Weekly Email Update 5.2.22
"We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."
Chilean-American writer whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre of "magical realism”.
2014 U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
This week's Weekly Email Update is chock-full of ways, ideas, and events to get your activist juices flowing, WeCAN members. As always, we encourage you to set aside a few minutes this week to peruse this email and plan to attend a meeting or event that you feel drawn to. If you're able, ask a friend or family member to join you as we work hard to create a fair and just Windham County for all of us.
We'd also like to remind our activist leaders and organizers to send in your Summer events as soon as you can. We are now listing into July (already!) and we encourage you to send your info in early so that it runs for as long as possible, allowing many eyes in our community to see your listing. Have a great week, friends! Until next week...
Lean Left Action of the Week
How can we reach voters and get them engaged in the 2022 midterm election? Listening to their concerns is a genuine way to engage people in a campaign and a candidate as well as helping in shaping the messaging. This "deep canvassing" approach gets voters talking about personal experiences and draws on emotional connections. It can be used when making calls or knocking on doors.
- Join us at a Swing Blue Alliance deep canvassing training this Thursday, April 28, from 5:30pm to 7pm. SIGN UP HERE!
SUNDAY, MAY 1st, 2022
The Wobblies: Free Documentary on May Day
Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at Epsilon Spires (190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 8pm-10pm.
Tickets are free, but please RSVP here: https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/the-wobblies-documentary-for-may-day. Click HERE to watch the trailer.
"Solidarity! All for One and One for All!" The Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, were one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated.
Newly restored by the Museum of Modern Art and recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, this provocative film pays tribute to American workers who took the ideals of equality and free speech seriously enough to die for them. Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer in 1978, this radical documentary is a rare and challenging invitation to rethink both past and present through the eyes of an organization largely omitted from public memory.
The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, welcomed all workers, regardless of their trade, gender, or race. Wobblies, as they were known, came from textile mills, copper mines, logging camps, and everywhere in between, and together generated more controversy, perhaps, than any other organized-labor group in U.S. history.
"Solidarity! All for One and One for All!"
With that slogan, they took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changing the course of history. Along the way to winning an eight-hour workday and fair wages in the early 20th century, the IWW, one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated often met with imprisonment, violence, and the privations of prolonged strikes.
This award-winning film airs a provocative look at the forgotten American history of this most radical of unions. Made in 1978 yet echoing current times, THE WOBBLIES boldly investigates a nation torn by naked corporate greed and the red-hot rift between the industrial masters and the rabble-rousing workers in the field and factory. Deeply enriched by the reminiscences of IWW members, who, in their eighties and nineties, are lucid and lively on the subject of the union’s peak during the 1910s. Intercut with remarkable archival footage, their first-hand accounts of textile strikes, pitched battles over free-speech rights, lumberjack work stoppages, and the methods and theories of industrial sabotage are set to the sounds of rousing music straight from the “little red songbook.”
This free screening for May Day was organized in solidarity with other independent theaters around the US!
Milk with Dignity Action: Brattleboro, Vermont/ Acción Leche con Dignidad
hosted by Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante
Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at Hannaford Supermarket (896 Putney Rd Unit 5, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4pm.
This Mayday, International Workers Day, Migrant Justice is calling for a day of action at Hannaford Supermarkets across the northeast! Farmworkers and consumers will join together send a clear message to Hannaford: We want Milk with Dignity!
Join us at the Hannaford in Brattleboro, VT at 4:00pm. And if you have time before, head to the day's main event in South Burlington at 1:30pm (https://fb.me/e/30FOL4F63).
See you on Mayday!
Este primero de mayo, el día internacional del/a trabajadorx, Justicia Migrante convoca un día de acción en las tiendas de Hannafords por toda la región noreste! Compas y aliadxs nos unimos para mandar un mensaje fuerte a Hannaford: ¡Queremos Leche con Dignidad!
Únete en la acción en la tienda de Brattleboro a las 4:00pm. Y si tienes tiempo antes, pases por la acción principal en South Burlington a las 1:30pm (https://fb.me/e/30FOL4F63).
¡Nos vemos el 1 de mayo!
HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, MAY 2nd, 2022, 2022-SUNDAY, MAY 8th, 2022
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: Starting in May, 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.
May 2nd, 2022
May 16th, 2022
- 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.
A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at Wells Fountain (298-250 VT-30, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
For further information and to be on the mailing list for future vigils, please contact Tim Stevenson, [email protected].
Under a banner that reads, “Holding a Space of Loving Kindness for All Living Beings,” we conduct a silent vigil every other Wednesday, 4:30-5:30, @ Wells Fountain across from Brooks Library and the Municipal Building, downtown Brattleboro.
