"Helping people help themselves"

BRGN Needs Men to Help Move Furniture - If You Feel Strong Enough to Help, Please Call Audrey at 228-3663



Looking for a Job? BRGNS needs your help!


BRGNS has employment opportunities - for a Thrift Store and Food Shelf Attendant - fill out the employment application by clicking HERE and send it or email it to Audrey Bridge at BRGNS. 

Calling All Volunteers!  Come Picnic With Us!

If you’ve helped at Black River Good Neighbors in the last year – either with the food shelf, office work, thrift store, hauling trash, picking up furniture, or any other task, please join us on Thursday, August 13th at 5:30 p.m. for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic!

We hold the picnic at the rear of the Ludlow Community Center – that is to say, right across the parking lot from the store.  Food will be provided.  We’ll have hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, desserts and more.  Please bring your family and enjoy a beautiful and fun filled afternoon/evening with like minded-souls who believe in giving back to the community.


The Director's Report . . .


Hello Folks,

It is cold outside; it would be a great time to clean out linen and clothing closets, not to mention those drawers and cabinets…..Today the temperature is 4 degrees.  We have little to no winter outer wear left.  This is something families can never seem to get enough of.  The other thing we are incredibly short on is clothing for school age children, especially boys.
Even on a day as cold as this one we are “gearing up” for the Spring Rummage Sale!
BRGNS is seeking merchandise donations for the Spring Rummage Sale. While there may be plenty of winter left the staff and volunteers at BRGNS are busy accepting, sorting, and boxing merchandise for delivery to Fletcher farm for the spring sale to be held this year on May 15, 16 and 17,2015.

I am so pleased that the two rummage sales have become such a success because they benefit our food shelf as well as our emergency financial assistance programs. Preparation is a year round operation involving hundreds of hours primarily by volunteers.  (However our paid staff handles at least 80% of the merchandise sold at the sales) You may drop off any season donation at any time of the year.  Our Rummage sales fall at the beginning of the given seasons,  so they are stocked with fresh merchandise, not close outs.  Right now is when we look for spring and summer clothing, especially children’s and men’s, as well as any household items including small appliances that are in good conditions?  Please remember that all donations are tax deductible and in addition to supporting our programs.  Your donations allow your neighbors who may be strapped financially to purchase needed items locally and at great prices.

Take Care,



Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:


Special - The Castle Restaurant in Proctorsville will be serving a 3 course dinner, featuring its excellent cuisine, for $25 - AND on Tuesday's, it will donate 50% of its proceeds to Black River Good Neighbors . . .

. . . Enjoy a great meal and know that you're helping someone else take care of their family!

August 13 - Volunteers' Picnic


A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

July is that month when things tend to slow down with the heat.  Many people take vacations, school is out, and it is time to enjoy being outdoors.  While some of us can enjoy the month, there are many who can’t because of food insecurity and financial pressures that just won’t go away.  That’s why BRGNS exists, to help alleviate some of that insecurity and pressure, and therefore our food programs continue throughout the summer.  Since it is summer and things have slowed a bit, I am going to repeat some information that I wrote about several years ago regarding food distributions.  It is important that the public know how we distribute food.

Many people don’t realize it but we actually have three food assistance programs that we administer for the towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.  The first program is our own distribution of food to anyone in need.  If a person or family finds no food in the cupboard and has no means to buy sufficient food, we will help by giving them enough for four days of meals.  There are limits, of course; nobody can come back more than once a month and each recipient must demonstrate that he or she is truly in need.

The second program that we administer is on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture.  It is called the Emergency Food Assistance Program and starts with government food that we distribute.  I say that it starts with that food, because it doesn’t end there.  We add a balanced diet to each bag including fresh fruit or vegetables when possible, and eggs, bread, meat and dairy too.  Although USDA distributes once a month, we increase the amount of food and distribute twice a month.  The people who participate in this program are mostly elderly and disabled folks on fixed income such as minimal social security.

Finally we administer the USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods.  We don’t add to these distributions, we just pass them out.

If you need more information on any of these programs, click on the “Our Food Shelf” and the “Special Programs” tabs on the left.  If you think that you or someone you know qualifies for any of these programs, please get in touch with Audrey in the office at 37B Main Street.  We are happy to help.

As always we have an ongoing need for a cadre of people to help in a variety of jobs at the thrift store and at the furniture store including administering the food programs.  If you or someone you know has a desire to help, we can find something for you to do.  Just call Audrey at the thrift store – 802-228-3663 – and introduce yourself.



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Rummage Sales at Fletcher Farm -
Semi Annual Rummage Sale every Spring & Fall.  Come support your neighbors in need while getting great bargains. From Clothing, Furniture, Housewares, Books, Sporting Goods, Toys, Linens and Sooo Much More!! Friday & Saturday from 10 to 4pm Sunday from 10 to 2. Stop by Fletcher Farm's Rough Barn for incredible deals throughout the entire barn!!

Check HERE for Calendar Details



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Normal Business Hours:

Thrift Store:

   Monday thru Friday

      10 am to 4 pm


     10 am to 4 pm

Phone - 802-228-3663

Furniture Store:

  105 Main St., Ludlow


  Friday & Saturday

     10 am to 4 pm






Web Site last updated:

July 9, 2015