Susan Bridgman established the poor fund in 1897 with 35 shares of stock in a local bank. The fund has now grown through appreciation and accumulated dividends to approximteely $75,000. About 20 Belchertown families are assisted each year. Typical assistance is a one time payment to take care of rent or a utility bill.
Interested persons should contact the Selectmen's Office at 323-0403 for further information or to apply for help from the fund.