Weekly Email Update 10.12.20

Weekly Email Update 10.12.20

"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."
Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki
Alanis Obomsawin, CC GOQ, born in what we know as New Hampshire, is an American Canadian Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist primarily known for her documentary films

 Thank you for joining us for this issue of the Weekly Email Update, WeCANners. This week, we will observe Indigenous People's Day in Vermont and we'd like to share with you some ways you can actively participate in amplifying Native voices in Windham County and across the country. Have a great week, friends, and we look forward to seeing you online or from a distance in person. 

1) Learn About Indigenous Cultures and About the Abenaki Tribe that Lives on the Land We Call Vermont

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by attending community celebrations, whether in-person or online, organized by Native people. Listen to Native organizers to learn about the food or music that makes these celebrations so great, and the role they play in the culture you’re observing. Indigenous Peoples Day is also a good time to learn about the tribes that live or lived where you live now. Native-land.ca is a web app that helps direct you to more resources about different Indigenous cultures and territories all over the world. Kids can get engaged, too! Click here to check out some kid-aged Abenaki facts, too.

2) Donate To Indigenous Rights Organizations

Opening your wallet to support groups fighting for Indigenous rights is a great way to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Directly supporting their missions with donations allows organizations to allocate resources wherever they’re needed most. Consider donating to the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, a group made up of five nations who are in a battle to preserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which is being threatened by the Trump administration. Or you could support Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous-led collective that advocates for climate justice, informed by Indigenous practices, which has been putting its efforts behind a mutual aid program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or, you can donate to Native Artisans that are creating in what we know as Vermont through the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association .You can donate directly to the Abenaki Tribe here

3) Attend Vigils, Rallies, Or Marches Organized By Native People

After a summer of near non-stop rallies for racial justice, keep up that momentum for Indigenous-led organizations in your area. Attending this action, taking place at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, is one way see what kind of solidarity is welcomed or needed in Windham County. Respect organizers’ wishes for who attends, speaks, or presents at these events, too.

4) Support Native Artisans

Another way to open your wallet is to support Native American artists and artisans by buying their work - like the work of Vermont Abenaki Artists- then proudly displaying it. Etsy is one place to connect with sellers who are indigenous, and you can also look to local artist collectives near you to see what people are making.

5) Don’t Just Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day — Actively Disavow Columbus Day

That's right — it's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with your aunt about her Facebook posts. Don’t hesitate to talk to other non-Indigenous people about the history and legacy behind Columbus Day — and why it means we should be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead.


The Abenaki Tribe Logo

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 11th, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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Windham County No Mas Polimigra Campaign Meeting
Sunday, October 11th, Online, 5pm-7pm.
Contact sfagit@gmail.com for information and meeting link.
Justicia Migrante / Migrant Justice is waging a statewide campaign to block communication and cooperation between local police and immigration authorities. Groups are organizing town by town and county by county, with growing success across the state.
A group formed in Windham County to advance the campaign with the County Sheriff and Brattleboro Police Department (for now). Join us to plan strategy, create public education and events, and move this key piece of police reform forward.
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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2020-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2020

Everyone Eats! EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 11th, 2020!!
Monday, October 12th, 2020-Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at the C.F Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Masks required. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY. You can pick up meals for up to three households including your own. If you have any questions visit https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/ or contact Frances Huntley frances@brattleboro.com. Organizational ordering information is listed under our Free and Nutritious Food in Windham County section further along in this email. 
Everyone Eats! is a program which will distribute meals from Brattleboro restaurants to anyone in need who lives in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, or Vernon, free of charge, through December 11th. There will be 850+ meals/day available Monday through Thursday to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pick up for individuals will be at the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St in Brattleboro and group/institution orders can be picked up at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro. All meals are available Monday-Thursday between 4pm and 6pm until supplies run out.
If you have extra produce from your garden, there will be a wheelbarrow you can drop it off in on your way out of the pickup site. Participating restaurants will use the donated produce in making more meals.
The meals are free, but if you would like to make a monetary contribution to help make more meals possible for others, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10 but any amount will be appreciated.
Which restaurants are contributing food? A Vermont Table, Dosa Kitchen, Duo, Hazel, Indian Masala, MamaSezz, Porch Too, The Works, and Yalla. Each restaurant will contribute meals two or more days a week. You will receive one individually packaged cold ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for. Meals will be distributed cold, so if you are driving a distance, delivering to other households, or distributing through your organization, consider bringing a cooler if you can.

