HOW IT ALL STARTED: The 19 Days of Norwich, 1% for the Haven Program, began in 2013 when a customer came into Dan & Whit’s and said that the Haven food pantry was nearly bare! There was no food on the pantry shelves for people in need, and the few donations coming in were immediately taken. This kind soul had done a mini food drive, but it wasn’t enough to put food on the table for those who needed it most.
A few days later, I landed on an idea, a bit crazy, but worth a try. In keeping with Ben & Jerry’s and Newman’s Own brands, Dan & Whit’s would donate 1% of sales for the first 19 days of December.
At Dan & Whit’s, we were ready to try something new and different with this initiative. Bottom line, we didn’t want to have hungry neighbors in our community and everyone in town felt the same. The challenge went out and other businesses in town were asked to join. Almost every business did (and we challenge those who couldn’t join us last year to participate this time around).
As a business, we know how difficult it is to donate to yet one more cause. So, we’ve encouraged every business to create what works for them, deciding what products and how large a donation they can give. 1% isn’t much all alone, but when everyone joins in, it works! In fact in 2013, over $10,000.00 was donated from Norwich businesses from December 1-19 sales – made possible by the over 1 MILLION dollars in sales that occurred during that time frame.
As much as The 19 Days of Norwich supports the Haven, it also supports and encourages shopping at local businesses. It’s no secret that Norwich businesses want locals to shop locally! It’s a win/win – people shop locally and Norwich businesses support the Haven through 1% of sales. Last year, businesses outside of Norwich joined the effort and customers from towns near and far came to Norwich to show their support of this unique approach to helping solve hunger. Clearly people understood the impact that a combined 1% would have – and Norwich businesses and the Haven were very grateful. It also created a shift in perspectives – many people have continued their “Norwich first” shopping patterns throughout the year.
The 19 Days of Norwich worked because everyone gave a little bit more. Businesses gave 1% more, and residents and customers made a commitment to shop locally at businesses that supported the Haven. Working together the Norwich community achieved something amazing. The positive spirit and electrifying energy in town were magical.
This year, we’re more organized. We’ve had time to plan and have added some new activities and initiatives to the program. Dan & Whit’s is making ANY and ALL purchases qualify – no minimum sales, no receipt to collect – it ALL applies – no restrictions.
But, we need you, every single person, to make this an even bigger success than last year. Make your holiday gift list and give Norwich businesses the right of first refusal before you consider going elsewhere to make your purchases – Norwich businesses need you and are ready for you! You can feel good about shopping locally, as you help the Haven in the process.
It’s not official, but I think Norwich is the first town in Vermont or maybe the entire country that donates 1% to charity!!!
Donation checks, made out to the Haven, can also can be dropped off at the Dan & Whit’s office or mailed to Dan & Whit’s (P.O. Box 157, Norwich, VT 05055) and we will be sure the Haven receives them.
HOW IT WORKS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP: Look for businesses on the list attached or for businesses displaying the yellow poster for The 19 Days of Norwich, 1% for the Haven program. If they are not participating, ask them why and encourage them to do so – it’s never too late to join the effort. Check with the staff and see if there are any restrictions or other rules to make your purchase qualify. And SHOP, DINE, SHOP AND DINE a little more in Norwich this year!
Finally, we must acknowledge Doug Lufkin of Lufkin Graphic Design. He graciously donated his time and expertise last year to create the logo that we continue to use for this event. A big thank you for his generosity and for giving us a recognizable signature logo.
A HUGE, HUGE Thank you to Caitlin Sateia, who provided the technical expertise and compiled all this information creating the calendar and information packet. Without her efforts, this would not have been possible. An additional thank you to Holly Sateia for proof reading and editing this information for us.
Check out our website:
www.19daysofnorwich.com designed by Lulu Web Design, updated daily, complete with calendar events, pictures, etc.
Also, please check out our online auction at:
www.32auctions.com/19daysofnorwich created by Lily Trajman.
Bid on incredible prizes- Simon Pearce Glass, Stave Puzzle, a tour and RIDE in a fire truck of your choice, just to name a few.
Photos from the 2015 Thank You Event
Andrea’s Hair Salon
Body Kneads Massage
Carpenter & Main Restaurant
Dan & Whit’s
Design Source + Home
Diane’s Casual Cuts
Eco Bella Salon
GR Porter and Son’s Builders
Green View Advisors
Heron Pond Designs Handweaving and Knitting
The J List
King Arthur Flour
Lang McLaughry Real Estate
Ledyard National Bank
Lufkin Graphic Design
Mascoma Savings Bank
My Brigadeiro Chocolates
Northern Nights Yarn Shop
Norwich Wine and Spirits
Peltzer Capital Management
Rebecca Gottesman Fine Artist Painting
REMAX Group One Realtors
The Richards Group
River Road Vet Clinic
VT Savory Syrup
Webster and Donovan Excavators
Wm. A. Smith Auctioneers
NEW PARTICIPANTS FOR 2014
Anagram Graphic Design
Carol Boerner, MD
Countryside Property Maintenance
Jonathan Frishtick GIS/GPS Mapping
Georgina Forbes Art
Goodwin Tree and Tractor
Kith and Kin
NH/VT Property Maintenance
Peter French Fine Woodwork & Design
Vermont Facial Aesthetics
NON-PROFIT & CIVIC PARTICIPANTS:
Marion Cross School
The Family Place
Norwich Boy Scouts
Norwich Congregational Church
Norwich Conservation Commission
Norwich Fire Department
Norwich Girl Scouts
Norwich Historical Society
Norwich Lions Club
Norwich Police Department
Norwich Post Office
Norwich Public Library
Norwich Recreation Department
Norwich Town Clerk
Norwich Women’s Club
St. Denis Catholic Church
St. Barnabus Episcopal Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Upper Valley Aquatic Center
“NORWICH KNOWS NO BOUNDS” PARTICIPANTS
Since, at this time, no other communities seem to be doing this, we are thrilled to welcome the following area businesses and we welcome other small, local community businesses anywhere to join us in donating 1% for the Haven.
About Face Skin Therapy- Lebanon, NH
Designer Gold, Hanover, NH
EBA’s- Hanover, NH
Cat’s Companions – Thetford VT
Christian Roy Hair Salon-WRJ, VT
LaValley’s Building Supply-W. Leb. NH
Left Bank Books, Hanover, NH
Lulu Web Design- Hartland, VT
Long River Studios- Lyme, NH
Lyme Country Store-Lyme NH
Market Table Restaurant, Hanover, NH
Morano Gelato, Hanover, NH
Main St. Kitchens, Hanover, NH
The Fat Hat Factory, Quechee, VT
Revolution- White River Jct. VT
Stella’s Italian Kitchen- Lyme, NH
White River Growpro Hydroponics & Gardening Supply-WRJ, VT.
If you don’t see a Norwich Business on this list, encourage them to join. We welcome all local, small businesses to join us.
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