Gadue’s Dry Cleaning is dedicated to community issues, particularly those regarding the welfare of children.
Back to School
In 2007, Gadue’s Dry Cleaning began its first ever Back To School program.Back to School provides fully stocked backpacks to children in the greater Burlington area.Many families in our community are finding it harder and harder to provide even the basic supplies that their children need to start the school year off right.Gadue’s Dry Cleaning purchases quality backpacks and fills them with supplies donated by our generous clients and wonderful staff.In five years, we have supplied over 900 deserving students from Kindergarten through High School with grade appropriate basic supplies.We invite the community to join us in our efforts in supplying our students with the tools they need by dropping off supplies or monetary donations at any of our locations in July and August.
For more than 25 years, Gadue’s Dry Cleaning has collected new and gently used coats from the community every year as summer turned to fall.These coats were cleaned free of charge and distributed to local agencies, who put them into the hands of neighbors who needed them the most.Over the years, thousands upon thousands of coats, snow pants, hats and mittens have been given to children and adults who have a new defense against a cold Vermont winter.In 2008 alone, 2,500 coats were donated, cleaned, and redistributed to the people in our community who need them the most.In 2009, Gadue’s partnered with WVMT and the Kountry Kart Deli to make Coats for Kids more successful than ever. Our 2011-2012 drive is currently underway. Items can be dropped off at any Gadue's Dry Cleaning location or at the University Mall!
February Food Drive
“One in six Vermont children experience hunger. Many Vermonters find this number surprising. In the United States, a country with so much wealth, it is inconceivable that there are people who struggle to meet their basic needs. And yet, hunger is a daily reality for Americans in every state. Lack of affordable housing, low wages, high unemployment, a decrease in the number of local, affordable grocery stores, and lack of public transportation all contribute to hunger and food insecurity in Vermont.” [The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger]In light of the food challenges faced by as many as 10% of our neighbors, Gadue’s Dry Cleaning began our first annual February Food Drive in 2010.No one should go hungry.Help us work to end hunger in Vermont!
Toys for Kids
“Toys for Kids of Vermont” is the major effort of the Donald Cook Detachment, Marine Corps League.They operate the largest Christmas toy collection program in the State of Vermont. Toys for Kids is an entirely volunteer program which collects new unwrapped toys during the pre-Christmas season and oversees their distribution to needy children.Among many other locations, toys can be dropped off at any Gadue’s Dry Cleaning location.
Read to Ride
In 1995, Mark Gadue created Read to Ride, a children’s literacy program.The Read to Ride program was beautiful in its simplicity: Vermont kids between the ages of 6 and 14 read a book, filled out an entry form, and dropped it off at a participating sponsor, library, school, or organization.That was it!Every entry form represented a chance to win a bike at the end of the summer.Read to Ride originally ran for nine years, ending its first run in 2003.During the course of those nine years, Vermont children read over 200,000 books for the program and won hundreds of Trek mountain bikes, books, and other prizes.In 1999, Mark Gadue was chosen as a national Point of Light winner for his work in children’s literacy.