Lend a HAND

One way to get involved with HANDS is to consider a financial donation to ensure that we can provide services and events each year for older adults in Vermont. Even a small donation on your part goes a LONG way to improve the quality of life of the seniors we serve. You may donate online via PayPal. If you would like, we would be happy to list a donation “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone special to you. If you would like to send a check, that would also be fine. Please make it out to HANDS and mail it to 13 St. Louis Street, Burlington VT 05401. Thank you so much!

We accept checks, PayPal or Venmo for your generous donations

Arlene Woods Giving Fund

picture of Arlene Woods
Arlene Woods

Burlington resident Arlene Woods turned 90 on October 5, 2020. In honor of this very special occasion, HANDS was pleased to announce the “Arlene Woods Giving Fund.” The mission of HANDS is to get food to low-income seniors and Arlene’s been a supporter for many years. “Arlene gave to many people in so many ways over the years and we wanted to honor a remarkable woman,” said Executive Director Megan J. Humphrey.

Arlene lived in Vermont for 57 years, thinking that it was special here because of the great opportunities, a good place to bring up children, and the political outlook. She had 5 children, 2 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Arlene was an avid artist and a former member of the Essex Art League and Northern Vermont Artist Association. She was an avid gardener with her backyard named “The Enchanted Forest”. She loved to harvest and then cook her vegetables. Arlene was a Patriots, Red Sox, and UVM hockey fan and supported the North Burlington Little League fundraising efforts. She loved to go fishing, camping, and frequented the Swans Of New England casino tours. When asked about turning ninety, Arlene said “I made it!  I didn’t think I’d make it because of all the years with health issues.”

Arlene with her daughters in a car
Arlene with daughters Arlette, Linda, and Donna at Heineberg Senior Center’s 90+ birthday celebration

Arlene believed that helping others is important—she loved people and wanted to be kind to those who could use a helping hand. If you would like to donate to the “Arlene Woods Giving Fund” in memory of Arlene and in support of our programs, please donate and select the “Arlene Woods Giving Fund”, or mail a check to HANDS, 13 St. Louis Street, Burlington VT 05401. Thank you so much! We are so sorry that we lost you, dear Arlene.

Our Gratitude List

HANDS would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for helping us out this year. Thank you! Here’s our “Gratitude List” from January 1 through December 31, 2020:

