Rooted in Community = Giving Back All Year

Locally owned businesses are rooted in the Upper Valley and donate time and money every month of the year as they support nonprofits, schools, and communities. Keep your dollars where your heart is and support the businesses that support and build our thriving communities. Think Local First this season.
Continuing reading to see just how much Local First members have contributed this year to help make the Upper Valley a better place to live, work, and play.


The Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Servcie Centers – The Pennies for Change program has year-to-date collected almost $160,000 to support community partners. This vital community cooperative also donates tons of produce to Willing Hands each year, and  proudly support organizations like Vital Communities, The Upper Valley Haven, LISTEN, and many more. 

Mascoma Bank – Each year, the Bank and the Mascoma Bank Foundation donate more than $1 million to hundreds of area organizations. From municipalities to local not-for-profit organizations of every stripe, the Bank’s philanthropic efforts have always been geared towards strengthening our communities. The employees of this Certified B Corp participate in making our communities enjoyable, happy, healthy, safe places to live through hundreds of hours of community service,

Great Eastern Radio – Central Vermont Salvation Army, Vital Communities, New Hampshire Food Bank, David’s House and Upper Valley Haven, and Lakes Region Children’s Charities.

King Arthur Flour This Certified B Corp believes in using business as a force for good, and supports many worthy causes with special focus on:

  • Food & Hunger: We support efforts to increase access and connection to real foods.
  • Sustainability: We support efforts that positively influence our natural environment, and promote the conservation of resources and the development of renewable energy sources.

Specifically King Arthur supports Hunger Free Vermont, Vital Communities, Upper Valley Haven, and their Bake For Good: Kids program, Vermont WARMTH (Home fuel heating assistance), Vermont Foodbank, Family Place, David’s House, Helping Hands, Vital Communities

LaValley Building Supply – Northern Stage, David’s House, Upper Valley Haven, Vital Communities

Ledyard National Bank –  Ledyard’s commitment to community support encompasses all that we do as bankers and as citizens responsible for the growth and vitality of the areas we serve. Our civic involvement is built upon a well-defined ongoing charitable giving program that allows us to impact our neighbors in ways that go beyond day-to-day business activities. Through both in-kind and cash donations, we help nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley, Concord and Lake Sunapee Regions succeed.

Ledyard supports Upper Valley Haven, LISTEN Community Services, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, 19 Days of Norwich, Upper Valley Humane Society, New Hampshire Wonmen’s Foundation, the Friendly Kitchen, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Windsor county Mentors, Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity, CHaD, and many more.

West Lebanon Feed & Supply – Upper Valley Humane Society, VINS, Lacey’s Fund & the VT Police Canine Assoc., Lebanon Varsity Sports, Willing Hands & Share the Harvest, Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, Watson Upper Valley Dog Park, Shaker Field Dog Park, Local 4-H & GMHA programs, Local Police k-9 training, Local Boy & Girl Scout Troops, Vital Communities

Chippers Sponsorships: David’s House Golf Tournament (annual), Friends of Morrill Homestead Gallery in the Garden (annual), Howe Library Classic Mini Golf Fundraising Event (annual), Lebanon Opera House Coig sponsor, Marion Cross School PTO newsletter sponsor (annual), Montshire Museum Fiddlehead Fling Benefit Raiser (annual), New Hampshire Audubon Society annual meeting sponsor, Northern Stage Once  (annual), Norwich Historical Center House & Garden Tour (annual), Opera North Pirates of Penzance (annual), Our Lady of the Snows Golf Tournament sponsor (annual), Pomfret/Teago Volunteer Fire Department Ox Pull (annual), Prosper Valley School Harvest Supper (annual), Thompson Senior Center Valentine’s Day Auction (annual), Upper Valley Haven Longest Drive Sponsor for Golf Tournament (annual), VINS Forest Canopy Walk sponsor, Woodstock Boys Varsity Hockey Golf Tournament sponsor (annual), Woodstock Community Naked Table Community Building Project, Woodstock Recreation Center Hole sponsor for Golf Tournament (annual), Woodstock Ski Runners Hole sponsor for Golf Tournament (annual), Woodstock’s Spectrum Teen Center John Langhan’s Run (annual), Zack’s Place Turkey Trot (annual).

