We are most grateful to these businesses for their generous support.  Each organization included on this list has contributed a minimum of $1,000 of value through a gift of services, supplies, a direct financial contribution and very often all three.  We urge individuals who support our work to consider patronizing the organizations that are helping to provide more affordable housing  for our community. To learn more about what our sponsors have done to support us, please click on the link below. 






Super Friendly Service! - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,Monday to Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Closed Sundays and holidays.

24 Hr Access All locations are tractor trailer or large moving truck accessible All building have a moisture barrier under a 4" cement floor All buildings have insulated roofs which prevents condensation moisture.

DO YOU NEED STORAGE ? Call Andy  802-362-5511.  When you say " I help support Habitat for Humanity," and rent any size space from  A SAFE PLACE  self storage, Andy will donate $25 (depending upon the size of the unit) to Habitat for Humanity!

Manchester: From Manchester, take Route 11/30 to Richville Road. Follow Richville Road south and go one house past Old Airport Road. Turn left onto Clyde Way and follow the gravel road to the end.

275 Tennis Way, East Dorset: Take Route 7A north 3 miles, past the Chanticleer Restaurant. Turn right onto Tennis Way. Follow Tennis Way around until you pass the old brown UPS building.






A Safe Place hosted our auctions starting in July 2007.   We are most grateful to Andy Tarantino for his strong support of Habitat's mission in our work in Bennington County.

Andy, left, is pictured with Clarke Comollo during the July 2008 auction.

Please call ahead: 802-362-5511
A Safe Place

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Alden Painting -  In the winter of 2015, John volunteered to help paint the interior of the Benson home.  He worked quickly and did a great job.  We are most grateful to John for his help and are pleased to recommend him to anyone who needs a professional painter.  John also provides other related home care services.  

  • Painting
  • Contracting
  • Home Improvements
  • Carpentry
  • Power Washing
  • Roofing
  • Siding.

Phone: (518) 638-1012

641 Bogtown Rd, Salem, NY 12865

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Atlantic Painting 

Atlantic Painting is a private painting company that prepares and paints interior/exterior commercial/residential structures in the Manchester and the Mountains area.

Pat Gagnon of Atlantic Painting hired two of their painters, Dennis and Travis Winchell, to paint the interior of the Lewis home on Jennifer Lane.  On February 6 and 7, 2012 they primed all the walls and painted the ceilings in less than 10 hours. During the week of March 6th, they applied the finish coat to all the interior walls. They did a tremendous job, and the house looks great. 
We are most grateful to Pat Gagnon for making it possible for Dennis and Travis to paint the Lewis home!  Atlantic Painting found a very special way to contribute to the community in which their employees live and work.

Atlantic Painting Company
P.O. Box 1991
Manchester, VT 05255
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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.   If all of the people who support us select us when they buuy something from Amazon, the amount we receive annually could be significant.   For example, for every $100 spent, we will receive $.50.  If 100 of our supporters purchase $100 of products from Amazon Smile, we would receive $50.  The potential for us to benefit is far greater.  And, designating us, does not increase the cost of your purchase.  
We are appreciative of Amazon for developing this approach to promoting their products and helping the non-profit organizations that their customers care most about.   We thank you for considerig yet another creative way to help us.

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firmBadger and Associates

Badger and Associates is a multi-faceted, small architectural firm combining expertise in historic preservation with general and residential architecture. Providing a broad range of architectural services, it serves both private and public clients with services ranging from initial planning through design and construction documents to construction administration. 

Our mission is to help each client with their particular project and as such, our job begins as listening. We strive to understand our client's wishes, wants and needs and to provide appropriate architectural solutions. The process is a creative experience and we strive to keep it both fun and exciting. Badger and Associates, Inc. has completed projects from Virginia to the Canadian border, with emphasis on Manchester, Dorset and the southern Vermont area. The firm is committed to personal service and close client involvement.

Bill has been serving on the Habitat design committee for the homes that are being built on Jennifer Lane in Manchester.  This committee worked hard to develop plans for the development so that the homes would meet the needs of Habitat homeowners, fit within Habitat's size constraints and budget, while looking authentically appealing.  

It is a challenging step for architects who are used to designing high end homes for people with large budgets to design homes that work for Habitat. Such work constitutes a tremendous contribution to the community and is greatly appreciated.

Badger and Associates, Inc.
12 Baker Farm Road
P.O. Box 1227
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255

802-362-1568 FAX
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Berkshire Bank’s regional headquarters is located at 4928 Main Street Manchester Center, Vermont, where it also maintains a branch office. Other branches in the region are located in Arlington, Dorset, Ludlow, and Rutland.   Berkshire Hills Bancorp is a regional financial services company with assets of $2.5 billion. Headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, it is the parent of Berkshire Bank – America’s Most Exciting Bank (sm). Through its subsidiaries, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, insurance, and wealth management services through 48 banking and insurance offices in Western Massachusetts, Northeastern New York, and Southern Vermont.

Berkshire Bank contributes to the health, wealth and vitality of our communities with personal and business banking, competitive mortgage rates, trust and investment advisers and friendly hometown service.  Visit Berkshire Bank on line at www.berkshirebank.com.

Breaking news!  We have been notified that Berkshire Bank has decided to continue the Hockey 4 Housing promotion for the 2014-15 season.  Last year, the Berkshire Bank's Hockey 4 Housing Campaign, in partnership with the NESN broadcast of the Boston Bruins, provided $200 to Habitat for Humanity every time the Bruins completed a penalty kill during the regular season. The Bruins killed 176 penalties and that meant a total of $44,000 for Habitat for Humanity and $4,000 for each of 11 chapters in the Berkshire Bank service area.  We are very grateful to the Berkshire Bank Foundation, NESN, and the Bruins for their commitment to bring more affordable housing to our community!

   Berkshire Bank Managers present a check to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity on June 17, 2015, in the amount of $3144, raised through Hockey for Housing.

On May 21, 2014, a group from the Berkshire Bank came to help.  They laid the floor in the family room, and prepped the floor for more flooring in other rooms.  They did a great job!

They presented a check for $4,000 that was the result of the Hockey for Housing promotion that ran all winter with the Bruins.  Every time their opponent didn't score when the Bruins were down a man because of a penalty, the bank made a $200 donation to help 11 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in their service area.  We were fortunate to be one of the affiliates to benefit!




On December 18, 2013, eight managers from area Berkshire Banks spent a day hanging Sheetrock.  During summer, the Berkshire Bank Foundation made a generous grant of $3,000 in support of Habitat's work in Bennington County and on Jennifer Lane in particular.  We are most grateful to the Berkshire Bank Foundation and to all the employees who contribute generously of their time and talent!







