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

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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Monarchs, MonarchsVT, Monarch Conservation

VWS Staff Members Attend the Vermont Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Thursday, 11 Sep 2014

Vermont Woods Studios staff attended the annual Brattleboro Celebrity Waiter Dinner on September 20th, along with donating a pencil post bed for the benefit auction. At the dinner and auction, Brattleboro’s local “celebrities” came together to raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish®!

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Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Vermont Woods Studios Adopts a Barred Owl from VINS

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014

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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Barred Owl

Jim Auchmoody

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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.

POLYWOOD Picnic Table

BEEC Nature Camp Scholarships

Monday, 26 May 2014

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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BEEC Nature Camp