Plant a Seed Program (no charge for work): Headrest: Tree removal and pruning, Lebanon Youth Baseball Association:, Norman Williams Public Library: pruning and cabling, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce: installation and removal of holiday lights (annual)

Gift Certificates for Auctions: Bridgewater Fire Department Celebration Day, Hanover Rotary Event for Positive Tracks, Lyme Elementary School, Montshire Museum, Norwich Lions Clubs Annual Fair, Special Needs Support Center, Thompson Senior Center Valentine’s Day Gala, Upper Valley Trout Unlimited, Woodstock Rotary Club, Woodstock Ski Runners

Miscellaneous: Friends of Hanover football, Woodstock Union High School football, Woodstock Union High School girls basketball, The Prouty: Three vehicles and drivers on race day, Hartford Project Graduation, Lebanon Project Graduation, Woodstock History Center, Woodstock Food Shelf

Norwich Solar Technology – Blueberry Hill Inn Goshen Gallop, CHaD Hero Corporate Sponsor, Ford K. Sayre Memorial Ski Council, Friends of Hanover Girls’ Soccer, Friends of Hanover Lacrosse (FOHL), Hartford Parks & Rec Glory Days, Hartford Parks and Recreation, Lebanon Middle School /Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering Solar Sprint, Main Street Alliance Vermont, New Hampshire Public Radio, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Norwich Historical Society, Quechee Balloon Festival, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), Sharon Academy Playbill, Sustainable Woodstock, The Upper Valley Haven, The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC), The Zienzele Foundation, Upper Valley Aquatic Center Splash Camp (UVAC), Upper Valley Sierra Club, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN), Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Works for Women, Vital Communities, Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Society), Washington County Mental Health Mountain Bike Ride for Children’s Mental Health, Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership (LEAP) Fair

A.B. Gile – Lebanon Opera House, Northern Stage, Colonial Theater. Staff members serve on the board of Visiting Nurse Hospice VNH, Second Growth, and Cedarcrest of Keene. Staff members volunteer for Lebanon High School Hockey, Special Olympics, and Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

Jake’s Market & Deli and Jake’s Coffee Co. – West Central Services, Special Olympics, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Toys for Tots, Montshire Museum, Kilton Library, Lebanon Opera House, Good Neighbor Health Clinic, David’s House, WISE, AVA Gallery, Skip’s Run, New London Hospital, SPARK Community Center, Zac’s Place, Lebanon CCBA, Karp’s Classic, Visiting Nurse & Hospice for NH & VT, Dartmouth Athletics, Lebanon/Hanover/Hartford/Walpole/Springfield/Andover/New London Schools, Enfield Village Assoc., Upper Valley Haven, Lebanon/Hanover/New London/White River/Bellows Falls Rotary, Friends of Veterans NH & VT, Greeny Golf Tournament, DARE, New England Handicapped Sportsman’s Assoc., Norwich Lyons Club, Local Fire and Police Depts., Upper Valley Trails Alliance

Fat Hat Clothing – Finiacial support many charities including Upper Valley Haven, David’s House, Special Olympics, Thetford Academy class trip, Planned Parenthood of New England, and Vital Communities.  Sponsors and helps support the summer jazz festival in Lebanon NH and the White River Film Festival. Helped establish the Not in Our House Fund to support children in homes with domestic violence. Fundraise for breast cancer awareness and research and have created and run the Pink Suitcase Project to help reduce hair loss and help increase self esteem for chemo patients at Norris Cotton Cancer Center of DHMH.  Sell baskets from the Zienzele Foundation where 100% of the sales go to AIDS orphans and their caregivers in some of the poorest villages in rural Zimbabwe.  Support Clara Martin’s 2019 holiday food baskets and we provides free Fat Hats to chemo patients around the country and donate clothing to disaster areas nationally. 

Systems Plus Computers – Supports over 100 local organizations each year.

