Calendar for Week 01/25 - 01/31
MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy welcomes Arnold and Elayne Clift to talk about their recent two-week trip to Cuba from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. During their visit to the island nation, the Clifts spoke with people from all walks of life, took copious photographs and witnessed Castro’s funeral procession as they traveled from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, site of the Revolution, and Castro’s final resting place. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
BELLOWS FALLS — Greater Falls Connections invites the public to join them for a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls. They will share results from the 2015 YRBS survey and discuss all the progress that has been made in Windham Northeast. They are also seeking community input on their work. Parents, kids, school staff and all others are welcome. Dinner will be provided. Find out more about the work of GFC at www.greaterfallsconnections.org.
MANCHESTER — On Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library Hunter Room, The Green Mountain Club Taylor Series of Adventure Slide Shows continues. Marge Fish will share the adventure she and her husband went on with an REI-led adventure along the Dalton Highway, hiking, paddling and visiting with some of the locals.
SOUTH LONDONDERRY — On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. the South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School Road, is ushering in the Year of the Rooster with the help of art teacher Casey Junker Bailey. Based on her experiences attending Chinese school as a child in Hawaii and her later travels to China, this hands-on workshop will explore the traditions of the New Year celebration. Chinese calligraphy, good luck banners and colorful dragons will all be part of the fun. The program is free of charge and appropriate for children of all ages. For more information, call the library at (802) 824-3371.
MANCHESTER — Join the Green Mountain Club Manchester for a Snowshoe Hike. On Saturday, Jan. 28 meet at the Stratton base lodge outside at the west end (near the gondola) at 8:15 a.m. (allow at least 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to the base lodge). Stratton Ski Area has graciously allowed the club a free ride on the gondola up to the summit as long as they are ready to go up as a group when the gondola opens. From the summit the group will snowshoe to the tower on the south summit, then follow the Long Trail down to Stratton Pond, lunch at the pond, then hike out via the Long Trail, VAST trail, a side trail for the Catamount Trail and then down a Stratton ski trail. Bring extra clothing, lunch and snacks, fluids. In case the snow is extremely firm, bring along microspikes. Total snowshoe distance about 7 miles with about 800 feet of uphill. Moderately difficult. RSVP to Dave Ratti at (802) 366-0698 or email@example.com.
WESTON — Wilder Memorial Library presents, “The Beaver: Nature’s Superb Engineer,” presented by Kurt J. Valenta from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Weston Playhouse, 12 Park St., in Weston. This family-friendly presentation for all ages looks at the historial significance the beaver had in the exploration and mapping of North America. For more information, call the library at (802) 824-4307 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BONDVILLE — The January Book Discussion will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill in Bondville. The book is “Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein. Copies of the book are available at the library. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served.
SPRINGFIELD — A free program, “Creating a Brighter Side for Your Health,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Springfield Town Library, 43 Main St., in Springfield. Holistic Nurse Practitioner Joni Foster-Robison believes in the importance of promoting health on all levels, will help and will help attendees learn to see the glass half full and improve overall health in simple enjoyable ways. For more information, call the library at (802) 885-3108.
WESTMINSTER — Bellows Falls Union High School will be the host to nearly 200 talented young musicians from Southern Vermont High Schools and Middle Schools for the annual District VI Winter Music Festival on Friday Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. Volunteer professional musicians and music educators work with the students rehearsing on Friday and Saturday and culminate the festival with a public concert held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the auditorium at Bellows Falls Union High School. Concert ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.
DORSET — The Long Trail Parent Association invites everyone to their Java House at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Whalen Common Room at Long Trail School, 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the event will take place in a room transformed by upholstered furniture in a cozy showcase where the audience can enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, dessert and friends. LTS students, faculty and community members will serenade and entertain as they share their talents with the crowd. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. Contact Chelley Tifft at email@example.com or (802) 867-5717 ext. 190 for more information.
SPRINGFIELD — “Creating Community: The Sacred Art of Covenanting,” is the Sunday Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Road in Springfield. Everyone welcome. As humans, we need each other — we’re communal, not solo animals. Yet how do we create beloved, nurturing, community without coercion or oppression? Let’s explore together the sacred art of community building.
CHESTER — A Mini Yoga Retreat will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Buddhaful Yoga Studio at Fullerton Inn in Chester. The cost is $45.
