Sweetwaters Cares

Sweetwaters takes great pride in our community and our support of local nonprofit organizations.

The following events are some of our ongoing initiatives:

  • Each month, Sweetwaters donates dinner for all residents of the Burlington Emergency Food Shelf.
  • Sweetwaters as been the host for our community’s most celebrated dinner. Our Thanksgiving Day gathering has become a cherished tradition for many volunteers and guests. We are proud to be celebrating our 28th year welcoming guests in for Thanksgiving dinner, great conversation and good laughs. For the past two plus decades, Sweetwaters has opened our doors to anyone who would like to join us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. We begin serving at 10am and look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces each year. Many guests are in need financially, some are students who can’t get home for the holidays and others have recently lost family members and friends. A common purpose amongst everyone, including volunteers, is the feel of togetherness and community. Sweetwaters gets over 100 volunteers throughout the day who serve, cook and clean. Many of them have been volunteering for years, and now do so with their kids and other family members. Many volunteers include those who have joined us in the past for dinner and remember how it feels to be in need and desire to give back. The day starts off with a coat drive. Last year, people started lining up at 8:30am and in 1½ hours we gave away 1000 coats. As we get closer to Thanksgiving look for details on our Facebook page as to how you can help.
  • The Haunted Forest: David Melincoff, owner of Sweetwaters, is the founding member and President of the Board for Fun for Change, the local non-profit that each year, for the past 10 years, has been producing the Haunted Forest. The mission of the organization is to create a unique and exciting Halloween experience of theater in the woods while promoting the Vermont values of fun, family and community involvement. The resources of Sweetwaters are an integral part of this family event which sees over 6000 visitors in the woods of the Catamount Outdoor Family Center each October. It takes over 500 volunteers to produce what The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named a Top Ten Autumn Event in the state. It is the largest outdoor theatrical event and the most popular Halloween event in the state. For more information or to volunteer, please visit http://www.thehauntedforest.org

In addition to the above, we support hundreds of other local nonprofit organizations. If you would like to request a donation from Sweetwaters please contact us.

Please include the following information in your email:

  • What is your organizations name, mission and website?
  • What you would like us to donate?
  • Whether or not your organization has 501©(3) status.
  • How we can contact you with further questions?
  • The date, name and venue of the specific event? (*Requests must be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of the event.)

We love our hometown, and giving back to our community is just how we do business. We can’t imagine it any other way. From buying local ingredients, to donating meals each month to the Burlington Emergency Shelf, we take pride in caring for our neighbors.

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