MIDDLEBURY — Folks at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE), the Middlebury nonprofit social services agency, are searching for a person who made a bigger donation than was intended. Officials said the person unwittingly left what they are describing as a “large sum of money” in a donated item dropped off at the poverty-fighting organization around two weeks ago. If anyone is missing a large amount of money and might have recently donated an item to HOPE at its 282 Boardman St. headquarters in Middlebury, please contact Jeanne Montross at 388-3608.  
MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has temporarily relaxed the eligibility standards for its free food and other charitable services, in recognition of the economic pain many Addison County families are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Middlebury-based nonprofit is now serving households earning 250% of the federal poverty line, which translates to $3,592 a month for a two-person household and $5,458 for a family of four. Until around two weeks ago, HOPE was serving locals earning no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline. HOPE operates a well...

LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, deliveries a box of food to a person whose reserves are running low. HOPE has been limiting traffic to its Middlebury food shelf in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Montross
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury-based non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is also adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization, which offers food, clothing and financial assistance to area people in need, is currently operating its food shelf via phone orders. People call up to specify their needs, then pick up their food outside HOPE’s Boardman Street headquarters the next day. “We are still providing food to schools, so families with little or no resources can have something to eat,” HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross added through an email. “...
The coronavirus is here and most of us have two overarching questions: what can we do to protect and take care of our immediate families, and what can we do to help others in the community. We’ve belabored the first question with stories on social distancing, hand washing and other protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, 10 days into this rapidly moving pandemic, those who can must rise to the county’s next challenge — taking care of those most in need.  As reporter John Flowers notes in a front-page story in today’s Addison Independent, while restaurants, bars, many retail stores and...

BEE'S WRAP WAS honored as the Addison County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business of the Year at the annual breakfast meeting last Thursday. Chamber President Rob Carter and Emily Gaynor presented the award to Sarah Kaeck, center, owner and founder of Bee’s Wrap. Photo courtesy of Joanna Banks-Morgan
MIDDLEBURY – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business, individual, and non-profit organization with awards during its annual meeting held on Oct. 24, at the Middlebury Inn. Bee’s Wrap, located in Middlebury, received the 2019 Business of the Year Award, which recognizes businesses that have grown, while providing excellent products or services while doing well by their employees and the community. Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How can we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store...
MIDDLEBURY — While the economy is good and the county’s unemployment rate is hovering at around 2.3 percent, a growing number of folks are seeking aid from Middlebury-based Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) to get food, clothing and assistance in paying utility bills. Jeanne Montross, executive director of HOPE, said the organization saw 997 new, unduplicated clients between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year. The largest number of these clients came from Middlebury (278), Bristol (111), Vergennes (85) and Leicester (69), according to HOPE statistics. Another 66 of this year’s new...

THE NONPROFIT HELPING Overcome Poverty’s Effects has put up “no trespassing” signs on the Dumpster at its Middlebury headquarters, in response to Dumpster-diving incidents that they say pose liability issues. Meanwhile, some of those who’ve been doing the diving contend that HOPE is throwing away donated stuff that could be repurposed for low-income people. Photo courtesy of Brenda Dutton
MIDDLEBURY — One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, the old saying goes. Well, a disagreement is simmering over the discarded “gold” that some folks have been trying to extract from the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) Dumpster off 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury. For more than seven years, Salisbury residents Brenda Dutton and Maria Murray said they’ve been doing some philanthropic Dumpster-diving at HOPE, harvesting what they say are some hidden jewels that just need some extra TLC. Socks, toys, backpacks, winter coats and boots are among their regular finds, they said during...

LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, has begun assembling volunteers to glean surplus produce from area farms. That fresh, nutritional food is being distributed among low-income households in Addison County. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is again collaborating with area farms to glean fresh produce that will provide a free, healthy boost to meals in the county’s low-income households. Based at 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury, HOPE helps low-income residents access critical services, including food, clothing, housing and financial assistance to prevent heat/electric shut-offs. The organization also extends job-related assistance — including tools, uniforms, tests and other items needed to get or keep paid employment. Among the services is a “gleaning program...

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