The planning committee for the Orchards Neighborhood Yard & Bake Sale. Front row (L-R): Brenda Withey, Jane Mitchell, Mary Gleason. Back row (L-R): E.N. May, Priscilla May, James Pape, Stacey Pape.

Orchards Neighborhood Makes a Difference

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Thursday October 22, 2015

Volunteers in the Orchards School neighborhood are hosting a community yard and bake sale Saturday, October 24, as part of national Make a Difference Day. For several years Mary Gleason, a resident of the Orchards neighborhood and Branch Manager at Northfield Savings Bank on Shelburne Road, had read about the Newman Foundation/USA Today’s Make a Difference Day and its positive impact on local communities. Gleason wanted to bring the Orchard neighborhood together for a volunteer day and, after volunteering with neighbors at the recent Vermont Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she realized this could be the year to make her dream a reality.

Word spread quickly about launching an Orchards Make a Difference Day. Three neighbors, Brenda Withey, Stacey Pape, and Jane Mitchell immediately signed up to help coordinate and organize the event. Northfield Savings Bank jumped on board to support Gleason’s vision and offered use of their parking lot at the highly visible Shelburne Road location. All proceeds from the Orchards Community Yard and Bake Sale will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter.

“I would love to see other neighborhoods unite and use this day - or any day really - to get together and volunteer to help make our communities better,” said Gleason. “This is a fun way to bring everyone together and volunteer to support a great cause.”

Orchards residents are volunteering their time to distribute fliers; sort, price and store donated items prior to the event; plus help with day-of set up, staffing and tear down.

The Orchards Community Yard & Bake Sale, Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Northfield Savings Bank, Shelburne Road. For more information, contact Mary Gleason, 802-863-3395, or Brenda Withey, 802-862-2173.