AALV, especially Alisha Laramee
AARP Vermont, especially Kelly Stoddard-Poor & Laura McDonough
Bonnie Acker & John Davis
Age Well, especially Chris Moldovan, Jordan Anthony, Tracey Shamberger, Jane
Catton, Lisa Many, Anne Biafore, and all of the other delightful staff
Gail & Ken Albert
Beth Alpert
Karin Ames
Randy & Jane Amis
Emily Anderson
Janica Anderzén
Anonymous
The Arbors at Shelburne, especially Wendy Brodie & staff
Lisa Arnall
Paul Asbell
August First, especially Jodi Whalen
Katarina Bacevicius
Jill Badolato
Julie Baer
Marianne Balczuk
Jeremy & Christine Baldwin
Kate & Scott Baldwin
Janet Ballantyne
David Balukjian
Michale Barber
Barge Canal Market
Alison Barges
Nicolette Baron
Barrio Bakery, especially Leah Daws & Ryan Bunce
Allison Beach
Bonnie Beck
Ben & Jerry’s Community Action Team
Benevity Community Impact
Benida Group, on behalf of the Miller Family
Heather Benjamin
Dennis & Donna Benoit, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Diane Bensel
Jen Berger
Meg Berlin
Zoe Bishop
Black River Meats, especially James Curran
Black River Produce, especially James Curran
Ian Blakey
Bob Bolyard
Bombas, especially Jesse Bridges
Carla & Scott Bond
Patricia Bosley
Beth-Ann Bove, in honor of Sue Greissel
Amelia Brogna
Rebekah Bruner
Molly Bucci
Susan Buchanan & Steve Brown
Erin Buckwalter & Mike Shepard
Sarah, Adam, Charlie, & Hazel Buchwald
Paul Bullis
Gigi Bunch
Burlington Board of Finance
Burlington Electric Department
Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront
Burlington School District
Burlington School Food Project, especially Doug Davis & Mitzy Foy and
their families
Robin Burnett
Kristin Burns
Debbi Burton
Kortnee Bush & Erik Hoekstra
Whytnee Bush
Patricia Calvagna-Lusk & Franklin Lusk
Kristen Cameron & John Zelig
Lynne Cardozo
Amy Carmola
Sarah Carpenter
Ed Carroll
Mary Claire Carroll
Susan Cartwright, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Cathedral Square Corporation
CCTV Town Meeting TV, especially Lauren-Glenn Davitian
Rhiannon Champagne
Beth & Walt Chapman
Stacy Charbonneau
Linda Chartrand
Ann & Alan Charron
Jeanne Chenoweth
Chile Colorado
Chittenden County Correctional Center Residents
Pam Chomsky-Higgins
Heng-Scheng Chuang
Julie Citorik
City Market, especially Caroline Aubry & Mae Quilty
City Market Seedling Grant
Mindy Clawson
Peter Clavelle & Betsy Ferries
Will Clavelle
Karen I. Claxton
Holly Cluse & Charles Reeves
Wendy Coe & Gene Bergman
Lorrie Colburn
Community Economic Development Office, especially Will Clavelle,
Marcella Gange, Brian Lowe, & Luke McGowan
Jeanne Comouche
Mags & Steve Conant
Faye Conte Mack
Shelagh Cooley
Emily Copeland & Pete Land
Heather Corey
Jacqueline Corning
Karen Cote
Ann & Barry Cousins
Janice Couture
Moriah Cowles
Nick Cowles
Dana Cox
Connie & David Craig
Vine Crandall, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Liz Curry
Jon Crystal & Beverly Blakeney
Ann & Fred Curran
Bob Davis, in memory of Bob & Charlotte Davis
Doug & Robyn Davis
Julie Davis
Katy Davis
Marie Davis
Lauren-Glenn Davitian & Mark Johnson
Linda Deliduka
Cathy Diamond
Dave DiElsi
Linda Dion, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Luke Dion, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Linda DiSante
Sue Dodds
Siobhan Donegan & Vince Brennan
Deborah Donovan, in memory of Judith H. Shaw
Dot’s Market, especially Lori Jarvis
