Nonprofit news and notes: West Brattleboro Association receives $2k award


WEST BRATTLEBORO >> The West Brattleboro Association has been awarded $2,000 from the Thomas Thompson Trust to support WBA's Neighborhoods Project, formed more than four years ago to strengthen neighborhood ties in the West Brattleboro area. The funds will be used to provide seed money and material support for volunteer efforts to bring neighbors together in ways appropriate to each neighborhood.

Due to this program in the past, several West Brattleboro neighborhoods have been able to fund gardens, flower beds, field trips, senior meals, tree plantings, and outdoor cinema events.

The WBA is an all-volunteer organization and is a Vermont and federal non-profit. It is a community development organization with a 12-year history of working to re-establish a sense of identity in West Brattleboro. Its purpose is to promote the thoughtful and effective evolution of the community of West Brattleboro as a place that is safe, healthy, attractive, and prosperous.

To contact The Neighborhoods Project, email Nancy Barber,, to obtain a mini-grant application.

'Change' their lives

Winchester, N.H. >> Draft Gratitude, a nonprofit draft horse rescue, will host "Change Their Lives," on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an open barn visiting day for all ages where one can empty their pockets or pocketbooks of accumulated heavy change to donate to the horses, then grab a brush or a carrot and give the rescued draft horses some love.

Draft Gratitude welcomes visitors to take part in "Change Their Lives," the first Saturday of every month. Donations will go directly toward meeting the highest needs of the draft horses in our care. This is a great opportunity to meet the horses and learn more about the important work they do saving unwanted draft horses.

Draft Gratitude, established in 2014, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted draft horses. Once rescued, the draft horses are rehabilitated and will either be available for adoption or stay in sanctuary at the 23 acre farm.

Learn more about Draft Gratitude, its mission and how you can get involved at or call 603-762-3266.


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