Donate to a Local Non-profit
Montpelier is fortunate to have many non-profit organizations working hard to provide services in our community to keep us all safe and comfortable. It is our hope at Montpelier Alive that our strong community can band together to help one another during these uncertain times. No matter the amount you give or cause you choose to support, all money or time will make a huge impact in Montpelier amidst COVID-19.
This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to donate to all your favorite local non-profits. If you represent a non-profit that is located in Montpelier or serves Montpelier and would like to be added to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Resource Association is an organization of Central Vermont artists whose goal is to promote and support its member artists. As part of that mission, we regularly hold group art shows in Montpelier Vermont. We also provide a monthly, rotating exhibit at the City Center in Montpelier which is available for solo and group shows. The A.R. A. also provides educational opportunities where members offer special workshops to the community. Through the Phil Osgathorp Scholarship fund, we award need-based fellowships for the Vermont Artist Week at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. We believe in art - that it makes our world a better place and that it needs to be shared.
The purposes of the Capital City Band are to: Provide continuing education and performance opportunities to musicians based in Montpelier, Vermont and its vicinity; Provide summer musical education and experiences to middle and high school students; Enhance the community by sharing works of musical literature in public performances.
Capital City Concerts presents unique chamber music concerts performed by some of the world’s finest musicians, in collaboration with outstanding Vermont artists. Founded in 2000 by Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra, the classical music concert series is based in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont. We bring the passion and beauty of classical music to Vermont.
COVID-19 updates: https://www.capitalcityconcerts.org/concerts.html
The Center for Arts and Learning offers space where artists, musicians, writers, and small nonprofits can practice, create, and serve the community. We show works by local artists, offer performances and events, and serve as a hub for the arts in Montpelier.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, CAL is closed to the general public, per the governor’s stay-at-home order, through at least May 15. This includes Monteverdi Music School, River Rock School and T.W. Wood Gallery. They look forward to reopening in the future - thanks for your patience, and for helping keep our community healthy!
The community engagement lab is providing artist financial support and resources during the pandemic. To learn more visit: https://www.communityengagementlab.org/teaching-artist-resources
- Friends of the Vermont State House | DONATE
The Friends of the Vermont State is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, begun in 1980, to advocate for and help to fund the restoration and conservation of the building with its collection of art, furniture, and memorabilia, all expressing the history of Vermont itself.
- Green Mountain Film Festival┃DONATE
The Green Mountain Film Festival engages the community by presenting films with a diversity of voices and cultural perspectives. Get updates about their COVID-19 protocol here: https://www.gmffestival.org/blank
- Institute for Sustainable Communities | DONATE
The Mission of the Institute for Sustainable Communities is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.
- Kellogg-Hubbard Library┃DONATE
To learn more about library updates amidst COVID-19 follow this link: https://www.kellogghubbard.org/khl-covid-19-information
- Lost Nation Theater┃DONATE
Lost Nation Theater dedicates itself to staging stories about the hopeful possibilities of human interaction; to education; and to realizing the powerful potential of theater to transform people and communities.
Get updates about their season plans amidst the pandemic here: https://lostnationtheater.org/latest-update-to-lnts-2020-season-plans-04-14-20.html
The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra is committed to elevating contemporary and classical music through intimate performances, outreach in schools, and connecting the Central Vermont community around music.
The choir combines soul, jazz, blues, and original and traditional gospel music to produce an exuberant sound. We sing to share with each other and with the community the joy, hope, and inspiration of gospel music. "We sing because we have to, because we love it, and because we are changed by it."
The Monteverdi Music School is a community music school based in downtown Montpelier, Vermont.
- Planting Hope | DONATE
Planting Hope serves communities in Nicaragua and the U.S. by enhancing educational opportunities, supporting grassroots initiatives and fostering cultural exchanges.
- Summit School for Traditional Music and Culture | DONATE
The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’s mission is to promote traditional music and culture through affordable concert, workshop and dance programs.
- Sustainable Montpelier Coalition | DONATE
The Sustainable Montpelier Coalition’s Mission is to inspire and empower the Montpelier community to develop a plan for a climate resilient, economically sustainable, and socially just future that models successful innovation for Central Vermont and beyond.
The T.W. Wood Gallery mission is to preserve our artistic heritage and to bring the best of today’s art to Central Vermont.
To ensure the health and safety of our community, the gallery is currently closed until May 15.
As the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education, VCFA offers artists and writers a transformative and progressive educational experience.
For corona virus updates follow this link: https://vcfa.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-information/
- Vermont Arts Council | DONATE
The Mission of the Vermont Arts Council is to cultivate and advance the arts and creativity throughout Vermont.
- Vermont Humanities Council | DONATE
The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.
- Vermont Fiddle Orchestra | DONATE
Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is a community orchestra open to all levels and ages of player. 35 to 40 orchestra members meet regularly to rehearse and prepare programs.
- Vermont Mountaineers | DONATE
At Another Way Community Center, their culture is steeped in the principles of Intentional Peer Support, and they practice moving toward building mutually accountable relationships and away from the service provider / consumer dynamic, and “being with” and supporting one another without the obligation to “fix” what is “broken."
Currently offering peer support and employment support remotely.
They are a group of Central Vermonters who are committed to bringing our community together through gleaning to recover surplus food produced on area farms to feed those with limited access to healthy, fresh local food, and in the process help the community to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the local food system, healthy eating, and waste reduction.
