The Williston Community Food Shelf
The Williston Community Food Shelf (WCFS) was founded in 2009 by a group of motivated Williston residents, most of whom were from Williston Federated Church. Today, in 2016, the food shelf serves 250 families each month from Williston, St. George, Richmond, and Essex. The shelf is run by all volunteers, about 40-50 staffing the shifts and 7 on the Board. The mission of the shelf is simply to feed those who need food, understanding that we can all be in this need at some point in our lives. The shelf is a non-judgmental place where customers can find friendly and enthusiastic people to help them shop and lots of healthy food (meats, dairy, non-perishables, and garden-fresh produce). Volunteers find this work very rewarding.
For information about volunteering or donating visit their website by clicking here.
J. Warren and Lois McClure Vermont Respite House
In 1991, visionary community leaders created the J. Warren and Lois McClure Vermont Respite House as a home-away-from-home to care for people with terminal illness. Respite House was designed to provide the highest quality of care during the final days of people’s lives while sustaining dignity, respect and caring relationships.
Several members volunteer time at the Respite House.
For more information about volunteering or hospice care visit their website by clicking here.
Each month members of our church prepare and share a meal at the Vermont Dismiss House. Their mission is reconciling prisoners with society and society with prisoners. They are working locally to serve former prisoners in their difficult transition from prison to the community, assuring harmony in their lives and greater public safety.
For more information about volunteering check the bulletin board in the church for opportunities to make and serve meals. Or visit their website by clicking here.
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity
Our members regularly work on Habitat projects locally and across the country.
For more information about volunteering visit their website by clicking here.
We also volunteer and work at the
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity opened the Habitat ReStore in the fall of 2012 at 528 Essex Road/Route 2A in Williston, Vermont. We sell and accept gently used or new furniture, building materials, cabinets, household goods and appliances and use the funds to help build Habitat homes in Chittenden County. These homes make it possible for low-income working families in our community to leave substandard rental housing behind and to get a hand-up to a better life. In addition, our items are priced affordably and you will know that your purchases keep good items out of the landfills.
For more information visit their website by clicking here.
For many years the men of the church have prepared meals for the Burlington Emergency Shelter and its successor Anew Place.
The Mission of Anew Place is to provide a holistic continuum of services for the homeless, centered in love and dignity, that foster growth, cultivate community engagement, and provide tools for lifelong change so that each person may start anew.
Watch their powerful video “I am more than Homeless” here.
For more information visit theurwebsite by clicking here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Our church has supported NAMI VT financially and members have participated in the yearly MIND Walks. One member currently serves on the board. NAMI VT has provided educational programs at the church members and has also used the church facilities to provide educational classes to the public.
NAMI Vermont supports, educates and advocates so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives.
NAMI Vermont offers family and peer recovery support groups as well as Family-to-Family, Mental Illness and Recovery, and Provider Education classes. With a dedicated board, over one hundred volunteers, and four staff members, NAMI Vermont provides education, advocacy and support to those in need.
To watch a video about NAMI: Click here
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