How You Can Help Us
Looking for ways to help us but don't know where to start? Here are some ways that you can help!
Back To School Program
In our work with families we have witnessed the stress that going back to school can cause. Schools now require families to provide an incredible list of supplies. On top of that clothing and shoes are necessary for their children, together with snacks. Providing all of these items can really drain already stretched budgets.
Black River Good Neighbors wants to help those families, but we can’t without support. We began a program to do just that in 2014 and each year it has grown, as more families apply.
Parents have shared that this program made a huge difference for their children. Black River Good Neighbor Services wants to continue assisting families in the same way for the coming school year. We would like to
hear that they can focus on education rather than worrying about shoes and socks. This program is a sound investment.
If you can help or need assistance we would love to hear from you.
Black River Good Neighbor Services, Inc. is a federal tax exempt organization formed under IRC Section 501(c)(3). Donations of money and goods to us may be tax deductible. Please see your tax advisor to determine whether your donation qualifies as deductible.
We accept donations in three ways. First, we accept money, whether by cash, check or PayPal (see our PayPal donation button below). We purchase much of the food that we distribute from the Vermont Foodbank. While you can buy food in the grocery store for us, we can buy five times as much food for each dollar spent by purchasing through the Foodbank. Please drop off cash and checks at our offices at 37B Main Street in Ludlow, or mail to that address. You can also donate through PayPal by clicking on the button below.
Secondly, we accept donations of goods and items that we can resell in the thrift store or food that we can distribute to those in the community who need our help. Please bring items to our store at 37B Main Street during regular business hours. We also have a convenient drop box in front of our store. But we ask that you do not leave anything outside the drop box. If you wish to donate items too large to fit in the box, please call us at (802) 228-3663 to arrange a mutually convenient time to donate.
We also accept donations of time from our volunteers. We have a very small paid staff. We operate under a 15 person volunteer board of directors, and we use the services of over 65 other volunteers to help run both of our stores and the food shelf.
Volunteers form the backbone of the Black River Good Neighbor Services’ team. Since its founding in the 1960’s most of the individuals associated with the organization volunteer their time. Members of the Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers, just as are the dedicated folks who deliver holiday baskets each December. So too are those who stock store shelves and racks, and who sweep the floor and take out the trash. We have a small paid staff and a huge volunteer operation. But we have a lot of turnover and a lot of volunteers who live out of state and cannot give but a few hours each year. Therefore, there is always a need for additional help.
Please review the list of volunteer opportunities below and perhaps identify some job that you may find enjoyable.
Do you have a particular skill that we can use? Are you willing to help wherever help is needed? If you can spare only a couple hours a month we can use you. Please call Audrey at (802) 228-3663, or come in to the store at 37B Main Street, Ludlow to find out what you can do. Volunteering comes with its own set of rewards.
Each August our volunteers gather for an appreciation picnic. This year we had over 60 volunteers, family and friends at the affair. We would love to have you attend next year.
Office work: Developing and maintaining spreadsheets, scanning documents, organizing files, answering telephones, and all other manner of running a business office.
Merchandising: Creating and setting up displays, developing sales generating techniques, creating retail interest, and generally finding ways to increase the attractiveness of the retail environment.
Sales: Running the cash register, helping customers, sorting donations, restocking clothing racks and merchandise shelves, and keeping customers happy.
Fundraising: Help to organize events, help to establish and run direct mail campaigns, special sales, dinners, and using imagination and ingenuity to work with the community to find funding sources.
Rubbish Removal and Recycling: Bring rubbish to the Ludlow transfer station, sort the general waste stream and deliver recyclables to the appropriate place.
Store Maintenance: General building maintenance, repair and cleaning of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, building shell, immediate grounds; keep all systems in top operating condition.
Food Delivery: Twice a month deliver USDA and BRGNS food to less mobile senior citizens.
Furniture Pickups: Pick up donated furniture from donors’ homes and businesses and bring it to our stores or put it in storage for future sales.
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