COVID-19 updates: https://www.communityharvestvt.org/volunteer
- Green Mountain United Way┃DONATE
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
- Montpelier Food Bank (Just Basics)┃DONATE
Just Basics is the parent organization of the Montpelier Food Pantry. Just Basics, Inc. brings together and structures programs that work with members of the greater Montpelier area to address their basic needs and confront cycles of injustice.
COVID-19 update: They are only open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to noon. Shoppers will be able to collect pre-packed boxes at the rear door of the church, with fresh food and frozen meat distributed as available.
The Montpelier Senior Activity Center is an excellent resource for older adults to engage with others and participate in activity. They are run the FEAST Senior Meals Program, including Meals on Wheels for Montpelier and part of Berlin.
COVID-19 updates: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/1155/Coronavirus-Response#Resources
The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in youth substance use in our community. There are currently no events due to COVID-19.
- Frontline Foods | Donate
Frontline Foods is a volunteer-run organization that raises funds from the community to support local restaurants and feed heroes working on the frontlines. The Vermont Chapter has been doing amazing work in Burlington, purchasing hundreds of meals from local restaurants to feed people working on the frontlines in healthcare, human services, and public safety. They are planning to expand to Central Vermont this week! This is a great way for you to support Montpelier restaurants and give a delicious meal to someone working on the front lines.
Our Mission: Montpelier Alive celebrates the City of Montpelier. We work with partners to sustain and build upon Montpelier’s vibrant downtown community by offering and supporting special events and activities and by promoting City businesses. We work to ensure a thriving local economy for Montpelier and to preserve the City’s historic character and unique sense of place.
Our Vision: Montpelier serves as the economic, social, and cultural center for central Vermont, with a thriving downtown and a unique sense of place.
The Onion River Exchange fosters the well-being of our community by providing an exchange network of services and goods that strengthens social cohesion, encourages reciprocity, enhances our local economy and is built on a foundation of respect and equality.
The Washington County Youth Service Bureau provides a wide range of innovative and effective programs that empower and enrich the lives of youth and families in Washington County, and to provide leadership and support to other youth programs throughout Vermont.
Coronavirus updates: http://wcysb.org/news-2/coronavirus-update-from-wcysb/
- Family Center of Washington County | Donate
The Family Center of Washington County fosters the positive growth and development of young children and their families.
- Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Partners in Education | DONATE
MRPS Partners in Education works with the parent groups of each school in the Montpelier Roxbury School District to identify areas of need that are outside of the school budget. We solicit donations from local organizations and individuals, and host events like the annual Montpelier Fall Festival help to fund identified needs at our schools. Currently, they are soliciting donations to purchase needed supplies for families who are schooling at home due to COVID-19.
- Good Beginnings of Central Vermont┃DONATE
Good Beginnings brings communities to families and their babies so that the transition to parenthood is supported and communities come together to ensure all infants thrive.
COVID-19 updates: http://www.goodbeginningscentralvt.org/covid-19
- Green Mountain Youth Symphony┃DONATE
GMYS exists to create a community of young musicians from throughout central and northern Vermont and New Hampshire through performing great music.
As of Thursday, March 12, GMYS has cancelled the remaining events of their spring semester. This includes all rehearsals, concerts, and outings scheduled in March and April. The health and safety of our community must come first. They still plan to hold auditions later this spring, so please stay tuned!
Their mission is to provide a vibrant and supportive educational community where all students are known and valued and learn the tools to solve problems peacefully and collaboratively. To guide and support students to be the primary architects of their own educations and to pursue their individual intellectual and creative passions. To offer small academically challenging classes, a flexible stimulating curriculum, and inspired teachers who celebrate curiosity and creativity and challenge all students to reach their fullest potential.to help children and teens grow into caring, responsible, and confident young adults who can make a difference in their communities and have the skills and awareness needed to create a more cooperative, just, and sustainable world.
They are extremely proud both of our small Pacem community, and the greater community of Vermont for their support and courage during this unprecedented time. Following Governor Scott’s directive, they have ceased all in-person classes and activities. However, all of our classes are still running online in real time using video and text chat and other resources. Please contact us if you have any questions.
River Rock’s mission is to inspire students to actively seek knowledge, to think independently and creatively, and to embrace challenges. Fostering a love of learning and sense of social responsibility early in life sets the foundation for compassionate citizenship.
They are watching the Covid-19 school closures and remote learning planning. If schools are rescheduling learning into the summer months, they will reimburse any camp costs paid to register.
Turtle Island Children’s Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a play and nature-based preschool, serving infants through pre-Kindergarteners in Montpelier, Vermont. Early childhood is a wondrous time in human life. Young children are developing millions of neural connections every second. They believe young children are competent investigators, capable explorers, and avid constructors of knowledge about the world around them. As caring and responsive educators, we provide a diverse, natural environment for their pursuits, and view them as active citizens of today.
Friends of the Winooski River protects and restores the Winooski River by supporting, promoting, and enhancing the river and its use for recreational, educational, and scientific research purposes and by influencing public policy and inspiring Vermont residents into action.
For COVID-19 updates you can email email@example.com
North Branch Nature Center has become an integral part of outdoor recreation and learning in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier.
COVID-19 updates: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/covid/
Friends of The Bridge is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. It supports The Montpelier Bridge as a vital independent, local, and free newspaper that reflects and strengthens the fabric of our central Vermont community. They raise and expend funds on projects that will increase the sustainability of The Bridge for years to come.
VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. They publish daily, original stories with an emphasis on investigative reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents.
COVID-19 updates: https://vtdigger.org/knowledge-base/