Carina Driscoll & Blake Ewoldsen
Peg Dumas
Libby Dunbar
Ella Dunkiel
Kirby Dunn
Shanta Eastman
Efficiency Vermont
Charles Elioseff
Elks Lodge 916 of Burlington, especially Exalted Ruler Beth
Dusablon & Rosaire
Elks National Foundation
Skye Ellicock
Susan Elliot
Laura Engelken
Everyone Eats
Blake Ewoldsen
Mira Fakirananda
Lisa Falcone
Barbara & Jeffrey Farran, in honor of Robin Merritt
Myra Fassler
Paul Fassler & Ann Lipsitt, in honor of the Pasackow Family
Whitney Feininger
Fiona Cooper Fenwick
Barbara Ferdinand
Kali Ferguson
Bonnie Ferro
Luanne Firlik
Charlie & Erik FitzPatrick
Patricia Fontaine
Megan Foster
Fountain Fund
Mitzy, Ed, Arron, & Keelan Foy, Carolyn Harnois, and Ashley Gaudette
Allison Frazier
Peter Freiermuth
Audrey French & Craig Conover
Suzanne Friedberg
Scott Friedman
Boris & Marybeth Funtow
Gannett Foundation
Jaydenne Garbarino
Angie Gatesy & Gordon Lysle
Sasha & David Gawlik
Carol Geske
Michael Giangreco
Tina & Tim Gibbo
Lisa Gibbons
Catherine Gibson
Eileen Girling
Adam Glaser
Evan Goldsmith
Kitty Goldsmith
Doug Goodman
Melanie Goodman
Nicole Goulette, in honor of Pauline J. Paul
Sallie Gouverneur
Janet Grady
Jess Graham
Justin Graham
Tara Graham
Green Mountain Bee Farm
Kara, Ginny, & Lisa Greenblott
Geoff Greene
David Grist & Andrew Silva
Val & Dieter Gump
Michael Guo
Gaby Gurt & Markus Thali
Ellen Hacker
Henry Hagar
Jeffrey Hagstrom
Lindsey, Josh, & Aila Halman
Leslie & Zach Halperin
Amy Hamlin
Beth Hammond
HANDS Board: Holly Cluse, Jon Crystal, Cameron Segal, Mara Welton, and
Advisors Gail Moreau, Reeve Lindbergh, Howard Frank Mosher (in
memoriam), & Tim Palmer
Hannaford, especially John Michaelides, Jeff Robinson, & Brian Fabre
Amanda Hannaford
Happy to Help Caregivers & Seniors, especially Monica Morano
Kristine Harbour
Zoe Hardy
Annie Harlow
Rosemeryl Harple
Deb Hartshorn
Hannah Hauser
Gregory Hayden in honor of Sue Dodds
Healthy Living, especially Nina Lesser-Goldsmith
Carol Heffer
Janice Heilmann
Heineberg Community Senior Center, especially Camielle Aylwin, Kerry
Batres, & Beth Hammond
Theresa Henckel
Gail Henderson-King
Wendy Hess & Michael Monte
Kathy Hibbert
Dan Higgins
Bard Hill
Val Hird
Michelle & Ethan Hobbs
Paul Hobbs
Carla Hochschild, in memory of John Barbour
Hoehl Family Foundation
Doug Hoffer
Barbara Hollingdale
Andrea & Dana Houlihan
Lindsey Huddle
Amie Humphrey Facendola
David & Noelle Humphrey
Megan Humphrey & Terry Hotaling, in memory of Muriel & Richard
Humphrey and Madlyn & Grover Hotaling
Hunger Free Coalition
Hunger Free Vermont
Kathleen Hurley & John Gallagher
Jess Hyman & Sean Melinn
Marty Illick & Marty Dinnan
Monika Ivancic
Ginny Iverson
Jake’s ONE Market, especially James Kerrigan & Martin Bromirski
Caroline Jalbert
Liz Jaquette
Liz Jarvis
Michelle Jeffery Owens
Amy Jelen
Rachel Jolly & Adam Walker
Ann Joppe-Mercure
Kathi Johnson-Turnbaugh
Sarah Judd & Michael Nedell
Howard Kalfus
Joanne Kalisz
Connie Keedle
Kathy Keenan, in memory of Dr. Ed & Ione Keenan
Jess Kell
Bill Kellner
Katie Kennedy
Lisa Kent
Colby Kervick & Garth Allen
Paul & Windsong Kervick
Sarah Kleinman
Heather Kohser, in memory of Dee Brooks
Nancy Kolok
Sylvia Kopec
Felicia Kornbluh
Madeline Kouten
Doreen Kraft
Pameal Kraynak
Jill Krowinski, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey
Joanne Labonte
Jeannine Lane
Shannon Lane
Kathy Lara & Clem Nilan
Mark & Mariah Larson and Amy Livingston