In November 2012, Nikki Scribner, Regional Manager for Berkshire Bank in Vermont, presented David Nichols, Chair of the BAHfH Resource Development Committee, with a check for $2,000 from the Berkshire Bank Foundation.  Left to right, David Nichols, Niki Scribner, and Dick Malley.  

They are standing in front of the home that is being built for and with Brenda and Roy Cooper and their family on Jennifer Lane in Manchester.  The house was started in August, 2012.  In addition to helping financially, volunteers from the Berkshire Bank help build.  On November 14, 2012, a team of 4 helped insulate the interior walls.  

We are most appreciative of the strong interest that the Berkshire Bank has demonstrated throughout the years.  It is a wonderful partnership.

Ibankers1-webn 2010, the Berkshire Bank joined with other area financial institutions in supporting our affiliate's goal of building two homes in the Bennington area and in purchasing and developing land in Manchester for future Habitat homes.  A total of $18,000 was raised!  We are most grateful to the bank for their continued and very generous support!  Jim Keyes, Commercial Regional Executive, and Shawn Davis, Commercial Lender, joined with others on July 29, 2010 for tour of the Silver Street home and a group photo.  Shawn and Jim are the first and third (left to right) in the back row of the photo.




Photo on left was taken on June 16, 2007. We greatly appreciate the continued support of Factory Point Bank and now, Berkshire Bank employees. In addition, the Greater Berkshire Foundation, made a generous contribution that we used to build the home in West Rupert.



"We support BAHfH because, we are committed to investing in the communities in which we serve.  We take pride in helping our neighbors, and understand that community strength ultimately makes for a stronger company. "

In the spring of 2008, the Berkshire Bank found a most creative way to support Habitat. They donated funds sufficient for the purchase of building supplies for two sheds.

As a part of their service learning requirement, students at Burr and Burton built a shed that was assembled at the West Rupert home on June 7, 2008. The shed give the Morey family badly needed storage space. In addition to helping a Habitat family, the students learned basic building skills from their teacher, Cliff Hay.


Students at the Career Development Center of Bennington also built a shed for Habitat. Jim Glibert, their teacher, wanted his students to learn how to build a house and building this shed was a great first step.

The students transported the shed to r.k. Miles in Manchester where it was displayed until it was sold. Habitat used the proceeds to buy building supplies.

In speaking about the shed projects, Peter Lafayette, the Berkshire Bank Foundation’s Executive Director stated, “This project is an innovative way of both helping a local non-profit agency and teaching young people the value of giving back to the community. We are excited to be involved in this project that has the involvement of several groups, and includes a positive hands-on experience.”

In the fall of 2008, the Berkshire Bank, responded to the financial crisis by asking customers and employees to indicate which area organizations should receive financial support in meeting urgent needs in food, fuel, and housing. Habitat is very grateful to Berkshire Bank employees and customers to be one of several area organizations to receive support. We will use this gift to purchase building materials for the home we will start in the spring of 2008.

Peter Lafayette, Executive Director, Berkshire Bank Foundation, presented Dick Malley with a check in support of Habitat's build.


Berkshire Bank makes grant - We were very happy to receive a grant from the Berkshire Bank Foundation to help with the cost of installing the infrastructure and supplies for Jennifer Lane.  In making the grant, Peter Lafayette wrote, "Community development and affordable housing are two of  our funding priorities.  I am pleased to inform you that our foundation will provide a grant of $3,000 for this work.  I wish you success with your subdivision project and are pleased to be a partner."  November, 2011.

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A group from the Berkshire Bank helped clear the site and built a shed for the Williams home in June of 2012.  Despite some rain, they had fun and did a great job!  We are most grateful to them for their help and commitment to the community in which they live and work.






On June 5, 2013, a group from the Berkshire Bank helped prep the foundation so the slab could be poured.  They spread the stones, laid the radon tubes, and taped the insulation.   The did a great job, and we greatly appreciate their help.


 Berkshire Bank locations in Bennington County

3816 Route 7A - 375-6535

23 Church Street- 867-2234

Manchester Center
3450 Richville Road - 362-4960
4928 Main Street - 549-5250


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Bistro Henry


Bistro Henry is a Mediterranean-style restaurant in Manchester - that offers classic and contemporary bistro and trattoria favorites along with fresh seafood, creative pastas and vegetarian offerings. Bistro Henry is closed Mondays, and reservations are recommended.

Starting with Mother's Day in 2007, Bistro Henry has served a special Mother's Day Brunch. For four years, $10 from every meal served has been contributed to support Habitat's efforts in the local area. The menu includes a three course brunch with many delicious choices.  We are most grateful to Henry and Dina Bronson for their continued and very generous support and to all the families that have honored their mothers and helped us!


Mother's Day, May 10, 2015 - John and Sarah Gagnon and their family were treated to a fantastic bruch by Dina and Henry Bronson.  They were accompanied byBoard President, Monica Knorr and Steve Sinding.



Photo left: Dina, Kathy Malley,and guests of honor - homeowner Rhonda Ruggles and her dear friend, Janice.   May 11, 2014.


On Sunday, May 12, 2013, Henry and Dina Bronson treated Shannon and Lori Gordon to an extraordinary Mother's Day brunch.  We are most appreciative of their strong interest in Habitat and their on going support.

5-13-12-m-day-bh1-webOn Sunday, May 13, 2012, Dina and Henry Bronson hosted Michelle, Randy, Aiden, and Gracie Lewis and their Family Support Partners, Loretta and Stan Reisman to a special Mother's Day Brunch.  A portion of the proceeds for all meals served on Mother's Day were donated to Habitat to help pay for building supplies for the next home.5-9-10-mothers-day-brunch

Photo - Left - Tina and Jeff Reed, members of their family, Jan Cunningham, Family Support Partner and hosts, Dina and Henry Bronson. 

Photo - right - Owners Henry and Dina Bronson are shown with Kelli and George Lewis, their guests and the family partners for the home Habitat started on April 28, 2007 in Rupert. Henry and Dina have bought their maple syrup for the last 15 years from the Lewis farm.

“Building affordable housing is of tremendous importance to everyone in our area. Habitat does it one house, one family, and one mother at a time. The community pitches in. That’s what we do, too.”

Henry and Dina Bronson - far left and far right - back row - treated Patrick and Jen Siegrist and their three daughters, Rebecca, Taylor, and Mariah to a great Mother's Day brunch, May 10, 2009. They had a great time. Ten dollars from every brunch served will be contributed to Habitat and will be used to purchase building supplies for the Siegrist home.

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 Brown Enterprises, Inc. is a family owned business in operation for over two decades; we take pride in our products!  Brown Enterprises,Inc.carries the best outdoor power equipment available on the market. Our Rental Department has everything for homeowners and contractors; from wallpaper steamer to 80 foot personnel lifts, even tables and chairs for your event.

