Led by Shirley Perkins, a small group founded Dummerston Cares in 2005. Major programs and services in its first years included establishment of an emergency telephone service, Helpline, an emergency fuel fund, and social and information luncheons at the Community Center. In spring 2016, when Shirley moved from Dummerston, there was need for fresh energy and direction for Dummerston Cares. With help from the Congregational Church and Transition Dummerston, Dummerston Cares reorganized, non-profit and IRS tax exemption status were secured, bylaws were prepared and a board was formed. Dummerston Cares is now an all-volunteer organization led by a volunteer board.
The Board of Directors currently with nine members is responsible for the overall administration and budget of Cares services and programs. The Board meets monthly. The day -to-day operation of each service and implementation of community programs is delegated to a Board-appointed manager/coordinator, who may or may not be a Board member.
In September of each year the regular monthly meeting is also Care’ Annual Meeting and is open to the public and press. Services and programs of the previous year are reviewed and reported on and proposals for new services are heard and considered.
Sources of Support
Dummerston Cares Inc. receives financial support from Dummerston residents through allocations voted at Town Meeting, grants from Dummerston Community Chest and individual tax-deductible donations. The possibility of obtaining grants or funds from other sources is pursued as warranted in future planning for new or expanded services and programs.
Board of Directors
Bill Schmidt, President
Akara Draper, Vice President
Susan Daigler, Treasurer
Rev. Shawn Bracebridge
Dummerston Cares Inc. and its officers, Board, volunteers, agents and employees shall not discriminate against any person based upon their race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation.