Weekly Email Update 4.17.23

"Leah Rosin-Pritchard is irreplaceable. She was a wonderfully strong, positive, beautiful and compassionate person who gave generously of her spirit and skills in support of all Morningside House residents and her professional colleagues. There are no words to express the depth of loss felt by her Groundworks teammates and our hearts go out to her family and friends.
We can unequivocally say that Groundworks will not be the same without Leah."
-Groundworks Collaborative via Facebook

     We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Groundworks family and are sending love to all who need it. Our hearts are heavy with such a tremendous and senselessly tragic loss, but we are eternally grateful to the "helpers" amongst us who have allowed so many to heal when it is most needed by absorbing the workload. We hope to see many of you this Sunday afternoon at a Community Vigil for the Groundworks community on the Brattleboro Commons, starting at 2pm. 



Paid Opportunity: Hair Specialists Wanted!
The Root Social Justice Center is set to host a BIPOC hair clinic in May and we are still searching for people to join our team of our hair specialists for this paid opportunity.
Please share and if interested complete the form below.


SUNDAY, APRIL 16th, 2023

Community Healing Vigil: Holding Space for the Groundworks Community
Sunday, April 16th, 2023 on the Brattleboro Town Common (intersection of  Rt 30 and Rt 5 in Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm.

With speakers Congresswoman Becca Balint, Rev. Lise Sparrow, Kheya Ganguly (VT Director of Trauma, Prevention, and Resiliency), Jenny Samuelson (Secretary, VT Agency of Human Services), John Potter (Brattleboro Town Manager), and Ian Goodenough (Town Selectboard Chair). Please come...and share about this opportunity to come together after the horrific tragedy at the Morningside Center of Groundworks.


MONDAY, APRIL 17th, 2023-SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd , 2023 

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. 
Please, no early birds. 
Questions? Call 1-800-585-2265 or email [email protected]
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
ATTENTION: The VT Foodbank asks that participants arrive at the Brattleboro Union High School no earlier than 9:45am. Cars that arrive early will be turned away until the start of the event.
Monday, April 17th, 2023

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.



Medicaid & Health Resource Drop-in Hours
hosted by the Vermont Workers’ Center
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.2pm-4pm.
This space is handicapped accessible. For more information, or if you can’t make those times, contact [email protected] or (802) 257-4436.
Stop in for information about the upcoming Medicaid redeterminations, who will be affected, what your rights are in this process, and how to be sure that you aren’t cut off for bureaucratic reasons. People who are not on Medicaid and have questions about health care access are also welcome, as there will be other health care resources available. Hosted by Vermont Workers’ Center. 



Guilford Cares Food Pantry (NEW LOCATION)
Thursday, April 20th, 2023 at the Broad Brook Community Center (3940 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT 05301). 3pm-4pm. 
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]. For more information, please go to https://www.guilfordcares.com/pantry.
Guilford Cares Food Pantry has moved! We are now back at the newly renovated Broad Brook Community Center and no longer at the Guilford Fairgrounds. 
Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.  Our pantry, with the help of state agencies, local businesses, and individual donations, provides a wide variety of fresh, frozen, canned and packaged food items. Guilford Cares also makes extra food available to students at the Guilford Central School.
Guilford Cares started with a health-based mission. The founders of the organization wanted to make sure that their neighbors did not "fall through the cracks" in our healthcare system. It did not take long to recognize that our community had other needs, perhaps as crucial. "Food Insecurity" constitutes a constant challenge across Vermont and at our doorstep as well. Pat Haine leading a dedicated squad of enthusiastic volunteers, operates The Guilford Cares Food Pantry. They feed a significant number of families who experience difficulties putting enough food on the table despite working multiple jobs. The citizens of our community generously donate to allow Guilford Cares to help out. The State of Vermont provides support. Hannaford Supermarket supports the Pantry consistently.
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.



Earth Day Hikes
Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 at Deer Run Nature Preserve Trail Head (940 Camp Arden Rd., Dummerston, VT). 10am.

Make a Difference on Earth Day! Remove invasive plants that are threatening our biodiversity or participate in an educational hike.
Choices will include:

Deer Run Meander - Ramble through the woods with naturalists looking for signs of spring and other natural wonders.   

Intermediate Level Guided Hike - Roger Haydock, GMC trail builder extraordinaire, will lead this hike and describe the geology and other natural features of the area.  
Rigorous Hike - Join naturalist/ecologist Dan Dubie for a rigorous hike to the Monument, with the option of working with Green Mountain Conservancy board members on removing a patch of Japanese Barberry near the Monument or going off on your own to explore the Shoulder Trail or Ravine Trail.

