2021-2022 Appropriation Requests
TOTAL $10,342

Voted on in March 2021

ARC Rutland Area Serving Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
128 Merchants Row, Suite 401, Rutland, VT 05701 www.ARCRutlandArea.org 802-775-1370
ARC requests $1,500 to advocate for the rights of individuals and families with developmental
disabilities to be regarded as valued citizens with the same entitlements as a non-disabled
individual, including the right to lifelong opportunities for personal growth and full participation
in the community. It is important to note ARC does not charge for services to its members.
ARC relies on grants, individual group, company and town donations to provide services to our
members in Rutland County.
ARC reports serving around 35 Mendon residents.

Marble Valley Regional Transportation District “The Bus”
158 Spruce St., Rutland, VT 05701 www.thebus.com 802-773-3244
Marble Valley Regional Transportation District “ The Bus” requests $1,200 to provide safe,
reliable, accessible and coordinated public transit service to enhance economic, social and
environmental quality of life throughout Rutland County and surrounding communities. The Bus
has been providing transportation for over 45 years.
The Bus reports they provided over 14,000 rides in Mendon in 2020.

RSVP & The Volunteer Center
6 Court St., Rutland, VT 05701 www.volunteersinvt.org 802-775-8220
Retired Senior Volunteer Program requests $700 to help defray the financial impact of COVID19 on the organization. Their volunteers are continuing to support the communities through the
COVID-19 pandemic with new initiatives such as mask making for local agencies and schools
and making wellness calls to isolated seniors.
In fiscal year 2020 Mendon residents took advantage of RSVP programs such as free income tax
return preparation and our free osteoporosis prevention classes. Currently in Mendon RSVP
volunteers donated their services to the following non-profit organizations: AARP Tax Program,
Bridges & Beyond, One-2-One, the Meadows, Dismas House, Rutland Town School, Vermont
Achievement Center, Northeast Primary, RSVP Operation Dolls and More, and RSVP Bone
Builders. RSVP stated they are unable to track how many Mendon residents benefit from the
service of their volunteers.

Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice
7 Albert Cree Dr., Rutland, VT 05701 www.vermontvisitingnurses.org 802-775-0568
The Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice requests $2,600 to provide Rutland
County residents with exceptional home care, hospice and community health services.
RAVNAH’s mission is to provide medically necessary healthcare wherever it is needed,
regardless of a client’s ability to pay, location of residence, or complexity of health issues.
In 2019 VNAHSR’s dedicated staff provided 1,346 visits to 23 individuals in Mendon.

Rutland Mental Health Services
78 South Main St., Rutland, VT 05701 www.rmhsccn.org 802-775-2381
Rutland Mental Health Services requests $1,242 to provide individual counseling for children,
adults and families, substance abuse treatment services, emergency/crisis services, and
developmental disability services. Rutland Mental Health Services and is committed to providing
quality services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
During fiscal year 2020, Rutland Mental Health Services provided 407 hours of service to 31
Mendon residents.

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging
143 Maple St., Rutland, VT 05701 www.svcoa.org 802-786-5990
The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging requests $600. This funding will be used to help
support the work they do on behalf of Mendon residents. The services provided are: Nutrition
Support, Case Management Assistance, and a variety of other services.
In 2020, the Council helped provide 243 meals that were delivered to the homes of 2 elders in
your community (Meals on Wheels). In addition, 29 Mendon elders came together at a luncheon
site in your area to enjoy a nutritious meal and the company of others; 155 meals were provided.
Additionally, SVCOA provided .5 hour of one-on-one nutrition support, including nutrition
assessments and resource connections and referrals, to 2 residents of Mendon. SVCOA case
management and outreach staff helped 5 elders in your community for a total of 41.5
hours. Other Services and Support include “Senior Helpline” assistance, Medicare and health
benefit counseling, Legal service assistance, information about elder issues and opportunities,
Senior Companion support for frail, homebound elders; Outreach services to elders dealing with
mental health issues, Transportation assistance, Caregiver support, and Money Management

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum

11 Center St., PO Box 6243 Rutland, VT 05702 www.wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org 802-282-2678
The Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum requests $2,500 to work towards their mission to foster curiosity
and exploration, inspire creativity and ignite the imagination of every child through power of
play. They call Wonderfeet a “Kids’ Museum” because it’s not the traditional “Children’s
Museum” you might think of. Rather than relying on exhibits and plaques on the wall that have
parents explaining things to their children, Wonderfeet creates engaging playscapes that have
kids leading the learning. Children’s minds and imaginations are captured by play – and through
that they explore new concepts and engage their parents in important back-and-forth interactions
that help families form deeper bonds and children build the brain architecture for future learning.
Wonderfeet also supports local schools with field trips and fun STEM classroom programs. They
work with local partners to expand their impact – reaching families of all socio-economic levels
in every corner of Rutland County.
Despite limited operations in 2020, they still welcomed over 4,000 guests to the museum last
year, about 48 of those were Mendon residents. In a regular year, Wonderfeet welcomes over
15,000 guests from 21 states and over 13 countries.