Part of what we do is to give back to the community. Here are some examples of how we, through you, give back to the community.
On Friday, January 30, 2015, Essex Community Players of Essex, presented a donation to the organization Women Helping Battered Women of Burlington. The check for $866.80 represented the donations collected by ECP during the two-week run of their fall musical, The Spitfire Grill. Through its “Essex Gives Back” program, ECP gives its patrons the opportunity to make donations to a local charitable organization. WHBW was chosen in this instance because it was felt their mission fit well with the show’s themes, which include women overcoming abusive situations. WHBW helped nearly 5,000 people in 2014 through such services as emergency shelter, transitional housing, economic and legal advocacy, emotional support, and education. Producer Dick Hibbert and Music Director Connie Cooney McDonald presented the check to director Kelly Dougherty and the staff of WHBW.
Getting Sara Married
Thank you to the patrons of Getting Sarah Married, who helped us raise $400 for Women Helping Battered Women of Chittenden County. Pictured here are ECP show Director Donna Boisselle and Producer Jan Kilmer, WHBW Grants Manager Annie Paumgarten, and Development Coordinator Michelle Hough.
Dial M for Murder
Thank you to the patrons of Dial M for Murder, who helped us raise $576 for the hospice program of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties! Pictured below is producer Bruce Finney delivering the donation to VNA President, J. Churchill Hindes.
On August 2, 2011 Dick Hibbert (Producer of The Nerd) presented a check in the amount of $400, to Robert M. Walton, Medical Center Director, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center, White River Junction. This money, generously donated by our loyal audience members, will go to the “Needy Patients Welfare Fund #1015” at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. This fund, which receives no government financial support, is administered by the Chief Social Worker for emergency situations when exploration of all known resources has been exhausted. It may be used to provide Veterans receiving care at White River Junction, with emergency food, housing, transportation or for any other situation where the Social Worker documents an urgent need.
Since The Nerd featured a Vietnam War Veteran as one of its characters, we chose a charity that supports Veterans (of all wars). Our sincere thanks to the local Mac’s Market, Costco and Shaws who donated the cookies and beverages that we offered for sale by donation. One hundred percent of the funds collected went to this VA fund.
If you would like to add your support to Vermont’s Veterans, contributions can be mailed to: Voluntary Services (135), 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009. Checks should be made payable to the VA Medical Center, indicating on the memo line of the check “Needy Patients Welfare Fund #1015.”