Events in 2020

***Update as of October 2020
Because of the COVID 19, we have had to postpone our in-person HANDS programs until further notice. We are so sorry to miss out on seeing your smiling faces. Other programs are listed here. Thank you for your patience and please stay healthy! —Megan Humphrey, Executive Director***

“Holiday Dinner”
Friday, December 25, 2020
Planning has begun for our 18th Annual Holiday Dinner on Christmas Day. Because of COVID, we will NOT have the sitdown dinner at the Elks Club this year, but will deliver hot meals (and giftbags, but please don’t tell any of our diners!) all over Chittenden County to anyone 50 years and older. Age Well takes reservations (from Monday, November 30, until Friday, December 18) and produces our route maps, Burlington School Food Project’s staff and families cook and package the meals, Penny Cluse Café makes the lasagna and other food, Temple Sinai organizes most of the volunteer drivers, and many other businesses and volunteers pitch in to help. It’s a heartwarming community effort to make someone’s holiday season more special. Thank you for lending a hand if you can—please visit our “Wish List” at!

“HANDS in the Dirt” with Charlie Nardozzi
Tuesday, June 23, at 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 26, at 2:00pm
Monday, October 19, at 1:00pm
Gardening expert Charlie presents “HANDS in the Dirt” online workshops since we can’t gather in person. Workshops can be found right here on our website, on CCTV Town Meeting TV’s Channel 17, and on CCTV’s website at

“HANDS in the Kitchen” Nutrition Education Workshops
Because of COVID, Chef Robin Burnett created online workshops instead of meeting together. They can be found here on our website, on CCTV Town Meeting TV’s Channel 17, and on CCTV’s website at

“Healthy Ways to Use Summer Produce”
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Heineberg Senior Community Center, 14 Heineberg Road in Burlington
Chef Robin Burnett presents a “HANDS in the Kitchen” workshop filled with ways to utilize your summer produce. Have too much zucchini, don’t know what to do with all of those tomatoes, want to learn other tips on using those fruits and veggies? Chef Robin has the answers!

With strict health protocols still in place, each workshop is limited in participants. Please register online at or call Adele at 863-3982, x1. Very special thanks to AARP VT, City Market, HANDS, and Hannaford for additional funding.

“Summertime Gardening”
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Heineberg Senior Community Center, 14 Heineberg Road in Burlington
Gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi presents a “HANDS in the Dirt” workshop filled with summertime garden tips. He’ll include hints about watering, problems with bugs, harvesting, and so much more.

With strict health protocols still in place, each workshop is limited in participants. Please register online at or call Adele at 863-3982, x1. Very special thanks to AARP VT, City Market, HANDS, and Hannaford for additional funding.

Heart-Healthy “HANDS in the Kitchen”
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Thayer House, 1197 North Avenue
Please come and join us as we learn heart-healthy ways to eat from Chef Robin.

We’ll cover topics such as healthy meals, cooking techniques, shopping tips, cooking for one, and eating on a budget. We’ll discuss simple sheet pan meals, soups and stews, grown-up salads, sweets, and snacks.

It’s free and open to anyone 50 years or older, but please sign up at the office at Thayer House, email, or call 859-8864 to register. Thanks so much and hope to see you there!

Events in 2019

15th Annual Holiday Dinner
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
We partnered again this year with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Michelle Charron, Elks Club, Penny Cluse Café, and Temple Sinai along with many other individuals and businesses to help provide almost 800 meals and giftbags on Christmas Day. Thanks to everyone who donated items for the giftbags, volunteered to deliver meals, helped giftwrap, volunteered at the Elks Club or put together giftbags at Burlington High School, made a financial donation to offset the cost, and everything in-between! This was a lovely community-wide effort that put some magic in a holiday that can be tough for so many. Thank you!

There were two meal options:
*A hot meal (ham dinner or vegetarian lasagna) delivered anywhere in Chittenden County on Christmas to anyone 50 years or older.


*The Elks Club, 925 North Avenue in Burlington, from Noon-3:00pm on Christmas Day for a sitdown dinner. The event was free and open to all ages. Free transportation was provided.


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, 2019:

Bonnie Acker & John Davis
Benjy Adler & Jaime Williams
Age Well, especially Chris Moldovan, Sara Wool, and all of the delightful staff who take meal reservations
The Arbors at Shelburne, especially Wendy Brodie
Paul Asbell
Kate & Scott Baldwin
Janet Ballantyne
Barrio Bakery
Allison Beach
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
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
Pam Chomsky-Higgins
Heng-Scheng Chuang
Brian Cirelli, in the name of the DeSorgher Family
City Market, especially Allison Hope and Maddy
Peter Clavelle & Betsy Ferries
Clip Snip ‘n Dye, especially Laura Spencer
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
Efficiency Vermont
Elks Lodge of Burlington
Susan Elliot
Mira Fakirananda
Fiona Fenwick
Charlie & Erik Fitzpatrick
Patricia Fontaine
Mitzy, Ed, Arron, & Keelan Foy, Carolyn Harnois, and Ashley Gaudette
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
Rob Healy
Janice Heilmann
Theresa Henckel
Wendy Hess & Michael Monte
Kathy Hibbert
Dan Higgins
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
Mascoma Savings Bank, especially Joy Hastings
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 & Deb Gaynor
Gail & Paul Pinault
Byrd Prentiss
Jenna Pugliese
Quik Cab
Susan Raber Bray
Nick Railsback
Redstone, especially Erik Hoekstra & Kelly
Jean Reinsborough
Residence at Shelburne Bay “Sewing Club” and “Marilyn’s Beads”, especially Ann Cousins
Joan Robinson & Suzi Wizowaty
Rafaela Rodriguez
Maggie Rogers
Margaret Roland
Helene Rondeau
Sarah Rosedahl
T Rugg’s Tavern, especially Marnie, Tom, Shannon, Kevin, Skip, & Andy
Tom Rugg
Claire Samuel
Seventh Generation, especially Chris Lyon
Gail & Tom Shampnois
Gwen Shervington
Tisha Shull
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, & Bob
Vermont Community Garden Network
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Destenie Vital
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi
Village Wine & Coffee, especially Kevin Clayton
Jenny Wagner
Gavin Wallace
Marilyn & Lee Wallace
Joan Watson & Stu McGowan
Casey Webster
Joyce Weicht
Mara & Spencer Welton
White & Burke Real Estate Investment
Michael & Nicole Willard
Jym Wilson
Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault
John Zelig & Kristen Cameron
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.


HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors)

13 St. Louis Street, Burlington VT 05401


Holly Cluse, President

Jon Crystal, Treasurer

Reeve Lindbergh, Advisory Council

Gail Moreau, Consultant

Tim Palmer, Consultant

Cameron Segal, Board Member

Howard Frank Mosher, In Memoriam

Megan J. Humphrey, Founder & Executive Director

“HANDS in the Dirt”
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