Our showroom is stocked with Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws, trimmers, parts and accessories; Exmark, Simplicity,and Husqvarna commercial and homeowner riding and push mowers and snowblowers.You will find an array of snowmobiles & by Arctic Cat along with parts and accessories. Helmets by ArcticCat,and HJC.Portable and standby generators by Briggs & Stratton, Winco , and Generac. Outside the showroom you will see tractors by Massey Ferguson and open and enclosed trailers by PJ,SnoPro,Triton and Mission.

We consider customer service to be our primary focus! Our highly trained rental,sales and service staff is here Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide quality service and ensure customer satisfaction.Our skilled service department is always eager to answer any questions and assist in resolving problems. We offer a full service repair shop, and we can handle everything from trimmers to commercial tractors . An initial analysis will determine the feasibility as well as the most cost effective approach to your repair. 

10-6-12-truss11-webWe are pleased that Brown Enterprises works with us, enabling us to work more safely and faster.  Through working with us, Brown Enterprises is making a most positive contribution to the community.

 Visit one of our two great locations!

50 Smith Haven Lane
South Londonderry, VT 05155  
{p} 802.824.3444

3697 Richville Road
Manchester Center, VT 05255
{p} 802.362.3145

Brown Enterprises Website

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What We Do

The official description is “the collection, transfer, processing and disposal of non-hazardous waste” but, simply put, we make go away what people don’t want around. That’s where the simplicity ends. With the advent of recycling, the growing awareness of the health effects of un-managed disposal and transfer sites; collecting, moving, sorting and safely disposing of our waste has become an often complex business.

Casella Waste Management has helped us over the years by providing dumpsters at our work sites and also at the auctions in 2007 and 2008. We are most grateful to the management of Casella for their generous support.

Casella Waste Systems
Corporate Offices
25 Greens Hill Lane
Rutland, VT 05701

Toll Free: (800) CASELLA
Telephone: (802) 775-0325
Fax: (802) 775-6198

Casella Waste

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3-28-11-cole-logoCole Company


Cole Company, Inc. is the foundation to a successfully managed construction project whether it is a new building or the preservation of an existing structure. Established in 2001, Cole Company draws from over twenty-five years experience at one of the nation's largest general contracting firms. On a smaller scale, Cole Company is able to bring this expertise and high-quality to benefit the client by providing exceptional pre-construction and construction management services. Our services include estimating, scheduling, project management and most of all we provide the attention to detail making Cole Company unique in the Construction Management field.  

We are fortunate that Chris volunteered to lead the Critical Path Committee, the committee of volunteers who are responsible for planning and coordinating all the infrastructure work on the Jennifer Lane development in Manchester.

Cole Company, Inc
Manchester, Vermont 05254
TEL: 802.362.0096
FAX: 802.362.9152
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Dailey - Precast Concrete Products Pipe & Precast Concrete Products If you can draw it we can build it

Concrete Products (Wholesale) in Shaftsbury, VT
Mfg Ready-Mixed Concrete*, Masonry Material Merchant Wholesale

Daileys is a subsidiary of Peckham.  The Peckham Family Foundation, upon the recommendation of the employees of Daileys, has provided generous financial support over the years.  In addition, Daileys provides a generous discount to Habitat for concrete. 

Brian Lent
William E Dailey Inc.
295 Airport Rd
Shaftsbury, VT  05262-9693
Phone:     (802) 442-4418

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5-2-12-logowithshadowDee's Electric

Opening his door for business in 1964, Dee Kilburn based his full-service electrical sales and service company on the principles of offering the customer comfort and superior service. The son of Manchester’s very first oil-burner serviceman and a teacher in one of Manchester’s one-room schoolhouses, Dee attended numerous electrical trade schools and took courses throughout his career. Dee’s today operates with the same approach, supplying ongoing education and training for employees to ensure excellent service and cutting edge knowledge for clients. The company is now owned and operated by his son, Mike Kilburn.

For more than 45 years, DEE’S has provided top-quality electrical, heating & cooling service to the Manchester area. They offer electrical design, installation and complete service to the corporate, residential, resort and interior design industries.

Since the 1980s, they have also offered geothermal heating and cooling, which makes DEE’S the most experienced geothermal installer in the region. No one else in the area has been working with geothermal for so long. They began by installing our first system in owner Mike Kilburn’s home! Mike still enjoys the comfort and ease (and savings!) of geothermal heating and cooling at home, and will be happy to tell you first-hand of his experiences with it.

Completely customized design work of either electrical or heating & cooling systems dovetails perfectly with their installation and maintenance offerings, and provides a level of service unmatched in southern Vermont. Customers truly appreciate the convenience and efficiency having a single company provide design, installation and ongoing service it.

Licensed electricians, skilled technicians, and an experienced office support staff make DEE’s Electrical one of Manchester’s strongest corporate leaders. With a commitment to the local community, Dee’s takes a leading role in supporting numerous non-profit organizations and events. 

Habitat is are very grateful to Mike Kilburn and his staff for contributing their labor to wire the first home on Jennifer Lane - constructed from October 2012 to May 2012.  They did a great job and together made a very significant contribution to us and the community in which they live and work.  We cannot say enough about their professionalism and excellent work. 
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Contact Information

Mike Kilburn
268 Highland Avenue
PO Box 1755
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255
(802) 362-2268
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Dow Chemical Company

For nearly 30 years, Dow has provided ongoing support of Habitat’s global mission to create affordable housing through its donation of energy-efficient home insulation solutions, extensive employee volunteerism and financial contributions. During this time, Dow products or funding have supported more than 25,000 homes in more than 20 countries. Dow also is working with Habitat by serving as a subject matter expert in energy efficiency and conservation in the construction of houses, and Dow employees support Habitat by committing their professional expertise as Habitat volunteers.


Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agro-sciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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We partner with Efficiency Vermont to keep construction costs down and make sure our homes are safe, healthy, durable and affordable over the long term. Efficiency Vermont is the nation's first statewide provider of energy efficiency services. Funded by an energy efficiency charge on Vermonter’s electric bills, Efficiency Vermont is an independent, non-profit organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. They provide technical advice, financial assistance and design guidance to help make Vermont homes, farms, schools and businesses energy efficient.

Habitat receives a rebate for meeting specific requirements for insulation, ventilation, use of energy efficient appliances, and lighting.. There needs to be an Energy Star ventilation fan on a 24-hour timer. The heating system, refrigerator and dishwasher must be ENERGY STAR labeled. We install no fewer than eight hard-wired fixtures for energy efficient lights and each of our homes meets insulation and air sealing standards. We invest in good windows. Our houses are very tight; built to withstand Vermont’s cold winters. To learn about energy efficient appliances go to Energy Star Appliances.

The Efficiency Vermont website contains lots of practical advice for residential and business users. By calling 888-921-5900, people can learn how to lower their energy bills, figure out why their electric bills are high, and get rebates for their energy-efficient purchases. In addition, people can get technical help and learn about financial incentives for energy-efficient buildings, equipment and lighting.

