The holidays are a time of joy and giving but for our Local First Alliance members, being charitable is a year-round endeavor. Our local businesses make it a point to re-invest in the community no matter the time of year. We ask that when you go out to eat, shop for that perfect present, or search your Connecticut River Valley Yellow Pages (also an LFA member), that you ‘think local first’. Our members are taking your money and putting it right back where it belongs – HERE, in our home towns. Don’t believe us? Just check out this list of giving by our members and make it a point to patronize the ones donating to your favorite charities and non-profits, both local and national.

Co-op Food Stores – 2 tons of food donated each week to Willing Hands as well as support to organizations like Vital Communities, The Upper Valley Haven, and LISTEN

Mascoma Savings Bank – $900,000 in direct support for NH and VT based community organizations in 2013 alone. Read More

Chippers – Montshire Museum, Northern Stage, Thompson Senior Center, Howe Library, Opera North, New London Barn Playhouse, Woodstock Recreation Center, Woodstock Spectrum Teen Center, Pomfret Volunteer Fire Department, Upper Valley Haven, Zack’s Place, Artistree, Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Friends of Hanover Crew, Woodstock and Norwich Historical Society, Randolph Garden Club, Hanover and Woodstock Rotary, Upper Valley Humane Society, Woodstock Union High School Football & Basketball, Change the World Kids, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Preservation Education Institute Historic Windsor, Woodstock Food Shelf, Woodstock Union High School and Hanover Project Grad, Prosper Valley Elementary School

Great Eastern Radio – Central Vermont Salvation Army, Vital Communities, New Hampshire Food Bank, and their Community Cares Project

King Arthur Flour – Hunger Free Vermont, Vital Communities, Upper Valley Haven, and their Bake For Good: Kids program. Read more

Lake Sunapee Bank – Over 50 community organizations and initiatives like Operation Backpack, Newport Opera House, the Upper Valley Humane Society, and David’s House. Read More

LaValley Building Supply – Northern Stage, David’s House, Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership, Vital Communities

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

Ledyard National Bank – Over 40 charities and non-profit organizations in the Upper Valley like CHaD, Hopkins Center, and Alice Peck Day Hospital. Read More

Salt hill Pub – Lebanon Parks & Rec., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Operation Warm Initiative (100% of funds raised purchase jackets for kids in the Upper Valley), Sacred Heart Food Drive, Upper Valley Humane Society, Newport Food Pantry, WISE, Warner Youth Sports Assoc., Justin Rollins Ride, Newport High School through Tom & Judy Tuohy Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club, New England Handicapped Sportsman’s Assoc., Lebanon High School Golf Team, Wounded Warrior Project, David’s House, CHaD, Hanover Rotary, Lebanon CCBA, Vital Communities

Systems Plus Computers – The CEO volunteers for the Norwich Volunteer Fire Department and supports over 100 local organizations each year. Read more

Chase Brook Software – Hanover Conservancy, Howe Library, Hanover Rotary, Hanover High School Soccer Program

Christian Roys Hair Salon – Hartford High School Food Shelf, The Revolution Fashion Show benefitting a different charity/non-profit each year

Copeland Furniture Company Store – Montshire Museum, AVA Gallery, Bradford Conservation Commission, Mentoring Project

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 it’s coverage area. Read more.

Got Weeds? – Rural Vermont, NOFA VT, VT Food Atlas, 350 VT, VT Food Bank, Royalton Community Radio, Farm to Ballet, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Henderson’s Tree Service – Vital Communities

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

Longacres’ Nursery Center – Wounded Warrior Project

Mike’s Store & Deli – CHaD, Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, Upper Valley Haven, Damon Hall 100th Anniversay, Hartland Schools, Hartford Schools, Windsor Schools

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

Silver Screen Printing – Hartford High School Football, Hartford High School Project Grad

South Royalton Market – Red Door Church, Royalton Senior Center, South Royalton School, Royalton/Tunbridge/Sharon Food Shelves

Three Tomatoes Trattoria – Norwich Education Fund, 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

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 non-proft trails advocacy group in Woodstock

Upper Valley Ride – Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities

Von Bargen’s Jewelry – Norwich Women’s Club, Special Needs Support Center, American Heart Go Red for Women, Special Olympics, Northern Stage, Howe Library, AVA Gallery, Upper Valley Haven, Opera North, Montshire Museum, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, March of Dimes, Upper Valley Humane Society, The Family Place

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

And don’t forget our many members participating in the 19 Days of Norwich for the Upper Valley Haven organized by LFA member, Dan & Whit’s
Designer Gold, King Arthur Flour, Ledyard National Bank, Long River Gallery & Gifts, Lufkin Graphic Design, Lulu Web Design, Lyme Country Store, Mascoma Savings Bank, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich Times, Systems Plus Computers, Three Tomatoes Trattoria

For more great members, please visit our local business directory and check out their holiday events and sales on our calendar!

If you are a Local First Alliance member not mentioned here, please tell us how you give back – – We want to know.