Out & About: Bradford, Vt., ‘Giving Fair’ Aims to Boost Nonprofits’ Visibility

  • Abby McReynolds, 9, of North Danville, Vt., cuddles with her cow, Natalie, center, and her brother's cow, Bling, on the opening day of the Connecticut Valley Fair on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the fairgrounds in Bradford, Vt. McReynolds said she's known her cow her whole life. The fair ends Sunday, July 16. (Valley News - Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Bradford, Vt. — A new kind of holiday market will take place for the first time on Saturday in Bradford, Vt.

Called the “Giving Fair,” the event features more than 20 nonprofit organizations that will have items for sale to support their causes, provide services in exchange for donations (such as gift wrapping) or offer gift cards in which people can make a donation in a loved one’s name.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Bradford United Church of Christ, 245 N. Main St. Admission is free and food will be available to purchase.

It is the brainchild of Cathy Kidder, of Help Kids India, Holly Young, of the Bradford Public Library, and Monique Priestley, of the Cohase Chamber of Commerce, Cohase Rotary Club and The Space on Main co-working site.

“Between the three of us, we all have the same kind of feeling, that there are so many nonprofits in the area that need volunteers to know they exist,” Priestley said. The fair is a way of “introducing nonprofits and more ways to support the community in a different way for the holidays.”

Representatives from the organizations also will have a chance to network. “Let the community know they’re there, let the community know what they’re doing,” Priestley said.

Participating organizations include: Retired Senior Volunteer Program (A SeniorCorp Program), The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley, Bradford Conservation Commission, Growing Peace Project, The Listening Project, Raven’s Wood Outdoor School, Court Street Arts, Oxbow Senior Independence Program, Safeline, Cohase Chamber of Commerce, The Space on Main, Bradford Public Library, Help Kids India, Old Church Community Theater, Newbury Women’s Club, Grace United Methodist Church, Wisdom Stoves, Summer Street Music Series, Bradford Fair, and the Bradford Food Shelf/Salvation Army.

For more information, visit www.givingfair.org.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.