Coins for Community 2020
Fenton Chester Ice Arena – $8,466.63
Your donations will:
- Help with facility improvements
- Offset costs for youth programs and other activities
- Provide affordable recreation opportunities for all ages
Kingdom Animal Shelter – $11,858.63
The Kingdom Animal Shelter is a limited access, all volunteer,
non-profit certified 501(c) (3) animal rescue organization. They respect the inherent value of every animal in their care and strive to prevent overpopulation and cruelty to animals. You donation at the register this month will help facilitate the placement of rescued, abandoned, abused or neglected animals in safe, life-long homes.
Fairbanks Museum – $8,650.42
Donations this month will support:
- Fixing and updating the museum’s Historic Lecture Hall (mounting a permanent high-quality projector, purchasing a new/working screen and associated minor renovations)
- Fixing microscopes used in our STEM Lab by area schools and homeschool students
- Fixing and replacing projectors and adaptors/wiring used by
educational staff when visiting area schools and in our other classrooms
- Funding an educator supply fund to pay for class materials
- Funding transportation for educators to teach at area schools
Powers Park – $5440.00
Powers Park is right in the heart of Lyndonville and has served area
communities for over 105 years. Its mission is to provide fun,
affordable, and healthy recreation opportunities for local children and families and to promote physical activity and the arts in a safe and convenient outdoor setting.
Kiwanis Pool – $2224.00
Catamount Arts – $6,474
Catamount Film and Arts is dedicated to sharing that fact with kids and adults alike! Since their humble beginnings as a traveling film presenter in 1975, Catamount Arts now offers foreign, independent, and classic films; exhibitions by local and regional artists; live music, dance, and theater performances; summer camps and arts education programming for children; a regional box office for more than 40 organizations; and a gathering space for community events. They are also the proud producers of the KCP Presents Performing Arts Series, bringing world-class professional performances to Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom; First Night North, the last remaining family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve performing arts festival in Vermont; Circus Smirkus in St. Johnsbury; the EPIC Music Program and the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series up at Dog Mountain. Donations this month will help support this wonderful organization – thank you for your generosity!
Vermont Children’s Theater – $6977.35
The Vermont Children’s Theater is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that provides free summer theater programs for students aged seven to just-graduated seniors. Through their policy of all-inclusiveness, they use theater as a vehicle to equip area youth with valuable skills that will benefit them both now and in the future: creativity, teamwork, literacy, empathy, and leadership. In addition, they help support drama programs in local schools by lending them costumes, props, and set pieces. They purposely keep their ticket prices low so that the community can enjoy live theater by our youth; thus, ticket revenues do not cover their operating expenses. Like most organizations in this time of global crisis, the Vermont Children’s Theater has had to wrestle with the best and safest course for the summer season. Their directors are brainstorming together to create virtual programming to give children and teens a creative outlet this summer. Because they will be unable to hold their usual performances, they will not have the main sources of their income to support this programming: ticket sales, lobby sales, ad sales, etc. This Coins for Community partnership will be a lifeline to help them cover overhead expenses, as well as pay their directors for all of their hard work in creating and conducting virtual summer programs for our local youth.
H.O.P.E – $9471.58
A private, non-profit agency helping families and individuals with
life’s basic needs. Donations this month will help support H.O.P.E. and the following programs:
- Backpack program – Provides bags of food over the weekend for children from seven local schools
- Children’s and Adult Clothing Vouchers – Free clothing is available to those who ask, on a quarterly or twice-a-year basis
- Services Assistance – Those who are in need of services H.O.P.E. does not provide are given relevant contact information for area agencies and organizations who can help
- Homeless & Crisis Services – Homelessness can happen to anyone. H.O.P.E. is able to provide clothing, toiletries, food, and bedding items to those experiencing sudden homelessness due to a crisis Thank you all for your continued support and generosity!
St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum – $3528.30
Cobleigh Public Library – $7386.93
Darling Inn Meal Site – $7,135.17
Darling Inn Meal Site delivers meals for those unable to leave their
homes, something that is incredibly crucial at this uncertain time. The staff at the meal site prepares 65+ meals each day and frozen options for weekend meals. These meals are delivered daily by their volunteers. Also, meals are offered in their dining room at the Darling Inn Monday – Friday.
Good Living Senior Center – $2,608.27
Provides activities for adults 50 and over, and while they are currently closed for the safety of their seniors, they have plans to re-open as soon as they are safely able to do so.
Green Mountain Farm to School – $8011.19
Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s mission is to strengthen local food systems in the NEK by promoting positive economic relationships, education, and access between schools, farms, and communities. Donations will support their farm to school program and school gardens at 16 NEK schools as well as food insecurity prevention efforts connecting 30 NEK farms to local food shelves.
Lyndon Outing Club – $8418.77
Since 1937, this organization has served the region by offering
affordable skiing and other recreational opportunities. Donations this month will help support installing a new ticket/take-out window to keep inside traffic down and comply with mandates involving social distancing. Donations will also support updates to the facilities, groomers, and other equipment.
Caledonia Special Olympics – $9,226.87
Our partner of the month for December is the Special Olympics Caledonia Chapter! This 301(c) non-profit is affiliated with Special Olympics Vermont. The chapter services all of Caledonia county and slightly beyond. Their athletes participate in basketball, track and field, bowling, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and golf. They compete locally, regionally, and nationally and have had several medal winners at the national level! Donations this month will help fund uniforms, travel/lodging, entrance fees, equipment, and other related expenses. They have no paid employees and every dime raised will be staying within the Caledonia chapter. The program has grown from a handful of athletes and volunteers to over a hundred strong, and climbing! Thank you for your support!