Community Briefs

FFA fundraiser

Coinciding with National FFA Week, Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, at or by calling 877-718-6750. Donations fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in VT that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. For more details, visit

Teams wanted

On April 7 the community is invited to Bowl For Kids' Sake at Bennington Lanes. This year's event is themed "The Fantastic 50s." Funds raised allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County to continue to support mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance to mentors, mentees and families. Local businesses can support the event by becoming sponsors, donating prizes and encouraging employees to create teams. Registration is $10; bowlers are encouraged to raise $50 in pledges. The grand prize for the top fundraiser is a cruise for two. For more information, visit or call 802-442-5491.

Tax assistance available

BROC Community Action is offering free tax assistance at their offices at 332 Orchard Road, Bennington. If you make $54,000 or less, are a person with a disability or are elderly, they can prepare and file Federal income tax returns, Vermont State income tax returns, homestead declarations and property tax adjustment claims, household income schedules and renter rebate claims. BROC Community Action staff receive training from the IRS and the Vermont Department of Taxes. Call for an appointment: 802-447-7515. Visit to learn more.

Food drive

Community Bank N.A. branches across New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts have joined together to host a canned food drive throughout February. Participating local branches include Bennington, Rutland Green Mountain Plaza and Rutland Woodstock Avenue. To participate in the food drive, bring your nonperishable canned food items to your local Community Bank N.A. by Feb. 28.

Tax assistance available

AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Vermont with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Trained counselors are ready to help Vermonters file electronically and get the refunds they deserve where appropriate. To find a site near you and times simply go to or call 888-227-7669.


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