Please donate through this secure website and support us to build a thriving community. Any amount between $10 and $10,000 will be highly appreciated.
Your donated amount will go to Vermont Hindu Temple (VHT). It will also help us to compete for USATODAY NETWORK's 'A Community Thrives Grant Program', which gives a grant up to $25,000. The amount depends on how well we do in the fundraiser, therefore your support is vital.
VHT is a 501(C)(3) religious incorporation established in the state of Vermont in June 2015. A group of Bhutanese community members and some local well-wishers initiated for the establishment of VHT since Vermont did not have an organized platform for the Hindu faith-based community members to come together to celebrate their culture and religion. These community members had to travel as far as Albany, New York, a three-hour one-way drive or an hour's drive to Montreal, Canada from Burlington, Vermont, to visit and pray because these are the only physically established nearest temples from where they are currently living. Hence, it became necessary for all Hindus living in Vermont to establish a spiritual base for the betterment and self-fulfilling life for each of them. VHT has certainly become the first “spiritual home” of all Hindu faith-based community members living in Vermont and a hub for cultural and religious exchange with the wider community. The community members now meet in VHT to celebrate over 30 different festivals in a year. The temple has seven board of directors, executive team and various committees. Everyone in these responsibilities are volunteers who are working hard to build, preserve and conserve the Hindu culture and tradition.
Since its establishment, the temple has been able to rent a room in a community building to organize its events and activities. This has helped organize and bring the community together. The temple needs funds to continue doing what it is doing now while at the same time working towards having a permanent physical temple building in Vermont.
So, with the financial support received from A Community Thrives Grant Program, VHT would like to
i. Maintain our unique Heritage.
ii. Meet yearly expenses to organize and observe 30+ cultural ceremonies and festivals.
iii. Support temple activities to fight isolation and sedentary lifestyle of elderly ommunity members.
iv. Sustain the temple space to reach the goal of eventually having our own physical temple building and community land area in Vermont.
v. Support activities for smooth resettlement transition and reduce mental health problems.