"Helping people help themselves"

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


BRGNS To Hold Spring Rummage Sale May 20-22

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The sale will feature clothing, housewares, books, linens, furniture and all manner of goods. “We’ve been stockpiling good quality items for several months and will have something for everyone,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of the organization. “We will have the tables piled high and the prices marked low. We can always use more merchandise, but right now we can also use volunteers to help set up and staff the sale, and lots of people to donate baked goods for the bake sale.”

Black River Good Neighbor Services holds a spring and a fall rummage sales each year to sell gently used items that are donated by the community. Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase food for the food shelf or are used for financial assistance programs in the community. BRGNS also runs a thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow – behind the Ludlow Community Center.  Its programs serve Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.


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!


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.


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-

Its spring and hopefully our last winter will soon be a distant memory.  Our entire state took a huge “hit” due to the lack of snow, we are seeing more seasonal employees earlier that appear needier. Fortunately, between the support of our generous donors and the hard work of our volunteers and staff we have been able to keep up with their needs……  If you find yourself in a position to donate or to lend a hand it could very well benefit your neighbor in need.  All monies generated by the retail activities and fundraising of Black River Good Neighbors go to the services needed by members of our community and the staffing to provide those services.

Speaking of fund raising, spring rummage sale is just around the corner.  Now is a great time to donate all you unused salable items. Clean out those cupboards and closets, get rid of unused dishes and pans, kitchen gadgetry, linens and dust collectors, let us turn them into onions and cauliflower.  If you would like to volunteer for set up or the sale you can email me at abridgbrgns@gmail.  As always you can bake and freeze for the bake sale. Swing into the thrift store, we will be happy to see you.

Best regards,


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!

May 20 - 22 - Spring Rummage Sale

A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

As most of our loyal customers and donors know, we hold an annual Spring Rummage Sale each May.  This year it will be held on the weekend of May 20 -22.  On Friday and Saturday we are open from 10:00 to 4:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 2:00.  The sale is held at Fletcher Farm on Route 103 south, on the Ludlow Cavendish line.  We sell lots of clothing, but also household goods, furniture, bedding, books, shoes and some miscellaneous stuff thrown in.  And I can’t forget to mention the great bake sale that we also run.  Putting it all together is a lot of work, and although there are many people sharing the load we can always use more help.  If you would like to help set up at Fletcher Farm, and have some time in the weeks leading up to the sale, please call Audrey at the store – 228-3663 – and let her know.  We also need people to help pick up furniture items around town.  If you would like to help with that, please call me at 802-376-5648.  Lastly, we always need goods to sell.  Donations are accepted right up to the sale; just bring them to the store or, and this always applies to large items, bring them to Fletcher Farm.  Bake sale goods can be delivered to the Farm on the morning of the sale, and since we sell most of the baked goods on Friday, we can always use more on Saturday morning and again on Sunday.

One more point about the rummage sale.  We started these sales several years ago with the intent of providing cash to buy fresh and fresh frozen food items for our food shelf clients.  Processed and packaged foods are not the healthiest and while they can be life sustaining, sometimes they just add to the problem when health concerns are worsened.  The sales have been successful and we want that tradition to continue.  So while this is a rummage sale, it is not a giveaway like a yard sale.  We have a specific charitable purpose in mind and that is why we price our goods as we do.  Please stop by and check out the sale and while you are there, please introduce yourself to me.






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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


     10 am to 4 pm

Phone - 802-228-3663

Furniture Store:

  105 Main St., Ludlow


  Friday & Saturday

     10 am to 4 pm





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May 4, 2016