During these times of need, SBS is making donations to the local community whenever it’s safe and possible to do so. Here are just a few examples of how our faculty, staff, and extended SBS family have been giving back. Stay tuned for more…
SBS Co-Director of Dining Services Carrie Holmes and the rest of the dining services team donated SBS food to the Salvation Army’s Community Meal Program & Food Pantry in Greenfield, MA. Some of the food items included chips, cookies, crackers, gyro bread, salad dressings, and soy milk. SBS has been donating food to the Greenfield community for years, making deliveries up to four times a year to the Salvation Army, The Center For Self Reliance, and the Stone Soup Food Pantry.
SBS Tech Department’s Tod Pleasant and Jason Brown donated four SBS iPads to Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield, MA, where the first cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County were reported. SBS has completed many community service projects at Buckley over the years so the technology team wanted to help in the best way possible: by giving the Buckley staff members iPads that they can use to help patients connect with their loved ones via FaceTime and Skype.
SBS Nurse Mikaela Whitaker is making a few dozen cloth masks for ServiceNet, a mental health & human services nonprofit that provides shelter, addiction support, vocational training, and mental health care to people in western Massachusetts.
SBS Dean of Faculty Shawn Durrett’s husband Ben is producing hand sanitizer in his distillery, Element Brewing Company in Turners Falls, MA, and donating it to first responders all over Franklin County. They have partnered with several other area businesses including Vermont Bread Company (which gave them 2500 pounds of sugar to convert into hand sanitizer) and Headwater Cider (which also provided cider to be made into hand sanitizer).
Please let us know what you’re doing in your communities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.