Events in 2017

13th Annual Holiday Dinner
Monday, December 25

In partnership with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Elks Club, and Temple Sinai among so many other people, businesses, and organizations, we’ll be presenting our FREE 13th Annual Holiday Dinner. We can either deliver a hot meal to your home…..or we’d love to have folks join us at the Elks Club for dinner!

If you or someone you know who’s 50 years or older and would like either a ham or vegetarian lasagna dinner delivered in Chittenden County, please call Age Well at 865-0360 to make a reservation BEFORE Friday, December 15. If it’s AFTER December 15, please call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528. We understand that not everyone in a household might be over the age of 50 and we’ll try to accommodate them, too.

The other option is to join us at the Elks Club, 925 North Avenue in Burlington, on Christmas Day anytime from Noon-3:00pm for a turkey dinner with all the fixings. That meal is free and open to the public. Everyone’s welcome! We can also provide transportation from Chittenden County so please call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 if you’ll need a ride. Otherwise, you don’t need to call and make a reservation—just stop by on Christmas. Happy Holidays!


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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