Weekly Email Update 11.29.21

Weekly Email Update 11.29.21

"In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision concluded that women have a constitutionally protected right to safe and legal abortions. That landmark decision wasn't the beginning of women having abortions; it was the end of women dying from abortions."
Jan Schakowsky
(D-U.S. Representative for Illinois's 9th congressional district, serving since 1999)

     Happy Sunday, WeCANners. There are a few new items this week, so grab yourself a beverage, pull up a chair, and take a look at what's going on in our community. Now, more than ever, your talents and abilities are needed here in Windham County. We hope to hear your ideas at an event or meeting this week! 



Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am. 
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
November 29th, 2021
December 6th, 2021
December 20th, 2021
January 3rd, 2022

Important information:

  • Drive through model- please stay in your vehicles
  • If you are walking there: see a Vermont Foodbank associate but please make sure to stay 6 feet back.
  • There are no income requirements, registration or paperwork to participate
  • You do not need to be present to get food: you may ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf.



Virtual Youth Sex Education Summit
hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, Online. 9am-2:30pm (with breaks). 
Zoom link will be sent to attendees upon registration. Register HERE.
PPNNE reserves the right to deny registration to anyone in order to preserve and protect the safety and security of all participants.
Registration is open for the 2021 Youth Sex Education Virtual Summit hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England! This year, the Summit is open to attendees from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Youth are invited to join us online for a day of opportunities to connect with one another and promote sexual health education, leadership, & community resources through workshops, panel discussions, and other exciting activities designed to provide you with information about sexual health that you can use!
Registration is open to all high school age youth (grades 9-12 or out-of-school youth ages 14-18) who live or go to school in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Participants will need to be able to access Zoom on their devices in order to participate.
Adults who are able to support a group of their students to attend are welcome to attend (think of this as a virtual field trip opportunity!). Adult professionals who teach sexual health education in schools and at community organizations may attend, with the understanding that youth attendance and needs will be prioritized.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

  • 9-9:30am Welcome 
  • 9:30-10:15am Improving Sex Ed  Workshop
  • 10:30-10:55am Breakouts 
  • 10:55-11:20am Learning Session 
  • 12pm-1pm Community Partner Panel Discussions
  • 1-1:25pm Learning Session 
  • 1:40-2:05pm Breakouts 
  • 2:05-2:30pm Closing 


Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 5pm-6pm. 
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 802-258-3030 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)


Guilford Cares FoodPantry
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, 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 [email protected].
Guilford Cares Food Pantry has moved! The Pantry has moved to the First Aid building at the Guilford Fairgrounds. We will be fully stocked with all our usual grocery items.
The Fairgrounds are on Fairground Road, just off Weatherhead Hollow Road. From Guilford Center Road turn onto Weatherhead Hollow Road. Travel 1.7 miles down the road. The Fairgrounds are on the left and there will be a sign directing you up the hill for about .2 miles. The red building is on the left with a sign out in front. Please remain in your car; we’ll greet you,  and give you a shopping list as we have been doing for the past year.
If the Pantry will be closed for any unexpected reason, the closure will be announced on WKVT, WTSA, and Front Porch Forum.
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.


Coffee with Coffey Hours
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2021, Online. 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87653733300?pwd=c0pDdk9EcHJKUnUzQjY0cm0wbEw3Zz09
Communication with my constituents is a high priority for me, especially as we prepare for the 2022 session. I want you to know what I'm working on and I want to hear from you. I encourage folks to join me at one of my monthly coffee hours. I will be holding coffee hours on third Tuesday of the month.
If you would to receive my newsletters or have questions about the legislation we passed in 2021 or to talk about your priorities for 2022 please email me at: [email protected] 
Your feedback is critical to my legislative work, so please do not hesitate to reach out anytime. 
Take good care,
Sara Coffey
State Representative, Windham-1


Artist Talk: William Ransom
hosted by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, Online. 7pm.
Admission: Free. To register for this free online event, visit: https://www.brattleboromuseum.org/.../artist-talk.../
William Ransom discusses KEEP UP/HOLD UP, his sculptural installation on view at BMAC, which addresses the weight the artist experiences as a Black man in America and the tensions endured by Black bodies in the face of slights and violence.
Ransom grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont, where he had a physical, working relationship with tools and materials on a daily basis. Balance has always played an important role in his life and work: as the son of a biracial union, balance between black and white; as a farm kid living in the city, balance between rural and urban, city and soil; as a diabetic, balance between a sweet tooth and insulin injections. Ransom’s work often reflects this sense of balance, suggesting flux, movement, things in a state of becoming or diminishing.
Ransom studied sculpture and architecture at Bennington College and received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. He has shown extensively across the country in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles and elsewhere. After a decade in Los Angeles, he has returned with his family to the hills of Vermont, where he now lives and works.


Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, December 4th, 2021, at 10 Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-10:30am.
Message us on our FB page HERE, call 802.387.8551, or email [email protected] with questions. www.putneyfoodshelf.org.
Curbside Open Hours. All are welcome - we just ask you to provide your town of residence and number in household for our data tracking purposes.
Stay in your car, please. Volunteers will take your order and bring out boxes of food, including nonperishable items, fresh produce, paper goods, meat, and dairy products.


Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market 
a project of Post Oil Solutions
Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at the C.F. Church Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-2pm.
For info email Sherry at [email protected], call 802-275-2835, or visit us at www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org
Weekly indoor farmers market, creating community and boosting food security every week.  
All locally grown and made: farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, cheeses, fruits, cider, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps and more. 
Accepting credit, debit and EBT. Crop Cash + Food Boost turns $10 EBT into $30 every week. 



Windham County Child Care Legislative Event
hosted by the Windham County’s Let’s Grow Kids Action Team
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, Online. 6pm-7:30pm.
For more information, please contact Emily Wagner [email protected]
To register, please go to: https://letsgrowkids.org/events/windham-county-child-care-legislator-event-virtual-meeting-1568
Join the Windham County Let’s Grow Kids Action Team for a virtual conversation with Windham County Legislators and community members about child care.  Together we can work towards a future in which all children have equitable access to the early childhood education opportunities they need for a strong start in life, families are able to work and thrive, and early childhood educators receive appropriate wages and benefits for their essential work.  Register to join us on Zoom on the 8th


Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development (Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9am-3pm.
To help make these events possible by volunteering, please contact Lisa Whitney at [email protected].
Winston Prouty and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly blood drives throughout 2021.The Red Cross has over 135 years of experience providing humanitarian aid including more than 75 years of supplying blood to those in need. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country.
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:



Lucy Terry Price: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition
presented by Vermont Humanities
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, Online. 7pm.
Register for this talk at www.vermonthumanities.org/stjohnsbury
Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the US, poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment. 


The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America
presented by Vermont Humanities
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, at Brooks Memorial Library (54 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience.



Recovery Families
hosted by Turning Point
Fridays at Turning Point of Windham County Recovery Center (39 Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am. 
Young children welcome!
Join other caregivers for connection and support of your own recovery journey or that of someone you love. 



The Expanded GA Motel Housing Began A Few Days Early! That means that if you are unhoused with no where to go and meet income eligibility of below 185% of the poverty line, and have less than $2250 in savings, you now qualify for motel housing through March 1st.

Even if you were denied before and recently.
Even if you took the $2500 buy out.
Even if you were kicked out in July or since.
Even if you were told you don't qualify.

Eligibility has been expanded for the GA Motel Program! Even if you were denied before you likely qualify! Today through weekend call 211 if you are unhoused & have no where to go.
Beginning Monday call Economic Services during business hours 8am-4:30pm and 211 after business hours.


In Home Covid 19 Vaccines and Boosters

If you are homebound and not able to leave your home for medical services, you can get your COVID-19 vaccination and booster in your home. Call your local home health agency or 802-863-7240 to schedule an appointment. www.healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine


Covid 19 Pop-Up Testing

417 Canal St.
Tue, Wed, Thur, Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Testing is available for all. 
If you need testing, there are a variety of options available to you: your primary care provider, pop-up test sites and pharmacies. The Test Site Finder below can help you find other testing near you.
Here are the steps to set up a testing appointment at a pop-up testing site:

  • Register to get an account
  • Receive an email with your patient ID and use that to confirm your account (check your spam folder if you don't see the email)
  • Log in with your patient ID
  • Set up an appointment

Register for Pop-Up Testing Here


The Village Closet
on the Wintson Prouty Campus (60 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in Croker Hall.
Open Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm, or
by appointment. For more information, please email [email protected].
Your source for free baby, children, and pregnancy clothing/items. Donations of gently used items accepted. We are collecting new and "like new" children's coats and winter gear for our Kids in Coats partnership with United Way of Windham County.  If you have items to donate, please stop by today if you are able!
On Wednesdays, Everyone Eats will be distributing free dinners on campus from 3:30pm-4:30pm.



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-11am. 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, [email protected] 
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 [email protected] if you are able to help.

Guilford Food Pantry 
Every Thursday at the Guilford Fairgrounds. 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.

Everyone Eats continues, including grab-and-go meals at these times and locations: 

  • There is no longer an Everyone Eats distribution at Turning Point on Sundays, as Edible Brattleboro is dormant in the winter.
  • The meals at Retreat Farm are stocked in their farm stand for pick up anytime, first come first serve. We are planning to stock on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December.

Folks receiving services through Foodworks, Loaves and Fishes, and the Brattleboro Community Justice Center can obtain free meals through those organizations.
You can also order Everyone Eats! meals directly from participating restaurants using the Localvore App.





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.



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


 Covid masking rules may have changed in your town, friends. We encourage you to mask up amongst our community members while indoors and in large crowds outdoors. Thank you! 

Your Friendly WeCAN Editors,

Joanna and Sam


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