After more than 40 years dedicated to helping people in the valley, health care volunteers closing down
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To the Editor,

This letter is to inform the community that the Deerfield Valley Health Care Volunteers is relinquishing its 501(c)(3) status and terminating operations. For more than four decades we have served the towns of Readsboro, Halifax, Whitingham, Wilmington, Dover, and Wardsboro.

Throughout our existence, we have provided grants for “friends in need” as they experienced periods of poor health, scholarships for students entering the health care field, and reduced-cost or free dental cleanings for all children in the local schools. Most recently, because of the lack of a hygienist, with the remainder of our dental funds we supported the free dental day sponsored by Deerfield Valley Dental Care.

We have raised hundreds of dollars selling “woman pins” to support the Women’s Freedom Center, formerly the Women’s Crisis Center. We regularly supported Project Graduation as well as other prevention and wellness initiatives. In our earlier days, we closely supported the work of the Deerfield Valley Health Center.

Hundreds of residents, businesses, and visitors in the Deerfield Valley have volunteered and contributed over the years to these efforts and the fundraising they required. Traditionally, our largest fundraisers were “Art on the Mountain” (an annual summer art show) and “Snowshoe for Knowledge” (specifically targeting our scholarship fund). In addition, for many years, we had a longtime anonymous but very generous benefactor affectionately known as the “tooth fairy” who helped fund the dental programs.

A combination of the loss of good venues for these events, along with changes in the economy and the number of people still willing and able to organize, has contributed to our decision. The remainder of our funds has been distributed to local charities and we are now ready to close our books. We will be doing no more grants or fundraising.

Our current board is small and we have worked hard over the past several years to maintain our organization. We are sad we can no longer function but will all continue to support the community in various ways as much as we can. On behalf of all DVHCV board members, past and present, we thank all those in the valley who have supported us over the years.

Regretfully but sincerely,

Ginny Kuhnert, Norma Abel, Linda Doty, Sue Byron, Carol Baltrus, and Kathy Larsen

Kathy Larsen

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