We hope our good building practices and use of energy saving devices will serve as an example for other homeowners. If we can afford to incorporate energy efficiency into an affordable home, anybody can! Vermont's reduction of carbon dioxide in 2005, through energy efficiency in homes and businesses, provided the same emissions reductions that would have been achieved if 76, 300 fewer cars had traveled on Vermont's roads in 2005. Everyone can be part of reducing Vermont’s carbon emissions by following our example and working with Efficiency Vermont to reduce energy use.

Efficiency Vermont
255 S. Champlain Street, Suite 7
Burlington VT 05401

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F. W. Webb Company has been serving New England and upstate New York since 1866 and is the largest distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, and piping products in the Northeast. Currently the Webb network is comprised of 70 locations offering a complete package of plumbing, hydronics, HVAC, LP gas products, biotech, valve automation and pipe-valves-fittings.  

435 Morse Road
Bennington, VT 05201
Dale Long, Manager
802-447-2312 - phone
802-447-1481 - fax
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3091 Cold River Road
Rutland, VT 05701
Lee Turner

Store hours 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

For full sales and delivery service contact the main branch at 802-775-1922

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Plumbers, contractors, builders, re-modelers, designers, architects and other trade professionals trust Ferguson to provide exceptional service, quality products, and the detailed knowledge required to make their projects successful. Whatever your project requires - we are here to make it easy for you.

We are grateful to Ferguson for donating toilets to our homes.  We appreciate their interest in Habitat and their commitment to helping low-income homeowners to have a safe, decent, and affordable place to live.

 A Rutland Waterworks
134 Park St
Rutland, VT 05701

Phone: (802) 747-7555

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Frost Wells, Pumps, & Water Conditioning - "Well Drilling Done Well"

An all season company with 40 years of experience

Complete service for

Wells, pumps & water treatment

Residential & commercial systems

Well-trained, certified staff

Free estimates and 24 Hour Emergency Service


Frost Wells has worked with us to install the wells for the homes we built in Shaftsbury, Rupert, and West Rupert. They do a great job, and their help is greatly appreciated.

East Dorset, VT 05253
362-1477 or 800-698-1477


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 Garrett Williams' Brophy Electric Service Inc

Garrett's started working with us on the Cooper home on Jennifer Lane in August, 2012.  Throughout the build, he did a great job, always being sure that his schedule blended well with ours.  We never lost time waiting for the electric work to be completed.  We were very impressed with the fine job that was done and recommend Garrett highly.


Garrett is wiring the Gordon home on Jennifer Lane and is set to wire the Carmouche-Shum home in the fall of 2013.  We appreciate their good work and the way Garrett and his men work around our schedule - enabling us to keep working.


Contact Information

3744 Sunderland Hill Road
Sunderland, VT 05250
(802) 375-6698



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Green Mountain Appraisals, established in 1979, provides accurate and timely real estate appraisals of residential and municipal properties along with vacant land in southern and central Vermont. The team of professional appraisers has more than 50 years of cumulative experience. Our extensive, state-of-the-art regional real estate data base is unequaled. We are most grateful to Brian and Green Mountain Appraisals for the help they have given us in completing appraisals of the Winhall and Rupert sites. Brian also did a great job making all the interior trim for the home in Winhall during November of 2006.

Brian E. DeCesare
George M. Dunn, Jr.
Douglas L. LeMire

P.O. Box 1282, 5429 Main St.

Manchester Center, Vermont 05255 

Telephone 802/362-4274 Fax 802/362-2547

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 The Heritage Family Credit Union is a not-for-profit federally chartered co-op that is owned by its members. That means profits generated go back into the credit union for improvements to services, financial reserves, higher savings rates and lower loan rates. Members of Heritage Family Credit Union, have access to a full array of products and services designed to help save time, money and satisfy their financial goals.

bankers1-webIn 2010 the Heritage Family Credit Union joined with other area financial institutions in supporting our affiliate's goal of building two homes in the Bennington area and in purchasing and developing land in Manchester for future Habitat homes.  Julie Riccardi came to the Silver Street home for a tour and a group photo on July 29, 2010.  We are most grateful for their generous support.

Since 2010, the Heritage Family Credit Union has continued to help us with annual support.  The partnership means a lot to us, and we are very grateful for the Heritage Family Credit Union's generous support of Habitat's mission.

Julie Riccardi, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager
206 Pleasant Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Ron Hance, President

Heritage Family Credit Union
30 Allen Street
Rutland, VT  05701

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Hunter Douglas, Inc., headquartered in Upper Saddle River, N.J, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window coverings in North America and a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s proprietary products include Duette® Architella® and Duette® honeycomb shades, Silhouette® window shadings, Pirouette window shadings, Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, Luminette® Privacy Sheers, The Alustra® Collection and a long list of other premier window fashion designs

Hunter Douglas has been a national partner of Habitat since 1992, donating and delivering its custom-made window fashions for the privacy rooms of new and rehab Habitat homes in the United States and Canada and at cost for the other rooms of the house – to date more than 200,000 have been supplied. Many Hunter Douglas employees across North America participate in Habitat builds as well.  We are most grateful to Hunter Douglas for donating blinds to the Lewis and Cooper homes on Jennifer Lane.


For more information, call 1-800-274-2985 or visit: www.hunterdouglas.com


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Lon McClintock, LPC

Legal services are provided for individuals and businesses, including

  • Real estate
  • Wills, trusts, and estates
  • Family law and divorce
  • Personal injury
  • Employment law
lon-mcclintockLon McClintock served as our legal counsel for 15 years. We are most grateful for the many hours of hard work that Lon and his colleague, Becky Elliott, contributed to further our work.  Through their work for Habitat they demonstrated a tremendous commitment to Habitat's mission and to giving back to strengthen the community in which they are living.

"We have chosen to support the work of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity because the need for affordable housing in our community is critical.  Affordable housing is a building block for a strong, healthy community." Lon McClintock

Contact Information

Lon T. McClintock, ESQ.
185 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201-0289
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The Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce does a great job of promoting the area, from the outstanding recreational opportunities, to area businesses, and to the many non-profit organizations that help make the area attractive for visitors and residents alike.

Photo (below) of Executive Director, Berta Maginniss, presenting a check to Habitat Board President, Monica Knorr at the November 2011 Chamber Mixer.

11-18-11-Habitat Photo-presentation-croppedThe Board of Directors invited Habitat to partner with them for the Win Hoyt Golf Tournament.  We have worked together in the fall of 2011, 2012, and 2013 with roughly have the proceeds after expenses going to support the Chamber of Commerce's efforts to promote the area and to Habitat to purchase building supplies for the homes we are building in Bennington County.  We are grateful to the Chamber of Commerce staff for doing an outstanding job hosting the event and to the Manchester Country Club for providing a perfect venue.  Click to see photos of the 2013 Win Hoyt Golf Tournament.

