Around Windham County



Food & Shelter

Bellows Falls Drop-In Center: Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island St., Bellows Falls. 9-10:30 a.m., free breakfast; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., food pantry open, except during lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free lunch. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food pantry. Information: 802-463-2217.

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 60 South Main St., Brattleboro. Food Shelf Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon for seniors and 1-3 p.m. for everyone. Day shelter, shower, fax, phone, food shelf. Information 802-257-5415.


Boys & Girls Club: 3-6 p.m., 17 Flat St., Brattleboro, ages 10-18. 5:30 p.m., Free dinner. Friday Teen Night, 6-11 p.m., for grades 7 through 18 year olds. Bands, DJs, skate jams, and movies. Information: 802-254-5990.

Community Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m., at Whitingham Public Library. For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Snack provided. Information: Early Education Services, 802-254-3742 ext. 111.

KidsPlayce Healthy Snack & Story Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Friday, 20 Elliot Street, with a volunteer from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Free and open participation during the Co-op hour, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play.

Putney Playgroup: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., Putney. For parents or caregivers with children ages 0-2. Storytime, songs. Every Friday. Free. Offered by the Library in partnership with Putney Family Services. Information: 802-387-4407 or

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jamaica Memorial Library. Every Friday. Information: 802-874-4901.

Windham County Activities for Youth: See the Youth Services' H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth! guide to after school and other activities and programs at

Mind & Body

Acupuncture Clinic: 2-6 p.m., Medicine for the People, 125 Main St., Putney. Community clinic. Call ahead for appointment, 802-387-3028. Sliding scale.

Healing Walk: 4-6 p.m., Manitou. Meditative walk includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Rain or shine. 300 Sunset Lake Road, go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right; or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Rt. 9. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. Information: Fred Taylor at, or 802-387-2681.

Meditation: 7:30-8:45 a.m., Biologic Wellness Center, Merchants Bank, 205 Main St., Brattleboro. Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. Free mindfulness class. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 802-387-2382.

Meditation Sitting: Vermont Insight Meditation Center, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Fridays, in Neighbors' Hall, Solar Hill, 229 Western Avenue, Brattleboro.


Inclusion Center: 12:30 - 4 p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church. The Inclusion Center is a free, drop-in, activity center for and by all people with disabilities and interested community members. Activities include creating music videos, presentations on a wide range of topics, games, art and silliness. Visit our website ( for details on each week's activities.

Friday Night Group: 7-8:30 p.m., at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. For LGBTQ-identified youth ages 13-22. Facilitated by two trained LGBTQ adults. Last Friday each month. Free pizza. Sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads in collaboration with Outright Vermont.

Pennywise Pantry: The Brattleboro Food Co-op offers free educational tours to teach you how to shop for the great values we have to offer. These pennywise tools help you stock your kitchen with healthy food no matter how tight your budget. Ongoing, by appointment, Call 802-246-2822.

Volunteers needed: The Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Newfane is in need of volunteers to walk with participants or lead horses in Equine Assisted Activities Program. Training included, horse experience welcome, but not necessary. Call 802-221-4409 or email for more information.

United Way of Windham County: Recruiting volunteers for their free tax preparation program (VITA). Greeters, schedulers and tax preparers are needed. For more information, call Kate or Victoria at 802-257-4011 or email


Brattleboro History Center: 2-4 p.m., Brattleboro Historical Society's new History Center, 196 Main St., Masonic Center. Play an Estey Field Organ made in Brattleboro. November 1895 Vt. Phoenix weeklies. Video/diorama of West River Railroad. Information on Crosby, Estey, and Moody families. Information: 802-258-4957 or


RSVP Volunteer Center: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County has a variety of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, provide rides, mentor in schools, tax-return help, food support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in peoples' lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping seniors and the disabled stay healthy and enjoy living at home longer. For information, call 802-254-7515.

Support groups

AA Hotline: Toll free, 1-877-851-0181.

Thrift shops

Hospice Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Experienced Goods Thrift Shop for Brattleboro Area Hospice, 77 Flat St., Brattleboro. Selling quality clothing, books, housewares, furniture and more. Seeking donations, 802-254-5200.

West Townshend Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., second floor, above, West Townshend Post Office, Route 30. Sponsored by The West River Community Project. Community closet with large selection of men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear; housewares, books, movies and toys.

Worn Again Thrift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Edmund's Catholic Church, Saxtons River. Clothing for all; shoes, boots and sneakers; bedding; household articles; toys. Operated by volunteers of West River Mission of Putney and churches in Putney, Townshend, Stratton Mountain and Saxtons River.


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