The Gift of a Will

A message to the community, from Michael Redmond, Executive Director – Upper Valley Haven 

For over 40 years, community support has made it possible for the Upper Valley Haven to bring comfort to our neighbors in need by providing temporary shelter, support to find and keep a home, food for people who can’t afford enough to eat, and children’s programming to help them address the trauma of being homeless.

You have been an important part of our work by helping secure a brighter future for the vulnerable among us. In return, the Haven has a gift to help you secure your own future today: a free, online tool to create your will.

I know this may be a surprising resource, but National Make-a-Will Month is around the corner in August. This is the moment when all Americans are encouraged to find peace of mind and security through writing a will. As we look ahead after so much uncertainty, it’s the perfect time to complete this simple act of care for your loved ones, your assets, and your community.

Create my free plan

This free tool is a result of our new partnership with FreeWill, a free will-writing platform that aligns with the Haven’s own values. It removes unnecessary and costly barriers from an essential process, so that everyone has the resources they need to secure the future for people and causes they love.

Consider joining the more than 290,000 people that protected their loved ones and assets through this free service. You will even have the option to support the Haven far into the future by planning a gift through a bequest in your will. No matter what, this resource is completely free.

Here’s a helpful video that explains more about FreeWill.

For more information, please contact Laura Gillespie, Director of Development, at (802) 478-1803.

Happy planning!

Michael Redmond Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
“Michael Redmond joined the Upper Valley Haven in October, 2018. Michael comes to the Haven after nearly 20 years at the Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield, New Hampshire where he served as Vice President for Advancement, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, among other roles. Prior to his time at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, Michael held leadership positions at nonprofit organizations in New York. Michael’s career has been grounded in care-based organizations serving diverse communities, individuals, and families in need.”

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