Berta Maginniss Executive Director
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802-362-6313 ext.11    

Marilyn Lewis Accts Manager
802-362-6313 Ext 13   

Beth Meachem Director of Member and Visitor Services
802-362-6313 Ext 15

Fred Dieffenbach Sales Manager

Linda McLenithan
Guest Services Associate 802-362-6313 ext. 12

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE: Bonnet Street, Manchester Center, VT. 05255
Toll free: 800-362-4144 · 802-362-6313 · Fax: 802-362-3451                                                                                               

Monday – Saturday 9 – 5


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 MAPLE VALLEY DESIGN BUILD is a full service architectural design and build firm specializing in energy efficient building design and construction in southern Vermont and Massachusetts.  We have a special interest and experience in creating structures that integrate beauty, sustainability, value, and function while meeting our client's needs & wishes.  


It is our belief that making the right decisions early in the design process will create a living environment that can be treasured and enjoyed for generations while minimizing negative environmental impacts.  It is this balance between our buildings and our environment that we like to call the "sweet spot."  This is where we want our buildings to be.

We strive to design and build SMARTER homes, additions and renovations and this requires time, patience, curiosity and attention to detail.  We expect a commitment from our clients to consider sustainable alternatives in all their decisions to create homes with a conscience.  

We have been fortunate that Greg Boshart has been working for over two years as a member of our design team for our Jennifer Lane project.  Greg has made a significant contribution through his participation and his design for two of our homes. 

9-11-10-ramsay-greg-webGreg Boshart (left) and Ramsay Gourd (right) ran the Maple Leaf Half-marathon on September 11, 2010.  They secured pledges of support and raised money for Habitat.  They ran well, finishing the 13 miles in two hours!  We greatly appreciate their dedication to Habitat and all their friends who sponsored them in support of Habitat's mission.

In speaking about why he chose this way to support Habitat, Greg said "I just like running where it takes many small strides to make it to the finish line, it takes many sponsors and volunteers to build a home for a deserving family.  Each stride, each donation, each volunteer, gets us closer to our goal, whether it be crossing the finish line, or providing a home for a deserving family.  While reaching my finish line, I hope to help Habitat reach theirs."  

Contact Information

Greg Boshart
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PHONE:           802.362.7343 (office)            802.362.7366 (fax)
ADDRESS:        131 North Ridge Run   Manchester Center, VT   05255

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 Merchants Bank is a full-service, commercial bank offering a complete range of retail and commercial services to businesses, industry, private and government institutions and individuals. The Bank maintains 34 full-service banking offices and five additional ATM-only locations throughout Vermontlocations throughout Vermont.

bankers1-webIn 2010, The Merchants Bank joined with other area financial institutions in supporting our affiliate's goal of building two homes in the Bennington area and in purchasing and developing land in Manchester for future homes.  Shown Mary Cannavan (purple blouse), from the North Bennington branch, joined with other bankers for a tour of the home on Silver Street in Bennington and for a group photo.




Photo - left - Bette Smith presented Dick Malley with a gift from the made in support of the North Bennington home.



Photo - left - Mary Cannavan from the North Bennington branch at work in early June 2009.  In 2009, Merchants Bank helped us in two ways. Employees from the North Bennington Bank helped build the home in North Bennington. In addition, Merchants Bank made a generous contribution that helped to purchase building supplies for the home. We are most grateful to the employees at Merchants Bank for their generous support.

Merchants Bank supports the Habitat's work because it is an AWESOME organization.  To see the future homeowner's working side by side with you is a wonderful feeling.  Their pride in their home and how much they truly appreciate all that is being done for them is fantastic.  Our group always has a great experience.  I always feel so blessed from the experience!  Bette Smith, North Bennington Branch President


Photo - above - taken on 3-5-11- at the Furnace Brook home.  Five Merchants Bank employees from the North Bennington and Bennington branches help prime the walls and the ceilings.  They did a great job and we greatly appreciate their continued help and the support of their bank.

I am so pleased that the Merchants Foundation made a grant in the amount of $3,000.00 to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity.  It is such rewarding work that the Habitat does for families.  To work side by side with the family that will be occupying the home is so wonderful.  Each project is unique to that particular family.  The day brings so many different people together working for the common good of someone.  I get a very special feeling every time I work on a project with my co-workers.  It is totally rewarding! 
Bette Smith, North Bennington Branch Manager

Photo taken at Jennifer Lane in October 2011


On July 3, 2013 and again in 2014, Kathy Mosenthal, Financial Advisor for the Merchants Bank, presented Board President, Monica Knorr, with a check for $2,500 in support of the Jennifer Lane project.  We are very grateful to the Merchants Bank Foundation and to the employees of Merchants Bank for their generous and continued support.



Bennington County Branch Locations

406 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201

4996 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255

5 Bank Street
North Bennington, VT 05257

Merchants Bank Website

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Midura Building Company


Serving Bennington County - working on custom homes: traditional, log and renovations.

Lou Midura, Owner
351 Maggies Run
Arlington, Vt 05250

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Over the years, Lou and his men have put on the plywood sheathing and the felt for houses in Winhall, Rupert, West Rupert, North Bennington, Bennington, Shaftsbury, and put on the shingles for the first three homes on Jennifer Lane in Manchester. 

We are most grateful to Lou and his crew for helping us out in this way. When asked why they were helping, Lou explained, "We have been very fortunate, we have the skills, and we are glad to be able to give back to help others in this way."

Lou serves as the Zion Episcopal Church liaison to Habitat's Faith Relations Committee.

Below are some photos that were taken over the years, with the most recent ones last.


October 29, 2013 - Lou and a crew of 7 volunteered to put on the shingles for the Gordon home.  They did a great job, and we are very grateful to them for their hard work and generous contribution to Habitat and to the community in which they live and work.



11-14-12-midura4November 2012 - Lou Midura Builders shingled the roof of the Cooper home on Jennifer Lane in Manchester.  Jake and Rick worked together on November 12th and were joined by Lou on the 14th to finish the job.  This was a tremendous contribution to the community and Habitat, and we are most appreciative of their continued help and strong interest in assisting hard-working families to have affordable housing.

November 30, 2010 - Lou Midura Builders did a great job - putting up the sheathing and felt in record time - providing us with immense help!  We are most grateful to them for a tremendous job!

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Pictured are Lou Midura, Rick Keyes, Aaron Gates, Rick Dailey, Jason Griffs, Devin Midura, Dana Midura, and Caleb Keyes.  Thanks to all for a great job!




Lou and his crew of Rick Keyes, Justin Keyes, and Aaron Gates put up the plywood and the felt for the Winhall Home on the morning of September 14, 2006.


