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BRGNS Initiates Back to School Support

Black River Good Neighbor Services is initiating a new program to support school children and is requesting donations for back to school needs.  Audrey Bridge, Executive Director, said: “Over the years we have noticed that back to school time places a huge financial burden on our clients with children. Back to school supply purchases further stress already tight monthly budgets.  When there are several children in a family, equipping them can seem impossible to families in need.”


Specific back to school needs vary with grade level and the school attended.  Probably the costliest general requirement is a backpack.  Families seeking back to school support can submit an application to BRGNS at 37B Main Street starting immediately.  Then, when the schools make known the requirements for each child, families can share those requirements with the staff at BRGNS.  BRGNS assists families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.


For a list of items to donate, click HERE


For an application for school supplies, click HERE.


For further information, please call (802) 228-3663.



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 . . .


Hello Folks,

Hope this message finds you well and enjoying the weather.  As the summer begins to wind down we are thinking of all the families that need to buy back to school supplies. For some families this can create quite a burden especially the ones with more than one child.  We at BRGNS would like to help……………. Of course we don’t do anything without your support and generosity.  If you would like to help check our website for a needs list or swing by the store for up to minute information.  We appreciate your helping us “Pack that Backpack”. If you need our assistance or know someone who does they can get the application at the thrift store.

Due to your continued generosity and support we are always looking to assist in new and creative ways wherever we see a need. If you have any ideas we would love to hear from you.

Please remember our next rummage sale at Fletcher Farm is September 19th thru 21st.  Now would be a good time to consider baking and freezing or canning for the bake sale. 

We couldn’t do it without you.       

We hope to see you soon,


Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:


All summer - 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!

September 19 - 21 Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm

November 1:  Stick Season social

December 6:  Stuff-a-Bus

December 18:  Christmas Basket Packing

December 22:  Christmas Basket Delivery


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 their website, www.LPCTV.org  (Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to see.)


We have also typed up the recipes and they are available by clicking here.


We hope that you find something useful in the show and we’d love to hear your comments.  Please e-mail them to BRGNS@TDS.net.  Bon Appetit!


A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

August is a month of contrasts.  While children have no school and many families take vacations, many children wish they could be back in school and many families won’t even think about days off.  These are people who are food insecure.  Children who depend on the meals served at school have a real nutritional problem during the summer, and families who live paycheck-to-paycheck can’t take time off without going hungry.  Hunger never takes a holiday or a vacation.  That is why we at BRGNS continue to run our food shelf throughout the summer.  While Ludlow and some adjoining towns are known as “gold towns” it isn’t because everyone is wealthy.  Far from it.  In the first six months of 2014 we provided food and financial assistance to 506 adults and 160 children totaling about $48,000.  (I say “about” because we estimate the value of the food that is donated to us and that we distribute.)  This does not count the over 140 bags of groceries that we distribute in conjunction with USDA each month.  So the need continues and we try to fill it.

I had the good fortune of attending the closing ceremonies of the “Iron Adventure Run” a few weeks ago.  The event is a three-day motorcycle rally that draws people from all over the United States and Canada.  Sponsored in part by Harley Davidson, it was hosted last year and this by the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce and by Okemo’s Jackson Gore.  The profusion of motorcycles and especially of the riders gave quite a mid-summer shot in the economic arm of the Ludlow area.  But why am I telling all of you this?  Because we at BRGNS were the recipients of a $500 check and several bags and boxes of food from these generous riders.  I was honored to be given this donation at the rally’s closing ceremonies and I truly meant it when I thanked them for their generosity.  We never expected anything from them and getting such a donation was a pleasant mid-summer surprise.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, everybody.  Ski season is just around the corner!



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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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