Season of Giving

Season of Giving LogoIn this Season of Giving, Montpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier, and Montpelier's downtown merchants are teaming up with YOU to give back to our community!

Free two-hour holiday parking (at marked meters only!) starts on Monday, December 9 and runs through Christmas. But this year, if you choose to feed the meter, you can help feed a neighbor in need. All meter receipts will go to an organization doing important work in the community via the Montpelier Community Fund. Please note that only coins are accepted - no credit cards.

Additionally, downtown merchants will be collecting donations via jars at the counter for the Community Fund.

Each year, the Community Fund solicits applications for grants from the fund. The Fund Board takes into consideration prior funding, breadth of support, and the extent to which the grant benefits Montpelier, its residents and the public good. This year, the Community Fund awarded more than $130,000 in funding to 41 organizations doing important work in our community, like Capstone Community Action, People's Health & Wellness Clinic, and the Montpelier Food Pantry.

It's just our way of giving back this holiday season! Thank you for joining us!  


Participating Businesses Collecting Donations (as of 12/9/19):

  • Alla Vita
  • AroMed 
  • Bear Pond Books
  • Botanica
  • Buch Spieler 
  • Capital Kitchen 
  • Capitol Stationers
  • Cocoa Bean 
  • Delish
  • The Get Up
  • Global Gifts
  • J Langdon
  • Katie’s Jewels
  • The North Branch Cafe
  • Notion Fabric and Craft
  • Onion River Outdoors
  • The Quirky Pet
  • Rebel Heart
  • Roam Vermont
  • Sallam
  • Splash 
  • Woodbury Mountain Toys 
  • Zutano

Montpelier is such a giving community and this is a great way for the business community to be a part of that during the holiday season.

-Claire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books and member of the Montpelier Business Association Executive Committee.


From human service organizations to arts and music groups, the Montpelier Community Fund carefully makes grants to nonprofits that support our vibrant community. While you’re shopping our local businesses, your money in the meter will be supporting the local nonprofits that make our beloved City healthy and happy.

-Montpelier Community Fund Chair Christine Zachai