Tuesday, 22 September 2020

UPDATES: Operation Save RLC Greenfield

Greenfield Center

The Western Mass RLC will be losing its funding
for the RLC’s Greenfield Center at the end of December,
when the fifth cycle of the Greenfield Community Development Block grant the RLC has shared with Recover Project comes to an end. This funding has gone primarily toward supporting our space at 74 Federal Street, as well as some additional hours for team members. (A handful of other team member hours based in Greenfield will continue to be funded through the Department of Mental Health.)

While the RLC is firm in its belief that our community is about people and not spaces, our Greenfield Center has served as an important gathering point. It has been a place for us to come together to cocreate a healing environment in which we can gather strength with and from one another.

The space itself is also a visual representation of the power of our community when it comes together. Indeed, it was members of our community in collaboration with members of the Recover Project community (often one and the same) who came together to turn an old broken-down comic book shop with holes in the wall, and stained carpet, into the beautiful space that it has since become. 

Beginning on Monday, November 16 and continuing through Sunday, November 22nd, the RLC community will embark on a week-long fundraising drive called Community Gives Week’. During that period, we anticipate having an online drive with special prizes available to people who donate, as well as at least one in-person event in our space on Federal Street
(stay tuned for more details on that!).
 We are excited to begin rolling out our plan to save the center. This will include:
Community Gives Week (Monday, November 16 to Sunday, November 22):
Community Gives week will be a week-long fundraising drive
following a model similar to that of Valley Gives.
Public Talk with Robert Whitaker (early December):
Journalist Robert Whitaker will join us in the Greenfield area for a fundraising
event and public talk on his new book, ‘Psychiatry Under the Influence.
Our Current Fundraising Goal is $20,000!
We know everyone isn’t in a position to give financially, but everyone
CAN help share about these fundraising efforts in person and/or on-line!
How can YOU help us get the word out?



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