Trailhead Invasive Removal - Work with GMC Board Members to clear Glosssy Buckthorn from the area around the trailhead on Camp Arden Road.   Tools and instruction will be provided.  Removing these invasives allows natural vegetation critical to our biodiversity to survive and thrive.  



Brattleboro Earth Day Festival: Regeneration!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 on the Brattleboro Commons (intersection of Route 30 and Route 5 in Brattleboro). 1pm-4pm.

Please join 350Brattleboro for an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, 4/22. The theme for this year is Regeneration, and we'll have food, music, crafts, and celebration for earth-lovers of all ages. This will be a fun, lively, family-friendly street festival! Explore the good work our community is doing in the name of climate justice and find out ways you can make a difference.



Brattleboro Queer Dance Party
Friday, April 28th, 2023 at The Stone Church (210 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9pm-1am.
Ages 18 and up. $5-$15. Actual fire is prohibited, if that isn't clear. Beats by HAUTE SAUCE
https://on.soundcloud.com/CSW3A & DJ Wooly Mar.
The dress up inspiration is Beltane pageantry. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more info, please go to stonechurchvt.com.
You are the stars of the night. The Vermont wilds are teaming with life and it's time to turn your winter embers into a bonfire. Call in the peeps, the lads, and ladybros: the dance floor beckons!


We Are All Fast Food Workers Now
hosted by Vermont Humanities, Brooks Memorial Library, and the Town of Brattleboro
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
In this free in-person presentation, labor historian Annelise Orleck provides a close look at globalization and its costs from the perspective of low-wage workers themselves—berry pickers, fast food servers, garment workers, cashiers, hotel housekeepers, home health care aides, and even adjunct professors—who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage.



Storytelling Roundtable
Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.

This is an in-person event.
Free, registration optional, walk-ins welcome.

In collaboration with Vermont Folklife, multi-media artist Juan Hinojosa will lead an evening of storytelling on the theme of newcomers and immigration. After a short tour of the exhibition Juan Hinojosa: Paradise City, visitors will be invited to share their family histories and make mini collages on the theme of “home.”
Hinojosa, the child of immigrants, makes complex collage-drawings constructed from found objects that intimately challenge greed, obsessive consumption, and the social stratification of American culture. In his art and in this event, he explores what it means to be a Vermonter and what it means to be “from” a place. Through community engagement and storytelling, Hinojosa aims to reveal the many shared experiences we all have as Americans.



Opinions and Opossums Book Launch
Sunday, May 7th, 2023 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 3pm.

Celebrate the launch of Ann Braden’s newest middle grade book, Opinions and Opossums, Sunday May 7 at 3pm! Ann is also the author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus, and Flight of the Puffin, and this new story is her most personal story yet. Opinions and Opossums is about finding a way forward when we’re not sure we believe what those around us believe, and it’ll resonate with anyone who has ever questioned the status quo — or simply questioned themselves when they couldn’t find a way to fit in.
Ann will read from the beginning of the book, and will talk about her inspiration and the writing process.  You can ask her questions and explore the stories hidden within abandoned shopping carts. (Main character Agnes and her best friend Mo have multiple notebooks worth of stories from the perspective of shopping carts, and it’s amazing what kind of stories emerge when you start asking questions!)


Monthly Book Group: Parenting 4 Justice
hosted by Brooks Memorial Library and Parenting for Social Justice; facilitated by Abby Mnookin
Monthly, on Second Wednesdays, at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm-8pm:
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
Free. Some copies of books are available for loan from the library or they can be purchased at Everyone’s Books or online. To sign up or if you have questions, please email Abby at [email protected].
Dive deep into the topics of Social Justice, Parenting for Social Justice, Parenting for Racial Justice, Parenting for Economic Justice, Parenting for Disability Justice, Parenting for Gender Justice, and Parenting for Collective Liberation. Snacks will be provided and we also hope to offer childcare.



