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.
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.
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