

         This website is for Shelter Sunday - Amherst.
Information about Shelter Sunday Northampton can be found at

Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc.
P.O. Box 1071
Amherst, MA 01004-1071