Jackie Lavalley
Jen Lavoie
Meredith LeCompte
Jim & Clorinda Leddy
Candis & Jamie Leopold
Mark Leopold
Allan Lerner
Roni Lesage
Pamela Levin
Nancy & Mark Levine
Barbara LeWinter
Anne Lezak & Harry Chen
Betty Libson
Reeve Lindbergh & Nat Tripp
Ann Lipsitt
Ann & John Lorrain, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Suzanne Lourie
Jonathan & Margaret Lowell
Carol E.S. MacDonald
Connie & Malcolm MacDuffie
Graham & Cayenne MacHarg
Anne MacLeod
Patricia McGovern
Juliet McVicker
Patricia MaComber
Regina Mahony
Jackie Majoros & Bob Kiss
Martie Majoros
Arnie Malina
Kate Maloney
Mary Manghis & Glenn Eames
Barry Mansfield
Aliona Manuae
Sandra Marcotte
Stef Marko
Gail Martin
Mascoma Savings Bank, especially Joy Hastings & Mariah Davis
Joanna May
Pam Masterson
Tracey Maurer, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Michael Mazik
Nina & John Mazuzan
Meg McCarthy
Annie McCormick
Kate & Tim McGillicuddy
Veronica Medwid
Bridget Meyer
Barbara Mieder
Annette Miller
Bob Miller
Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation, Harvey & Janice Miller
Mirabelle’s, especially Alison Lane
Emily Mitchell
Jane Mitiguy
Marleen Moore
Monica Morano, Happy to Help Caregivers & Seniors
Erin Moreau
Gail & Tom Moreau
Julie & Ernie Mueller
Ginny Mullen & Tom Hudspeth
Colleen Murphy
Nance Nahmias
Charlie Nardozzi & Wendy Rowe
Pati Naritomi
Christel Nase
Katie & Lou Natale
Liz Neeld
Nicole Nelson & Dwight Ritcher
Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group
Network for Good
Manny Neuzil
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Lynn Noble
North Avenue News, Cliff & Ellen Cooper
Jenna O’Donnell
Laurie O’Hanlon & Tina Giangrande
Moe O’Hara & Matt Gang
Jennifer Oldham
Opportunities Credit Union
Meghan O’Rourke
Maura O’Sullivan & Joe Speidel
Carla Oviedo
Candace Page & Hamilton Davis
Kate Paine & Bill Atkinson
Ernie Palasits, in memory of Sean Stem & Bob Tiplady
Tim Palmer
Cheryl Park Kupersmith & Michael Kupersmith
Marcia Parker
Shaun Parker
Bryan Parks
David & Holly Pasackow, in honor of Paul Fassler & Ann Lipsitt
Jay Pasackow
Melissa & Mark Pasanen
Michele Patenaude
Karen Paul & Mark Saba
Lorna-Kay Peal
Ann Pearce
Darin Pease
Holly Pedrini
Penny Cluse Café, especially Charles Reeves & Maura O’Sullivan
Matt Perry
Becky Peterson, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Bitzi & John Peter Phillips
Steve Pilcher & Deb Gaynor
Gail & Paul Pinault
Pamela Polston
Lance Polya
Steve & Betsy Pond
Barbara Porter
David Powell
Arnita Prentiss
Byrd Prentiss
Andrea Proulx & Peter Sterling
Deborah Provost
Linda Provost
Emily Puccio
Ann Pugh
David Punia & Elaine Eldridge
Susan Raber Bray
Becky Rabin
Nancy Rabinowitz
Amey Radcliffe
Nick Railsback
Red Wagon Plants, especially Julie Rubaud
Sandra Reese
Lynda Reeves McIntyre
Annie Reinhart
Jean Reinsborough
Replicarz, especially Mark Fothergill
Residence at Shelburne Bay “Sewing Club” and “Marilyn’s Beads”,
especially Ann Cousins
Marty & Anne Marie Resnik
Gloria & David Reynolds
Nancy Reynolds
Kristin Richland, for the Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Richmond Food Shelf & Thrift Store
Kari Roberts-Sanchez
Helen Rock & Family
Jodi Rodriguez
Jocelyn Rogers
Maggie Rogers
Helene Rondeau
Sarah Rosedahl & Leisa Fearing
Rotary Club of Burlington, especially Scott Baldwin & Jack Lindley
Jan & Mary Jane Rozendaal
