"Helping people help themselves"

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


Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 18th and 19th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 20th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

Proceeds from this 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, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.

So, please mark your calendar and come explore the many unique bargains.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@tds.net.

Black River Good Neighbors Planning Major Fundraiser

The staff and volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services are again gearing up for their annual Stick Season Social and silent auction, which is scheduled for November 7, 2015. This year the event will be held again at Sam’s Steakhouse on Route 103 South in Ludlow. Pictured above is a scene from last year's Stick Season Social.

Right now the planners are focusing on the silent auction and raffle, which will have dozens of items on which diners can bid or take a chance. Last year there were over one hundred twenty great items between the silent auction, the raffle, and the door prizes and this year the expectation is that the field will be just as good.

However, the Social Committee needs merchandise to auction or raffle and is asking for help from the community to donate items for the event. Since BRGNS is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization all donations are tax deductible. Donors will be recognized in several ways during the evening’s festivities, both orally and in print. Businesses that wish to become sponsors of the event will also be recognized in multiple ways as well.

If you can help, please call Audrey at the BRGNS office, 228-3663 or call Peter LaBelle at (802) 226-7250.

BRGNS “Back to School” Program Underway

It’s August. The ads filling your mailbox are yelling: Back to School shopping time is here, now!  For families with students, that means gathering supplies including new clothes and shoes, backpacks, paper, pens and pencils and more.

The folks at Black River Good Neighbor Services know that Back to School time can put a strain on many already stretched budgets.

As was the case last year, BRGNS will provide school supplies to those children who might not otherwise be able to afford them. For those of you who are in a position to donate school supplies (or money for BRGNS to buy them) now is the time to act. Please bring donations to the Thrift Store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow.

If you have or know of a child who needs such supplies, please call or stop by the store to let us know. You can call Audrey at (802) 228-3663.

You can also check out our school supply form if your kids are in the need of help with school supplies. Just click HERE to tell us what your children need for school and fill out an application that we can use to help you. There are 2 pages to examine and return to Audrey at BRGNS.

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 we race into the month of August I am thinking of back to school and helping our local kids get what they need.

 August is the month of one our most important functions at Good Neighbors, our volunteer picnic.  This organization runs on our very dedicated volunteers.  When I say we could not do all we do without our volunteers I am in no way exaggerating. They do so much for us it is nice to recognize them once a year by throwing a picnic.  It is a bit backwards though because the food is all cooked or donated by our most dedicated volunteers, our board members.  Some of them have duties each day of the year.  Most of them put aside the merry making during the holidays to ensure all our neighbors have a happy holiday.  This is an incredible group of hardworking individuals that make our community a nicer place to live.  If you know a volunteer please thank them for helping your neighbors.

 We are in full planning mode for the Fall Rummage Sale (September 18-20), and starting to gear up for the Stick Season Social.  On both fronts lists are being checked and drawn up, assignments are being made.  Mostly by volunteers. If you are not a volunteer for one of the many local charities, I ask you why? It is a great way to get to know wonderful people and have some fun if you are doing it right?

Take care of each other,



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!

September 18-20: Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm

November 7: Stick Season Social at Sam's Restaurant, Ludlow


A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

Although August is a pretty quiet month for us, with everybody entertaining guests or away on vacations, there is still a pretty consistent demand for food from those who are food insecure.  This is an ongoing need and we work steadily to fill it.  We did have one chance for some fun though, thanks to the folks who run the Vermont Challenge.  http://www.vtchallenge.com/AboutChallenge.htm.

The Challenge is a multi-day bike ride around central Vermont.  There are short (twenty mile) rides, and long (hundred mile) rides.  Each bicyclist pays a fee to join these organized rides and they get volunteer support in the form of food and drink as well as repair services and all else that goes into an organized ride.  Of course the volunteers have to come from someplace and several BRGNS directors have been providing some of those volunteer hours.  This is not all gratuitous of course.  Another part of the fee paid by the riders goes to several local charities in central Vermont including BRGNS.  We expect to receive a sizable donation once all of the money is counted and distributed within the next month.  This is the third year that we have received such a donation and the second year in which we have supplied volunteer help.  It is all great fun and helps a great cause.  Perhaps next year you can join us?

We would like to thank the coordinators of the Vermont Challenge, John and Donna Sohikian who do a wonderful job putting the whole program together and who help so many Vermont charities with their work.

I’d also like to remind everyone that the Fall Rummage Sale is just around the corner.  September 18, 19 and 20 this year.  Now is the time to make your donation of clothing, housewares or other items to BRGNS for the sale.  We will be accepting furniture donations anytime after September 1st so please call and schedule a drop-off time.  Our rummage sales have become a highlight of the spring and fall here in Ludlow and provide a major source of cash for our food and financial assistance programs.  Come and get a bargain and help a great program at the same time.




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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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August 27, 2015