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In 2020, JUMP will continue to explore community initiative’s which support shared effort and resources to reach out and meet families where they are at.


If you'd like to support the important work that JUMP does for approximately 2200 householdss a year, please consider making a one time or reoccurring tax-deductible donation.

The JUMP Drop-In Center offers hospitality, direct assistance with utilities, food, laundromat, vouchers to area thrift stores, toiletries, referrals and more. JUMP can assist up to 15 households/individuals on Thursday and on Friday mornings. 

 

You are eligible for assistance if this is your first visit to JUMP - or - if it is has been 3 months since you received JUMP assistance. Please bring your ID. If you need utility assistance, please bring a copy of your bill.  


Not eligible for assistance but have a question, need a referral, or want a cup of coffee or tea and a healthy snack?  Come see us at JUMP any Thursday or Friday morning!   


JUMP's Interim Staff: Helen Head and Rev. Bill Neil, with the support of Shannon Lemley-Willis and JUMP's great Outreach Center volunteers, keep the JUMP Outreach Center running smoothly.  

A December 2023 Update

RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY NEEDS:  2023 was a year of change at JUMP as needs in our region increased dramatically.  As pandemic-era programs (economic subsidies and government funded hotel/housing programs) ended, or greatly reduced the number of people served, the number of families and individuals without housing, or at risk of losing their housing, soared beyond the capacity of existing social service programs.  JUMP responded by expanding in-person services and moving away from the online service delivery model that we established during the pandemic. In 2023, JUMP's direct assistance program provided families and individuals with food, utility assistance, thrift shop vouchers (for needed clothing and essential household items), toiletries, healthy refreshments, informed referrals and much more. Thousands of children and adults were assisted by JUMP this past year.  


JUMP'S STAFF:  We experienced a significant change in March when we said farewell to long-term beloved staff members Wanda Hines (who moved out of state) and Mary Stannard Carter, who retired due to illness but thankfully for her (and for JUMP) was well enough to return to JUMP in early summer to support our interim staff. Our JUMP Outreach Center has been staffed since April by thoughtful, experienced interim staff members: Pastor Gary O'Gorman, Helen Head and Rev. Bill Neil.  This fall JUMP hired Shannon Lemley-Willis to support our interim staff. Gary, Helen, Bill and Shannon have served JUMP, individual guests, and the community very well and we are grateful for their service.

 

JUMP'S NETWORK OF SUPPORT: JUMP's vital services are available to thousands in our region annually because of a strong and growing network of support.  With needs high is our region - increased support is needed to empower JUMP to increase the number of households receiving assistance.  We rely on, and are grateful for, the support of more than 20 area faith communities, many local businesses, individual donors, foundations, and grants from area municipalities.  JUMP's work is only possible with great volunteer support from our Board of Directors, committee members, and Outreach Center volunteers. JUMP is grateful for partnerships with local social service organizations for referrals and important projects. We are thankful to our staff for their unwavering commitment to JUMP’s mission.

  

THE GIFT OF SPACE: Since 1990, First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington has donated the space, and utilities, for our JUMP Outreach Center, Office and parking for volunteers, staff and JUMP guests. We are grateful for this donation and relationship - this key support helps keep JUMP fulfilling our vital mission throughout the year.


Bidding is open in the 2024 JUMP Online Auction 
 8am on January 31st thru February 9th at 8pm


CLICK HERE for JUMP's Online Auction

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With a few exceptions, all local winners will receive their prizes in time for Valentine's Day.

We are grateful for all who supported JUMP in 2023:


CLICK HERE for JUMP's December 2023 Newsletter