The volunteers, employees and clients of Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow extend their sincere thanks to the staff and skiers at Okemo for their generosity at the annual Cares and Shares spring food drive. Special thanks go to the Okemo Mountain Ambassadors who skipped skiing on a beautiful Sunday morning to help collect nonperishable food items and cash in return for discounted lift tickets. Altogether, skiers donated over 60 boxes of food for the BRGNS food shelves and a substantial amount of cash.
“We look forward to Okemo’s spring Cares and Shares food drive each year,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director at BRGNS. “It helps us to fill our food shelves for the coming spring and summer months. Hunger knows no season, and it is a big assist to have a partner like Okemo.” Twice each ski season Okemo holds this food drive, which gives skiers a significant discount on their day of skiing in return for a few cans, jars or boxes of food. The next such day will be held at the beginning of the 2015-16 ski season and will be announced on Okemo’s website.
Pictured above are Okemo volunteers Sarah, Heather, Dan and Michelle as they collect food from skiers at the Okemo base lodge on Sunday, March 29th.
Black River Good Neighbor Services operates the food shelf all year for residents of Ludlow, Cavendish, Plymouth and Mount Holly. It also operates a thrift store to defray the cost of the food shelf and other assistance programs. For more information on BRGNS, to donate, or to volunteer, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.
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
April begins that slow climb from winter to summer, right through the dreaded “Mud Season”. While many of us begin to put away one set of clothing in favor of something lighter once April arrives, many people don’t have a second set of clothing to wear. Not everyone has the luxury of a closet full of clothing, especially when rent payments and the cost of food deplete each week’s paycheck. They will get lighter clothes to wear as the season changes, but only by shopping for bargains at the thrift store. And it’s especially a problem when car repairs – remember those potholes you had to bounce through yesterday – eat up what little reserve exists. Many local seasonal workers get laid off in April when Okemo skiers stop coming from out of state and the mountain has to close, and paychecks get scarce until summer activities start again.
I’m saying all of this to make the point that BRGNS always needs donations of clothing and food because there are always people in need. Change of seasons is irrelevant to the need. If you have excess clothing that you no longer need now that the seasons are changing, consider donating them to BRGNS. Of course we won’t be selling winter gear in June, but we do have storage and we will box up those ski jackets and pants, and we will bring them out when the weather turns cold again. If someone can’t afford our already low prices (and we talk to these people every day) we will give them what they need to survive.
Food donations are needed too as our food need is pretty steady all year around. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who donated food to BRGNS at the Okemo “Cares and Shares” food drive on March 29th. People who donated got a really reduced lift ticket and saved a lot of money in exchange for their generosity. But what impressed me the most was the number of people, including many season ticket holders who already had a lift ticket, but donated food anyways. Quite a few skiers just donated cash even though they already had purchased a ticket on line. So to all who donated food or cash, I heartily thank you!
Calendar & Sales
Info . .
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!!
HERE for Calendar Details
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