FLEE: Afghan Film, Cuisine, and Discussion
Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at Epsilon Spires (190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm-10pm.
For tickets, please go to: https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/flee-afghan-film-cuisine-discussion?fbclid=IwAR3pk2s7XlTVdeslAHbIulvR3Dr_uN3IU7B6YLf-xMqMDyPjNpa0adFDskQ
A screening of the award-winning film FLEE, curated by Abdullah and featuring delicious Afghan food created by The Artlords, members of the artist collective from Afghanistan who recently resettled in Vermont. Tickets are by donation to support the artists. Discussion panelist details TBA. this event is made possible by generous support from Vermont Humanities Council.
About The Film:
FLEE (2021). Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. Amin’s life has been defined by his past and a secret he’s kept for over 20 years. Forced to leave his home country of Afghanistan as a young child with his mother and siblings, Amin now grapples with how his past will affect his future in Denmark and the life he is building with his soon-to-be husband. Told brilliantly through the use of animation to protect his identity, Amin looks back over his life, opening up for the first time about his past, his trauma, the truth about his family, and his acceptance of his own sexuality. The critically-acclaimed animated documentary won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, and made history by becoming the first film ever to score a trifecta of Oscar nominations in the categories of Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film. Participants of the post-film discussion panel will be announced soon!



Coffey with Coffey Hours: 2nd Saturday and Sunday of Each Month

During the legislative session State Rep. Sara Coffey will host her “Coffee with Coffey” hours on the second weekend each month.  This is a way for Sara to share updates and hear from her Guilford and Vernon constituents 
Sara is hosting in-person coffee hours on the second Saturdays of each month from 10am-11am, and for those who who cannot attend in-person join her via Zoom (use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89043648911?pwd=VTI3SDJoMTFGcWFIblUwK1dscWcyQT09) on Sunday afternoons from 3pm-4pm.

In-person Coffee with Coffey schedule on Saturdays from 10am-11am: 
Sat. May 13 Vernon Library
Sat. June 10 Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford

Zoom Coffee with Coffey on Sundays from 3pm-4pm:
Sun. May 14
Sun. June 11

These are great opportunity to connect with neighbors and to share your ideas and priorities. Everyone is welcome!


Rural Queer Creative Space
hosted by Out in the Open
Tuesdays, Online. 6pm-7pm.
Bring your knitting, your drawing, your collaging, your sewing, your writing, your painting! Bring your crafts and craft along with other rural queer folks!
Open-drop in space to share your creative side!




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. 



Taking Steps Brattleboro, a program of Brattleboro Area Hospice is offering Advance Care Planning Weekly Zoom Information Sessions on Wednesdays from 10am-11am.
If you are interested in attending the Zoom info session, or want more information about Advance Care Planning, please contact Ruth Nangeroni, Advance Care Planning Program Coordinator at 802-257-0775 ext 101 or [email protected].
Advance care planning ensures that your loved ones and health professionals know what you  want in a medical emergency when you are unable to speak for yourself. It’s a process of creating a written health care plan(advance directive) that tells others what you would want if you couldn’t tell them yourself.
Advance Care Planning includes discussing choices about end-of-life (EOL) care with your medical provider, family and others. It involves choosing and educating your Health Care Agent and making informed decisions to complete an Advance Directive. Join us and learn more. Find out if adding a COVID-19 or Dementia provision would be beneficial to include or add to a previously completed Advance Directive.
Brattleboro Area Hospice (BAH) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides non-medical support to dying and grieving community members and volunteer-staffed assistance with Advance Care Planning. BAH is 100% locally funded, and provides services free of charge. Services are available to anyone living in southeastern Vermont or bordering New Hampshire towns.
Advance Care Planning: It’s how people care for one another.




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]
Foodworks has open hours for curbside pickup on Mondays 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 1pm-6pm, Fridays 12pm-4pm, last Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm. Deliveries are available onTuesdays across Windham county. Please email [email protected] or call 802-490-2412 with any questions!
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.

Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Wednesday 10am-2pm; Thursday 10am-5pm; Friday 10am-12pm; Saturday 10am-12pm at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 
The Marlboro Community Center invites you to fill a bag with non-perishable grocery items. Food is set up in the main space and is available during our open hours. Eggs and produce on Thursdays as available. No registration or eligibility required. Deliveries can 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)

Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours 
Fridays at Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Saturdays at Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-10:30am. (NEW HOURS!)
We also have a food drop at the Putney Meadows parking lot every 4th Thursday, from 9am-9:45am.
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.



Our Place Drop-In Center at 4 Island Street, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101. Call us at 802-463-2217 for assistance. Email at [email protected]. Please wear a mask to keep our employees and yourself safe.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am-4pm
Thursday: 8:30am-1pm
Friday: 8:30am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Our Place Drop-In Center operates a food pantry and meal site where they serve breakfast with to-go meals that are ready for pickup by 9am. Lunch is ready by 11:30am. 
Everyone is welcome to stop by to get a meal. At this time we are allowing only employees in the building.





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 1pm 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


Thank you for sharing this space with us once again, WeCAN friends. Until next time...

With many thanks,

Your Friendly WeCAN Editor,



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