Our purpose is to serve as a living reminder of the inherent goodness of each of us, as well as our inextricable connection with one another.
For a few minutes or the entire hour, all are welcome to join us in extending sentiments of loving kindness to all living beings: to family and friends, neighbors and strangers, kindred spirits and adversaries, human and non-human beings, alike. And to ourselves, as well. People may choose to stand, kneel, or sit in a chair they bring, or on one of the stone benches circling the Fountain.
Guilford Cares Food Pantry
Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, 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].
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.
Green Up Day (Statewide)
Saturday, May 7th, 2022.
For more information, please go to https://greenupvermont.org.
Pick up your Green Up trash bags and get out in your community on Saturday, May 7 to clean up your neighborhood roads and waterways. As a volunteer, you make a huge difference for our environment. Please check back to the website during April for more information and for specific town information. Thank you.
Green Up Day Guilford
Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at the Guilford Town Office (236 School Rd, Guilford, VT 05301). 8am-5pm.
Questions? Email [email protected] or call 617-596-0460.
Green Up Day is coming! This year, due to renovations, the trash bag pick up and drop off will be at the Guilford Town Office.
Tree Planting and CommUNITY Potluck
hosted by Susu Community Farm
Saturday, May 7th, 2022-Sunday, May 8th, 2022 at Susu Community Farm (94 West River Roa, Newfane, VT). 10am-4pm.
If you come, apparently Google maps will take you to the wrong place if you use our mailing address. That's fun lol. So type, 94 River Road, Newfane, VT 05345. NOT WEST RIVER ROAD.
On May 7-8th we will be hosting a Tree Planting & CommUNITY Potluck at our new farm at 94 W River Road in Newfane.
This is a potluck style commUNITY event. We will be providing some food and drinks but there's no better way to connect than over food! So if you want to make it extra special and bring a cultural dish or something of importance to you we would be honored to share a meal with you.
We're also asking the commUNITY to bring shovels and gloves if they have them.
Wheelbarrows would be SUPER appreciated. As those are in limited supply at SUSU.
Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. This is a working farm and we care about your safety.
Come to sweat, laugh and connect! We can't wait to see you!
Fair Housing and Tenant Know-Your-Rights Workshop
organized by CVOEO/VT Tenants
Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the Community Room. 11am-1pm.
For more information please call 802-660-3455 ext 109 or email [email protected].
This workshop includes the fundamentals of tenant rights and responsibilities, leases, security deposits, repairs, health code violations, terminations, evictions, fair housing and disability law. Interpreted in Dari and Pashto.
Tree Planting Demo
hosted by Edible Brattleboro
Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at the Edible Brattleboro Garden at the Brattleboro Co-op (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm-2pm.
Cost: Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Email Marilyn to register - [email protected],
It’s time to plant bare root trees before they emerge from dormancy. Edible Brattleboro is hosting a tree-planting demo/workshop at the Co-op garden located in the rear parking lot adjacent to the Whetstone Brook.
Brattleboro Democracy Forum: Rebirthing Democracy!: What Is It & Why Do We Need To?
Monday, May 9th, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the Community Room and on Zoom. 6pm.
To join the Zoom meeting click or copy this link into your search bar on the 9th: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86576460007?pwd=ZGpVWUhnVmRHbFR2SlhKTVZmVU1oZz09
Join us with Liam Madden, activist and political change maker, who describes what kinds of structural innovations need to be considered to create a politics capable of meeting our biggest challenges. Rebirthing Democracy focuses not on changing the players, but instead on changing the rules to the game - through innovations to the technology, social processes, and mindsets we use to collectively solve big, complex and scary problems.
Liam is a Marine Corps Veteran, an anti war leader, and an MIT climate solver. He lives in Bellows Falls with his wife Lauren, son, June (3), and perhaps by the time of this event a new son Winn. Liam is a solar energy professional.
The views expressed at the Brattleboro Democracy Forum are not necessarily those of Brooks Memorial Library or its employees.
The Brattleboro Democracy Forum is produced by We Celebrate Democracy Civil Rights For All, a nonprofit in Marlboro Vermont dedicated to positive nonviolent public action for democracy and civil rights for all people.
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Trivia Night to Benefit the Afghan Community Center
hosted by the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club
Monday, May 9th, 2022 at the American Legion (32 Linden Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6:30pm.
The American Legion and Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Trivia will follow the current guidance of the CDC and the State of Vermont regarding COVID-19 safety measures.
Open to all. Doors open at 6pm. $20 gets you in the door, buys dinner, and supports our charity partner. Cash bar will be available.
In case you missed April’s SUPER fun trivia night, there is another opportunity coming up on Monday, May 9th!
If you've never joined us, please come out and give it a try. There is no requirement to be good at Trivia, just a willingness to come out and have some fun and support a great cause!
