COVID-19 community updates

Published: 11/18/2020 7:22:16 PM
NE Musicians Relief Fund launches new fundraising drive

New England Musicians Relief Fund has launched a new fundraising drive and hopes to distribute $200,000 to musicians in need in time for the holidays. NEMRF was created in 2020 to help musicians dealing with the financial strain that the pandemic has put on the entertainment industry. Any musician in New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing financial difficulties can apply for a grant at NEMRF.org/apply.

The crisis is deepening for professional musicians across the region. Money from the CARES Act has run out and additional government support doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. The financial strain has many facing difficult choices.

Many musicians are freelance workers who count on the holidays to make the bulk of their yearly earnings, but this year, COVID restrictions mean that concert halls, theatres, clubs and other performance venues remain closed. NEMRF provides professional musicians across New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing economic hardship a $1,000 grant to assist them through the difficult times so they can continue to do what they love and bring joy to us all.

Musicians can find the online application for the Immediate Relief campaign funds at NEMRF.org/apply.

Supporters wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the Immediate Relief Fund may do so at NEMRF.org/takeaction.

Salvation Army ‘Fill the Boot’ drive goes virtual

The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division is continuing its mission to serve veterans who have served us withtheir annual Northampton “Fill the Boot” Drive. People wishing to make electronic donations may do so on the Salvation Army website at give.salvationarmy.org.

This year, millions of Americans — including dedicated veterans — have been impacted by COVID-19. The needs are higher now more than ever. The Salvation Army’s annual in-person boot drive fundraisers across the state have been suspended but the fundraising goal remains at $25,000 in order to continue providing services to veterans throughout the year.

The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands of veterans in need across the country each year, offering a range of services including rent, fuel, and utility assistance; clothing and food; burial services; referral resources; and comfort, support, and counseling to those in need.

The Salvation Army team also has had a disaster canteen truck set up in a parking lot at the intersection of Main and Keyes streets in Florence, serving as a “billboard,” and road signs leading up to the intersection, alerting motorists that there will be volunteers in safety vests with (uncovered) red kettles allowing people to donate as they drive by, with limited direct contact.

Those who are interested in helping to raise money for veterans in need can create their own online boot drive fundraising team on The Salvation Army website.

South Hadley library adds Saturday hours

South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St., South Hadley, has resumed regular Saturday hours of 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. forlobby pickup and takeout of requested items. Regular hours are:

■Monday-Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

■Thursday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

■Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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