Events in 2017

13th Annual Holiday Dinner
Monday, December 25

In partnership with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Michelle Charron, Elks Club, and Temple Sinai among so many other people, businesses, and organizations, we presented our FREE 13th Annual Holiday Dinner. We delivered hot meals all over Chittenden County and helped serve more meals at the Elks Club. A total of 500 seniors received meals and giftbags! Thank you to everyone who decided to lend a hand.

Happy New Year and stay tuned for more gardening and nutrition education programs in 2018!

HANDS would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for helping to provide the holiday spirit for so many others! Here’s our “Gratitude List” as of December 29, 2017:

Bonnie Acker

Benjy Adler & Jaime Williams

Age Well, especially Chris Moldovan and all of the delightful staff who takes meal reservations


Anonymous, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey

The Arbors at Shelburne, especially Wendy Brodie

Celia & Paul Asbell

Tammy & Bob Avonda

Elizabeth Badolato

Jill Badolato & her elves

Kate Baldwin

Janet Ballantyne

Barrio Bakery

Tara Bartlik

Allison Beach

Melodie Bean

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Jen Berger

Meg Berlin

Birchwood Nursing Center

Zoe Bishop

Carla & Scott Bond

Bove’s of Vermont, especially Mark Bove

Beth-Ann Bove

Susan Buchanan

Sarah, Adam, Charlie, & Hazel Buchwald and Judith Eisenberg

James Buck

Burlington Electric Department

Burlington Health & Rehab

Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront

Burlington School District

Burlington School Food Project, especially Doug Davis & Mitzy Foy

and their families

Robin Burnett

Whytnee Bush

Deb Cahill

Nick Carr & Colleen Stem

In memory of Lucille Carroll

Laurie Caswell-Burke

Cathedral Square Corporation

Dave Chafetz, Temple Sinai

Champlain Chocolates

Beth & Walt Chapman

Ann & Alan Charron

Michelle Charron

Chattering Hens: Kenneth & Shelly Letourneau, Doris Shortsleeve, Pebbles Shortsleeve, Cindy Gordon, Linda Aldrich, Debora Lamphere, Rita Benedict, & Mitzy Foy

Pam Chomsky-Higgins

Heng-Scheng Chuang

Brian Cirelli, in the name of the DeSorgher Family

City Market, especially Allison Hope and Alex Hubbard

Peter Clavelle & Betsy Ferries

Clip Snip ‘n Dye, especially Laura Spencer

In honor of Holly Cluse

Holly Cluse & Charles Reeves

Blaine Coakley

Wendy Coe & Gene Bergman

Margaret Coleman

Mags Conant

Shelagh Cooley

Lakshmi Courcy

Ann & Barry Cousins

Vine Crandall

Jon Crystal & Beverly Blakeney

Ann & Fred Curran, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey

Doug & Robyn Davis

Denny DeCoff

Linda Deliduka

Craig Deslaurier

Mike & Bethany Dever

Digger’s Mirth, especially Hilary Martin

Sue Dodds

Siobhan Donegan & Vince Brennan

Dot’s Market, especially Lori Jarvis

Carina Driscoll and Tess & Blake Ewoldsen

Efficiency Vermont

Elks Lodge of Burlington

Susan Elliot

Mira Fakirananda

Fiona Fenwick

Charlie & Erik Fitzpatrick

Patricia Fontaine

Julie Foster & Will Thompson

Mitzy, Ed, Arron, & Keelan Foy, Ashley Gaudette, and Carolyn Harnois

Tina Freeman & Rob Healy

Audrey French & Craig Conover

Michael Giangreco

Tina & Tim Gibbo

Lisa Gibbons

Melanie Goodman

Cindy Gordon

Nicole Goulette, in memory of Pauline J. Paul

Andrea Grayson, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey

Green Mountain Bee Farm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Val & Dieter Gump

Gaby Gurt & Markus Thali

Henry Hagar

Laura Hale

Lindsey, Josh, & Aila Halman

Leslie & Zach Halperin and Brian, Isaac, & Ella Dunkiel

Amy Hamlin

Erin Hanley & David Weinstein


Happy to Help Caregivers & Seniors, especially Monica Morano

Kristine Harbour

Zoe Hardy, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey and in memory of Martha

Harrington’s of Vermont, especially Cheryl

Janice Heilmann

Theresa Henckel

Wendy Hess & Michael Monte

Kathy Hibbert

Dan Higgins

Carla Hochschild

Erik Hoekstra

Doug Hoffer

Christy Hotaling & Dave Berg

Jennifer Howard, by request of Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault

Chris Howell

Lisa M. Hughes

Amie Humphrey Facendola

David & Noelle Humphrey

Megan Humphrey & Terry Hotaling, in memory of Muriel & Richard Humphrey and Madlyn & Grover Hotaling