Chase Brook Software – Howe Library, Hanover Improvement Society, Campion Rink, Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Prouty, Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Club, Hanover Conservation Commission, Hanover Trails Committee, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Hanover Conservancy, Vital Communities, Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center, Hanover High School Field Hockey, Hanover Rotary Club, Hanover Community Gardens

Copeland Furniture Company Store – Montshire Museum, AVA Gallery, Mentoring Project, VINS, Connecticut Valley Fair, Orange East Senior Center, West Newbury Backroom-Neighbors Sharing with Neighbors Watch them grow Children’s center-Bradford and Newbury, 8th Annual Hope for Hannah CF Horseshoe Tournament, Atkinson’s Residence Activity Fund, The Jazzy’s Children Fund, Makala Pierson Benefit

Dan & Whit’s General Store – ​The Norwich Lions Club, Hartford/Norwich Basket Helpers, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Norwich Women’s Club, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Upper Valley Hostel, Upper Valley Reptile Group, COVER Home Repair, Norwich Child Care Center, WISE, AVA Gallery, Bayada Nurses for Veterans, Hartford Historical Society, Special Needs Support Group, Upper Valley Humane Society, Norwich Library, High Horses, The Upper Valley Haven​, White River Junction Rotary, VT Prevent Child Abuse, Alice Peck Day Senior Center, Grass Roots Soccer, Upper Valley Aquatic Center, High Horses, Windsor County Partners, Beaver Meadow & Root Dist. Schoolhouses.

ECFiber – Free upgrades to all schools, public institutions, and libraries in its coverage area.

Energy Emporium – Shaker Bridge Theater, Shaker Museum, Whaleback, The Mascoma Music Performing Arts,  Upper Valley Robotics Team #95, the Grasshoppers, Lebanon Opera House.

Henderson’s Tree Service – Vital Communities

Janson & Colgan Law Office – Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon Rail Trail, Shaker Bridge Theater, City Center Ballet, Second Growth,  NH Charitable Fund, Vital Communities

Molly’s Restaurant & Jesse’s Steak House – The Upper Valley Haven, Upper Valley veterans

Norwich Bookstore – We support the community in many different ways. Some are ongoing like the 1% of all books purchased through our Rewards Program that is donated to a variety of organizations. Others are event based such as our collaborations with The Book Jam to raise funds for the Norwich Public Library and several area school’s reading programs – Pages in the Pub and mutilple Book Buzz gatherings. Now in it’s 20th year, our Book Angel program collects hundred’s of books annually for local children, some of whom receive their first ever “very own” book. In addition, we donate books and gift certificates to auctions and other fund raisers – Good Neighbor, Norwich Women’s Club, Montshire Museum, AVA, and various libraries throughout the year.

Red Kite Candy – Many schools (Thetford Elementary, Thetford Academy, Oxbow, Bradford Elementary, Open Fields) for raffles, silent auctions, project grad donations, TA’s 7th grade DC Fundraising), Thetford Elementary PTO, area libraries (Strafford Library, Latham Library (Thetford), Peabody Library (Thetford), Bradford Library, and the Howe Library in Hanover.

South Royalton Market – Donates about $4,000, including fresh summer produce, to community meals and local organizations in the White River Valley.

Three Tomatoes Trattoria – CHaD, Vital Communities, Montshire Museum, LISTEN, AVA Gallery, Upper Valley Haven,Change the World Kids, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Lebanon Opera House, Opera North, VINS, Lebanon Farmers’ Market, West Central Behavioral Health Lebanon, Northern Stage

Trail Break tap + tacos Vital Communities, Green Mountain Club, Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association

U.K. Architects – Owner is a board member of Plan New Hampshire (a statewide advocate of good planning, design, and responsible developement) and member of the West Wheelock Gateway Committee. Staff member is starting a nonprofit trails advocacy group in Woodstock

Woodstock Insurance –  Annual donations to non-profits is about $10,000 including the food shelf, the Woodstock Sr. Center, Pentangle  Council on the Arts, Project Graduation, Billing Farm & Museum, The Union Arena, The Library and many others. Serves on Boards for Woodstock Rotary and Thompson Senior Center.

And don’t forget our many members participating in the 19 Days of  the Upper Valley in support of The Upper Valley Haven To see all of the participating businesses go to the list provided by Upper Valley Haven, some members involved are:

We also have great non-profit members you can support directly:
Whaleback Mountain
Vital Communities
To see all Local First members, please visit our local business directory.
If you are a Local First member not mentioned here, please tell us how you give back – – We want to know.