Interfaith Social Services
Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Our unique approach relies on a team of volunteers, donors and community partners to deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.
Interfaith Social Services is a nonreligious organization, but its roots were established by a local faith community. In 1947 religious leaders from the city of Quincy Massachusetts were struggling with the question of how to help poverty stricken families in the area. They decided to unify their efforts by founding Protestant Community Services. The newly formed organization provided professional counseling, foster care, adoption services and some financial assistance to children in crisis. By 1957 the organization had expanded its service area to include ten South Shore communities and changed its name to Protestant Social Service Bureau. Our Pantry Shelf food program was established in 1975 to provide emergency food for families in financial distress. It began in a 5’x 8’ closet and was originally staffed by one part-time volunteer.
Today the organization offers a variety of programs and services to our clients, and our “pantry” has grown to be one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston. In 1998 the organization rebranded as Interfaith Social Services to reflect that it was not affiliated with any religious organization. Interfaith is committed to being an open and affirming organization helping everyone in need regardless of gender, orientation, race, immigration status, etc. The spirit of cooperation and community which was the genesis for Interfaith’s creation in 1947 continues today. Our multi-service center relies on a collaborative team of volunteers, corporate partners, donors, houses of worship and community groups working together to help neighbors in need.
This policy explains what type of information we collect and how this information is used.
What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected
Interfaith donors who use Interfaith’s website at https://interfaithsocialservices.org and individuals that sign up to receive Interfaith e-communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and e-mail address). We may use this information for specific, limited purposes. You may always “opt out,” either now or at any time in the future, if you do not wish to receive our communications.
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How Your Information May Be Used
We use your personal information in a variety of ways to provide you with personalized service. For example, we use your personal information to send e-mail messages to you; to answer your requests; to process your donations; to name a few. You always retain the option to opt out at any time. We may also use your information to track and record usage of our website. This allows Interfaith to know which website features are the most popular so we can better serve our users’ needs.
Interfaith does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses to any third party.
As an added convenience for you, Interfaithsocialservices.org may include links to external websites. Such links do not fall under the Interfaithsocialservices.org domain, and Interfaithsocialservices.org is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Therefore, please keep in mind that your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.