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Family Housing Community Centers and Programs

Family Housing collaborates with University agencies and Amherst organizations to provide workshops, programs, and activities for children and adults in the Community Center at H2 North Village.

A Place to Celebrate

Need a special place to celebrate? The Community Center can be rented by residents for a small fee ($10) for birthday parties, graduation celebrations, and social/cultural holiday celebrations and gatherings on a first-call reservation basis. To reserve the Community Center, please contact the Family Housing Office at 545-3115 at least 2 days in advance. Residents must sign for the key and agree to the terms of responsibility prior to using the Community Center.

Children's Outdoor Play Areas

Family Housing offers limited outdoor play areas for children living in North Village. These include a variety of play equipment for your child's enjoyment, but please remember that leaving your child unsupervised may result in injury. This equipment is unsupervised, and the University assumes no responsibility for use of the facilities and equipment. Family Housing strongly recommends parents of young children be present while the children are in the play areas. Please do not assume that North Village provides a completely safe environment or that other residents will be able to watch out for your child's safety. If you notice potentially hazardous conditions, damages, or needed repairs in the playgrounds, please contact the Family Housing Office at 545-3115. For more information on how to keep children safe outdoors, see "Children's Outdoor Play Rules" in the Family Housing Manual.

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet program is a program initiated in 1992 by Family Housing to help create a cooperative and sensitive community of neighbors helping neighbors. For years, Family Housing families have donated clean clothes so that others might benefit from them. North Village residents can stop by the North Village Laundry and have a look for second-hand clothes in good condition. There is no limit on the number of items anyone can take home, and it's free of charge. Each week we receive new clothes sorted out for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women and men.

Garden Plots

For a small fee, Family Housing makes garden plots (20' x 20') available to residents of North Village. The garden plots are located across the street from Wysocki House. Vegetable gardens and/or vegetables in containers are not permitted adjacent to apartments. Flower beds are allowed up to 36" from the building for the purpose of planting annual flowers only. Perennial shrubs and flowers are not permitted.

Special Monthly Saturday Programs

The Family Housing Community Program and the Office of Family Resources co-sponsor two free monthly Saturday cultural programs including an arts and crafts program and a live performance for young children and their families at the Student Union/Campus Center. Also, the Office of Family Resources offers a wide variety of programs for student families on and off campus. Call the Office of Family Resources at 545-0865 or visit their website .

Useful Resource Equipment

If you need to use a computer, laser printer, sewing machine, vacuum cleaner, equipment to engrave and register a bicycle to help prevent theft, or view a videotape/DVD, or watch TV, feel free to drop in at the Community Center and see the Resident Manager when she/he is on duty . The Resident Manager can also give you information about additional services.