Conversation on Petroglyphs
cosponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the Rockingham Library
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, Online. 7pm.
To request a zoom invitation to this program, email [email protected], call 802-463-4270, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, Vt.
On Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m., join Dr. Michael J. Fuller for a conversation about the meanings of petroglyphs created around the world, while referencing a local site: the petroglyphs at the Great Falls in present-day Bellows Falls, known to the Abenaki as Kchi Ponteku, over Rockingham Library zoom.
Dr. Fuller is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at St. Louis Community College in Missouri. He has participated in over 60 archaeological surveys and excavations in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oregon from 1970 to 2022. His ongoing research project involves the location and documentation of rock art sites in North America. He visited and documented the petroglyphs in Bellows Falls in 2014.
This program, cosponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the Rockingham Library, was made possible in part by funding through the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service.
Co-ops Change the World: An Inspiring and Educational Speaker Series
hosted by the Brattleboro Food Co-op
Thursday, May 12th, 2022, Online. 7pm-8:30pm.
Please register in advance for Zoom information: https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/event/co-ops-change-the-world/.
The cooperative business model is a key solution in creating a more democratic and egalitarian global society. Join us to learn more, get inspired by what co-ops have brought to our collective table, and dream about the better world they will help us create. Guest speaker Terry Appleby will explore two key historical figures who both speak deeply to the current moment - Toyohiko Kagawa and James Peter Warbasse - followed by a Q&A moderated by BFC Board President Jerelyn Wilson.
Terry Appleby has been involved with the cooperative movement for more than 40 years, Read more about him here https://www.heroes.coop/post/terry-appleby. The event will also be followed up with a more informal in-person discussion on May 17th at 5pm with Jerelyn - more details TBD.
Cornstock: Cornhole for a Cause
to benefit Youth Services of Windham County; this event is presented by Chroma Technology
Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at the Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm-6pm.
The $25 early registration fee per player is waived for those willing to find sponsors through peer-to-peer fundraising and incentive prizes are offered at all levels of fundraising. The registration fee doubles to $50 per person day of the event, if lanes are still available. Spectators are welcome at a suggested $5 donation at the gate.
For more information or to register a team of four or more, visit youthservicesinc.org/cornstock/, email [email protected] or call (802) 257-0361 x131
There will be something for everyone at this event: cornhole matches for groups of 4+ people every hour on the hour; food trucks, the Thirsty Goat Pub, the Creemee Stand and live music. The goal is to raise $20,000 to support Youth Services' 20 vital programs in Windham County.
Meet and Greet with Nader Hashim, Candidate for VT State Senate
Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at the Vermont Center for Photography (10 Green Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm.
There will be light refreshments and brief remarks at 3:00pm.
Disclaimers: This event is paid for by the committee to elect Nader Hashim. The VCP as an organization does not endorse any candidates.
Come join candidate for state senate Nader Hashim at the Vermont Center for Photography (VCP) on May 21st, from 2pm-:3:30pm, for a meet-and-greet!
Nader Hashim, a previously elected democratic state representative, is hoping to meet folks in Brattleboro and surrounding communities to hear about their concerns and questions regarding state government.
As a hobbyist photographer, Nader is grateful for the opportunity to meet with other artists at the VCP, and discuss the value of the creative economy. Beyond the creative economy, Nader is also focused on supporting and discussing legislation related to housing, workforce development, and climate change. In his previous term as a state representative, Nader was a strong advocate for raising the minimum wage, paid family leave, criminal justice reform, and protecting reproductive healthcare.
Spark Teacher Education Solidarity Film Series: The Boys Who Said No
sponsored by Brooks Memorial Library
Friday, May 27th, 2022, TBD. 7pm.
Professional development credits available. For more information contact Spark Teacher Education Institute at [email protected].
Zoom Meeting ID: 829 4329 6979
This documentary profiles the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war. May be in person, details available soon.
From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists
hosted by the VT Humanities Council
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
This talk has been postponed to Wednesday, June 1. Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Linda Radtke, a classically trained singer, was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio.
Pride Family Potluck
hosted by Out in the Open
Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at Living Memorial Park (61 Guilford Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), at the Kiwanis Shelter. 11am-1pm.
Questions? Email [email protected] or go to www.weareoutintheopen.org. All ages welcome.
Save the date for the return of our Pride Family Potluck!
Any amount or configuration of LGBTQ+ people are/is a family! People of all ages are welcome. There are many people who come with kids and many who do not.
Please bring a dish to share if you are able. We’ll provide fruit, chips, franks (both meat and non), buns, soft drinks, plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups!
This gathering will be 100% outside. Folks are welcome to wear masks anywhere and everywhere and to distance as you'd like. There is a lot of space in the field adjacent to the Kiwanis Shelter to spread out as well. If you have COVID or are not feeling well, please stay home.
