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Food drive at Nov. 18 conference

We'll be collecting non-perishable food goods at the Nov. 18 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Like our last conference in 2008, all donations will benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS), the largest food shelf in Vermont, serving more than 10,000 people a year.

According to CEFS, these items make the best donations:

VHFA "adopts" a Lund family

lund logoFor the second year, VHFA participated in the Lund Family Center's "Adopt-a-Family" program.

Staff members donated gifts and household staples to benefit an area family in need.

Mittens stuffed with care

Quick follow-up to yesterday's post about VHFA's annual mitten stuffing to benefit the King Street Center in Burlington:

VHFA staff members managed to collect and stuff with candy 166 pairs of mittens, gloves and hats to donate to the center.

Season's Greetings to our King Street neighbors across the street!

Mitten stuffing for charity

mitten stuffing

The VHFA elves this hour are stuffing donated mittens and gloves full of treats for the King Street Center in Burlington.

The holiday tradition goes back years and years.

The center is a non-profit community organization that provides children and families the core life-building skills necessary for a healthy and productive future.

Final day of VHFA food drive

foodVHFA's Social Responsibility Committee is holding a food drive, which wraps up today.

It benefits the Food Shelf’s Grocery Distribution Program, which provides a five-day supply of food support once a month to approximately 1,872 families/households.

If you'd like to contribute, today is the final day. Feel free to bring non-perishable foods to VHFA's offices at 164 Saint Paul Street in Burlington.

VHFA collecting mittens for King Street Center

VHFA has kicked off our annual tradition of collecting mittens and gloves for the King Street Center in Burlington.

Every year Agency employees stuff mittens and gloves — and the occasional scarf — with candies and treats before presenting them to the King Street Center during the holiday season.

If you'd like to add to the pile, please drop off your donation at VHFA no later than Dec. 10.

COATS for COTS

Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is looking for donations of winter coats to help its clientele of homeless Vermonters prepare for the cold weather.

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee has started a campaign to encourage employees to purge their closets of unneeded coats and jackets to donate to the cause.

If you have new or gently-worn winter coats you'd like to donate, contact COTS Director of Development Kim Borsavage at kimb@cotsonline.org or 802.864.7402 x107.

VHFA wins United Way "President's Award"

VHFA received the President's Award from the United Way of Chittenden County.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter accepted the award on behalf of the Agency at Wednesday night's United Way of Chittenden County Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

VHFA has won the award a number of times over the years.  In 2005, we won the "Campaign of the Year," the United Way's top award.

Tickets for "Taste of Home" on sale

Tickets for HomeShare Vermont's annual fundraiser, "A Taste of Home," are on sale now.

The event, scheduled for Friday, May 29, 5-8 p.m., is an evening of local food and entertainment all to benefit HomeShare Vermont of South Burlington.

Food will be donated by Leunig's Bistro, A Single Pebble, Three Tomatoes Trattoria, Bevo and Wildtree Products.

Record donations for mitten-drive

sylvia white stuffs mittens with candyThis morning, VHFA staff members took part in the Agency's long tradition of "mitten stuffing" to benefit our neighbors at the King Street Youth Center.

Staff donate mittens, gloves, scarves and hats, and fill them with candy before giving them to the kids who attend the center.

This year we saw the highest level of donations in several years, and perhaps ever: 239 pairs of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves.

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