Essential Goods Program 2016

ReSOURCE is once again providing $150,000 in essential goods to alleviate poverty in Vermont through the Essential Goods Program. By obtaining vouchers, individuals and families in need can receive donations of those durable goods essential to safe and comfortable living such as cookware, mattresses, bed frames, dressers, books, washing machines, ranges, toys for kids, and even desktop computers.

ReSOURCE’s Essential Goods Program also supports sister nonprofit organizations, helping them meet their own organizational needs for information technology, office furniture, and appliances.

Vouchers for Essential Goods can be obtained from over 30 partner agencies in northern and central Vermont. Those agencies will identify the needs of the applicants and issue vouchers in the appropriate amounts. Vouchers can then be redeemed at any of ReSOURCE’s retail stores in Burlington, Barre, and Hyde Park. Nonprofit organizations needing materials for their own operations are eligible for a 25% discount on all purchases off ReSOURCE’s already low prices and may request additional support by talking with store managers at each ReSOURCE location.

In 2015, the ReSOURCE Essential Goods Program supported 1,013 beneficiaries including low income families, refugees, victims of disaster, women fleeing domestic violence, and homeless individuals moving into permanent housing. ReSOURCE also provided information technology equipment, office furniture, and other needed supplies to 66 nonprofit agencies. This support helped these agencies fulfill their mission.

ReSOURCE’s Essential Goods Program is made possible thanks to thousands of cash and material donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, as well as the Vermont Agency of Economic Opportunity.

Applicants can call 211 for a list of partner agencies that distribute ReSOURCE Essential Goods Vouchers.

ReSOURCE Essential Goods Partners include:

Addison Community Action/CVOEO
Agency of Human Services - Field Services
Burlington Community Justice Center
Burlington Housing Authority
Capstone Community Action, Inc. Chittenden Community Action/ CVOEO
Chittenden County Treatment Court
Committee on Temporary Shelter
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Essex Community Justice Center
Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action
Good Samaritan Haven
Howard Center - Child, Youth, and Family
Howard Center - Developmental Services
Howard Center - Human Services
Joint Urban Ministry Project
Lamoille Family Center
Lund Family Center
Milton Family Community Center
Pathways to Housing VT
Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont, Inc.
Safe Harbor Clinic
Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Visiting Nurse Association - Children and Families
Visiting Nurses Association - Adult Home Care
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Vermont Cares
Winooski Community Justice Center
Women Helping Battered Women
Church of Good Shepard
Vermont Foundation for Recovery

For information about the ReSOURCE Essential Goods Program, contact Bob Turnau, Finance Director at or (802) 658-4143 extension 29.

For general information about ReSOURCE, contact Curtis Ostler, Development & Communications Director at or (802) 658-4143 extension 15.