Christmas Tree Fundraiser

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Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser for our local community service projects and annual student scholarship awards. (View photos of our Christmas tree fundraiser.)

What exactly does the Brattleboro Club do with Christmas tree money?

Primarily, the money goes toward high school scholarships. Eight $3,000 scholarships totaling $24,000 are awarded each year to students from Brattleboro Union High School and the Career Center, Hinsdale High School, and Leland & Gray Union High School. (View photos of our Scholarship recipients.)

In addition, the club's nearly 90 members support a number of projects in the community, both large and small with cash and in-kind work. (View photos of our community service projects.) For example, we have:

    Helped the Christmas Stocking clothing project build a new, larger space.
    Painted the Senior Center's walls in the Gibson-Aiken Center.
    Helped Habitat for Humanity build and place a new home for a local family.
    Built a new deck on the Rotary-Kiwanis Shelter at Living Memorial Park.
    Built a handicapped access ramp at Youth Services, Inc.

The Club has also provided funds each year to approximately 30 social service agencies.

Our club also raises funds by way of our annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds from that event benefit significant local projects. In recent years, those projects have mostly been for Living Memorial Park:

    Playground equipment replacement.
    Water Park.
    Bleachers at the Nelson Withington Ice Rink.
    Outdoor theater stage.
    Snowmaking "guns" for the ski slope.

We also support a number of international projects, large among them Rotary's long-standing Polio Plus campaign, which seeks to eradicate polio worldwide. In addition, we support the Pure Water for the World initiative, which was begun here in Brattleboro in the late 1990s. That program has brought clean water to several thousand of the poorest rural residents of Honduras' dry region by way of an ingeniously simple and appropriate water filter technology. To read more about Pure Water, visit the PWW website.