Black River Good Neighbor Services, Inc. and Berkshire Bank have partnered to offer a free interactive learning session on managing personal finances. The class will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow
The course will cover a variety of finance related subjects including budgeting, checking account management, and interest – how to earn it and how not to pay it. There will be more topics if time permits and no previous training is required. Lunch for all participants will follow the class.
The program is free and pre-registration is not required, but for planning purposes the staff requests that you please let them know if you plan to attend. You can either call 228-3663 or visit the BRGNS thrift store at 37B Main Street and tell them of your interest. They look forward to seeing you
For more information about the program or for more information on how it can benefit you, please call Audrey at 228-3663.
BRGNS has employment
opportunities - for a
Thrift Store and Food
- fill out the employment application by clicking
HERE and send it or email it to
Audrey Bridge at BRGNS.
The Director's Report . . .
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.
Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 15th and 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 17th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Even though the snow is still deep on the ground, right now is the time to donate all sorts of clothing, but especially summer clothing, housewares, linens and small furniture.
Donations of large and small items will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale, but you can donate small items now at the thrift store, 37B Main Street in Ludlow. If you have a large item, please wait until the week before the event. Volunteers are ready to sort and prepare items for the sale now, so please don’t wait until the last minute.
Proceeds from this rummage sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs. “This is really a community effort. Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS. “Although the economy has improved, demand for our services continues. There are still people going hungry and needing help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage sales,” said Bridge. The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.
For further details, or to volunteer to help please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@tds.net.
Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:
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!
March 25 . . . Your Money 101 Class at Fletcher Memorial Library
May 15 - 17 . . . Spring Rummage Sale
Across Our Table
Black River Good Neighbor Services is
primarily a food shelf to help people in need. So we distribute a lot
of food, some of which may not be familiar to all people. We try to
find recipes to complement the food that we distribute and now we are
producing a cooking show to introduce those recipes to everybody. The
show is called “Across Our Table” and features two of our volunteers,
Doris Eddy and Peter LaBelle (pictured above in a scene from an episode
of 'Across Our Table'), who discuss the recipes and the food while
demonstrating. The show is broadcast on LPC-TV and is also available on
(Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to
We have also typed up the recipes
and they are available by clicking
We hope that you find something useful in
the show and we’d love to hear your comments. Please e-mail them to
This winter season is beginning to annoy a lot of us. We have lots of cold and too much snow. But imagine if you didn’t have enough warm clothing to wear. Then it would be a lot more than annoyance. BRGNS exists to help those who need that missing warm layer of clothing. We recycle used clothing by making it available for free to those most in need and by selling the rest. We generally have extra donations in the spring and in the fall that we put aside for our rummage sales too. And sometimes, donated items just don’t sell. Well, those items have a market as well. We pass along our excess clothing to the Southeast Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) for distribution throughout southeast Vermont. They have numerous thrift stores and a very active assistance network in other towns so we have partnered with them in many programs. The point is, whatever you donate to us gets used in some way by a Vermont charity – either as a direct gift to someone in need or turned into cash for use in our operations.
While clothing is a main source of help and support for us, our most active program is food assistance followed by financial assistance for necessities such as rent and heat. But we have to buy most of the food that we distribute and we need cash to pay someone’s fuel bill. We get that cash from a combination of sources – mostly donations and sale of donated clothing and household goods. Which brings me back to where I started. We depend on donations of clothing just as much as we depend on donations of cash.
The next major event on our horizon is the spring rummage sale. It will be held this year on May 15, 16 and 17. Even though that is several months away we are now in the process of building an inventory to sell. That includes clothing, of course, but also housewares, toys, books and furniture. If you have any excess items to get rid of, please consider donating them to BRGNS. And please don’t wait until the last minute in May. Anytime is a good time to drop items off. And even though the weather is cold, we will accept any clothing items. Our staff is busy sorting out spring sales items and busy putting the winter items on store racks. We’ll flip that in a few months, but while it’s so cold we still have a strong need for heavy coats, sweaters and warm gear.