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Polish National Credit Union Hosts a Food Drive for the Gray House

Posted on September 4, 2013
The Gray House, located in the North End of Springfield, is a non-profit social service agency. It was established in 1984 by Sister Jane Morrissey and Sister Cathy Homrok. For almost 30 years, The Gray House has been providing services to families living in poverty. The North End of Springfield is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the state, with a poverty rate of almost 50%. The average family living in the North End spends about $794 on food each month. Due to the high cost of food, it is often the first to be sacrificed. Children and elders are the two most vulnerable groups when it comes to hunger. Lack of proper nutrition can be very damaging, both physically and emotionally. Although located in the North End, the Gray House also provides services to surrounding areas, such as Chicopee, West Springfield, and Agawam.
Our involvement with the Gray House was inspired by a recent visit by our very own President, James Kelly and BSA Officer, Celia Wolanin. The Gray House President, Michael Walsh, Executive Director, Dena Calvanese, and Program Director/CEPS, Glenn Yarnell provided insight into the daily routines of the Gray House. Their efforts, as well as the efforts of over 50 volunteers, help to make the Gray House successful in their community aid.
The Gray House offers many services including the Gray House Thrift Shop, which supplies personal hygiene items, home goods, and clothing to women, men, and children. The Kids’ Club, an after-school program for children ages 7-11, provides a safe environment for children to receive help with homework, participate in activities, and receive a nutritional dinner. In the summer, the Kids’ Club prepares breakfast, snack, and lunch, as well as offers opportunities for the children to participate in various field trips. The Gray House’s Community Education Support Program provides educational services for adults. It offers classes in English as a second language and tutoring in reading, writing, and math.
Perhaps one of their most important services is the Gray House Food Pantry, open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursdays. In 2012, nearly 8,000 individuals received food from the Gray House Food Pantry. Families are given 3 to 4 days worth of food each visit. In some cases of extreme need, the food pantry was able to provide 7 days worth of food, turning no one away.
Polish National Credit Union would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in our food drive to help support the Gray House Food Pantry. We will be accepting non-perishable food items in all of our branches.
To learn more about the Gray House or to volunteer call (413) 734-6696 or visit

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A. Morales
The Grey House helped me a lot whem I first came to America. I am very gratefyl for this organization and also each volunteer that gives up their time to help others, care for the community. I satisfied to know that PNCU is there to help.
Great job
9/17/2013 12:57:53 AM

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