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.

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Local Community Outreach Activities We've Supported

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!

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!

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.

Gift Wrapping at Brattleboro's Holton House

Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014

Peggy, Loryn, Douglas and Ken visited the Holton House and helped wrap gifts to be delivered to area senior citizens. It was a Brattleboro Rotary Club project and they were joined by Rotarians: Betsy Gentille, Ana Saavedra and Tami Purcell.

VWS Donates a Turkey to the Brattleboro Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014

Vermont Woods Studios donated a Vermont raised turkey to the Brattleboro Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is an event run entirely by volunteers that provides a free Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of community members in need. According to the Brattleboro Reformer, "Offering a free community Thanksgiving meal goes back to the Common Ground Restaurant, which started the Thanksgiving tradition more than 40 years ago. After the restaurant on Elliot Street closed in 2007 a group of local volunteers took up the tradition and have been offering a free turkey or vegetarian meal with all the trimmings." Over a dozen turkeys and hundreds of pounds of produce were donated by individuals and local businesses to make this charitable event possible.

VWS Launches Monarch Conservation Project

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014

Aside from planting a butterfly garden and spreading milkweed seeds, Vermont Woods Studios has begun further efforts to conserve Monarch butterfly populations in Vermont. VWS is now working with the local community, including residents and road crews, to spread milkweed across the state of Vermont to make it a more habitable place for Monarchs. Milkweed seeds are now available to pickup for free at Stonehurst.

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