Public Service Organizations
Health Care and Rehabilitation Services

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS ) is a major community mental health agency, providing comprehensive services for mental health and substance abuse issues to community members across Windsor and Windham counties. They provide five major service programs: Adult Outpatient, Children’s Division, Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT), Developmental Services (DS), and Windham/Windsor Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP).

You can find out more at

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

Founded in 1915 by Woodstock, Vermont businessman Frank Mackenzie in memory of his wife, Lucy, the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is one of the oldest continuously operating humane societies in the United States. "Lucy Mac," as it has come to be known, moved to its new home on Route 44 in West Windsor, Vermont in 2007.

Today, the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society lives up to its motto of "improving the lives of people and pets." Each year hundreds of abandoned, neglected, mistreated and stray animals find their way to our shelter. Once here, our caring staff and volunteers make every effort to ensure that the animals are healthy, well adjusted, and ready to be matched with a home that will cherish their pet for the rest of its life - a life all pets deserve.

As part of its mission of enhancing the bonds of animals and people, Lucy Mackenzie is committed to educating people of all ages about the care of pets, the training of pets and their place and that of other domesticated animals in a humane community.  In addition to dog training programs offered on site at Lucy Mackenzie, we will soon be offering programs in humane education directed to young people both in schools and at the shelter.  Longer term we hope to offer educational programs directed to animal care professionals.

We serve many communities in Windsor County, Vermont, and also communities in the nearby Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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New Beginnings, Inc.

Non-profit agency providing crisis and post-crisis services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Southern Windsor County.

Business Phone: 802-885-2368
24-Hour Hotline: 802-674-6700 or 800-228-7395

Reading - West Windsor Food Shelf
Since 2000, the Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf has been supplying food and donated clothing, free of charge, to local families in need.  The Food Shelf is located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse in South Reading on the Tyson Road  (3456 Tyson Road).  It is open on Mondays (2-4pm) and Thursdays (4-6pm), except on major holidays and school snow days. By providing food  to those in need, the Food Shelf provides a safety net and a helping hand to our most at-risk neighbors.  It is truly a “country store without a cash register.”
We urge you to consider supporting this effort.  Please help the Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf continue its mission by sending a tax-deductible donation to Reading – West Windsor Food Shelf, Inc., PO Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.   Visit our website is
If you have questions, please call Sara Norcross at 484-5097 or call Dana Waters at cell# 802-291-3299.
Information and assistance on a variety of issues for Vermont residents 60 years of age or older. Visit the website at or call 1-800-642-5119.
Southeastern Vermont Community Action

Non-profit community based anti-poverty organization that provides services for low income residents including family services and fuel/utility assistance.

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Vermont Center for Independent Living

Statewide organization providing support for individuals with disabilities.  They provide services including Meals on Wheels, Home Access Program, AgrAbility, and Peer Advocacy.

The nearest branch office is in Rutland and they can be reached at 800-639-1522. Find out more at

The Vermont Veterans Home is a residential facility in Bennington, VT. For more information, please visit
Visiting Nurse Association

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of VT and NH provides home healthcare and hospice services to individuals and their families.  Their nearest office is in West Lebanon, NH.  They can be reached at (888) 300-8853.

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Volunteers In Action

Located in Windsor, Vermont, Volunteers in Action brings together local volunteers to assist neighbors in need of a "helping hand" including frail elders.  Services include transportation to medical appointments, helping around the home, shopping, hairdressing.

For more information, contact their office at 802-674-5971.

Windsor County Youth Services
Provides assistance, including shelters, for teenagers age 13-22. Find out more at

The Job Bank has an extensive list of area job openings for prospective workers under its “Job Postings” tab at

If there's a project you need help with, there are always registered applicants waiting to help with yard work, spring clean up and winterizing, gardening, child and elder care, office work, pet care, cooking, moving, building, house sitting and more. 

Contact the Job Bank at or (802) 952-9010.

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