"Helping people help themselves"

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

 

BRGNS Looking for 'Trash' Volunteers!

Black River Good Neighbor Services’ Thrift Store is looking for volunteers to help take out the trash – literally. If you have a pick up truck or SUV, or don’t mind filling the back of your car with trash, and you can spare two hours once a month, BRGNS can use your help.

The store has a long history of volunteers helping to haul trash and recycling to the Ludlow transfer station each week, but people move away, or sell their pick-up, or get a new job, and the trash and recycling still piles up. “We used to just dispose of trash”, said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director,” but now we mostly generate recycling. Whatever it’s called, we still have to move it.” So if you can spare the time and want to help, please call Audrey at 228-3663, or stop by the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow. Like death and taxes, trash is always certain to be there.

 

 

New Food Shelf Administrator

Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow announces that Krey Kellington is their new Program Administrator in charge of the food shelf and related programs. Most recently Ms. Kellington was a Housing/Property Manager for the Housing Trust of Rutland County.

According to Peter LaBelle, President of the BRGNS Board, “The Program Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Black River Good Neighbor’s food shelf, supports the administration of financial and other assistance programs, and will interface with BRGNS’ partners and clients. She will also explore and establish new assistance programs and report as necessary on behalf of the organization. She will work closely with the Board and with the Executive Director, Audrey Bridge.”

Bob Kottkamp, Vice President, said, “The staff and volunteers at the food shelf are excited to welcome Krey to her new position and look forward to working with her. This is a new direction for BRGNS, but with the increase in aid that we’ve been called on to supply in the last few years we felt that it is time to expand the staff. We hope over time to develop more aspects of our mission that address the roots of the needs that result in our clients coming to us for help. Examples in the past few years include development of the nutrition and cooking video series that aired on LPCTV and the beginnings of workshops for financial education. Krey brings to us a good mix of skills both to continue the parts of our mission already addressed and to expand ways of fulfilling our mission more broadly.”

You may meet Krey at our store, 37B Main Street. Information about Black River Good Neighbor Services may be obtained by calling (802) 228-3663.

 

. . . and a welcoming message from Krey

New Year greetings and heartfelt thanks to staff and volunteers for welcoming me! Clearly, Black River Good Neighbors has a huge impact throughout the communities we serve, not just in terms of critical services provided, but also because of the positive message that support is here if anyone is ever in need.

Our Food Shelf operates with the philosophy that people in need of food should have access to this most fundamental of human needs. We strive to respond to that need in a manner that is compassionate and promotes respect for the individual, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, disability, or lifestyle.

We provide a four-day food order for folks without food or the resources to buy food and offer advocacy services connecting people to other resources as well. There are many families and individuals, who struggle to pay higher living costs with fewer resources, which often means their food budget suffers. And that is why we are here.  We fill in the gaps, helping to help stretch the food budgets that just can’t make it through the month.

Our needs are simple: volunteer time, donations of food, financial assistance and sharing information that we are here to help. Black River Good Neighbors is an amazing organization with a really big heart. Please take a few minutes to stop by and see what we do.  You will be amazed!

 

 

 

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.

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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,

Audrey

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!

Don't forget our Spring Rummage Sale - details to follow!

A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

Now that the New Year is full upon us we at Black River Good Neighbors are thinking about changes to improve the efficiency of our service.  As reported elsewhere on this home page we have welcomed a new employee at BRGNS.  Krey Kellington has taken over the duties of running the food shelf, including procuring food, stocking the shelves, and distributing to our clients.  She has a background that fits our needs very well and is settling into her new position.  Krey has brought new energy to the operation and has many ideas of how to bring our rather old-school methods into the computer age.  This doesn’t mean that anyone walking in off the street will see a marked difference.  This will mean however that we can generate more and more timely information to help ensure that we maintain a healthy mix of fresh and frozen food along with the assortment of canned and packaged items.  It will also mean that we can show our partners how effectively we distribute food to those who need us.  If you haven’t met Krey, please come in and introduce yourself.

While Krey is busily organizing new ideas for the food shelf, Audrey has continued to help clients in our emergency financial assistance program.  While we concentrate on food, we also address some of the problems that come with housing people who are having economic difficulties.  That includes helping with rent and utilities, especially heat.  The extra warm December this year made a big difference in how many requests we received for help with fuel – mostly propane and oil.  But now that January has come and gone the requests are right back up there.  A lot of people who live in Ludlow depend on Okemo for their winter livelihood.  So many people were underemployed in November and December that we are now seeing their cash shortage coming up.  So, even though the holidays are well behind us and our busiest time of year has quieted to some degree of normalcy, there is always a need for our services.  Hunger and cold are real enemies that we battle all year around.

Finally, the thrift store has been quite busy this winter.  Keeley and Amber have kept the merchandise flowing onto the racks and shelves and new items are put out every day.  What you don’t see though is the spring merchandise that is already being squirreled away and will find its way to the sales floor soon enough.  I guess that’s my way of hoping that warmer weather is coming and summer will soon be here!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!!

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Normal Business Hours:

Thrift Store:

   Monday thru Friday

      10 am to 4 pm

  Saturday

     10 am to 4 pm

Phone - 802-228-3663

Furniture Store:

  105 Main St., Ludlow

  802-228-7055

  Friday & Saturday

     10 am to 4 pm

 

 

 

 

Web Site last updated:

February 3, 2016