Maureen Humphrey

Jim Huntington

Jess Hyman & Sean Melinn

Integrated Arts Academy, especially Amanda Major & Judy Klima

Amy Jelen

Jo-Ann Fabrics

Mark Johnson & Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Amy Johnston

Rachel Jolly & Adam Walker

Ann Joppe-Mercure

Tom & Sarah Joslin, in memory of Grace & Wyman Smith and Allyn B. White

Joanne Kalisz

In memory of Dr. Ed & Ione Keenan

Colby Kervick & Garth Allen

Klinger’s Bread Company

Jennie Kristel

Janice Lara & Ken Russack

Mark & Mariah Larson and Amy Livingston

Staci & Seth Lasker

Christina Lauterbach & Luke Purvis

Ann Leddy Charron

Jim & Clorinda Leddy

Candis & Jamie Leopold

Roni Lesage

Bess Levison & Karl Lukhaup

Ann Lipsitt

Wendy Livingston

Maurice Mahoney & Tony

Jackie Majoros & Bob Kiss

Martie Majoros

Arnie Malina

Yvette Mason

Shelly Masson

Nina & John Mazuzan

Annie McCormick

Suzie McCoy

Stephen Mease

Art Mitchell

Marleen Moore

Gail & Tom Moreau

Helen Murdock

Nance Nahmias

Charlie Nardozzi

Katie & Lou Natale

Melissa Nelson

Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group

Manny Neuzil

North Avenue News

Moe O’Hara & Matt Gang

Bill Orleans

Maura O’Sullivan & Joe Speidel

Ernie Palasits, in memory of Sean Stem

Tim Palmer

Shaun Parker

Melissa Pasanen

Karen Paul & Mark Saba

Holly Pedrini

Penny Cluse Café

Bitzi Phillips

Steve Pilcher

Gail & Paul Pinault

Jon Pinault

Steve & Betsy Pond

Byrd Prentiss

Jenna Pugliese

Quick Cab

Susan Raber Bray

Nick Railsback

Lynne Reed

Jean Reinsborough

Residence at Shelburne Bay “Sewing Club” and “Marilyn’s Beads”, especially Ann Cousins

Joan Robinson & Suzi Wizowaty

Loretta Roby

Rafaela Rodriguez

Maggie Rogers

Margaret Roland

Helene Rondeau

Sarah Rosedahl

T Rugg’s Tavern, especially Marnie, Tom, Shannon, Kevin, Andy, & Turk

Tom Rugg

Susi Ryan

Claire Samuel

Seventh Generation, especially Chris Lyon

Gail & Tom Shampnois

Shelburne Orchards, especially Nick Cowles

Shelburne Supermarket, especially Paul

Gwen Shervington

Tisha Shull

Sleeping Well/Z Quiet, per request of Ki McClennan

Mark & Linda Snelling

St. John’s Club

Starr Farm Nursing Center staff, especially Darcy Froeter

Lisa Steele

Trice Stratmann

Kathleen & Rob Swanson

Sweet Basil Cards

Kristina Sweet

Peter Swift

Léna Szumowski

Kathie Taylor

Todd & Alicia Taylor

Temple Sinai Meal Delivery Crew

Terra Madre donors

Terrell Titus

Fran Tobin

Kim Torrey

Becky Trudeau

Matt Tucker, Small Systems Consulting

Vantage Press, especially Sean, Melodie, Staci, & Bob

Vermont Community Garden Network

Vermont Cranberry Company

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Paula Willoquet-Maricondi

Village Wine & Coffee, especially Kevin Clayton

Jenny Wagner

Gavin Wallace

Marilyn & Lee Wallace

Joan Watson & Stu McGowan

Casey Webster

Joyce Weicht

Ren Weiner

Mara & Spencer Welton

White & Burke Real Estate Investment

Michael & Nicole Willard

Jym Wilson

Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault

Enid Wonnacott

John Zelig & Kristen Cameron

Terry Zigmund

Ali Zipparo

Tali, Roni, & Galina Zuckerman

If we neglected to mention someone, please forgive us. We appreciate everything that you’ve done and apologize for the oversight. And please let us know so that we can add your name to the list!

As always, very special thanks to Terry T. Hotaling for helping Megan Humphrey during the wildly busy holiday season with his patience, schlepping, and living with boxes all over the house.

Holly Cluse, President

Jon Crystal, Treasurer

Reeve Lindbergh, Advisory Council

Gail Moreau, Consultant

Tim Palmer, Consultant

Howard Frank Mosher, In Memoriam

Megan J. Humphrey, Founder & Executive Director


Grandma Mapes with the hand she created for the show and auction

5th Annual “A Show of HANDS” Silent Auction
Thursday, March 30, 2017
About 100 decorated wooden hands adorned the walls during March. On the 30th, we held a Silent Auction. Proceeds directly benefit our HANDS programs. We had light appetizers, a cash bar, and much laughter. Special thanks to all of the artists who donated their work; Matt Gang for cutting out the hands;, Shelburne Orchards, and Peter Swift for this year’s sponsorship; Penny Cluse Café and the staff there; our amazing volunteers; this year’s MC Carla Bond; and board members Carla Bond, Holly Cluse, and Jon Crystal. ****Special Announcement: Vermont artist Warren Kimble donated a gorgeous hand so we had a live auction at on that hand only. Thank you, Warren!*** If you’d like to see all of the hands in this year’s show, please go to Thank you and hope to see you next year!

Warren Kimble “Vermont Farm”


Please check out the “Stuck in Vermont” episode by Eva Sollberger and James Buck of Seven Days that showcased the 2016 Holiday Dinner.

“HANDS in the Dirt”
Created by videographer Sam Mayfield
Please watch the full movie below (Thanks to samayfield!):


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