While most of us do not notice them, many of our fellow citizens have been living in tents, cars, under bridges, and under decks this past summer. Just getting by each day becomes increasingly difficult as the colder weather approaches. Thanks to the work of volunteers who maintain and improve the living quarters at Charter House our community provides safe haven, food, basic needs, and a friendly welcome to up to 22 individuals and 5 families. Our shelter and food programs are possible because over 1200 people from Addison County contribute over 24,000 hours of volunteer time, donate thousands of pounds of clothing, prepare 35,000 free meals, and pay for most of the cost of operating and maintaining our programs and building.
There are many ways you can help:
· volunteer to staff Charter House during the day or early evening for 2 – 3 hour shifts
· help with food preparation for the breakfasts, lunches, and suppers
· donate prepared meals, bread/rolls, and fruit/cookies/deserts
· donate adult size winter clothing especially socks, boots, gloves, sweat suits, underwear, warm coats
· make a financial contribution (Charter House Coalition, 27 North Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT 05753)
Ways to learn more about Charter House and volunteering:
Open House: On Saturday October 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 am all are invited to join us for refreshments and a tour of the facilities including our new commercial grade kitchen. Board members and staff will be available to talk about our programs and answer questions.
Attend a Volunteer Orientation and Training Session at Charter House:
Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 am
Monday, October 8 at 10:00 am
Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 am
The first 30 minutes of these sessions will be devoted to discussing opportunities to support the food and housing programs of Charter House Coalition. For those interested in volunteering to staff Charter House, training will follow the information session and will take about 60 minutes. New volunteers are always paired up with experienced volunteers for their initial volunteer work.
Charter House is a place where community comes together in a way that uplifts all who are part of it. All are welcome to join the Charter House Team. Contact Samantha Kachmar (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of Charter House