Tickets on Sale for Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala

Grafton, VT--On Saturday evening, May 3, Youth Services will be holding its 16th Annual Gala & Silent Auction, Denim & Diamonds from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grafton Inn.  A festive evening of food and drink includes a silent auction and live music and dancing, with all event proceeds to benefit the agency’s critical safety net for area youth.

This popular benefit, formerly known as the “Jazz Jubilee” is sponsored by The Richards Group and The Windham Foundation.  Denim & Diamonds will feature entertainment by the Rear Defrosters, a local band that specializes in authentic honky tonk, classic country, and rockabilly rave-ups.

Many of their songs were first performed by country legends like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, George Jones, and Ernest Tubb. Since 2011 the group, which plays country music primarily from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, has brought their hard-hitting sound to bars, music clubs and barn parties throughout the northeast.

Read more: Gala featuring The Rear Defrosters Classic Country Music



Runners and Volunteers Sought for Catamount Half Marathon and 5K Races on June 29


Brattleboro, VT—The Catamount Half Marathon, presented by 3 C Race Productions on Sunday, June 29 is Vermont’s newest half marathon.  According to its organizers it will run a very scenic course through rural Vermont crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge in Brattleboro, VT as well as along Route 30’s scenic West River corridor.  The accompanying 5 K race will give family and friends of the half marathoners their chance to compete as well.

In addition to runners, Youth Services is recruiting 20-30 volunteers to staff each of the six water stations and help direct racers on the race course from approximately 8:00 a.m. to noon the day of the event. As a result of manning water stops and handling course marshal duties, twenty percent of all entry fees will go directly to support Youth Services.

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Brattleboro, VT—Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a community-wide Youth Services event which raises money for its Windham County Big Brothers Big Sisters program, grossed over $55,000 on Saturday, April 5, which brings it within a $10,000 of their goal for the fundraiser. According to organizers, pledges and donations are still being collected. 

Sporting neon-colored swirl-patterned tie-dyed t-shirts, the 300-plus bowlers were a kaleidoscope of colors at the lanes of Brattleboro Bowl. The eye-catching T-shirts, worn this year by all participants, mimicked the team uniform of Johnny’s Gutter Kings, from Massucco & Velto, who were honored this year for supporting this event for 20 years and counting. The Bellows Falls-based law office team, brought in more than $2,000 in pledges for the cause. Big Brothers Big Sisters is still collecting pledges and donations.

Read more: Big Brothers Big Sisters still collecting pledges and donations

Welcome to Youth Services

Since 1972 we have been dedicated to helping families thrive. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and support systems to advance the health development of children, youth and families.

Assisting individuals living in Windham County, Vermont and neighboring towns in New Hampshire, Youth Services can help with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to homelessness, to substance abuse or trouble with the law.

Each year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and partially funded through individual and foundation donations, this private nonprofit works with an average of 2,000 children, young people and adults. We strive to ensure all clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay.


How can you make a significant difference in the lives of area youth? 

By contributing to Youth Services financially in a variety of ways. All gifts big and small are greatly appreciated and help underwrite the agency's programs which promote the healthy development of local youth and families and help them gain the skills necessary to lead constructive lives within the community.

Read more: Ways to Give

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