DORSET — Green Mountain Academy will host a fondue party from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday Jan. 30 with Chef Ali West. Chef West will show attendees how to whip up a variety of creative sauces for dipping breads, vegetables and fruits. Wine will be served with dinner. This culinary class is sponsored by Vermont Kitchen Supply. Seating is limited; reserve your space at $45 per person online at www.greenmtnacademy.org or by calling (802) 867-0111.
BELLOWS FALLS — Due to the severe weather forecast for Monday, Jan. 23, the “Pushing the Limits” discussion of of T.C. Boyle's novel "When the Killing's Done" has been postponed until Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls. For more information, go to rockinghamlibrary.org, call (802)463-4270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.
SPRINGFIELD — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Winter/Spring 2017 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 31, with “The Secret Life of NH Beryl,” at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center on Pleasant Street, next to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. Sponsored by the University of Vermont, OLLI is run by local volunteer members and is geared mainly toward seniors who are 50 years of age and over who enjoy learning for the fun of it. The speaker today is Jim Pecora, mining historian and author, who will discuss beryllium, the most precious and dangerous metal on earth. Memberships are $45 each semester and include entrance to all nine programs in the semester. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend individual programs for an $8 program fee at the door. Requests for a brochure can be made by calling (802) 885-3094. The program listing can be viewed and downloaded from the internet at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli. Choose Statewide sites and scroll to Springfield.
MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on the history of hybrid and electric cars with Eugene A. Rowland, retired from General Electric Corporate Research and Development, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. This presentation will trace the development of vehicles from the early days of the automobile (around 1900) to the present day, focusing on major technical advances achieved through both government and industry-sponsored R&D programs. The talk will conclude with some forecasts of likely future developments. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call (802) 867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
DORSET — All current and prospective parents are invited to attend a class, have lunch and experience Long Trail School firsthand at their Opportunity Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. LTS is proud of their teachers and their world-class curriculum. LTS welcomes all to come and sit in on a class or two. Classes in these time blocks include math, science, history, English, world languages, and arts; visitors can observe middle school, upper school and mixed level classes. Parents may come for one or two classes and join in on a round table lunch with faculty and administration. Classroom space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information and registration, contact Kim Murphy, admissions coordinator at (802) 867-5717 x 191 or email@example.com. You can also register online at www.longtrailschool.org.
BRATTLEBORO — The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention evidence-based program is delivered over a 12-month period in a supportive small group classroom setting. Sixteen weekly one-hour sessions are followed by eight monthly sessions. Facilitated by trained lifestyle coach Elisha Underwood, the class is scheduled to begin Thursday, Feb. 2, and will be held Thursdays at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in conference room B, located off of the cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Those with questions or wishing to register should call Elisha Underwood at (802) 257-8867.
CHESTER — The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Whiting Library in Chester. The meetings are to continue the growth of our new astronomy, research and education capabilities. For more information, please visit online at www.sovera.org.
CHESTER— On the first Thursday of the month, the Chester Rotary Club hosts a speaker at their meeting, which is held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fullerton Inn on the Green in Chester. The public is welcome. For information about the speaker, please visit online at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2919.
GASSETTS — Thursday night bingo is held at the Gassetts Grange. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. Supper, raffle and 50/50 tickets are on sale. For more information, please call Donna at (802) 591-4290 or the hall at (802) 875-1051.
CHESTER — The Chester Rotary Club meets Thursdays, except the first Thursday, at 7 a.m. at the Fullerton Inn, located on the Green in Chester. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2919 to RSVP for breakfast.
CHESTER — Services are held at the Old Stone Church on Rt. 103 (211 North Street) in Chester on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. from September to June. A Religious Exploration program is offered for children and childcare is provided during the service. Fellowship with coffee and refreshments follows the service. Unitarians celebrate those human values which inspire growth, creativity and social responsibility in all people and welcome everyone to join us. For more information, please visit online at www.chestervtuu.org or call (802) 875-3257.
LONDONDERRY — Active Parenting is a free six-week workshop for parents of kids of any age, especially tweens and teens. The workshop runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 9 (except Feb. 23) at The Collaborative, 91 VT Route 11, Londonderry, behind Flood Brook School. Participants will learn skills to help with clear communication, new ways to handle online safety and set screen times, conflict management and mindfulness techniques. Facilitator Loretta Murphy is an educator and mental health therapist. This six-week workshop is free and each participant receives a workbook. Dinner and childcare provided with preregistration by calling The Collaborative at (802) 824-4200.
