WHAT IS IT?
The Mad River Valley Community Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1989 to specifically respond to the needs of Mad River Valley residents.
WHY WAS THE FUND CREATED?
The need for the Fund was first realized in May 1989 after a Valley resident suffering from a long-term illness was forced to admit to her friends that she was experiencing dire financial difficulty and in danger of losing her home. At that time, no public assistance program was available to address her needs. A fundraising effort was commenced and the response from the community was immediate and generous. During the weeks that followed it became apparent that other members of the community were similarly situated but either hesitated to make their plight a public concern or simply lacked the network of friends necessary to mount a fundraising effort on their behalf. The Mad River Valley Community Fund was founded to provide interim and confidential assistance to those residents of the community who need help but whose needs are not covered by existing assistance programs.
IS IT WORKING?
We are overjoyed to report that the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors is alive and well. Financial resources have been adequate for the requests received because the community has come forward with generous individual donations and has supported several annual events organized by community members. The Fund has assisted many individuals and families throughout the Mad River Valley.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any resident of the Mad River Valley in need of interim financial assistance, whose needs are not being served by established programs, is eligible to apply for and receive assistance in obtaining the necessities of life.
If you need assistance, please complete an application (at left) and send to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, P.O. Box 353, Waitsfield, Vermont 05673. If you know of someone who needs assistance, please call 496-3638.
Your tax deductible donation to the Mad River Valley Community Fund will improve the quality of life of a Valley resident. The Fund has little overhead, and all work for the Fund is performed on a volunteer basis. Office space and most supplies are donated. By contributing to the Fund you can maximize the effort of your donation while providing those in need with a means of receiving aid with dignity.
Remember, the Fund has limited resources, and needs your help to meet the needs of the community. In addition to individual contributions, the Fund welcomes the aid of Valley businesses and groups which might be interested in hosting events for the benefit of the Fund.
Any contribution you wish to make should be made payable to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, and sent to P.O. Box 353, Waitsfield, Vermont 05673, or click on the "Donate" button at left to donate online.
Mad River Valley Community Fund is a 501(c)3 organization.
PLEASE HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Five Families Fund Update — Fund Closes December 31, 2016
The outpouring of support in our community and around the state for the Five Families Fund has been incredible. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Please note that the Five Families Fund will close on Dec. 31. PayPal or check donations received after Dec. 31, 2016 will go into the General Fund.