Everyone Eats! Info From Putney Mutual Aid
Have you taken advantage of Everyone Eats? Here's how Putney folks can participate:
1. CURBSIDE PICKUP IN PUTNEY!!! We will be distributing meals in Putney for curbside pickup on Monday evening. Pick up at the Putney Community Center from 5-5:45. First come, first served. No need for advance reservations. (Be sure to drive up in your car and wait for instructions. We will bring the food to you.)
2. DELIVERY IN PUTNEY!!! Putney Mutual Aid volunteers can deliver a meal to you on Monday evenings -- PM us, comment here or email PutneyVTMutualAid@gmail.com to make arrangements
3. CURBSIDE PICKUP IN BRATT!! You can journey into Brattleboro (Mon-Thurs, 4-6) to pick up a meal. The program runs through mid-December. (more info in the link below).
4. VOLUNTEER!!! If you are interested in helping with delivery of meals as a volunteer with Putney Mutual Aid, contact us! Comment below, PM or PutneyVTMutualAid@gmail.com.
Just a reminder... this program is meant to be an economic stimulus as well as an innovative way to address food security. Please feel free to participate and grab a meal! It helps our local restaurants and gives us all delicious food. Putney Food Shelf https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/.

Everyone Eats! Volunteers Needed
Brattleboro Area Mutual Aid delivers meals for Everyone Eats! during the week and the list of households asking for delivery is growing. Right now there are three individuals who deliver four days a week (yep, someone delivers twice). If you can dedicate 4-6pm one day a week (or even every other week) from now through December to help our neighbors get meals please let Jennifer Jacobs know by emailing her at jennifer@adaptivahr.com or texting her at 802-579-8215.

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Indigenous People’s Day at the Retreat Farm
Monday, October 12th, 2020 at Retreat Farm (Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm-4pm.
All attendees must register in advance here: https://form.jotform.com/202716124160140. Masks required.
The Elnu Abenaki invite you to join us for a safely-distanced gathering to honor Indigenous Peoples' Day by the "River Where Something is Lost". Join us to learn, share, celebrate, and honor an Indigenous way of being in this Place. All are welcome! Wlipai8 mziwi!
**Please Note**
Masks are required. In compliance with Vermont State regulations, all attendees must pre-register and provide their full name and email or phone for contact tracing purposes.
Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available. 

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Zuckerman Honk and Wave
Thursday, October 15th, 2020 (and every Thursday) at the corner of Eliot Street and Canal Street in Downtown Brattleboro, VT. 4pm-5pm.
If you do not have a sign, please come by and grab one at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. 

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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, October 15th, 2020, and every Thursday, at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
Every Thursday from 4:30pm-5:30pm the Marlboro Community Center invites you to fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility required. This weekly opportunity is available for anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does.
Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, please enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks are required. Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance. Please call Marlboro Cares at 258-3030 in advance to arrange a delivery.
To donate food:
Leave non-perishable food in the donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. It will be collected on a weekly-basis. (Please note that this box previously supplied the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, which is now distributing food exclusively from VT Food Pantry) 
Gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate produce. Wear masks and wash hands when harvesting and handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thursday between 1pm and 4pm. (Any leftover produce will be taken to FoodWorks the following morning)

 

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Guilford Cares Food Pantry
Thursday, October 15th, 2020 (and every Thursday) at Broad Brook Community Center (3490 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm.  If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 802-257-0626. For additional questions or more information call 802 579 1350 or email guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.
The Guilford Cares Food Pantry will continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk.
They ask that shoppers to remain in their car. A volunteer will greet you and give you a "shopping list" for you to  mark with the items you would like. Another volunteer will fill your bag  and bring it to porch where you will be asked to pick it up. Please  bring a bag for the items and a pen to fill out the shopping list. If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 257-0626
If you cannot come to the Pantry due to illness or high risk, you can call also call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy.
Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.

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Red Cross Blood Drive
hosted by NECCA- New England Center for Circus Arts
Friday, October 16th, 2020 at NECCA (10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2:30pm-7pm.
Give the gift of life! It's easy and so worth while. And there are lots of protocols in place to make sure it's very safe, with limited appointments, required masks and on-site temperature checks.