BONDVILLE — The Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill in Bondville would like to share their display space with local artists for works of various media, such as paintings and photography. The library is currently showcasing the photography of Joel Bluming and poetry of Linda Kurtz Beher through the month of January. The space is available on a monthly, first come basis. Call Dawn at (802) 297-9741, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
LONDONDERRY — The Wantastiquet Area Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Friendship Room of the Second Congregational Church, located on Main Street in Londonderry. They serve the communities of Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Windham and Winhall. For more information, please call Chip Raymond at (802) 875-3389.
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library offers Pre-k Storytime on Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m. The free program features stories, songs, music, movement and crafts for children ages 4 to 5 years old. On Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., join them for Rhyme Time for Tots. The free program is for infants and toddlers to three years old and emphasizes the rhythm of language through stories, songs, action rhymes and music.
JAMAICA — The Jamaica Memorial Library offers "Little Ones Story Time" on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 2 p.m. for preschoolers and hosts grades pre-k through 6 from Jamaica Village School throughout the school year for story times and borrowing.
WINHALL — The Winhall Community Arts Center, located at 3 River Road, will continue their Life Drawing Group this fall on Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost to participate is $20. Chairs and some easels are available but please bring your own materials. Model will be unclothed. There will be no instruction. If you are interested, please call Debbie Peretz at (802) 236- 9114 or email email@example.com. For more information about other programs at the Center, visit our Facebook page or call Laura Gianotti at (802) 297-1586.
MANCHESTER — The Knitting Club meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Come swap tips, knit and socialize with others who share your passion for knitting. Free and open to those who knit. Bring your own needles, yarn and knitting project. For more information, please call (802) 362-2607.
LONDONDERRY— Londonderry Tri-Mtn Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at "The Meeting Place" Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry at 7 p.m. We welcome anyone to attend and see what we are all about. Lions are first in sight, we have collection boxes for used glasses at the following: Weston Post Office, Peru Town Center, Winhall Town Office, Windham Town Office, Mtn Valley Health Center and Green Mountain Pharmacy. After the glasses are collected they are delivered to a Lions recycling center, then cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and packaged. The recycled glasses are distributed to people in need and low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
LONDONDERRY — Don Tretler of the Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) agency will be at Neighborhood Connections every fourth Friday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. to assist Vermonters who need help finding a new or better-paying job. Tretler will discuss where to look for jobs, will offer help filling out applications, creating a resume, will give interviewing tips and offer advice on starting a new job off on “the right foot.” This is offered at no charge. Call (802) 824-4343 if you would like to attend a Friday Job Club. VABIR is a statewide private nonprofit agency working to assister Vermonters who face barriers to employment in finding gainful employment.
SOUTH LONDONDERRY — 12-year-old Piper Chapman will be presenting Kids Storytime and Crafts every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 are invited for a fun story time and some craft-making. The South Londonderry Free Library is located at 15 Old School Road in South Londonderry. For more information, please call (802) 824-3371.
BONDVILLE — The Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill in Bondville, would like to share display space with local artists for works of various media, such as paintings and photography. For the month of December, they are displaying the photography of Joel Bluming and poetry of Linda Kurtz Beher. The space is available on a monthly, first-come basis. Call Dawn at (802) 297-9741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
WESTON — The public library in Weston is raising money to make much needed repairs on the children's room and the very old building (built in the early 1800s). The library staff were inspired by 8-year-old twins, Jack and Corby, who raised $41.10 at their lemonade stand and selflessly gave it all to their beloved library. They need at least $10,000 to make all the improvements. The Vermont Country Store has generously pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations up to $2,500. Wonderful people and local businesses have already given us $1,300. Please visit online at gofund.me/Jack-Corby to learn all about Jack & Corby and how they will use the money the raise to improve the library.
MANCHESTER — Members of the Manchester Community Library may borrow an iPad or MacBook from the library for a three-day period, free of charge. Library members 16 years and older are eligible. Loans are on a first-come, first-served basis. Conditions apply. For more information, please call (802) 362-2607.
LUDLOW — The Ludlow Rotary Club meet weekly every Tuesday at DJ’s Restaurant in Ludlow at 12:15 p.m. The club is active locally and internationally with various projects to help community citizens and friends of the world. New members are welcome. For more information, please call or email President Tesha Buss at (802) 245-4746 or email@example.com.