Rick, Justin, and Aaron spent Friday morning, June 1st putting the plywood and felt on the Lewis home in Rupert. They made short work of a job that would have taken volunteers more time and would have surely been risky for people not accustomed to this work!

Lou and his crew helped us once again at the end of May 2008. They put the plywood and felt on the roof at the Morey home in West Rupert and thus saving us time and most importantly, leaving the high work to professionals, not to volunteers.



On June 16, 2009, Lou Midura and his crew, Justin Keyes, Rick Keyes, and Rick Dailey volunteered to put the plywood sheathing and the felt paper on the North Bennington home. Once again, this was a tremendous help to us. The pitch of this roof was steep, and Lou and his men put it up with ease, saving us valuable time, and making it much safer for our volunteers.

Note that Lou wears the Red Sox hat wherever he goes!




On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Lou and his men spent the day putting on the shingles of our first home on Jennifer Lane.  They did a great job and their timings was perfect.  That night we received snow and sleet.  It was a tremendous help to us to have the roof completed.

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5% to Conservation

For nearly 150 years, our name has stood for outdoor traditions, quality, and customer satisfaction. In 1856, Charles Orvis founded the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, offering the finest fly fishing equipment, and priding himself on customer satisfaction and service. Today, along with our world famous fly-fishing gear, Orvis offers distinctive clothing, home furnishings, gifts, and dog products. Each item is rooted in our heritage of authenticity and the outdoors, and is backed with a no-questions-asked guarantee.

In 2005, Orvis contributed some beautiful furnishings for the Habitat home, located in East Arlington, Vermont. Orvis has been a Corporate Partner since 2005. making generous donations of time, expertise, and financial support.   We are most grateful to Orvis for the strong interest in supporting Habitat's work in Bennington County.

Orvis Corporate Office
802- 362-3622
Orvis Manchester Market Place
Rts. 11 & 30
Manchester, VT 05255

Orvis Retail Stores

Orvis company-owned stores offer a full line of men's and women's clothing, the world's foremost fly fishing gear, furniture, gifts, pet items, and more. They include our newest Orvis Destinations Stores, with 12,000-23,000 square feet of the Orvis Distinctive Country Lifestyle experience.

Orvis Outlets

Find great deals of up to 70% off at all times at Orvis Outlets. There's always something you'll need or want-from men's and women's clothing, home furnishings, pet items, gifts, fly fishing gear and more.

24 hour help line - Call 888-235-9763 at any time, day or night, to speak with someone about Orvis products.

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the coldest day of the winter (-17), ten Orvis employees spent the morning and afternoon helping to paint the interior of one of the homes we are building on Jennifer Lane.  They also helped to lay floor and to fill nail holes on the window trim. They did a great job, and we are most appreciative of their help.


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Member FDIC

People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through over 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and in Westchester County and Long Island, New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People's United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, the People's United Community 11-30-11-p-united-check-webFoundation presented Monica Knorr, President of the Habitat board of directors, with a gift of $10,000 to help pay for the infrastructure improvements to Jennifer Lane that will enable us to build as many as 22 single-family homes that are affordable for hard-working lower income families who live in or work in Bennington County.  Read more.



We were very pleased that People's United Bank made a generous contribution in support of Habitat's work in southwestern Vermont, continuing the tradition of making affordable housing in Vermont a priority.  People's United joined with other area financial institutions helping our affiliate to build two homes in the Bennington area in FY 2010.  Three members of People's United Bank came to the Silver Street build on July 29, 2010 for a tour of the home and a group photo (Andy Holzman, Kaitlin Mclellan, and Shelley Colvin.)

We support Habitat for Humanity because Habitat for Humanity goes hand-in-hand with our mission of supporting local communities with affordable housing needs.  Habitat for Humanity provides a unique opportunity for our employees to volunteer their time and effort to help build stronger communities where they live.  Read press release.


Andy Holzman, then Manager for the Manchester branch and Cathy Van Wagner are shown presenting Dick Malley with a check for $2,500. The gift will be used to pay for building supplies for the home that was started in Rupert in the spring of 2007.

Web Site Address:

People's United Bank - Member FDIC

 Local Contacts:

Bennington Office
401 Main Street
Bennington, VT  05201
802- 442-6396

Londonderry Office
Mountain Market Place
Londonderry, VT 05148

Bennington Square
Kocher Drive
Bennington, VT  05201

Manchester Office
4993 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
802- 362-3226         

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r.k. Miles, Inc. is 125 dedicated and friendly problem solvers who are ready to help our customers build their houses from frame to the finish on their walls.  Building materials and hardware is presented like never seen before!

"As a local lumber and building supplier, we feel it is important for us to contribute to BAHfH to build a stronger community for everyone.  A home is the center of many people's dreams and a motivator for realizing one's potential.  No one should be denied the privilege of owning a home.  Supporting this cause not only improves the people's lives who move into the homes, but it also makes our community stronger by bringing people together for a common, achievable goal. "

Photo above right - Lillian and Art Short, Elaine Gordon, Dave Ratti, and Bev Bromley

Stephen and Pidge Bovey, John LaVecchia, and Chris Dussault, from r.k. Miles helped with the deck and siding on July 7, 2007.

Contact Information:
r.k. Miles
618 Depot Street
P.O. Box 1125
Manchester Center, VT 05255 - 802-362-1952

On September 22nd, r.k. Miles sponsored a home show and designated Habitat to be the beneficiary of a raffle of a $1,000 gift certificate. We greatly appreciate this support!

Contact: Judy Seltmann
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website: www.rkmiles.com

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A small architectural firm focusing on custom residential and small scale commercial projects aimed towards preserving the visual resources of southern Vermont.

Ramsay R. Gourd, AIA
Mary Jo Gourd

Over the years, Ramsay has provided tremendous support for Habitat. He designed a home we built in East Arlington.7-10-10-shingles2-ramsay He made arrangements for his former colleague, Cliff Beebe, to take every Wednesday off to serve as our project manager for two homes. Ramsay has designed a duplex we hope to build someday in East Dorset. Ramsay is also part of a dynamic design team that has agreed to work together to design homes that will look great and will be highly energy efficient for the Jennifer Lane project in Manchester. Most recently, Ramsay found a very creative way to raise awareness and funds for our affiliate. See below...

62 Highland Avenue
Manchester Village, VT 05254
Send mail to P. O. Box 300
802- 362-1480
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Ramsay Gourd found a creative way to raise awareness and funds for our affiliate. Ramsay trained hard for the Maple Leaf half marathon and he asked family and friends to sponsor him by making a donation to Habitat. Ramsay surprised himself by finishing the run faster than he ever expected, and he never expected to raise as much money. His sponsors made extremely generous donations and came through with just over $10,000 in gifts to Habitat! We are most grateful to Ramsay and to everyone who encouraged and supported him. We used the funds to purchase building supplies for the home we completed in North Bennington in the fall of 2009.




