Our organization began modestly in
the 1960s when a group of United
Church of Ludlow members started the Community Welfare Committee to distribute food and other assistance to their neighbors who needed help.
From that small beginning, we grew
and grew, moving through many
locations in Ludlow, and finally
landing in the old red, white and
bluefirehouse on Main Street
in the mid-1980s.
That’s when we incorporated with our current name as a section 501(c)(3) charity, and became what we are today – the backbone of private assistance in Ludlow, Cavendish, Proctorsville, Mount Holly, Belmont and Plymouth.
In 2011 we moved to the newly renovated Ludlow Community Center Complex where we provide free, confidential help to financially distressed individuals and families to facilitate their navigation of the often intricate pathways to locate assistance. We focus primarily on distributing free food and providing rent, fuel and other aid for those who meet our guidelines. We receive funding from individual and business donations, some grants and local public sources. We operate our thrift store and furniture store to cover some of the expenses of providing assistance. Our store provides reasonably priced clothing to anyone who wishes to
buy, but is aimed to help those with limited funds. We do not charge those who are in direst need. As the
only broad based clothing store in the immediate area we also provide accessibility for those with limited mobility.
We operate under an unpaid,15 person Board of Directors. We have a small paid staff and many volunteers. We are always in need of new volunteers as people move and age. We can use your help; there are many rewarding ways to volunteer or to help us out.
Basic policies governing the operation of BRGNS address 1) Confidentiality and 2) Nondiscrimination.
These policies may be reviewed by clicking HERE.