PUTNEY — Did you receive a new tablet, phone, or laptop as a gift this holiday season? Do you need help connecting to the library’s free downloadable e-book or audiobook offerings? Anyone seeking technology assistance can now receive free help at two different times each week at Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., in Putney. On Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. people can make a one-on-one appointment with Ray Hussey, a library volunteer. Two one-hour time slots are available one at 11 a.m. and one at 12 p.m. Librarian Emily Zervas is also available on Fridays at 12 p.m. for one-hour slots for computer help. Their technology assistance program is free and open to anyone, regardless of where they live. Call the library for more information or to make an appointment at (802) 387-4407 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLOWS FALLS — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step recovery program that offers fellowship and hope to those who are suffering from overeating, obesity, bulimia and anorexia. There are no fees. Overeaters Anonymous Meetings are Monday evenings, at 7 p.m. at Parks Place, located at 44 School Street in Bellows Falls. For more information, please call Kathy at (802) 376-4322.
WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Fire & Rescue Department holds their monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month and a combined drill on the third Tuesday of every month. Rescue training is the second Tuesday of the month.
BELLOWS FALLS — The Abenaqui Snowmobile Club, which is responsible for all the trails in the towns of Rockingham and Athens, is holding their regular business meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month September through May at the Bellows Falls Fire Department. Their small group of volunteers are in need of some major volunteer resurgence to keep them operational. This sport, locally, statewide and nationally, relies heavily on the ability of volunteers to maintain the trail systems through trail maintenance, landowner relations, and most importantly grooming. It is their fear that without a few more individuals stepping up to help out in a little more formal fashion, they will not be able to keep our trails open. Please come and check out what they are all about and how you can help. For more information, call George Berube, Trails Master at (802) 869-2593.
BELLOWS FALLS — Holidays can be stressful. A drop in-support group, Coping with Stress through the Holidays, open to adults 18 and up will be available from the beginning of November 2016 through the second week of January, 2017. This free circle will be facilitated by Opeyemi, a retired family practice M.D. and current peer support specialist with Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Each week the group will begin promptly, then take 5 minutes to review agreements that can allow people who have shown up that day to participate in a safe way. After a brief check in round, the group will use the rest of the hour for deeper conversation. The group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Parks Place in Bellows Falls. Call Opeyemi at (802) 282-3127 for more information.
BELLOWS FALLS — Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. If you own a laptop, please bring it along. With the many free databases available at the library, it's hard to tell what you might find. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. For more information, please call (802) 463-4270, email email@example.com or visit online at www.rockinghamlibrary.org.
WARDSBORO — The Wardsboro Yoked Parish meets at the Methodist Church in downtown Wardsboro on Main Street. Service begins at 10 a.m. and will continue through February 2017. All are welcome.
SOUTH READING — The Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf, located at 3456 Tyson Rd. in South Reading serves the towns of Reading, West Windsor, Plymouth, Proctorsville and Cavendish. The food shelf is open to those in need on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. We are closed on holidays. The food shelf is currently looking to buy (or be given) a used full sized working refrigerator. Please call at (802) 484-5097 a.s.a.p. if you have one to offer or sell. Come and visit us when we are open. We have a clothing shelf for anyone to use during the Thursday hours. Non-expired donations of non-perishable food (e.g. canned and boxed food, peanut butter, jelly, etc.) are always welcome.
SPRINGFIELD — Come to the Springfield Town Library on Monday afternoons to play, trade and discuss The Magic: The Gathering TCG. Older kids and adults are welcome, as are both veteran and newer players. For more information, call the library at (802) 885-3108 and ask for Zach. This program is free and open to all.
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Writers Club meets every fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m., upstairs in the Springfield Town Library. There is no charge and all are welcome.
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Town Library, located at 43 Main St. in Springfield, holds story time for children under five years old on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
SPRINGFIELD — The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center will hold “Open Play,” a playgroup for parents and caregivers of young children, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Open Play time is where climbing, jumping, running and throwing balls inside is acceptable — and encouraged — for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Open Play is free for EdgarMay members, $5 per visit for non-member drop-in, or $40 for 10-visit punch card. If interested in becoming a member or applying for a scholarship, call the EdgarMay at (802) 885-2568 or email Sarah Tilden Gramling firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRINGFIELD — A Caregiver Support Group (formerly Alzheimer's Support Group) is available to help enhance the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Presented by Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter, the Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Springfield Hospital Library, Level D in Springfield. The meeting is facilitated by Janet Beauchain from Springfield Area Adult Day Services, email@example.com, and Erin Wells from Springfield Health and Rehabilitation, Erin.Wells@reveraliving.com. For more information, please call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/Vermont.
