Grand Chapter Projects

     Concrete evidence of the charitable nature of the organization as it affects others is the millions of dollars which have been raised within the membership to support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership), Cancer Research, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Shriners’ Hospitals, orphanages, and many other charities within each Grand Jurisdiction.

     In Vermont, each year the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron select a special project for their charitable contributions.  The Grand Chapter of Vermont as well as many of the local Chapters sponsor scholarships.




Charity Information


Proud to Be

Blue Star Mothers of Vermont

Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in all branches of the United States Military. Their associate members are a wonderful group of dads, relatives, friends, and other supporters of our troops.

The mission is to provide emotional support to our members in times of uncertainty, to support our military sons and daughters, our troops, our veterans, and the families of our fallen.

The Blue Star Mothers of America is a Congressionally-chartered, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization (501[c]3) formed for the purpose of supporting America’s military, veterans, and their families, and to foster patriotism. The Vermont 1 Chapter of Blue Star Mothers was chartered on February 4, 2011. The Blue Star Mothers do not support any political organization and we do not support or endorse any candidate or affiliation.


Over the Rainbow

Special Olympics Vermont










Vermont Food Bank

Special Olympics Vermont was incorporated in February 1971 as a Vermont non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] and is accredited every two years by Special Olympics, Inc. Through successful completion of this accreditation process, Special Olympics Vermont is officially recognized and agrees to abide by a set of general rules established by Special Olympics, Inc.


We are a member of Feeding America, and locally service over 153,000 Vermonters each year. We work with over 215 network and agency partners to provide nutritious food in each county in the state. The Vermont Foodbank opened its doors in 1986, and is based in Barre, Vermont, with additional warehouse locations in Rutland and Brattleboro.


God and Country

VNA of Vermont – Home Health and Hospice Agencies

The member agencies of the VNAs of Vermont provide a full range of high quality, low cost home health and hospice services to the people of Vermont. Each member is committed to universal access to medically necessary, cost-effective, home health and hospice services throughout the state; local community governance, involvement and accountability; promotion of client self-determination and independence; and high standards of quality performance and continuous quality improvement.


The VNAs of Vermont was incorporated by the directors of the non-profit Medicare-certified home care agencies in Vermont in 1971 as the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies (VAHHA). The purpose of this professional trade association is to provide one voice to compete in the national and Vermont political arena. In 2014, the VAHHA members changed the organization’s name to the VNAs of Vermont to better reflect the collective state-wide reach of the non-profit members. Today, the nine non-profit VNAs of Vermont (VNAVT) members provide home health care and hospice statewide.


Stars of Service

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) Peer Assisted Learning & Support (PALS)

This program allows our adult clients to cope with their vision loss surrounded by others who are facing similar challenges. Many are new to having a visual impairment, had to give up driving or hobbies due to their change in vision, and thus feel isolated and even depressed. PALS meetings enable our older clients to get together to discuss the social, emotional, and practical effects of vision loss. They discuss coping strategies, try out adaptive technology to assist with various tasks, and support one another in a social setting.


Garden of Dreams

The Vermont Veterans Fund

The Vermont Veterans Fund was created in 2010 to provide grants or support to individuals or organizations engaged in activities that provide services:

(1) For the long-term care of veterans.

(2) To aid homeless veterans.

(3) For transportation services for veterans.

(4) To fund veterans' service programs.

(5) To recognize veterans.


Puzzle of Life

The ARCTIC Center

at VAC (Autism Recognition Care Training & Information Center)

The ARCTIC Center is a warm, welcoming location serving as a training center for autism and caregiver-related activities, a coordinating partner with local organizations and school systems, and a lending library filled with specialized books, DVDs and other physical resources.  It is also a place for families, caregivers and practitioners to get personalized support and guidance navigating community resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children are welcome and have their own toy- and book-filled area.


Garden of Friendship

C.A.R.E. Program

C.A.R.E. stands for Comprehensive Assessment and Recovery Effort.  The C.A.R.E program, so named in Vermont, trains teachers and administrators on methods to work with and support children at risk.  Using an interactive seminar approach, attendees are involved in lectures, break-out sessions, role playing and case study problem solving.  This results in their finding ways to identify children at risk, be it academic, behavioral, or abuse of any nature.


Looking to the Future

Camp Thorpe

OES provided 50 New Beds.

     Camp Thorpe is a residential summer experience for kids and adults with a range of social, behavioral, mental health, and developmental needs.

     Our phenomenal staff of international counselors and directors provide engaging and fun traditional camp programming while offering a high level of support for our campers.

     The Camp Thorpe experience is like none other and truly changes the lives of those who attend!