Give Local, Give Often

It’s Giving Tuesday In the post-Trumpian era of disbelief, worry, and downright fear of the pending hurt that could fall upon some of our most vulnerable members of society, many of us are wondering where to put our money that will most directly help the people in our community, and our state.

This time of year, and especially with this election, many of us are looking to support truly  local agencies who are helping members of our community: ALL members of our community.

With the help of a friend, I’m posting this list of local organizations who are helping support those who are most in need this season, especially with a GOP-led Congress and … well … whatever it is that is taking up residence in the “White” House.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and feel free to add more in the comments and I’ll try to get them on the list as fast as I can.


AALV helps new Americans from all parts of the world (not solely Africa, although this is how they began) gain independence in their new communities through a range of integration services to help them smoothly transition to living and working in Vermont. (AALV is always looking for donations of winter clothing for adults and kids, as well)

Black Lives Matter Vermont is a growing network of individuals, families and businesses invested in the liberation of Black Vermonters, and the deactivation of systemic racism endured by all people of color in our state.

Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, King Street Youth Center, and Sara Holbrook Center all serve children in specific neighborhoods in Burlington and work with many refugee and immigrant families.

Champlain Area NAACP works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Champlain Community Services provides essential supports to people with intellectual disabilities and autism, building a community where everyone participates and belongs. They offer coordinated one-to-one supported employment, home & shared living, school-to-career transition, and community supports throughout Northwestern Vermont. They  also promote and coordinate self-advocacy activities, and offer crisis (24 hour on-call response) and respite (staffing and coordination of additional hours).

Children’s Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 180,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural children in 400 communities across every region of the Twin States.

HOPE Works  is dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence, and provides crisis counseling and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. Their education outreach work strives to change attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and condone the cycle of violence.

Huertas (a project of UVM Extension’s Bridges to Health program) builds gardens and distributes seeds and plant starts to Latino/a migrant farmworkers living in rural Vermont. Farmworkers face food insecurity at a higher rate than the general population of Vermont and have particular challenges in accessing fresh, local, and culturally familiar foods.

Humane Society of Chittenden County is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding and is not affiliated with any national organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States. They rely on local donations and program fees in their mission to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering.

The Nongame Wildlife Fund helps protect and restore Vermont’s endangered wildlife for future generations to enjoy. More than 100 wildlife species in Vermont are at risk including bald eagles, lynx and bats,

ONE Good Deed Fund believes that acts of kindness toward others are what build community. Often someone is inspired to help others and yet doesn’t have the resources to make it happen, so the fund provides financial support to make those good deeds a reality. This fund primarily serves the Old North End neighborhood of Burlington. 

Open Door Clinic of Middlebury brings healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured, including 270 Latin American migrant farmworkers each year.

Outright Vermont builds safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-22.

Peace and Justice Center works on the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – If you use the donate link on this page, 100% will go to our local chapter headquartered in Colchester.

Pride Center of Vermont advances the community, health, and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.

Rights and Democracy Vermont is dedicated to building a popular movement to advance human rights and a real democracy. They work in partnership with community groups, progressive unions, faith communities, organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and environmental and climate action groups in order to transform Vermont and its communities.

Solidarity Healing GoFundMe – Help local clinical mental health counselor Vicki Garrison open a private practice that provides culturally competent, racially informed, and empowering mental health counseling for people of color.

Spectrum Youth and Family Services serves young adults ages 14-24. About 30-40% of youth who use their Drop-In and housing are LGBTQ, while Spectrum’s Multicultural Youth Program works specifically with youth of color, including refugees and immigrants.

Steps to End Domestic Violence‘s mission is to assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for all those who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally, or economically by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety.

Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom is a grassroots organization that works to ensure women have the right to control what happens to their health and bodies, this includes access to abortion.

Vermont CARES is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive individuals, create compassionate communities, and prevent the spread of HIV by educating our youth and community on general.

Vermont People with AIDS Coalition serves is a community of peers who seek to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS through mutual support and empowerment, exchange of information, and advocacy.

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program supports refugees who are relocated to our community. VRRP is currently accepting donations for basic such as mattresses, coats and winter boots for adults and children. People can either donate money and earmark it for winter gear or donate their gently used coats or boots to VRRP. [We hope to post a full list of needed goods to this blog. Stay tuned!]

Here is the link to the items that are needed: welcome-kit-and-kaboodle-two-pager

Vermont Worker’s Center is a democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing for the human rights of the people in Vermont. Founded in 1998, members have fought for livable wages, healthcare for all, and more here in Vermont and beyond.

Vermont Works for Women helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. They have three strands of programming: Moving women into employment success; investing in girls, the next generation; and, advocating for large-scale culture change for women & girls.

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6 responses to “Give Local, Give Often

  1. The Safety Team is a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment, well-being, resiliency and safety of women. We have been offering women’s self-defense and empowerment workshops (for women, by women) for over ten years. We strongly believe in empowering women through hands-on skills training. We foster open dialogue, effective communication and positive self-advocacy skills as part of our program. 100% of donations go directly into program development and services.

  2. Brilliant! Although I suggest adding H.O.P.E.Works (Chittenden County’s sexual violence support and prevention agency) and Steps to End Domestic Violence (formerly Women Helping Battered Women) to this list. Both are excellent nonprofits that do work to counter sexual and intimate partner violence and victim-blaming.

  3. Rya Hardee-Fauth

    VPR is a great option too since today they are teaming up with the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Foodbank. For every donation received, 21 meals (a weeks worth for an individual) will be donated!

  4. I’d also add VT Works for Women. In the Trump administration, women are going to need all the help we can get. I agree with H.O.P.E Works and Steps to End Domestic Violence as well.

  5. Great post! I wholeheartedly recommend the following two organizations: The Children’s Literacy Foundation CLiF, based in Waterbury Center, works to promote a love of reading and writing in young Vermonters.

    The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Nongame Wildlife Fund helps monitor endangered species, promote environmental education and spearheads land conservation. The Nongame Wildlife Fund is matched 1:3 by federal grants so $25 to the fund actually begets $100!

  6. Humane Society of Chittenden County. The one place in the region who respectfully helps folks who can no longer care for their animals, treat and find new homes.

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