Free Drawing for Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

The Chester Andover Family Center is sponsoring a Free Drawing for Backpacks filled with School Supplies. Stop in to the Thrift Shop during business hours Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 25th to sign up for the drawing. No purchase is necessary.  We will notify the lucky winners at the end of the day, Saturday, August 25th.

Thrift shop hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-3.

Stone Hearth Inn 7th Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off

On Sunday afternoon, August 12th, the Stone Hearth Inn will host the Seventh Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off.

This family friendly community fundraiser benefits the Chester-Andover Family Center and local youth athletic organizations. The event takes place from 1-4 and features music, prizes and the famous Chester-Andover Family Center Silent Auction and Basket Raffle. The best part, however, is the rivalry among the “hot dog “chefs. Eleven chefs have entered the competition and will be cooking “dogs” during the Cook-Off.

The price of admission entitles you to all the hotdogs you can eat and a chance to vote for your favorite dog! Last year, Billy won the “Best Dog in Show” with his spectacular New Orleans style “Big Easy”. Will he retain his title? Join us at the Stone Hearth Inn from 1-4 on Sunday, August 12 and vote for your favorite dog. Admission is $20 for a family, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Your participation will support the Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf and Financial Assistance program helping local residents struggling to make ends meet and provides funding  for local youth athletic programs.

The Stone Hearth is located at 698 VT RT 11W in Chester. Call the Stone Hearth at 802-875-2525 or the Family Center, CAFC, at 802-875 3236 for additional information.

CAFC Raffle Basket – Valued at over $200 – Six will be raffled off at the Cook-Off
Billy, the 2017 Cook Off Champ with his “Big Easy”
Photo Courtesy of the Chester Telegraph

New Look at the Thrift Shop

Have you shopped with us lately?

Chester Andover Family Center volunteers have been working on new merchandise displays to make it easier for shoppers to find what they need. We have an inventory process that allows us to continually make room for new donations and we are very mindful about having a great selection of seasonal merchandise available at all times.  Our new, uncluttered, clean look serves two important purposes; easier access for customers to our merchandise and easier access for volunteers to dust and sweep.

When you need apparel for your vacation or special occasion, stop in and take a look. When you need a household item for your kitchen or camp, you should check us out. Trying to keep the children busy this summer? We have a large assortment of books, puzzles and games.

Remember that when you make a purchase at the Thrift Shop, you are helping us purchase food for our Food Shelf, keep the lights on and provide financial assistance to residents of Chester and Andover struggling to make ends meet.

We have wide variety of men’s shorts and summer shirts.
Check out women’s bathing suits, wraps, hats and summer dresses.


The CAFC Thrift Shop is open Thursday and Friday from 10-4 and Saturday, 10-3.


New Leadership at the CAFC

New slate of officers to lead the CAFC for 2018-19:
President- Stephanie Mahoney
Vice-President-Kris Winnicki
Secretary- Georgia Ethier
Treasurer- Mariette Bock
Assistant Treasurer-Suellen Slater

New Thrift Shop Management Team:
Ginger Roper
Mariette Bock
Kris Winnicki
The Thrift Shop does not anticipate major changes at this time and will maintain regular hours of operation: Thursdays and Fridays from 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-3.

Stone Hearth Hot Dog Cook Off Fundraiser
Sunday –  August 12, from 1-4

This is a  community fundraiser to benefit the Family Center and the Chester Recreation Department. Please save the date and join us at the Stone Hearth for music, games, the famous CAFC Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle and all the hot dogs you can eat.  Last year’s Cook-Off Champion, Billy Bob, served up the “Big Easy”, his New Orleans version of what a hot dog should be.  Will he retain his title?

Free Financial Literacy Class

Financial literacy puts change in your pocket and you can make that happen by attending Chester-Andover Family Center’s Financial Literacy Class.  

Do not pass Go. Go directly to the next free class presented by People’s United Bank and learn how to prepare and follow a personal spending plan.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm at the Chester-Andover Family Center located at 908 VT Route 103 South in Chester, VT.  For further details, please call the Center at 875-3236.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn out to stretch your dollars!

Stamp Out Hunger

Chester-Andover Family Center
Pursuing Our Mission

“Providing a Helping Hand to Persons and Families in Need.”

The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
will be held on Saturday, May 12.

It is the largest one-day food drive in America.
Help us provide food for Chester-Andover Food Shelf participants.

All food collected will be transported by
Family Center Volunteers from the Chester Post Office
to The Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf.

When do I put out the food?

On Saturday, May 12, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Your letter carrier will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

What do you mean by “non-perishable food?”

 The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as oatmeal, whole grains, and canola or olive oil.

 Chester-Andover Family Center
908 Rte 103 S. Chester, Vermont 05143

Family Center Thanks the Community for Successful Prom Shopping Event

On April 4, 2018, area teens and parents converged on the Chester-Andover Family Center for Prom Shopping. Shoppers tried on multiple dresses from our selection of over two hundred long and short gowns. Once the perfect dress was found, the girls selected accessories to match. Guys also had a large selection of suits and tuxedos to choose from. Several CAFC volunteers were on hand to assist shoppers. Parents were especially appreciative of the quality and affordable price for all prom outfits; twenty dollars.

Area businesses supported this event by donating flowers, haircuts and manicures for a free raffle. Thank you to Seventh Heaven Salon and Spa, Woodbury Florist, Alaura’ s New Nails, Haircuts Just Around the Corner, Boccachio’ s, Images Hair and Tanning Salon,  Chester Flowers, Salon 2000 and Halliday’s Florist.

We are offering Prom Dresses and suits through the end of May for twenty dollars, so come in and check out our supply. We have short and long dresses in all sizes, styles and colors.

The Family Center is located at RT103S in Chester. Thrift Shop Hours are Thursdays and Fridays,10-4 and Saturdays, 10-3.

Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf Helps Put Food on the Table

Do you struggle to feed your family? Do you sometimes have to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food?  Do you know someone who could use a helping hand keeping nutritional food on the table? We can help.

The Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf, located at 908 VT Route 103 South in Chester, is available to residents of Chester or Andover who are in need of food assistance.

Come by during our regular hours to complete a simple Intake Form and begin getting food.  The only requirement is proof of residency, so be sure to bring your electric bill or rental lease.  All personal information is kept strictly confidential.

Food Shelf hours are Thursdays from 2:00 to 6:00, and Fridays from 10:00 to 2:00.  Recipients may “shop” once a month for food at the food shelf. Additionally, they may come in every Friday from 10-2 to pick up fresh produce and bread.

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