Interfaith church group donates $5,000 to shelter

SHELBURNE Since Shelburne-Charlotte-Hinesburg Interfaith Projects (SCHIP) made its first grants in 2005, more than $110,000 has been given to support projects ranging from local food shelves and emergency fuel funds to scholarships for youngsters to go to special camps and a ramp to give an M.S. victim access to her home. In its most recent round of grants, In June, SCHIP made one of its largest single grants to date, assisting the Burlington Emergency Shelter to replace its furnace with a grant of $5,000. The shelter has played an important part in the quality of life in our towns, by providing emergency housing for a significant number of people who come from the towns we serve, said SCHIP Co-convenor Pat Nestork of Charlotte. The local Interfaith Projects (SCHIP) is a cooperative endeavor of ten faith communities: Charlotte Congregational, Shelburne United Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Judes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hinesburg United, Ascension Lutheran, All Souls Interfaith Gathering, and the Vermont Zen Center. SCHIP was founded in 2003 with the goal of raising funds to improve the quality of life for residents of the towns of Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg. In 2004, SCHIP opened SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop to sell good, used, donated clothing and household items to raise money to make grants for projects that benefit the people of the communities. SCHIP also serves its mission by selling clothing and household goods at low cost or no cost to people in need, typically on the advice of pastors of the member faith communities or managers of local food shelves. The Resale Shop also provides gift certificates for distribution by pastors to help needy individuals, resettled refugees and disaster survivors. Surplus clothing or household goods are donated to the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, Recycle North and Sweet Charity. SCHIP depends on donations of good quality used clothing and household goods to raise money to make grants, and the public is encouraged to continue their generous donations. Volunteers are also vital to the success of the shop, helping the staff to process and sell donations. Anyone with some time to volunteer can call Janet Morrison, the manager of the resale shop, at 985-3595. You can help SCHIP: Donations of volunteer time as well as donations of good quality used clothing and household goods have been key to the success of SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne. The shop, a project of Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Projects, in its four years of operation, has raised enough money to make grants of more than $110,000 to projects that benefit the people of Shelburne Charlotte and Hinesburg. This has only been possible with the support of the communities in bringing in their donations and in helping in the shop as volunteers. Currently Shop Manager Janet Morrison is seeking more volunteers to handle the many tasks, large and small, that have made the resale shop such a success. Volunteers can help with intake of the donations, sorting and preparing them for display in the shop, helping customers and keeping the shop neat, clean and inviting. Schedules are very flexible and Janet is eager to talk to anyone who could volunteer a few hours a month or more. Call her at the shop, 802-985-3595, to set up a time to talk.

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