Ruach HaMaqom
Jess Rubin
Carol Rubman
Larry Rudiger
T Rugg’s Tavern, especially Tom Rugg
Faith Rushford
Justin Ryea
Barbara Saldiveri
Elna Samuelson
Pamela Sapiente
Luanne Sberna & David Berezniak
Pam Scanlon
Lisa Schamberg & Pat Robins
Fred Schmidt & Family
Cameron Segal & Emily Mitchell
Lisa Segal
Mark Segal
Kate Seitz
Senior Providers Network
Gail & Tom Shampnois
Barbara Shatara
Kayla Shea
Karen Shehadi Frost, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Shelburne Market, especially Paul Quirini
Maggie Sherman
Marc Sherman & Jane Conolly
ShiftMeals, especially Brittany Sperber
David Shiman & Elise Guyette
Lily Sickles
Lynda Siegel
Beth Sightler
Carol Sleasar
Nancy Slott
Gibson Smith
Rachel Smith
Nina Smolyar
Mark & Linda Snelling
Sharon Snow
Jeff Solomon & Linda Retchin
Nancy Somers
Robin Soutierre
Laura Spencer
Erica Spiegel
Chris Staats
Evan Stein
Lisa Steele
Judy & Will Stevens
Emilie Stigliani
Fran Stoddard
Strategic Risk Solutions, especially Melanie Black
Meta Strick
Nancy Sugarman
Anne Sullivan
Sandra Sundarabhaya, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Robert Summers
Andy Suntup
Peter Sutherland
Kathleen & Rob Swanson
Randy Sweeny
Sweet Basil Cards
Peter Swift
Alicia & Todd Taylor
Kathie L. Taylor
Tess Taylor
Susan Teare
Temple Sinai Meal Delivery Crew
George Thabault & Candelin Wahl, in memory of Florence C. Thabault
Thayer House Resident Fund
Jack Thurston
Titus Insurance, especially Annette Hannah
Terrell Titus
Andrea Todd
Nancy Tomczak, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Penne Tompkins & Michael Mittag
Kim Torrey
Pat Torrey
Max Tracy
Anne Treadwell
Andrea Trombley
Matt Tucker, Small Systems Consulting
Twincraft, especially Michele Asch & Wendy Adams
United Way of Northwestern Vermont, especially Megan Bridges &
Amy Carmola
Wendy Valastro
Kathy Valloch
Sheramy Vandernat
Vantage Press, especially Randall & Maxx
Val Vass
Karen Vastine
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Village Wine & Coffee, especially Kevin Clayton
Destenie Vital
Caitlin Waddick
Emily Wadhams
Jenny Wagner
Joan Wagner & David Boyle
Charlene Wallace
Gavin Wallace
Marilyn & Lee Wallace
Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur
Claudia Walsh
Joan Watson & Stu McGowan
Kristen & David Watson
Casey Webster
Deborah Weinberg
Stephanie Weiss
Stuart Weiss
Farmer Sue Wells
Mara & Spencer Welton
Jodi Whalen & Phil Merrick
Jenny Wheel & Chris Magistrale
Kyle Wheel
Betsy White
Martha Whitney & J Ladd
Michael & Nicole Willard
Stan & Jean Willard
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi
Jess Wilson
Jym Wilson
Trine Wilson
Arlene Woods, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Arlette Woods & David Fischer, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Kirk Woods, for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Mark & Lee Woods for Arlene Woods Giving Fund
Robyn Woodworth
Bethany Wolfe
Jean Wolfe
Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault
Leeann Wright
Orly Yadin
Ali Zipparo
Tara Zirk

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.

Our Board of Directors

Holly Cluse, President

Jon Crystal, Treasurer

Reeve Lindbergh, Advisory Council

Gail Moreau, Consultant

Tim Palmer, Consultant

Cameron Segal, Board Member

Mara Welton, Secretary

Howard Frank Mosher, In Memoriam

Megan J. Humphrey, Founder & Executive Director