 

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Art for Social Change
sponsored by The Root Social Justice Center, River Gallery School and In-Sight Photography Project
Friday, October 16th, 2020 (and every Friday) at the River Gallery School (32 Main St #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 1pm-4pm. Masks are required. Drop-ins are welcome, come by and make some art on Fridays and help spread messages of transformation, unity and justice all over the town of Brattleboro. 6 person maximum in studiosFor more information: Jess Weitz, jess@rivergalleryschool.org.
River Gallery School is offering a free open art studio at 32 Main street on Fridays from 1-4pm for people to use printmaking, drawing, and painting to create art around issues of the pandemic,
social and racial justice, the 2020 election, and the climate crisis.
All materials available for free.
In addition, River Gallery School will have an art table at the
Solidarity Friday rallies in Pliny Park for art and sign making from 5pm-6:30pm.
Paste ups will be put up in town October 15 thru November 15, 2020.

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Solidarity Fridays: Our Struggles Are Connected
organized by Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Justice Center, Tenants Union of Brattleboro, Lost River Racial Justice, and 350 Brattleboro

Friday, October 16th, 2020 (and all Fridays) at Pliny Park (the corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6:30pm. Masks are required. 
Weekly protest at Pliny Park focusing on a variety of current local and national issues. Bring your signs, banners, chalk & noise makers to Pliny Park and rally for the world we want.
(This week we will make signs in yellow and black to promote consistency and solidarity among our coalition).
This week, we make connections between the struggles of the people on a global scale. From the annexation of land and occupation of Palestine, to brutal weaponized tactics of Federal agents against Portland protesters, to the systemic racism rampant across the world, and to local efforts toward examining police brutality and safety in Brattleboro, in the diversity of our struggles we are all united!
Show Up! Participate! Discuss!
For the safety of ourselves and others, masks are REQUIRED at Pliny Park! We will have extra masks to pass out to those without one. Hand sanitizer will also be available.
This week, consider bringing a donation for Groundworks Collaborative! See their wishlist below!
-Deodorant
-Disposable Razors
-Umbrellas
-Mens belts
-Notebooks and pens
-Playing cards and classic board games like chess
-Benadryl
-Sunblock
-Bugspray

 

 

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Weekly Community Conversation with State Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Saturday, October 17th, 2020 (and every Saturday), Online. 10am-11am.

Join me to talk about what matters for our community and the type of government that will represent you and your needs
Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes.
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Vote Like Your Life Depends on It Brattleboro’s Women’s March and Parade
Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at the Brattleboro Commons (Park Place, Intersection of VT Route 5 and VT Route 30, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm.
Masks are required.
Bring your glorious, furious beauty to Brattleboro’s Women’s March on Saturday, October 17th!
We will march in force on October 17th to send a clear message that we will not allow Trump and the GOP to endanger our lives any longer. This is what we’ve been preparing for, this is why millions of people marched on January 21, 2017.
Think of this event as a Halloween parade meets GET OUT THE VOTE to build solidarity! 
RBG brigades, pedal bikes, radical cheerleaders, large puppets, stilt walkers, costumes, signs, and instruments all encouraged and because we care about each other, we will socially distance with enthusiasm.
For our democracy to work for all of us, it must include all of us, but Trump knows that in a truly inclusive democracy, he will lose—so he’s trying to divide us. He’s sowing doubts about this election, and about the right of every eligible American to participate, regardless of race, origin, income, or zip code.
We are the ones who will decide the outcome of this election, not him. We’re joining together from all across the nation and from all walks of life to deliver a democracy where everyone counts, no exceptions.
Facebook link for more information: https://fb.me/e/5F7BRyuXq