Greg Boshart (left) and Ramsay Gourd (right) ran the half-marathon on September 11, 2010.  They secured pledges of support and raised money for Habitat.  They ran well, finishing the 13 miles in two hours!  We greatly appreciate their dedication to Habitat and all their friends who sponsored them in support of Habitat's mission.

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 RMS Plumbing and Heating

RMS Plumbing & Heating is primarily engaged in Plumbing Heating Air-Conditioning. RMS Plumbing & Heating operates in Rupert Vermont. This business establishment is involved in Plumbing Heating Air-Conditioning as well as other possible related aspects and functions of Plumbing Heating Air-Conditioning. In Rupert Vermont RMS Plumbing & Heating maintains its local business operations and could perform other local business operations outside of Rupert in additional operations related to Plumbing Heating Air-Conditioning.



Phill Mazzucco has done an excellent job for us with Habitat homes; one in Rupert, West Rupert, and most recently, on Jennifer Lane in Manchester.  We have especially appreciated the fact that Phil has worked well with our schedule, enabling our volunteers to continue their work without interruption.  Phil understands what Habitat is doing in serving the community, and Phil works hard to make it possible for us to have an excellent job at the best possible price, as a means for Phil to contribute to the community in which he lives and works.

RMS Plumbing & Heating
Plumbing Heating Air-Conditioning
190 Perkins Rd
Rupert Vermont 05768 VT
Phone: (802) 645-0976

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As a national partner and long-term supporter, Schneider Electric has donated more than $24 million worth of electrical equipment—Square D by Schneider Electric and Juno by Schneider Electric—to build homes in the United States, Canada and Mexico since 2000.  In addition, the company has donated more than $4 million worth of funding to help cover the cost of land, infrastructure and homebuilding materials.  Schneider Electric also supplies volunteers to build houses nationwide and has been a multiyear supporter of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project.

As a National Partner and a Cornerstone Society member of Habitat’s "More Than Houses” campaign, Schneider Electric has donated almost $6 million worth of residential electrical equipment for use in homes built in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In 2006, Schneider Electric renewed its commitment to Habitat with a pledge to donate $7 million worth of Square D® residential electrical equipment over the next four-and-a-half years.  In addition, many of our people dedicate time and muscle to Habitat home builds.

To further underscore our commitment to Habitat for Humanity, in 2007 the Schneider Electric/Square D Foundation will fund up to seven whole house sponsorships. The sponsorships fully fund the cost of the land, infrastructure and materials to build a Habitat home. The Foundation also funds the cost for employee teams to participate in one-day home building events.

According to Habitat, 5.1 million American families have "worst-case" housing needs and are forced to pay more than half their income for housing, endure overcrowded conditions or live in houses with severe physical deficiencies. Worldwide, some 2 billion people live in poverty housing. More than 1 billion live in urban slums, and that figure is expected to double by 2030.

Working in partnership with low-income families to build decent homes they can afford to buy, Habitat helps to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. We believe in the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and our role in facilitating our people’s involvement in Habitat activities in their communities.


As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.” 



We are most grateful to Schneider Electric for supplying the circuit breakers for each of our homes.

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Stewart's Shops

We are committed to providing fast and friendly service.  Products and services include:

  • A complete line of the freshest dairy products
  • Food to go
  • Hand dipped and packaged ice cream
  • Soda, beer, bread, groceries
  • Gas
  • Lottery, banking terminals, and pay phones.

For more information check out the web site www.stewartsshops.com. Stewarts has a strong commitment to the community. This statement is taken directly from their website.


  • Stewart's is committed to contributing approximately 5% of their profit.
  • In 2014 Stewarts plans to donate $2,500,000 to charitable organizations.
  • Their contributions includes monetary donations, products and gift certificates 
  • Stewart's Holiday Match customers have helped Stewarts contribute over $19 Million to thousands of organizations since its inception in 1986.         

"It is never a question of whether we'll give, but rather to whom. We try to be as generous as possible to a large number of organizations. We support Habitat because it brings many people, including the recipients, together to help people in need."

Sarah Aldrich, Store Manager of Stewart's in Manchester, presents a check in the amount of $1000 from Stewart's to homeowner Janet Benson in August 2014, to help with the purchase of building supplies for Janet's new home.

Click to learn more about Stewart's Shops support for area non-profit organizations.

3784 Vt. Rt.7
Arlington, VT 05250
(802) 375-8321
713 Main Street
4455 Main St
Manchester, VT 05255
(802) 366-4992
7594 US Rt. 7
Pownal, VT 05261
(802) 823-5176

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logo5Sustainable Design of Vermont

Sustainable Design of VT is dedicated to the integration of energy efficiency and sustainability into every project. We are focused on providing our clients and local communities with a clear understanding of energy efficiency, renewable resources, and the concept of sustainability.

A Mutual Exchange

Even as we cultivate relationships with our network of partners and with our communities, open dialogue with our clients is of vital importance. We take pride in our ability to integrate your ideas along with energy-saving design principles.

Community Outreach

Sustainable Design of VT is presently working with Habitat for Humanity in order to incorporate sustainable elements into their projects. We volunteer on several local boards including the Energy Committee, the Bikeways Group, Conservation Committee, Development Review Board, Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Green and Sustainable Group among others.

We are active participants in various fundraising efforts throughout the state, and have raised and donated thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations.


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444 Barnumville Rd
Manchester Center, VT  05255
802 362 4310

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The Bank of Bennington was originally chartered as Bennington Co-operative Savings and Loan Association on May 14, 1917. The mission is to provide excellent service to area residents and includes commercial banking services for the small to medium-sized businesses located in our marketplace. We originate a large share of the home mortgage loans made in Bennington and Rensselaer Counties. We have introduced additional financial services, including Internet-based banking and investment sales and service.

The Board of Directors is composed of local residents charged with the responsibility of enhancing the original philosophy of a community bank: providing home loans, business loans, and a variety of savings accounts, Certificates of Deposit, checking and Money Market Accounts.
August 20, 2014 - members of The Bank of Bennington staff had lots of fun and did a great job helping with the Benson and Van Vleck homes.
Long a generous supporter of Habitat's mission, The Bank of Bennington made a special leadership gift in 2010 in support of our affiliate's goal of building two homes in the Bennington area and to purchase and develop land in Manchester.  The Bank of Bennington supported the affiliate's appeal to other financial institutions asking them to join them in supporting our affiliate's work.  A total of $18,000 was raised from the Merchants Bank, People's United Bank, The Heritage Family Credit Union, the Berkshire Bank, and The Bank of Bennington. 
Jim Brown, President, and Charles Waters, then, Vice President, are wearing the yellow hardhats!

