Proceeds from tree raffle to help expand homeless shelter
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A nonprofit known for taking on homelessness head-on is using a holiday decoration to boost donations. ANEW Place, centered in Chittenden County, is holding its second Celebration of Trees.
Some 34 different organizations donated a decorated tree to be raffled off. Last year they raised $34,000. They hope to beat that this year.
ANEW Place says the money will go toward operations. They are looking to expand space in their shelter.
“We’re actually hoping to increase our capacity. We have been told by the city that we can increase our capacity. We would love to be able to increase it from 68 people a night to 90. We need to get the funding for that,” said Erin Regan, the director of development for ANEW Place.
The celebration will be at the University Mall in South Burlington until Dec. 11.
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