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Ridin’ With Biden Windham County Car Rally
with the Windham County Dems
Sunday, October 18th, 2020, Various locations. 12pm-4pm.
Register to join on the Ridin' with Biden Eventbrite link on this page and join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ridinwithbidenvt for rally information and decoration ideas. 
We're looking for drivers (+ friends) to join the Windham County for a Ridin' with Biden Car Rally This is your opportunity to show your support for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Windham Dems up and down the ticket.
You can drive the entire 106-mile scenic route -- starting at Noon at the Guilford Country Store or you can enter the car parade at any of the 13 stops along the scenic route as we drive past Dummerston, Putney, Windham, Saxton's River, Cambridgeport, Grafton, Londonderry, Rawsonville/Bondville/Stratton, Jamaica, Wardsboro, West Dover/Mount Snow, Wilmington, Marlboro and into Brattleboro.
Can't do the drive, but want to show your support? Sign up to attend a rally in your village and do a shout out with signs as the Ridin' With Biden Car Rally drives by your town.
We're ending the event with a proper Apple Pie Social (socially-distanced, of course). And everyone is welcome. This will be a fantastic time to celebrate our candidates and county in a responsible and proactive way.

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Poetry and Social Justice: Five Poets in Conversation
Part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival
hosted by Chard deNiord and Diana Whitney
Sunday, October 18th, 2020, Online. 4:30pm-5:45pm.
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HBB9wO6cR6GeDnuBzm7sYw. Expect a brief reading, lively discussion, and audience Q & A.
Join the Brattleboro Literary Festival for a conversation with five extraordinary poets on the topic of poetry and social justice. Cameron Awkward-Rich, Natalie Diaz, Carolyn Forché, Major Jackson, and Elizabeth Powell have all written memorable poetry that bears witness to injustice. We're delighted to bring them together to read from their new books and discuss questions such as:
- What is the role of poetry in our age of crisis? 
- What poems have influenced you that are timeless and topical at the same time? 
- How do your poems move from the page into the world, becoming memorable speech that brings about justice? 
- How can we learn through language to talk to each other, to listen deeply, and to envision a future of equality and diversity?

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UPCOMING EVENTS

What Happens AFTER Election Day?
hosted by Root Social Justice Center, Lost River Racial Justice, and The Tenants Union of Brattleboro
Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, Online. 6pm-8pm.
To RSVP, go to: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdriBNDj3x4qAyuca9uMW3ycoWrHefRC4F8Wgu-_1n4bPaDAw/viewform. The link will be sent after you RSVP. Questions? Contact Sonia at trainings@350vt.org.
While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process where everyone votes and everyone’s votes are counted is a must, many of us are also thinking about November 4th. What happens AFTER election day? We’re hoping for an anti-Trump landslide and a peaceful transition, but we are also preparing for a contested election or something much worse.
Join 350Brattleboro and allies for an interactive workshop to discuss the main scenarios that national movement groups think are the most possible outcomes and to brainstorm with our community about what we’d want to do right here in Brattleboro.
Ideas may range from direct action to mutual aid to healing circles to protests in the street - we don’t know what we’ll come up with (or what will happen) but we do know we’ll need some way to be in community for it.
Please come with your affinity group or others you’d want to organize with - or by yourself with your ideas! Start thinking about what you will need in that chaotic time and connect with others who are thinking similarly.
Click here for some resources about what post-election may look like: https://docs.google.com/.../1n4Cj9fjgGqFfxFs9ubp2m3g.../edit
Please note - 350VT is also hosting this workshop for a statewide audience on Tues, Oct 20. If you'd rather sign up for that, please go here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBd6s_dp6W_fMCysHNLGx7w1acVIWHcDzRYKtrPYU8YQYyBg
Photo credit: Kris Radder, Brattleboro Reformer.

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty School
Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at The Winston Prouty School (20 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-3pm.

Winston Prouty and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly blood drives for the next three months.
Blood levels are historically low and this is our chance to help.
We have much faith in the Red Cross and their protocols and ability to help us create a safe environment for this essential event.
You can participate by donating blood or by volunteering to help support the event (set-up/clean-up, registration, parking, etc).
Sign up to DONATE blood here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=
To help make the event possible by volunteering, please contact Lisa Whitney, lisa@winstonprouty.org

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3rd Annual Run for Recovery 5k
hosted by Turning Point of Windham County
Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at Turning Point-Windham County (39 Elm St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 9am-1pm. Masks required before and after the race. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided. To RSVP, see the route, and purchase tickets click here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/VT/Brattleboro/turningpointwindhamcountyrunforrecovery. $20 per registration. T-shirt included. 
Join us for this super sweet 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk celebrating recovery, well-being, and our beautiful community. Walk, run, or race the route* and then eats snacks and mingle with some of the best folk in Brattleboro.
SPECIAL COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT
We will be observing all Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines for the event, including mask-wearing (before and after the race) and social distancing. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided. 

