Locally owned businesses are rooted in the Upper Valley and donate time and money to the community every month of the year as they support nonprofits, schools, and communities. Keep your dollars where your heart and support the businesses that build our thriving communities. Think Local First this season.
Continuing reading to see just how much Local First Alliance members have contributed this year to help make the Upper Valley a better place to live, work, and play.
Co-op Food Stores – Pennies for Change program collected more than $250,000 for area charities, 2 tons of food donated each week to Willing Hands, and proudly support organizations like Vital Communities, The Upper Valley Haven, LISTEN, and many more.
Mascoma Savings Bank – the bank gives to hundreds of organizations throughout the year through the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation and Bank Sponsorships. Read More
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 – 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.
As a community bank, Ledyard is aware of the hardships and challenges facing individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Thus a significant portion of our charitable donations support organizations that address the needs of those in the low-to-moderate income segment of our communities (we allocate at least one-third of our total contributions budget for this purpose).
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 – Vital Communities, David’s House Golf Tournament, Friends of Morrill Homestead Gallery in the Garden, Howe Library Classic Mini Golf Fundraising Event, Lebanon Opera House The Logger sponsor, Marion Cross School PTO newsletter sponsor, Montshire Museum Fiddlehead Fling Benefit Raiser, New Hampshire Audubon Society annual meeting sponsor, Northern Stage Noise Off, Norwich Historical Center House & Garden Tour, Opera North Singers & Swingers, Our Lady of the Snows Golf Tournament sponsor, Pomfret/Teago Volunteer Fire Department Ox Pull, Prosper Valley School Harvest Supper, Thompson Senior Center Valentine’s Day Auction, Upper Valley Haven Longest Drive Sponsor for Golf Tournament, Woodstock Boys Varsity Hockey Golf Tournament sponsor, Woodstock Recreation Center Hole sponsor for Golf Tournament, Woodstock Ski Runners Hole sponsor for Golf Tournament, Woodstock’s Spectrum Teen Center John Langhan’s Run, Zack’s Place Turkey Trot, Sustainable Woodstock/Woodstock’s East End
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
Systems Plus Computers – Supports over 100 local organizations each year. Read more.
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 – Space on Main (a new 7,000 sq ft nonprofit community-based coworking, maker, conference, event, and gallery space in the heart of the VT/NH Cohase Region fostering entrepreneurship, collaboration, creativity, and innovation), Montshire Museum, Ava Gallery, Mentoring Project, Upper Valley Haven, Connecticut Valley Fair, West Newbury Backroom-Neighbors Sharing with Neighbors, Oxbow High School – Autism Program, Newbury 5th and 6th graders, Watch them grow Children’s center-Bradford and Newbury, West Newbury Hall Committee’s Annual Summer Festival 8th Annual Hope for Hannah CF Horseshoe Tournament
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
Hubert’s Family Outfitters of West Lebanon – Hubert’s is a big supporter of the communities they serve making annual donations to regional youth sports programs including several soccer programs , Lebanon basketball and baseball, and Hartford, Claremont, New London, Newport, and Peterboro baseball.
Hubert’s is yearly supporter of Lebanon Parks and Recreation program, Newport Recreation Center, Claremont Recreation Centers, Arrowhead, CHAD, the Prouty, Good Beginnings, Valley Regional Visiting Nurses, New London Hospital Days, Valley Regional Hospital Golf Tournament, and many road races to foster the health of community members.
Support for the arts and education include: Lebanon Opera House, Claremont Opera House, New London Barn, Peterborough Players, Newport Art Center, concerts on the common, Newport Winter Carnival, Newport and New London Historical Society. Hubert’s supports library arts centers at Richards, Fisk Free, and Kilton libraries, and a variety of community events such as local school plays, honor society, yearbook, teams, organizations and class fundraisers, and Dollar for Scholars.
We are and have been proud supporters of Grafton County Senior Center, Claremont, Newport Senior Centers Wise, Listen, Turning Point Network, Claremont Soup Kitchen, Newport Food Pantry, United Way, Southwestern Community Services, Shelter From the Storm, Cornucopia, Livable communities, local farmers market, Sargent Land trust, friends of Mt. Sunapee, We have partner with Lebanon, Newport,Claremont Peterboro Rotary and Sunapee lions on specific fundraiser to support local communities
Some of the larger endowment renovation projects include: Twin State Maker Space, Eagle Block, New London Hospital Expansion, Claremont Community Center, The Brown Block, Grafton Senior Center Expansion, Corbin Covered, Newport Railroad covered bridges, Sullivan County Dental Program, Richard Library renovation, Library Arts Center endowment.
The Hubert family have donated countless hours on various committees and boards to support and improve our communities (Richards Library board, NH Fish and Game, Sullivan County Sportsman Club, Economic Corporation of Newport member, New London and Newport Chamber, Newport PTO, Richard School renovations committee, Newport Education Foundation, Citizens Leading for Environmental Responsibility (CLEAR), Newport Recycling Committee, and ACTs.
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 Norwich for the Upper Valley Haven organized by Local First Alliance member, Dan & Whit’s! 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:
If you are a Local First Alliance member not mentioned here, please tell us how you give back – Nancy@VitalCommunities.org
– We want to know.