Listen envisions an Upper Valley Community generously supporting individuals and families in their efforts to achieve and maintain successful independence.
Listen was incorporated in the winter of 1972. The original purpose of the agency was to: "...involve the low-income citizens of Lebanon and surrounding areas in programs which will improve their ability to meet the economic, cultural, social and environmental needs of their families..."
For more than 30 years, the Listen Thrift Stores have made essential programs possible for countless Upper Valley residents. The stores offer huge selections at great values. Everyone is welcome to shop. Quality items are sold well below market prices and the revenues generated support Listen's Community Services and Programs.
Our grassroots non-profit has grown along with the region; adding programs like Community Dinners, Summer Camp Scholarships and "Heating Helpers," to meet emerging needs. The Board recently voted to change the public name from Lebanon In Service To Each Neighbor (LISTEN) to Listen Community Services. We also added Fairlee, West Fairlee, Bethel, Royalton, and Woodstock VT to our service area. Listen has helped people in these communities for years. We are now publicly acknowledging that fact and as we are a United Way agency, we are officially serving the same area as the Upper Valley United Way.
As we prepare for the next decade, we set our sights on developing the River Point property in White River Junction. A new facility will allow for increased revenues from our Thrift Stores, Listen's own Community Dinner Site to include food storage and a commercial kitchen as well as program space. This project will serve the Upper Valley for many years to come.
2011 - The Children's Fund is a proud supporter of the Listen Community Service Center's Heating Helpers program, which protects seniors and families from having to choose between warmth, food or medicine. Listen can provide an emergency delivery of fuel, assistance to prevent an electric disconnect, and/or referrals and advocacy for public programs or resources.