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The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk
hosted by Vermont Humanities Council and Brooks Memorial Library
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020, Online. 7pm-8pm.
Tickets can be accessed here: https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/the-legacy-of-nicholas-black-elk-2/.
Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises.
Damian Costello is a historian and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism.
This is a free, digital event. Please use the link to register and find additional resources for this session.
Series Underwriter: Chroma Technology Corp.
Statewide Underwriters: Vermont Department of Libraries & Institute of Museum and Library Services

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

The Putney Food Coop is looking for front door volunteers!  They are collaborating with Seth Knopp and Catherine Stefan (who we know from Yellow Barn) to coordinate volunteers who will be stationed at their front entrance during the busiest hours (Saturday and Sunday, 10-3). Volunteers will remind folks to put their mask on, sanitize their hands, and to introduce them to the Co-op's process for entrance (you must wait until a basket or cart is free).  Seth and Catherine did this volunteering last weekend and report that it went quite smoothly!  It really, really helps to have someone reminding people of the Co-op's safety protocols -- both locals and out of towners. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to seth@yellowbarn.org!  And you can sign up via this signup sheet: HERE.

 

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LGTBQIA+ Resources via Out in the Open

Out in the Open is offering a lot of resources & virtual spaces for rural LGBTQ folks in this time, friends. The full list and calendar is on our website hereWe have a Community Care Offers & Asks list, and a list of Rural New England Mutual Aid opportunities, with specific resource links for LGBTQ and QTPOC folks. Out in the Open also has a Slack channel for rural LGBTQ folks to share resources and connect outside of social media. Email info@weareoutintheopen.org for more information.

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For MASK information, please see our permanent resource here: https://www.wecantogether.net/masks

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Online Religious Services

All Souls U.U. Sunday Services
Sunday Mornings at 10am. 
To get the current information on an upcoming service or vespers check the All Souls web page at www.ascvt.org.

 

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COVID 19 RESOURCES: VERMONT

Money for Past-Due Rent in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis
If you need help paying your rent and you have a very low income, call 211. Otherwise, contact your landlord and apply together for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program.
For help with past-due rent, Vermonters should apply for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program through the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA). VSHA is accepting applications from landlords and tenants, and paying landlords directly to bring the tenant’s rent account current.
The program pays up to the VSHA payment standards. If the landlord wants payment, the landlord must agree to waive rent amounts in excess of the payment standard for all the months paid for. 
When the landlord accepts the money they have to promise to: 

  • drop any eviction 
  • not start a new eviction for the same number of months (up to six months) in the future as the money pays for
  • not raise the rent before January 1, 2021, or the end of your lease term — whichever is later, and 
  • make sure the unit is up to code in 30 days.

Important: VSHA has to have applications from both the landlord and the tenant. You should talk to your landlord and agree on the amount you owe. Make sure that amount is on both applications. Apply for this rent help on the VSHA website. If you need help with your landlord, an eviction, or applying for the rent help, contact us at Vermont Legal Aid.

 

Statewide Mutual Aid
organized by Brenda for Vermont
Localized Mutual Aid has been organized in Brattleboro and Putney and hyper local neighborhoods in Marlboro.  If your community does not have mutual aid or you can't find it, please sign up to volunteer or if you are in need of help.  All of us will likely be on the side of being able to help and needing help at times.  Please don't hesitate to ask for help.
Sign up here if you would like to help your neighbors or are in need of help:https://www.brendaforvermont.com/cms/help-your-neighbor/
The links below will take you directly to the mutual aid forms. 
To Volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkRnbDKtNX_SacVaHWPyIAnsSXDGLsDMZE8vys25nzTgUo5A/viewform
If You Need Help: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfw7gg12KNq6n4s7SDUxf1ghMx-0MD3S0RCWQtxqmPTJQI8QA/viewform

 

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A Message to Vermonters from Senator Bernie Sanders

As a member of the United States Senate, I want to make sure that the citizens of Vermont receive all of the federal benefits and help to which they are entitled. Although I cannot guarantee a particular outcome, I want you to know that my staff and I will do our best to respond to your concerns.
To contact Senator Sanders with a question, concern or comment please use this link: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/services/casework/.
If you want to contact me about your views and concerns regarding legislation and other issues important to you please use the COMMENTS FORM
If this is an emergency, please call: 802-862-0697 (Out-of-State 800-339-9834).
Note: We are currently experiencing a high volume of inquiries. As we do our utmost to assist vulnerable Vermonters, please only complete the form above if you are requesting assistance. Go to General Comments to leave comments and opinions.

