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<b>American Legion Post 67</b>
About: Special events venue, catering, conference center. Special events that are open to the public are continually being held. And the Green Mountain Banquet and Conference Center, with a capacity of 200, is also open for public rentals. It is a fully air-conditioned, handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facility easily found along Route 103 North in the picturesque village of Chester. There is adequate parking and a covered drop-off entrance. Full bar service with professional bartenders and professional chefs and staff are available to serve your guests.
Phone: 802-875-6009
Town: Chester
About: The CCC creates opportunities for local citizens and visitors to enjoy Chester’s natural resources and offers public programs for all ages on topics including natural history, outdoor recreation and land management. This group, which was formed in 2005, has helped to create and maintain two nature trails on town land: the Lost Mine Trail on Reservoir Road and the Green Mountain Nature Trail adjacent to Green Mountain Union High School. The CCC also recruits and coordinates volunteers for the annual Green-Up Day activities for Chester.

The CCC meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Chester-Andover Elementary School. New members and new ideas are always welcome. For more information, contact Melissa Post at 802-875-4102.
Phone: 802-875-4102
Town: Chester
About: The Chester Rotary Club meets at the Fullerton Inn, 40 The Common, at 7 a.m. every Thursday. Breakfast is served for $9. Speakers almost every week. There is also an evening get-together at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, also at the Fullerton. Everyone is welcome.
Be sure to check out the Calendar of Events here at The Chester Telegraph. The Rotary is an organization that fosters service among its members toward the community and others. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. It is a a civic club (501 (c) (3) that raises money to provide scholarships and support other community organizations
Town: Chester
<b>Chester-Andover Family Center</b>
About: The Chester-Andover Family Center provides assistance and emergency aid to needy families and individuals in Chester and Andover. It also operates the CAFC Thrift Store, which is open to the public.
The Chester-Andover Family Center operates a Food Shelf and provides assistance and emergency aid to needy families and individuals in Chester and Andover. CAFC is generously supported by individuals, businesses, the towns of Chester and Andover and by the CAFC Thrift Store. Food and cash donations are gratefully accepted.
Phone: 802-875-3236
Town: Chester
About: Meals on Wheels (MOW) serves Chester, Andover, Springfield, Perkinsville, Weathersfield and Baltimore with a volunteer staff that delivers hot meals Monday through Friday to seniors who have difficulty cooking. MOW also offers a cold breakfast to those with the greatest need (all ages). It also provides a community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the corner of Union Street and Southbridge. Meals to those younger than 60 years of age with a disability can be approved by the Vermont Center for Independent Living.
Phone: 802-885-5879
Town: Springfield
<b>Olive Branch Lodge #64 (Masonic)</b>
About: The Masons is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. It was founded on the beliefs in brotherly love, relief and truth. The Chester lodge also undertakes many charitable projects throughout the community.
Town: Chester
About: Senior Solutions, part of the Council on Aging for Southeastern, VT, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization serving Windsor and Windham counties. As a designated Area Agency on Aging, Senior Solutions provides information, referrals and basic services to seniors aged 60 and up and to their family caregivers. Services include case management, long-term care options, counseling, respite care grants, Meals on Wheels, health insurance counseling and much more. All of our services may be accessed through the toll-free Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.

It also has 501(c)(3) charitable status.
Phone: 1-800-642-5119
Town: Springfield
<b>Southern Vermont Astronomy Group</b>
About: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Whiting Library in Chester to discuss astronomy-related topics. Open to all, amateurs and curious beginners welcome. Weather permitting, meetings may include observing. SoVerA is a non-profit research and educational organization in southern Vermont. Its primary goals are participating in professional/amateur astronomical research, teaching beginners about the basics of astronomy and providing a venue for advanced beginner and intermediate level amateur astronomers to learn about the technology and equipment available to them. SoVerA works with and through all members to broaden general knowledge of the workings of the universe.
Phone: 802-824-5645
Town: Chester
<b>Susan G. Komen New England</b>
Phone: 1-877 GO KOMEN
Town: Manchester Center
<b>Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen/Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts<b/>
About: The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is owned and operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It is the oldest residential arts and crafts school in Vermont. The Fletcher farm was originally settled in 1783 by Jesse Fletcher and remained in the Fletcher family until it was given to the non-profit Fletcher Farm Foundation, Inc., in 1933. One condition of the bequest was that the Foundation devote part of the property to be used for educational purposes for the inhabitants of Ludlow and Cavendish. In 1947, the Foundation granted use of the farm to the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Society’s agreement with the Foundation included two primary missions: to establish a permanent arts and crafts school, and to help members find markets for their work. Since its inception in 1947, the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts has offered thousands of classes in traditional and emerging arts and crafts, many led by world-class instructors.
Phone: 802-228-8770
Town: Ludlow