Community Involvement

Giving Back

Giving Back

It's important for us to be involved and active members of our local community, and we try to get involved in service projects frequently.

We often take on a project out of a staff member's concern for a cause they are involved with or a request they've received from an organization to which they belong.

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Some of the local community outreach activities we've supported:

Barred Owl

Vermont Woods Studios Adopts a Barred Owl from VINS

Our showroom has a resident Barred Owl that on occasion likes to perch in the trees outside of our offices. We appreciate what majestic creatures owls are, and are passionate about supporting them. The Green Team has officially 'Adopted a Barred Owl' through the Vermont Institute of Natural Science's 'Adopt a Raptor' program. This program supports Barred Owls by helping to provide the specialized care needed by the creatures who live at VINS Nature Center.

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Polywood Table

Jim Auchmoody

VWS staff members helped Deb Berryere, and other members of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors committee, raise over $3500 for the benefit of Jim and Theresa Auchmoody in April, 2014. Jim, a self employed electrician was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2013. The community sponsored a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and auctions to help defray the family's expenses while Jim underwent treatment. VWS donated one of Ken's handmade cutting boards and a set of POLYWOOD® Adirondack chairs with matching table. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers out to Jim, Theresa and family.


United Way Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

BEEC Nature Camp Scholarships

Vermont Woods Studios is offering three scholarships for local Vernon children to attend Nature Camp at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC this year. BEEC offers 7 different nature camps for kids ranging in age from 4-11. Camps are fun and educational with an emphasis on getting to know the natural world.

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United Way Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

Green Up Vermont

Green Up Vermont is a statewide campaign to get people outside and clean up their communities. This year the Green Team went out on our lunch break and picked up litter from the Vernon Pond and the Vernon Beach!

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Salamander Crossing

Salamander Crossing

Several members of the Vermont Woods Studios team supported BEEC at their annual Salamander Soiree, an event that raises awareness about salamander migration. Some team members also went out at night and helped salamanders cross the roads on their journey to local vernal pools.

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Wags to Riches

Wags to Riches

Along with a special sale where $20 from every order was donated to the Windham County Humane Society, VWS also donated a large cutting board and a stay at the Stratton Mountain Long-Trail House to their Wags to Riches Auction.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

For the past fifteen years, Vermont Woods Studios CEO Peggy Farabaugh has been a meals on wheels volunteer. Every Friday Peggy picks up meals from the local nursing home and delivers them to Vernon residents in need.

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United Way Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

Middlebury College Solar Decathlon Sponsor

VWS has supported the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon team with the donation of an eco-friendly furniture piece for several years. We first donated a platform bed which was used as the centerpiece for their master bedroom, and most recently a cherry dining table to complement their eco-home.

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Morningside Shelter

Morningside Shelter

We donate to our local homeless shelter, which provides outreach, referrals, interventions, and transitional housing services.

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Reformer Christmas Stocking

Reformer Christmas Stocking

We contribute to our local newspaper's initiative that supplies warm winter coats, mittens and hats for area children in need.

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Adopt a Family

Adopt a Family

On Veterans Day Weekend 2011 & 2012 the Vermont Woods Studios team participated in the Adopt a Solider program. We held a special sale in which $20 from every order went to support the family of a solider in need.

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Plant A Billion Trees Campaign

Plant A Billion Trees Campaign

We sponsored a sale during which we donated 100% of our profits along with an ongoing campaign to plant 1 tree for every order. So far we have raised almost $2000 for the Nature Conservancy's project.

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Load the Latchis

Load the Latchis

The Vermont Woods Studios office and showroom was used as a drop off location for Load the Latchis, a food donation program for Vermonters in need.

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