SPRINGFIELD — On Friday evenings, play Magic: The Gathering TCG at Dark Mountain Games, located at 27 Main Street in Springfield. For more information, please call (802) 885-4800.
NORTH SPRINGFIELD — Sundays at 10 a.m. join the North Springfield Baptist Church for a praise and worship service followed by a fellowship time. Children's classes are after the children's time in worship. Adult class is before worship at 9 a.m. All ages and all people are welcome to worship with us and most of our activities are planned for all ages to participate together. The church is located at 23 Main St. in North Springfield. On Fridays, there is a Bible Study at The Maples on South St. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, please go online at www.nsbcvt.org or call (802) 886-8107.
SPRINGFIELD — The Holiday Tree Display continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Great Hall, 100 River St., in Springfield. Admission is free and the public is welcome to enjoy these festive decorations through Jan. 7.
CHARLESTOWN — You can make a difference and help people in developing countries experience the gift of mobility. Wheels for the World, a program of Joni and Friends, provides a free wheelchair, along with the gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults affected by disability worldwide. Life Fellowship Church in Charlestown is collecting manual wheelchairs, footrests, walkers, canes and crutches. Chair Corps representatives of Wheels for the World will be available to provide tax-deduction receipts for the donated equipment. For more information, call Casey or Darlene Strand at (802) 886-1208.
AREA — Does someone else’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon Family Groups for family and friends of alcoholics can help. Local weekly meetings:
Sunday, 7 p.m. – Claremont, Valley Regional Hospital, Buckley Conference Room.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. – Charlestown, Charlestown Congregational Church, Main St.
Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Ascutney, Ascutney Union Church, Rte 5.
Tuesday, Noon – Springfield, Congregational Church, 77 Main St.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Weston, Weston Priory, Visitors Center.
Thursday, Noon – Springfield, Congregational Church, 77 Main St.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – Proctorsville, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, community room, 89 Depot St.
For additional information, please call (866) 972-5266 (toll free) or visit online at www.vermontalanonalateen.org.
AREA — Unpaid family caregivers of those diagnosed with dementia often find it difficult to meet their own needs while caring for their family member. For this reason, Senior Solutions (Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) provides Dementia Respite Grants to help caregivers get a break. These grants, funded by the State of Vermont, help family caregivers pay for respite opportunities. Primary, unpaid caregivers in Windsor and Windham counties may qualify. Eligibility is based on the elder’s income. The limit is $2,917 per month for an individual or $3,932 per month for a couple. For more information, please call the Senior HelpLine at (800) 642-5119, and ask to speak to the grant manager. Additional resources are described at www.seniorsolutionsvt.org.
WINDHAM COUNTY — The Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) of Windham County is part of a nationwide program 270,000 strong under the National Senior Corps. We are a growing community of seniors helping our fellow seniors and the physically-challenged to stay healthy, independent and enjoy living at home longer. Most volunteers give just two hours of service each week and it has a big effect on quality of life. There are many types of volunteer positions available with area nonprofits, schools, senior centers, hospitals, and food shelves. Volunteers are needed to visit/call home-bound seniors, deliver meals, help with errands and provide rides, reading and mentoring in our schools, food pantry support and blood drives. There is always a need and volunteering makes a huge difference in people's lives. RSVP is an active community of seniors (55+) helping fellow seniors and the disabled. For information, please call the RSVP volunteer coordinator at (802) 254-7515.
WINDSOR COUNTY — Love driving? Enjoy visiting with friends? Would you like to see everyone in your town have enough to eat? Do you want to help a student succeed in school? Maybe you’d like to help the Red Cross at a local blood drive. Or, maybe you have another idea about how you’d like to help. Let’s talk about it. Call Corey Mitchell at the Green Mountain RSVP Windsor County office, (802) 674-4547, and find out how you can help. Green Mountain RSVP Volunteer Program of Windsor County recruits, matches and supports volunteers 55 and older. We match people who want to make an impact in their community through local nonprofits who need help. Last year, we worked with 22 nonprofits, our volunteers contributed over 4,700 hours, with a total economic impact of $104,555 to Windsor County. For every dollar we get from local funding, we give back $13 in volunteer contribution by supporting programs that provide transportation and meals to seniors. Your contribution will make a lasting impact on our community.