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NELSON, N.H. >> The 14th Annual 5k Road Race to benefit Linda's Closet in Keene will take place Saturday morning, Sept. 10. The race starts at Nelson Elementary school and continues around scenic Granite Lake. Walk-in registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30 a.m.
A long-time favorite event or local runners and supporters of Linda's Closet, all ages are welcome to participate. Those interested can register at www.lindascloset.org or email@example.com. Find Linda's Closet on Facebook for more information.
Walk-ins are welcome and the first 100 registered runner and walkers receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag.
Linda's Closet is a living memorial to the late Linda Oliver who created the concept of a clothing resource to assist women who, in her words, "are trying to set goals for themselves." To honor that request, Linda's Closet offers clean, ready to wear clothing to women wishing to improve their appearance for job interviews, work or school. The goal is to provide free, up-to-date, stylish clothing for women for work and school situations in all sizes. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and accepts clothing donations which are available at the boutique located at 29 Center St. in Keene.
Everyone is welcome to visit Linda's Closet and women are encouraged to try on the fashionable items available free of charge. Linda's Closet serves women in the Keene and Brattleboro area. All of the proceeds from the 5k will go to support Linda's Closet.
Groundworks Collaborative to hold sixth annual Hike for the Homeless
BRATTLEBORO >> Groundworks Collaborative will hold its sixth annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, N.H.
There will be two start times, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., each beginning at the Mountain Road trailhead in Hinsdale (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro). Registration begins at 9:30 for the 10 a.m. start, and at noon for the 12:30 p.m. start.
Whether hiking to the summit or walking the River Trail at the mountain's base, participants can anticipate spectacular fall-foliage views of the town of Brattleboro. Hikers may raise funds individually (a minimum of $50 is suggested) or as a team (suggested minimum $250). All proceeds from the Hike benefit Groundworks' programs to house and support families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Brattleboro and surrounding communities.
Groundworks Collaborative is the organization that was created in June 2015 from the merger of Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. Groundworks offers food, shelter, and supportive services to roughly 1500 people per year. Groundworks Shelter provides 30 beds for families and individuals — serving roughly 100 people per year, while the Seasonal Overflow Shelter (for which a location has not yet been determined for this coming winter) provided a warm place to sleep and a nightly meal for 204 unduplicated people last winter. Additionally, Groundworks operates the region's busiest Food Shelf, provides housing case management for over 100 area households, and is a financial intermediary for over 50 people receiving Social Security disability benefits who have trouble balancing a fixed monthly budget.
Groundworks Drop In Center on South Main Street is a day shelter — offering a place of belonging where those with nowhere else to go can take a shower, do a load of laundry, check mail and email, use a phone, prepare a meal, and get a hot cup of coffee.
"While it always seems to be an uphill battle, we're making great progress in housing both families and individuals who've been without housing in our community," said Executive Director Josh Davis. "In the past 12 months we've successfully housed 25 chronically homeless individuals. That's unprecedented in this community. We're also working with the Vermont State Housing Authority to rapidly re-house families on the shortest timeline ever – moving families out of Groundworks Shelter and into stable housing an average of six months sooner than before."
According to Libby Bennett, Groundworks' Development Director, Hike for the Homeless is one of the organization's largest annual fundraisers. "We have come to rely on the amazing generosity of supporters in the community — those participating as hikers, sponsors, or contributors to the efforts of our hikers — to help us raise a significant portion of our Annual Fund." Bennett said in years past as many as 150 participants have raised over $20,000 to help house those experiencing homelessness in the community. The goal for this year's Hike is $25,000.
Those who wish to participate in Hike for the Homeless by fundraising, hiking, or contributing to a participant, may visit GroundworksVT.org clicking on the EVENTS tab for links to register, donate and fundraise. Refreshments will be available for all registered participants. Great prizes (including a one-month membership at the Outer Limits Health Club; and gift certificates to Peter Havens, and Sam's Outdoor Outfitters; among others) will be awarded to top fundraising hikers. Questions may be directed to Libby Bennett at lbennett@GroundworksVT.org, or 802-257-0066, ext. 1101.
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