"Helping people help themselves"

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

Good Neighbors' Call to Help "Stuff-a-Bus" on Saturday, December 5

"Stuff-a-Bus" will take place in Shaw's Parking lot in Ludlow on Saturday, December 5 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Your generosity helps us help needy people in Cavendish, Proctorsville, Ludlow, Plymouth, Mt Holly and Belmont have Holiday dinners.

Please help us "Stuff-a-Bus" for your neighbors so they may enjoy the Holiday season.

Suggested items for "Stuff-a-Bus" include:

Canned Fruit Green Beans
Candy Canes Hot Chocolate
Carrots - Peas Macaroni & Cheese
Cereal Pickles - Olives
Coffee Margarine
Corn Tea
Soup Cranberry Sauce


If you can't be here to "Stuff-a-Bus", you may donate donate to BRGNS by sending a contribution to BRGNS at 37B Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149 or using our "DONATE" button on this page for on-line contributions.

Look at some of the really neat things on sale in the Thrift Store

At Good Neighbors we are constantly receiving new items. Our inventory changes with the season. We are now in Fall/Thanksgiving and have the accessories and clothing to match.



How would you like to donate to BRGNS without it costing you a cent? It's really very simple - just click HERE to see how.


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.

The Director's Report . . .

As October draws to an end we are gearing up for Holiday basket season.  This is  a huge undertaking that makes such a difference to so many members of our community.  It requires all hands on deck ready to spring into action as needed.   If you have talent to give or would like to donate goods, food or money to this program it would be greatly appreciated.  If you find yourself in need of a holiday meal and live in the towns we serve please sign up today, as you only have until December 1st , 2015.

Speaking of donations we recently ran out of space for donations, it was really a bit scary how crowded we were and for the very first time ever we had to put out a sign that said no donations today.  We know that other organizations do this all the time, and have prided ourselves in our ability to handle whatever has come our way, but we finally reached our breaking point.  It seems we have been dealing with the perfect storm of donations. 

Important Update - the Perfect Storm is over! We're accepting Donations!

With the new regulations at the transfer station we have had to spend more time reviewing and at times turning away items folks want to give us.  This is not something that we enjoy, but our funds are intended to go to support our programs not to dispose of items that we are unable to sell.  Folks are often shocked at what will not sell here.  If an item is not in great condition or is not in working order it is just not something our customers want to purchase.  We have been adjusting to these new rules along with the rest of our town while folks are closing up summer homes, opening winter homes and attempting to donate what is no longer useful to them.  If we are unable to accept an item or your  entire donation please don’t take it personally and know that we dislike saying “no”, every bit as much as you don’t like to hear it…. We are happy to continue to provide quality services to your neighbors in need and appreciate your working with us moving forward.


Take care of each other,


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!

December 5: Stuff-a-Bus at Shaw's shopping center, Ludlow

December 17: Pack Holiday Baskets

December 22: Deliver Holiday Baskets

A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

November brings with it more than just a promise of winter.  There may or may not be snow but there is always cold.  We turn on the furnace, we light a wood fire, and we do whatever we have to do to stay warm.  Once November begins, BRGNS receives many calls for assistance from people who are unable to provide sufficient fuel for their house.  It is especially important to us to offer help when there are small children or elderly folks in the home, but we want to assist everyone in need.  We are best known as the local food shelf, but we also provide limited financial assistance for such things as heat and utilities and sometimes rent.  This is not the largest part of our business – distributing food is a lot more resource intensive and commands a greater part of our time – but providing warmth for a small child is just as vital to survival as a full meal, and is therefore just as important to us.

When we hold a rummage sale, when we run a fund raising social function and when we make an ordinary sale in our thrift store, we do so to provide food and warmth during the winter months.  Our Stick Season Social – November 7th this year – is designed to raise funds for these programs and others that arise on our calendar.  It is an annual event designed to provide some light-hearted fun, making donating a bit less onerous.  We invite the community to join us at Sam’s Steakhouse to celebrate the season between fall leaves and winter snow when life slows a bit in the Black River Valley.  With a spirited silent auction and a varied raffle, along with Sam’s great food, we socialize and meet new friends for a great cause.

Once that event has concluded though, it is time for us to set our sights on the holiday season.  So we will be preparing for the big holiday basket distribution!  Okay, so we don’t use baskets, we only use boxes, but the spirit is the same.  We begin in October looking for people who need a helping hand and we start to gather appropriate food.  We also start to buy toys and clothing as gifts for the children in the families on our list.  This December we will hold our Stuff-a-Bus food drive and Okemo will hold its traditional early season “Cares and Shares” food drive.  Then our volunteers will pack boxes and deliver them just before Christmas.  So the month of November is busy with lots of activities and lots of needs to be filled.  There are many activities, which means lots of tasks, and we are always looking for volunteers to join us.  So if you have some free time, or just want to get involved please call or visit Audrey at the food shelf, 37B Main Street in Ludlow.

Let me wish all of you and your families a happy Thanksgiving.




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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:

November 27, 2015