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Services for Melinda Bussino set for Friday and Saturday, March 9-10

A celebration of Melinda Bussino’s life will be held Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro.   Calling hours will be at Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home on Friday, March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Melinda, the Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center for the homeless and hungry, died Sunday after a fatal heart attack.

Spotlight on VHFA’s Brenda Howley: Helping to house in VT and India

VHFA’s Legal Coordinator, Brenda Howley, recently returned from a trip in India, following a path that began 27 years ago. 

VHFA elves deliver to King St. Center and Lund Center

VHFA elves delivered seventy-five pairs of mittens to the King Street Center and bags of items on a local low-income family's holiday wish list to the Lund Family Center this afternoon.

'Tis the season

Although we look for ways to give back to the community throughout the year, VHFA staff have stepped things up a bit during the holiday season.    

The first of the agency's recent efforts was a Thanksgiving food drive for the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf.    A total of 120 pounds of food, ranging from frozen turkeys to canned goods, was donated by the staff. 

Several days later marked the annual VHFA Pie Auction, in which the culinary prowess of staff reaped proceeds of $245 for the United Way of Chittenden County. 

Mittens, gloves, hats & scarves needed!

It's time for VHFA's annual mitten drive for Burlington's King Street Center and we need your help.  Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves  to our office on the corner of King and St. Paul Streets in Burlington are heartily welcome any time before Friday, December 9.  Waterproof gloves and mittens are especially appreciated. 

VHFA wins United Way “President’s Award”

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

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.

The President’s Award recognizes more than 80 percent employee participation in United Way fundraising, with employee giving of more than $75 per capita.

COTS Walk coming Sunday

Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is holding its annual COTS Walk fundraiser Sunday.

About 1,500 people are expected to take the three-mile trek to raise money and help draw attention to the needs of the homeless. The route follows the path a homeless person might travel to receive shelter and services in the Queen City.

Mitten drive on Fox44

VHFA's 2010 Mitten Drive was the subject of a piece on WVNY-TV Channel 22 and Fox44-TV last night.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared in the segment talking about the Agency's 2010 Mitten Drive to benefit the King Street Center in Burlington.

VHFA staff have donated mittens and gloves stuffed with candy to the center for many years. This year, the Agency's tied the drive to a social media campaign: We'll donate a pair of mittens or gloves to the center for every new "fan" who "likes" the VHFA Facebook page.

VHFA "adopts" Lund family for the holidays

VHFA is again participating in the Lund Family Center's Holiday Giving Program.

As part of the program, the Agency "adopts" a young family in need, and staff members donate items to help assure the family has gifts for the holidays.

This year, VHFA has been paired with Sarah, a 16-year-old mother, and her 1-year-old daughter, Sonia.

VHFA to donate clothing, candy to King Street Center

VHFA will donate a pair of mittens stuffed with candy to Burlington’s King Street Center for every new fan that joins the Agency’s Facebook page through Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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