Staying on Campus this Thanksgiving?

Miss Home Cooking, A Cozy Couch, The Family Dog? Share a Meal with a Member of the Amherst Community over Thanksgiving Break!

While many Amherst students head home for Thanksgiving break, a growing number now need to remain on campus. In response, the college has enhanced the services and activities that are available on campus for those who need to stay over breaks. What we can’t provide is what many students miss most—home-cooked meals and family time. 

Amherst College faculty and staff want to help and are hosting students for meals over Thanksgiving break.  Sign up by responding to the questions below, and clicking submit. By doing so, you are permitting us to share your contact information with potential hosts.  Your host will contact you via email or phone to make arrangements. Since hosts will be making preparations and are volunteering their time, students should make every effort to follow through on plans once they are made and to be in communication with hosts promptly, should a change of plans become necessary.



What day(s) would you be interested and available to join a host for a meal and a visit? *
^Note: A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be provided for all students who remain on campus on Thanksgiving Day. Also, the Share a Meal program will not be offered on Tuesday, November 24th because of the President's dinner at the Lord Jeff.


If the host lives beyond walking distance, or away from bus access, do you need transportation? *
Please note that any students whose names you list must independently fill out and submit this webform, listing your name in this field. All students will be paired with at least one other student when visiting the host's house.

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For Students: Hosting by Campus Community Members

Faculty, staff, and local alumni enjoy inviting students to join them for dinner during Thanksgiving break.  If you are interested in participating, please respond to the questions below. 

By submitting this form, you are permitting us to share your responses with members of the campus community who are looking to host students.

Please also note: Once you are in contact with a host and you arrange to share a meal, please respect those plans.  Community members do not appreciate it when students do not show up, or cancel at the last minute.



What day(s) would you be interested and available to join a host for dinner? *


If the host lives beyond walking distance, or away from bus access, do you need transportation? *
All students will be paired with at least one other student when visiting the host's house.

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For Faculty and Staff: Hosting Amherst Students

Thank you for your interest in inviting students to your house for dinner over Thanksgiving break!  Students truly enjoy getting off campus and building connections with the people in the college community.

Before submitting the form below, please take note of the following information:

  • By signing up, you are permitting us to share your contact information with 2-4 students who have signed up to participate.
  • Many students do not have access to a car.  If you cannot provide transportation (that is, pick up and drop off students in a common meeting location on campus), or your home is not accessible by public transportation, there is a very limited chance that students will be able to join you.
  • Please understand that we cannot guarantee to match you with a student who has a particular set of interests or specific background.  All of our students have something to offer.

Thanks again for your generosity!



Are you able to host students for dinner on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 22)? *
If you are not available on Thanksgiving day, which day(s) would you be interested and available to host students for dinner?
Unless you specify otherwise, we will only assign you guests for one night. We are simply asking about multiple days to facilitate matching with students' availability.

What is the maximum number of students are you willing to host? *

Can you provide transportation from campus to your home and back? *

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For Alumni: Hosting Amherst Students

Thank you for your interest in inviting students to your house for dinner over Thanksgiving break!  Students truly enjoy getting off campus and building connections with Amherst graduates.

Before submitting the form below, please take note of the following information:

  • By signing up, you are permitting us to share your contact information with 2-4 students who have signed up to participate.
  • Many students do not have access to a car.  If you cannot provide transportation (that is, pick up and drop off students in a common meeting location on campus), or your home is not accessible by public transportation, there is a very limited chance that students will be able to join you.
  •  Please understand that we cannot guarantee to match you with a student who has a particular set of interests or specific background.  All of our students have something to offer.

Thanks again for your generosity!



Are you able to host students for dinner on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 22)? *
If you are not available on Thanksgiving day, which day(s) would you be interested and available to host students for dinner?
Unless you specify otherwise, we will only assign you guests for one night. We are simply asking about multiple days to facilitate matching with students' availability.

What is the maximum number of students are you willing to host? *

Can you provide transportation from campus to your home and back? *

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Connecting with Campus Community Members

Thanksgiving break provides faculty, staff, and local alumni with an opportunity to connect with students without the pressure of classes being in session.

For more details and the opportunity to sign up, please follow the link below that pertains to you:

Students

Faculty and Staff

Alumni



Are you able to host students for dinner on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 26)? *
If you are not available on Thanksgiving day, which day(s) would you be interested and available to host a meal and a visit?
Unless you specify otherwise, we will only assign you guests for one visit. We are asking about multiple days to facilitate scheduling. Note: The Share a Meal program will not be offered on Tuesday, November 24th because of the President's dinner at the Lord Jeff.

What is the maximum number of students you are willing to host? *

Can you provide transportation from campus to your home and back? *
Can you accommodate vegetarians, vegans, or students who may have other dietary restrictions? *

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Have Your Thanksgiving Break Plans Changed?

Note: This page is intended for students who have already received email confirmation that they are part of the Thanksgiving 2011 Meal Program.

Please help us accommodate more students and avoid waste by letting us know when your plans change.  Update us by indicating below which days you currently want to receive lunch and dinner. 

If your plans have not changed, there is no need to fill out this form.  Thank you for your cooperation.

I now plan to participate in the meal program on: *
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Meals during Thanksgiving Break

Dining Services will be open to all students during limited hours from Saturday (11/19) to Saturday (11/27).  The details are as follows:

  • Breakfast from 8:30 - 9:30 in Valentine
  • Lunch from 12:00 – 1:30pm in Valentine
  • Dinner from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Valentine

There are 3 exceptions to the schedule above.

Thanksgiving Break On Campus Stays 2016

For purposes of safety and security, the Office of Residential Life is collecting information about when students will be on campus.  Please answer the questions below.


How long do you expect to be on campus? *
If you selected "part of Thanksgiving Break," please specify what days you expect to be on campus:

What is (are) your reason(s) for staying on campus over Thanksgiving Break?

Please check here if you would like to receive emails about events going on throughout the break:

If you will be here, what sort of programming would interest you? Please select all that apply:
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