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Rotary raffle tickets now available

The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club is selling tickets for its annual dinner raffle to raise funds for Project Feed the Thousands and other Rotary projects.

This year's first prize is five $100 gift certificates to the following Brattleboro-area restaurants: Duo, Whetstone Station, Panda North, Echo and Peter Havens. Second-place prize is a $100 gift certificate to The Marina Restaurant, and the third-place prize is a $50 gift certificate to the Vermont Country Deli.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or a package of five for $20, and are available through any Brattleboro Sunrise Rotarian or by contacting either Jason, 802-380-0848, or Toni, 802-254-0047.

Members of the public can also purchase tickets Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro, during the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's weekly meeting. The raffle drawing will be held on Dec. 6.

The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 at the American Legion Post 5. More than 35 members of the club work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes. The public is always welcome.

Tax assistance volunteers needed

Want to help your neighbors become more financially stable? Have a few hours free each week this winter? The United Way of Windham County is seeking volunteers to schedule appointments, greet participants and prepare tax returns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The VITA program helps families keep more of their earned income through free federal and state tax return preparation by trained volunteers. The program runs weekly in Brattleboro from Feb. 1 to April 12, with daytime, evening and Saturday volunteer shifts available. Volunteers are vital to the success of the program. No previous experience is required, and free training is provided.

Last year, 16 VITA volunteers provided 1,180 total hours of service equaling $30,000 in donated volunteer time. They prepared nearly 580 tax returns, providing more than $660,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits and refunds to the local economy.

To learn more, come to a VITA Volunteer Open House on Nov. 14, at either noon or 5 p.m. at the United Way of Windham County's office, 1 Holstein Place. Meet experienced VITA tax volunteers, learn about the training offered, and get your questions about the program answered. For more information on becoming a VITA volunteer or to RSVP, call 802-257-4011, ext. 116 or email


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