Brenna Warren, Financial Planner for the Bank of Bennington, and Kelley Legacy, were instrumental in helping us file for a grant for Jennifer Lane from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.  Grants for affordable housing are made available from the FHLBB through member banks to non-profit organizations.  

Brenna Warren also serves as a member of our Finance Committee.  This committee meets monthly and prepares and monitors our operating budget.  We were very pleased that Brenna joined our Board of Directors in February 2014. 


Ten members of The Bank of Bennington enjoyed special banker's hours on Wednesday, July 29, 2010, when they helped build at the Silver Street site.  They put on siding on the shed.  The siding had been donated by an area contractor.  They did a great job and had lots of fun.

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Bennington Office
James Brown, President
115 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Manchester Office
James Comar, Manager
78 Center Hill Road 
Manchester Center, VT 05255

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Thomas J. Dailey, Attorney

We ae very pleased that Tom Dailey is representing us for our real estate transactions in the southern part of Bennington County.  We are very grateful to Tom for his service to Habitat and to the community in which he lives and works.  He has found a very meaninful way to make a profound difference in the lives of area residents.

125 Elm Street
BenningtonVT 052012249
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Tile Solutions - completing work on tile, fireplaces, and restorations

My experience in the building trades started on a part-time basis in 1980, with the complete renovation of my first house. Since then I have completed three additional renovations, and I have built one house from the ground up. This part-time passion became a career when the company where I worked for 24 years closed its doors.

I focused on tile and stone because their artistic qualities have a significant impact on a building project. Nothing can transform a space quite like tile and stone.  I worked with a master tiler for about a year, and Tile Solutions was born shortly thereafter.

I have been involved in a wide array of projects of all sizes, from renovations to new construction. I emphasize quality workmanship over speed, which reflects my belief that your tile is a key component to the success of your project.  I am pleased to provide references.

Bryan completed the tiling of the floor on the bathrooms on the houses we built on Furnace Brook Road in Shaftsbury in 2011 and on Jennifer Lane in 2012..  He did a great job, and we highly recommend Bryan.

Bryan Richheimer
(802) 375-6127
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Valspar Primary_clr

The founding partner of Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program and Habitat’s national paint partner, Valspar has donated more than $60 million in cash and paint contributions to Habitat for Humanity. A Brush With Kindness has grown to include nearly 400 Habitat affiliates, and in 2010, Valspar and Habitat marked their long-standing partnership by celebrating the 1 millionth gallon of Valspar Paint donated to Habitat. Bennington Area Habitat has received more than 40 of gallons of Valspar paint. 

The Valspar (NYSE: VAL) is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry. For more information, visit www.valsparglobal.com

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The Vermont Country Store® - An Old-Time General Store - Offering a Huge Selection of Top Quality Classic and Hard-to-Find Products  

Take a journey into the general store of yesteryear with The Vermont Country Store. As the purveyors of practical and hard-to-find products, Vermont Country Store offers a host of quality merchandise from around the block and around the world.   The Vermont Country Store is a family owned and operated business with roots in over 100 years of Orton family shopkeepers. 

 "We still go to great lengths to find products that aren't sold anywhere else.  Our original general store and catalog business were built on the premise that all the merchandise we sell must be durable and above all - practical. We've maintained this tradition for more than 60 years, continually finding and sharing only the best classic products, unique and hard-to-find products. Your satisfaction is our top priority. That's why every item is backed by our no-hassle, no-fuss 100% guarantee meaning that we will exchange any item or refund your money if it does not meet with your satisfaction. We provide polite, courteous service and proudly uphold our Customer Bill of Rights.: Eliot Orton

Over the years, many Vermont Country Store employees have volunteered to help build Habitat homes in Bennington County.  During the summer of 2012, interns from the Vermont Country Store helped build on Wednesdays and this fall, led by Cabot and Eliot Orton, employees helped build.  Knowing that many people who work in the Manchester are unable to afford to live near to work or to have access to Manchester's schools, the Vermont Country Store made a pledge in 2012 sufficient to pay for the construction of one of the 11 homes that Habitat will build on Jennifer Lane in Manchester.  "We are extremely grateful to the Vermont Country Store and their employees for their tremendous support!" Monica Knorr, President Board of Directors

The Vermont Country Store upholds a long tradition of giving back to the community at large.  Their philosphy is rooted in the belief that each of us has a responsibility to improve the health and vibrancy of our communities, and as a Vermont-based business, the Vermont Country Store is committed to continue to invest in the community by partnering with non-profit organizations that share this mindset.  The Vermont Country Store's Community Partners program is committed to providing support in the communities where their employees live and work.

 Contact Information 

By Phone
By Mail
The Vermont Country Store
5650 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT

Website Vermont Country Store

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Whalen, Hand & Gilmour TLC

Marilyn Hand started serving as Habitat's legal counsel on a voluntary bais in July of 2011.  She is providing a tremendous service to the community in which she lives in work through her tireless efforts to facilitate Habitat's work in Bennington County.

Marilyn Hand
170 Bonnet St.
Manchester Center, VT 05255
(802) 362-2310

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Whirlpool is proud to support Bennington Area Habitat's work in Bennington County, Vermont by donating a range and Energy Star refrigerator. In more than 11 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Whirlpool Corporation has developed active partnerships in 22 countries with a commitment nearing $72 million. In North America, the company has donated more than 130,000 ranges and ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators to new Habitat homes, serving 65,000 families. Additionally, Whirlpool has donated more than 25,000 products to Habitat ReStore resale outlets, helping raise $3.5 million in two years.  


In more than 11 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Whirlpool Corporation has developed active partnerships in 22 countries with a commitment nearing $72 million. In North America, the company has donated more than 130,000 ranges and ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators to new Habitat homes, serving 65,000 families. Additionally, Whirlpool has donated more than 25,000 products to Habitat ReStore resale outlets, helping raise $3.5 million in two years. A proud sponsor of Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project since 2003, the company has engaged 7,000 employee volunteers, sponsored more than 100 homes around the world and served more than 16,200 families in Europe. Whirlpool plans to support the work of Habitat around the world through product donations, financial contribution or volunteerism. For more information, go to www.whirlpoolcorp.com/habitat

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at www.whirlpoolcorp.com.   


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As a proud supporter of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Yale is proud to donate lock sets. Since 2011, Yale, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has donated more than 500,000 lock sets to Habitat for Humanity homes in the United States and Mexico and is committed to donating a minimum of $15 million in lock sets through 2015.


YALE Locks & Hardware develops and manufactures a comprehensive line of door hardware and locks, including an extensive range of mortise and cylindrical locks, exit devices, door closers, electromechanical products and key systems. Included in this product field are windstorm certified locks, designer hardware, and photo luminescent and antimicrobial hardware coatings. Visit www.yalelocks.com for complete bored lock, mortise lock, exit device, door closer, and key systems product specifications.


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