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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop

Pioneer Valley Credit Union has partnered with Clinical & Support Options Inc.’s Friends of the Homeless in Springfield, MA for the 2023 "Gift of Warmth Blanket and Clothing Drive”.

Throughout the month of January, donations will be collected at PVCU branches. Clinical & Support Options’ (CSO) Friends of the Homeless (FOH) program is so much more than an emergency shelter. Although FOH provides a warm bed and hot shower to more than 1,000 individual men and women aged 18 and older each year, it also assigns case workers to each guest.

Case workers help FOH guests find work and permanent homes, navigate state and federal assistance programs as well as provide access behavioral and mental health supports located on a PVTA line.

If you would like to participate in this year’s Gift of Warmth program, please follow the instructions below. Pioneer Valley Credit Union is happy to collect any new donations for the Gift of Warmth drive at the East Springfield Branch or Sixteen Acres Branch location.

Pioneer Valley Credit Union Gift of Warmth Drop Off Locations:

Sixteen Acres Branch
1954 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01129

East Springfield Branch (Main Office)
246 Brookdale Drive
Springfield, MA 01104

For more information about the Friends of the Homeless, please contact Allison, CSO’s Development & Volunteer Programs Manager, at (413) 364-1896.

Friends of the Homeless
755 Worthington Street
Springfield MA 01105

IMPORTANT: After the COVID-19 pandemic, CSO’s Friends of the Homeless can only accept new donations. Please do not physically bring donations to the shelter as CSO is trying to keep all guests safe and healthy. We appreciate our members and the surrounding community who are willing or able to give to those in need, particularly during the pandemic.

The Friends of the Homeless Shelter “Wish List”

  • Warm Clothing
  • Thermal Layers
  • Coats
  • Sneakers
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Sizes in XL, XXL, XXXL
  • Work Boots
  • Blankets
  • Insulated Lunchboxes

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