 

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Social Justice Resources

ROOT SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER MUTUAL AID & SUPPORTIVE NETWORK
The Root Social Justice Center is collecting a list of contacts and resources to help support and assist with the needs of their Root community members. Join if you are in need or are able to help.

 

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FREE HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN WINDHAM COUNTY

Brigid’s Kitchen, St. Michael’s Church, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro 802-254-6800 or 802-558-6072 
Grab-and-go lunches and fruit/nuts on Mon, Weds, Thus, and Sat, 11:30am-12:20pm.

Loaves and Fishes, Centre Congregational Church 193 Main Street, Brattleboro (802) 254-4730
Grab-and-go lunches on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12pm.

VT Foodbank and Veggie Van Go
will be at Brattleboro Union High School (Fairground Ave, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the parking lot, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 10am-2pm. Drive up, touchless pickup. Walkers welcome, too. Call VT 211 for more information. 

Foodworks, the food shelf program of the Groundworks Collaborative https://groundworksvt.org (802) 490-2412, ccolascione@GroundworksVT.org 
Households in need of food are asked to call or email to coordinate delivery. There is an urgent need for volunteers, and Foodworks has set up protocols to keep staff, volunteers, and clients as safe as possible. Please email us at volunteer@GroundworksVT.org if you are able to help.

Guilford Food Pantry 
Every Thursday at the BBCC (3940 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.

NEW: “Everyone Eats!” Food Relief Program Information

If you have questions, contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com
What is this? Everyone Eats!, a food relief pilot program in Brattleboro, leverages federal relief funds to engage local restaurants in making to-go meals for anyone in Brattleboro, Guilford, Vernon, Dummerston, or Putney whose food security has been challenged by the COVID-19 crisis due to unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, and other financial challenges. With eight Brattleboro restaurants, Monday through Thursday, through December 11th, 2020.
When? Monday – Thursday 4pm-6pm
Where?  Individuals/households will be able to pick up meals in the parking lot of the Church Building on Flat Street on a first-come-first-served basis. Organizations will be able to pick up pre-ordered meals at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro.
Who is eligible? Anyone whose food security has been challenged by the COVID-19 crisis due to unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, and other challenges to well-being who would get relief from receiving meals may participate.
For Individuals
When and where can I receive meals? Meal distribution for individuals is first-come-first-served. Pickup is from 4-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday in downtown Brattleboro (location TBA).
Is it free? All who would benefit from a meal are welcome to participate.
Can I give something back to help the program? There is no obligation to pay it back or forward. If what you have to offer in return is your thanks, that’s enough. But if you can share veggies from your garden, there will be a drop-off location on site for bagged or boxed contributions; as much as possible will be used in future meals. And if you would like to make a monetary contribution to help make more meals possible for others, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10 but any amount will be appreciated. Touch-free options for donation include Venmo, Paypal, mailing a check, or providing a donation at the time of pickup.
What will I receive? You will receive one individually packaged cold ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for.
Do you have vegetarian or vegan/GF options? Yes, you will request your meal choice at the time of pickup.
Is there a limit to how many meals I can get? You can request one meal per person per day for each person in your household. Please note that there is a limit to how many meals will be produced each day. We hope to serve everyone who makes a request but we cannot guarantee it. Meals will be first-come-first-served.
Can I pick up meals for another household? Yes, you can pick up meals for up to three households including your own.
Will my meals be hot or cold? Meals will be distributed cold, so if you are driving a distance, delivering to other households, or distributing through your organization, consider bringing a cooler if you can.
For Organizations
As a representative of an organization, can I request meals on behalf of my clients? Yes. We invite organizations to do bulk pickups for distribution to those they serve.
Is there a limit to how many meals I can pick up? No, but you will need to reserve meals in advance each week using this form.
What will I receive? You will receive individually packaged COLD ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinners for each person you are willing to distribute a meal to.
What options are available? You will choose how many of each type of meal (omnivore, vegetarian, vegan/GF) and which days you will pick up meals for distribution.
Who will be making the food? These meals are being made by independently-owned local restaurants.
Will I need to pick up our meals, or will you deliver to my location? You will need to pick up your requested meals and distribute them to your clients. We cannot deliver them to you.
When and where do I pick up my meals? Pickup for organizations is from 4pm-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday in West Brattleboro at Mama Sezz, 127 Marlboro Rd.
How do I request meals for bulk pickup? Organizations must submit their request forms two weeks before the first distribution week and one week before the second, third, and fourth distribution weeks. To get more information about participating and request a form for the first week, contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com.
Will I receive a confirmation? After your meal request form is received, you will receive an automated email via Google Forms.
When do you need my form by? Meal request forms must be submitted by the Thursday prior to the week they are for (except for the first week, which must be submitted two weeks prior). You will need to submit a new form each week. If you have already received meals in a prior week, you will receive an email reminder for later weeks.