Let us know if you have questions!
Summer Institute: Documenting Everyday Life
hosted by the Vermont Folklife Center
Wednesday, July 6th, 2022-Thursday, July 7th, 2022 at 118 Elliot Gallery (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Begins at 10am on Wednesday and ends at 4:30pm on Thursday.
Tuition fees listed below. Please go here: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/events/si22-documenting-everyday-life for more information.
In-Person Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 and Thursday, July 7th, 2022, 10am - 4:30pm, plus an evening event on Wednesday, June 6th, 2022.
The Vermont Folklife Center’s work is guided by this central question: How can I/we understand experience from the point of view of the person or group to whom that experience belongs?
This 2-day, in person workshop will present the foundations of our particular skill set and approach, what we refer to as the “ethnographic toolkit.” Capturing the scope of everyday life through deep listening and description is a part of how ethnography builds context. These tools can be used by anyone looking to engage with a community or group of people to reach a deeper understanding about how we live and live together.
As a group, we will:
- Explore strategies for community-based learning and inquiry that center on collaborative and ethical engagement
- Learn from ethnographers who have adapted this framework in their projects
- Conduct mini-fieldwork trips and participant observation; write field notes from several ‘scales of attention’ (self, neighborhood, community)
- Gain basic experience with digital media making, with a critical lens on documentary work and the ethics of representation
This workshop will leave participants with a deeper understanding of the ethics of representation in all public work on Vermont community life and cultures. Space and time will be provided to work individually and as a cohort to apply the ethnographic toolkit within your own community projects, research, media-making endeavors, classroom plans, or areas of interest.
Tuition and Graduate Credit:
Course fees are on a sliding scale ranging between $275 - $525. There is the option to take this course for 1-graduate credit for an additional $125. Financial Aid is available (email [email protected] for more information)
No refunds after June 22, 2022. Written cancellation notice (email or snail mail) must be received by that date for a refund minus a $25 administrative fee.
Third Saturday of Each Month, Online. 9:30am-10:30am.
Take good care,
Sara Coffey, State Representative,
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.
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WeCAN Community Member Needs Assistance
Brenda Siegel, our dear friend and WeCAN community member, is recovering from surgery and in need of community support. You can use THIS LINK to access her meal train website where there are both food and light housework slots that need to be filled in the coming weeks. If you are able, please sign up! Check out the "Review All Instructions" yellow tab on Brenda's meal train homepage for more information on specific needs, allergies, and suggestions. Thank you!
Putney Foodshelf Needs Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to fill out the following teams as soon as this week:
Open Hours (Fridays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30-11 a.m.)
VT Foodbank: pick up, unload, and restock (Fridays 7:45am-8:30 a.m.)
If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in volunteering, we'd love to hear about it!
Start by filling out this form and we'll be in touch. Volunteering can be a fun and gratifying way to connect to the community.
If you are already a Foodshelf volunteer and would like to sign up for one of these shifts, please let us know asap by signing up through our regular signup portal or emailing [email protected]. Thank you!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
Endorse Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment
Have questions? Please contact Charlie Gliserman, Policy & Prop 5 Campaign Manager at [email protected] or (802) 338-6811.
The Reproductive Liberty Amendment, previously Prop 5, will be a ballot measure in Vermont's 2022 General Election. If passed, it would amend Vermont's constitution to protect every person's right to make their own reproductive decisions, like whether and when to become pregnant, use temporary or permanent birth control, or seek abortion care.
An endorsement is a public statement of support for the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, which may be featured on the Vermont for Reproductive Liberty website (reprolibertyvt.org) and its campaign communications.
An endorsement is a powerful way to show Vermont that you or your organization is proud to support the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. Join us in this campaign, powered by and for Vermonters, to protect reproductive freedom for all.
You can find the endorsement form HERE.
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.
- If you are in the service of a local home health agency, the agency will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
- If you are not in the service of a home health agency, you may request an appointment by calling 802-863-7240 (toll-free 833-722-0860) Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Covid 19 Pop-Up Testing and Vaccinations
Testing and vaccinations are available for all.
If you need testing or a vaccine, there are a variety of options available to you: your primary care provider, pop-up sites and pharmacies. The Test Site Finder below can help you find other testing near you.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT POP-UP TESTING LOCATIONS
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
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.
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-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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
ADDITIONAL COVID 19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR PERMANENT HOME ON OUR WEBSITE, HERE: https://www.wecantogether.net/covid19_resources
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.
ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
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.
One more reminder to get those Summer event listings to [email protected] as soon as you can! We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting soon.
Your Friendly WeCAN Editors,
Joanna and Sam