Community Involvement

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.

Read more about our community involvement on our blog

Local Community Outreach Activities We've Supported

Pack to Give Back

Monday, 23 Nov 2015

The Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food in 2015 and they were able to do that through donations, gleaning and food rescue. Each year they host the "Pack to Give Back" event in three communities throughout Vermont. The Vermont Woods Studios team bundled up one November day this year and partnered with the Foodbank for the final event held in Brattleboro, Vermont. The team helped to distribute 500 holiday food boxes to local families in need this holiday season. 

Pack to Give Back

VWS Green Team Participates in Connecticut River Clean Up

Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015

VWS volunteered in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) yearly “Source to Sea” trash cleanup of the Connecticut River. CRWC works to educate, restore and preserve the health of the CT River. The CT River is just a few miles from our Vernon, VT showroom and in only a couple of hours our team collected five full bags of trash! The cleanup has participants collecting trash from as far north as the Canadian border all the way to the mouth of the river in Old Lyme, CT. Great job team and thanks to the CRWC for coordinating the event.

Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup

The Plight of The Monarchs

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

A few years ago we learned about the plight of the Monarchs and we instantly knew we wanted to help. The Monarch butterfly population across the country has been drastically reduced due to a variety of reasons. One of the primary reasons is the decline in milkweed, the most necessary ingredient in the life cycle of the Monarch.

Our plan was to create a monarch restoration program at our showroom Stonehurst and expand it each summer. It started last fall with the collection, planting and local distribution of the all important milkweed seeds. This summer we actually purchased larvae to jump start the project and successfully raised and sent migrating a few dozen Monarchs. We have learned so much this year and we plan to come back bigger and better next summer. Check out our blog for more of our Monarch restoration activities.

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Monarch Butterfly

Building Monarch Butterfly Way Stations in Vermont

Thursday, 25 Jun 2015

Vermont Woods Studios is reaching out to gardeners, naturalists and others in our community to help save the Monarch butterfly from extinction. We met this week at Stonehurst to share ideas and techniques for creating habitat for the butterflies. Thanks to our friend David Berrie, we were able to harvest milkweed seeds from a Berrie Real Estate property last Fall. This year we planted the seeds and shared the seedlings with the community. Interested in butterflies and other pollinators? If you're local, stop by Stonehurst and we'll help you get a pollinator garden started. If you're from afar, check out the website for tips and advice.

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Monarch Butterfly Way Stations in Vermont

VWS donates to WCHS' Wags to Riches

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The 8th annual “Wags to Riches” cocktail party and auction directly supports the loving care of more than 800 animals who will come through the doors of WCHS in need of help this year. Attendees have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of live and silent auction items, including exotic weekend getaways, unique local art and jewelery, gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, and much more! Vermont Woods Studios donated a 3-Day weekend stay at Stratton Mountain Resort and a beautiful POLYWOOD Adirondack chair to be auctioned off!

Shaker Bed Donation to Benefit Brattleboro's River Gallery School

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Proceeds from the 25th annual River Gallery School auction went to support this “vibrant hub for Brattleboro’s artistic community.” The school was founded in 1976–and has since offered classes, community workshops, and summer/school vacation programs for students of all ages. We donated a Shaker style American made 4 poster bed to be auctioned off at this event!

25th annual River Gallery School auction

VWS Sponsors an Aquatic Field Trip for Vernon Elementary

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Vermont Woods Studios sponsored a BEEC field trip where Vernon Elementary School students got the opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem and observe a variety of aquatic organisms. They studied the life cycles and food webs of these insects and amphibians, explored the ponds, and kept field notes on their findings. The students caught, identified, and shared their discoveries with the class!

Aquatic Field Trip for Vernon Elementary

VWS Donates Christmas Gifts to Local Girls Home

Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014

The Vermont Woods Studios team donated Christmas gifts to a local NFI home for disadvantaged girls. The gifts included movies, video games, journals, markers, and board games. NFI Vermont works to create safe and supportive treatment programs for children, who struggle with severe emotional problems.

Christmas Gifts for Local Girls Home