The Holiday Season is always a good time to take stock and be more intentional with our gift giving. It’s a great opportunity to give meaningful gifts that come back to support amazing local organizations that make our community a better place to live.
There are so many organizations in the MRV that contribute so much throughout the year. Many of them offer opportunities to give gifts of membership or a donation in the name of a recipient . In this era of consumerism when so many are seeking more meaningful ways to give during the holiday season we encourage you to consider these fine local organizations.
There are so many to choose from which means there is something for everyone. Here are just a few suggestions.
Make a donation or provide a membership to a loved one to these local organizations;
Friends of the Mad River – A private, non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Mad River and its watershed.
Green Mountain Club – For over 100 years the Green Mountain Club has protected and maintained the Long Trail System, America’s oldest long-distance hiking trail.
Hannahs’ House – Supports mental health for children, teens, adults and families by providing local, high quality counseling, community outreach through education, financial assistance for those in need.
High Fives – The mission of this non-profit is to provide hope and resources for athletes from all walks of life to help them get back to their outdoor physical activity of choice from snowboarding and skiing to surfing and mountain biking and beyond. High Fives focuses on preventing life-changing injuries and provides resources and hope if they happen. High Fives has helped countless injured athletes and Veterans get back to doing what they love. The Foundation aims to be the leader of education and recovery of life-altering injuries in outdoor action sports.
Mad River Path Association – Their mission is to build, maintain, and conserve a system of continuous public pathways from Warren to Moretown to foster a healthy community by connecting the people, businesses and special places of the Mad River Valley.
Mad River Riders – Not only do you support their trail building efforts, members also get the full benefits of VMBA membership, including shop discounts at a wide range of outdoor gear stores, free day passes to most VT bike parks and paid networks and much more.
Mad River Valley Ambulance Service – MRVAS provides 24-hour Emergency Medical Service to residents and visitors of the Mad River Valley. Since its inception, MRVAS has undergone considerable growth to keep pace with the growing needs of the community, as well as advances in emergency medical care. The service is made possible by a highly dedicated group of over 60 volunteers making it one of the last surviving all volunteer services in Vermont.
Mad River Valley Libraries
Warren Library – The Friends Library work closely with the Library Director to promote and enhance the library’s mission.
Joslin Memorial Library – The Friends of the Library provides financial and volunteer support to the Joslin Memorial Library. They work closely with the library director to promote and enhance the library’s mission.
Moretown Library – The Friends of the Moretown Memorial Library are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fulfill the needs of the library through fund raising efforts.
Mad River Valley Community Fund – The Mad River Valley Community Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1989 to specifically respond to the needs of Mad River Valley residents.
Mad River Valley Community Pantry – Since 2001, the MRV Community Pantry has provided food and services to our neighbors in need throughout the Mad River Valley. Sponsored by the MRV Interfaith Council, we serve our neighbors by providing accessible, local, fresh and diverse food options to supplement budgets and sustain wellbeing.
Mad River Valley Television – The mission of MRVTV is to provide public access to the airwaves and online platforms. MRVTV gives community members a voice allowing them to use the medium to express views on topics of local or personal interest.
Mad River Valley Interfaith Council – Serves the people of the MRV through outreach and fostering of unity and understanding in God’s love. The council operates the Valley Food Shelf and Food Commodities program located in the basement of Evergreen Place in Waitsfield.
Pawsitive Pantry – When your family is experiencing hardship, the last thing you need to worry about is feeding your pet. Our goal is to keep hungry cat and dog bellies full, no matter what. Your furry friend is always there for, and we will always be there for both of you.
SpringHill School – This licensed 501(c)3 nonprofit preschool has been serving children from the Mad River Valley and beyond for decades.
Stark Mountain Foundation – Working to preserve and protect the environment and ecosystem of General Stark Mountain, including its recreational access and historic value, and to support programs that promote and sustain that environment for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Mad River Valley Arts – The Mission of Valley Arts is to produce, promote, and encourage participation in the Creative Endeavors of the community.
Valley Players – The VP has been the thespian center of the MRV since the 1960’s. Since 1979 the VP has produced about 4 shows a year and opened its doors to other performing artists and groups and is the home of KidsACT!
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports – Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay.
Waitsfield Children’s Center – WCC provides a play based curriculum that is developmentally stimulating, and provide endless hands-on learning opportunities.
Yestermorrow Design Build School – In hands-on classes that explore and engage, they teach the arts of design and building as an integrated process, and provide instruction in fundamental skills. They offer nearly 100 classes in Land & Community Planning, Whole Structure Design/Build, Building Systems & Building Science, Woodworking & Craft and Tutorials.