Hope the Amherst Cow


Hope the Cow

“Hope”, the Amherst Cow is a statue/piggy bank in Amherst, MA, which stands across the street from our main office on Pleasant Street. Hope the Amherst Cow intends to raise awareness of homelessness, and provide a location for monetary donations in town.

Donations made by feeding Hope will support Craig’s Place, our seasonal, emergency shelter, and help to provide homes for those who do not have them.



During the summer and winter of 2012, Counterfeit Cow Productions, a multi-media production company which believes film is a powerful platform for untold stories which can inspire people to create social change, was filming for the documentary Homeless in a College Town.

Producers Matt Duranti and Sari Gagnon spent hours with homeless individuals in the community, talking with them, getting to know them and filming them for the documentary. It was during this time that they first came into contact with Craig’s Doors – A Home Association Inc. which operates Craig’s Place, a seasonal emergency shelter. After hearing about the tremendous work being done by Craig’s Doors, Matt and Sari felt more that could be done.

They decided Amherst needed a permanent reminder of those among us who have no homes and a unique way for people to give towards ending homelessness.


“Hope”, the Amherst Cow
was made possible by the generosity of the following:

Ayshire Level Sponsors

Counterfeit Cow Productions, LLC
North Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Amherst
Amherst Carriage Shops
Craig’s Doors – A Home Association, Inc.

Jersey Level Sponsors

Amherst Copy Cat
Greenfield Savings Bank
Encharter Insurance

Holstein Level Sponsors

The Financial Development Agency
Seewald, Jankowski & Spencer P.C. Attorneys at Law
Amherst Pediatrics
Wentworth Miller Team, Jones Realtors

Guernsey Level Sponsors

Henion Bakery
Honest Beginnings
Interskate 91
Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop
Sibies Pizza
Mission Cantina
The Toy Box
White Hut
Captain Candy

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