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Food Discount Programs

Food Resources at Brattleboro Food Coop 
Our Shareholder Assistance Grant supports community members who could not otherwise afford to be a Shareholder at the Co-op. It covers $60 of the $80 cost of a Brattleboro Co-op Share. By joining the Co-op and paying the remaining $20 over the course of a year, a community member can enjoy all the benefits of being a Co-op Shareholder and qualify for our 10% Food for All discount. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/join/become-a-shareholder/shareholder-assistance-grant/

Food for All is our needs-based discount program. It gives eligible Shareholders a 10% discount on all food at the Co-op, with a few exceptions (such as alcohol). Food for All can apply to anyone that fits the criteria - WIC, 3 Squares Vermont, SSI, EBT, referral letter from a local organization. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/shop/food-for-all-program/ 

Contact the Shareholder Services department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op for assistance at 802-246-2821 or Shareholders@brattleborofoodcoop.coop

 

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Vermont WIC is Responding to Covid 19
We are moving to phone appointments to align with social distancing efforts. If you have opted in to email and text notifications, you will receive important program updates, including information about local office hours and changes in operations. Our website will be kept up-to-date as well. Contact your local office with any questions about breastfeeding, nutrition or shopping. Call 1-800-649-4357 or email WIC@Vermont.gov with any questions about WIC nutrition services and enrollment.

P-EBT (Pandemic EBT) is Available in VT
Many families in Vermont were notified that they would be receiving a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT). P-EBT is loaded on a card and can be used to purchase the groceries at many grocers and farmers markets. If you have school-aged kids, contact your school district to apply for free school meals. If approved, you'll automatically receive P-EBT. 
If you’ve already received P-EBT and also participate in WIC, use your WIC benefits first, as WIC benefits do not rollover month-to-month. dcf.vermont.gov/press-releases/P-EBT

 

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Business Grants Available

SEVCA Microbusiness Grants Available
Grants are available for microbusinesses impacted by COVID19. Eligible business owners may apply for grant up to $5000 through the EMBRACE micro business direct grant program. More information is available at  https://sevca.org/economic-development/micro-business-development, or you may contact Denise Mason, Director of Economic Development, dmason@sevca.org or 800-464-9951.

 

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ADDITIONAL COVID 19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR PERMANENT HOME ON OUR WEBSITE, HERE: https://www.wecantogether.net/covid19_resources

 

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RESOURCE FOR WeCAN

Rapid Response Text Alert System

When WeCAN began, Song & Solidarity set up a Rapid Response Text Alert System for WeCAN Groups. Directions for signing up are on WeCAN's website, here: https://www.wecantogether.net/rapid_response. We are grateful to Song and Solidarity for providing this service.

  

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ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 

Indigo Radio
Sundays at 12pm on Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7FM. To stream live, visit: www.wvew.org 
Indigo Radio, deepening understanding and making connections! IndigoRadio is a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. We will be talking about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indigoradiowvew/. For archive recordings of past shows: https://soundcloud.com/user-654648353

 

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     Thank you for your activism day in and day out, WeCAN Friends. Your community appreciates all that you do.