Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: County fortunate to have abundance of volunteers

The Addison Independent Volunteer section every spring is always so enjoyable to read — to see how many people are out there giving their time to supporting others. This year’s issue pointed out the outstanding contributions made by so many. Also, there were several very significant and active groups and people that were not even mentioned.

The Open Door Clinic is one example. What a major force it is in so many people’s lives!

The Friday Evening Suppers is another very vital group. Led by Dottie Neuberger, this group puts out between 400 and 450 meals every Friday, 52 weeks a year. One can go to the downstairs of the Congregational Church and be served a meal. Meals to go are also available. And a large amount of meals are delivered to peoples’ homes. Every week there are about 15 regular volunteers and 4-12 additional volunteers who are college students, people from court diversion and parole, and individuals and families looking to make a difference. Also, about 12 people deliver the meals to homes all over Addison County.

Another very important community support group is Gather, run by the Breadloaf Mountain Zen Community. Anyone is welcome to stop by for coffee, snacks, conversation, games and art activities, recovery meetings, cooking, grief groups, and more.

Thank you.

Deborah Young

New Haven

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