Rutland, VT, October 23, 2020 – On Wednesday, October 28, from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, VELCO is hosting a drive-thru trick or treating event at its Pinnacle Ridge campus to benefit the food shelf at Fair Haven Concerned. Families are encouraged to attend in costume and requested to please being a nonperishable food item to donate to those in need as we enter the holiday season.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic impact on our lives. VELCO would like to provide an opportunity for families and children to safely celebrate Halloween and collect desperately needed food donations in support of our community. Fair Haven Concerned Executive Director, Ashley Bride said, “Fair Haven Concerned is grateful for VELCO’s longstanding support and partnership with our organization. We are seeing increasing numbers of families and children suffering from food insufficiency because of COVID-19. Our neighbors have been so generous supporting our community organization but we must continue to seek new opportunities to gather support for those in need.”

“VELCO’s vision is to create a Sustainable Vermont and that starts with well-fed families and children,” said VELCO organizer, Betsy Bloomer, adding, “we are grateful for this opportunity to support one of our beloved community organizations that cares for those in need. Please throw on a costume, grab a nonperishable food donation, and join us for a fun night of community spirit!”

The VELCO campus is located at 366 Pinnacle Ridge Road in Rutland Town. Trick or treat guests are asked to stay in their vehicle as they drive through the collection circle. Event organizers will follow safety protocols including wearing face masks and gloves as they collect food items and hand out individually wrapped, store bought treats. 

About Fair Haven Concerned: (FHC) is a non- profit organization, grassroots, strength-based organization  assisting our neighbors in time of uncertainty with food insecurity and Utility Assistance; including heat, electric and rental assistance.  FHC also assists families and individuals with resources and referrals for a wide variety of situations.

FHC’s Mission is to recognize and assist our neighbors in their time of need. We offer direct services as well as connecting individuals or households with agencies or organizations that can better serve their needs. We provide help to those in need regardless of their race, creed, color, sex or sexual orientation.

FHC’s Vision is to serve as our communities’ source of hope by providing services to meet the needs of our neighbors who may be struggling with food, housing, and fuel costs. Our ultimate goal is to empower our clients to become more self-sufficient and financially independent.

About Vermont Electric Power Company: (VELCO) is Vermont’s statewide electric transmission provider, with out sights set on creating a sustainable Vermont through our people, assets, relationships and operating model. Formed in 1956 when local Vermont utilities established the nation’s first “transmission only” company to access clean hydro power from New York, VELCO’s system now includes: 738 miles of transmission lines, 55 substations, switching stations and terminal facilities, 13,000 acres of rights-of-way and a 1,500-mile fiber optic network that monitors and controls the electric system and serves as a key link for Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access. We are owned by the state’s 17 distribution utilities and a benefit corporation. VELCO is a for-profit company with a financial structure designed to return value to our owners, their customers, and to every Vermonter. For more information please visit our website at www.velco.com