Northampton group will raise money for homeless by paddling the Connecticut River

  • Connecticut River view JOSH KUCKENS

Published: 8/11/2016 11:54:21 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Canoers and kayakers paddling down the Connecticut River will raise money this weekend for a new housing and support program for homeless youth.

The paddle will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Sunderland and end at the city boat ramp in Northampton, according to a press release from Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals. The paddle isn’t a race, and paddlers will raise money via pledges for the paddle.

Participants must have experience on the water and provide their own canoes or kayaks, paddles and life jackets. The three paddlers who raise the most money will receive prizes.

Funds raised will go toward buying a house in Northampton with support services for homeless youth. The program could help keep these youth from sliding into chronic homelessness, according to the release.

More information is available at

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