State gives Amherst Survival Center a boost with diaper funds

Published: 7/5/2016 3:09:14 PM

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State gives survival center a boost with diaper funds

The Amherst Survival Center, which provides diapers with its monthly Food Pantry distributions, has received a $10,000 state grant to help buy diapers.

The center has given donated diapers to those who use the pantry since early 2015 when it conducted its first community-wide diaper drive.

State Rep. Ellen Story, a co-sponsor of the local Amherst Area Diaper Drive, led the effort to secure state funding for diapers.

“Before the Amherst Survival Center brought the issue of diaper need to my attention, I had no idea how expensive diapers had become,” she said.

In addition to buying and distributing diapers, the center will use the state money to highlight the need for other personal care items that are often expensive and essential for hygiene, like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, tampons and toothpaste.

Donated diapers and other personal care items will continue to be accepted.

For information on donating visit For information on the Food Pantry and other programs, visit

The Food Pantry is open to eligible residents of 13 towns in both Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

UMass speech center
taking new clients

The Center for Language, Speech and Hearing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accepting new clients.

The clinic evaluates and treats infants through adolescents who have a variety of developmental disorders that affect language development including autism, Down syndrome, cleft palate, hearing loss, cerebral palsy and ADHD. It also works with children with reading and writing difficulties, delayed speech and language development and learning impairments.

For adults, evaluation and treatment is provided for those with voice problems or medical conditions such as stroke, difficulty swallowing, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, post-concussive syndrome, hearing loss and intellectual impairment.

Graduate students under clinic supervisors provide personalized services that range from community integration activities such as navigating a menu in a restaurant to sessions focused on communication with a spouse or caregiver.

For more information, call 545-2565.

Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking volunteer drivers — particularly in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties — for its Road To Recovery program that provides people with cancer rides to treatment.

Drivers and coordinators can connect using a new Service Match online tool which sends ride requests to available drivers. Trainings on the new tool are being offered.

Road To Recovery volunteer drivers, who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles, may set flexible schedules by choosing the days and times they are available to help.

Since its inception, the program has provided more than 7.5 million rides to treatment nationwide with more than 13,000 volunteer drivers helping over 15,000 patients. In Massachusetts last year, the program provided 6,209 rides for 384 patients.

Call 800-227-2345 or visit to register as a Road To Recovery volunteer, to sign up for a Service Match training or to learn more.

Area blood drives

To learn more about blood donation opportunities or to schedule an appointment download the Red Cross donor app, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) Walk-ins are welcome.

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., VA Medical Center, 421 North Main St., Leeds

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