As the needs in the community increase daily, so does our need to persevere in our good work. United Way of Addison County is getting creative in how we stay connected to the people and organizations that need us the most. Here are some ways we're responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how you might be able to help.
Addison County Responds: It is our responsibility to bring together the people and the resources we think can solve them. Funding nearly 30 organizations in Addison County gives UWAC a unique advantage to understanding these needs and to continue to work together towards solutions. But for all that, sometimes the need is so current, to bring the people and the resources together requires more support than what we planned for. Which is why we present to you the opportunity to not just react but to respond by contributing to Addison County Responds.
Vermont 211: For anyone in Addison County facing a hardship due to COVID-19, please contact Vermont 211 (free from your phone).
Parent and Youth Support: A lot of parents have been turned into remote employees and remote teachers overnight. That's a lot to handle. Jesse Brooks, Director of Prevention, recently offered a presentation that you can watch here. Also, keep an eye on our Facebook page as we provide resources for families to keep the conversation of health and happiness going.
Addison County Mutual Aid: Addison County Mutual Aid is a neighbor-to-neighbor network connecting people who could use help with volunteers who can offer help. Please use the "I need help” button on their website to fill out a short survey, or call (802) 377-3335 and leave a message with your request. To become a volunteer, just use the “I can help” button.
Childcare Updates: The State of Vermont and Let's Grow Kids have developed a web form to more easily collect information to connect the families of essential workers with childcare in schools and licensed childcare programs that are operating to provide services now through April 6, 2020, while school dismissal and general childcare service closures are in effect. Families can also call 2-1-1 ext. 6 or 1-877-705-9008 to speak to a childcare referral specialist. Childcare programs with questions should call or email the Child Development Division: 800-649-2642 (option 3).
Info About Addison County Non-Profits & Volunteer Center: We have created a Google list of Addison County non-profits and are asking our partners to update regularly with any changing information such as hours and policies as it relates to COVID-19 precautions. We are also helping our funded partners promote their current needs as it relates to the pandemic. Please contact Linnea if you can donate or help with the following needs:
- Addison County Home Health & Hospice - hand sanitizer and cleaner
- Addison County Parent/Child Center - hand sanitizer
- Addison County Transit Resources - smaller bottles for bulk hand sanitizer
- Boys & Girls Club of Vergennes - hand sanitizer and cleaner
- Bristol Family Center - hand sanitizer
- Charter House Coalition - seeking a volunteer who has Microsoft Excel experience and can assist with data entry
- CSAC - hand sanitizer and cleaner
- HOPE - volunteers who can assist with opening up. Jobs include: food shelf traffic control, dressing room attendant, donor attendant, store greeter, food shelf packer/runner.
- Mary Johnson Children's Center - face masks
- Otter Creek Child Center - hand sanitizer
- Starksboro Cooperative Preschool - hand sanitizer and cleaner
- The Bristol Hub - face masks
- Vermont Adult Learning - face masks
Essential Volunteers - are you a non-profit who relies on essential volunteers? Be sure volunteers are aware of this Best Practices checklist - you can also print and post in areas where essential volunteers are working.
If you represent a nonprofit that has changing needs, please take a few moments to update your organization's profile in our online Volunteer Center. If you are healthy, not at-risk, and interested in helping us meet some of these emerging needs, you may also visit the Volunteer Center and create a profile so we can match your interests/skills to the current needs in our county.
MyFreeTaxes Support - Per Governor Scott’s Executive Order to avoid all non-essential close contact situations through May 15th, we will be postponing all in-person tax appointments made with Steve Williams. The IRS has extended the filing deadline until July 15, and if you had an appointment with Steve, he will reach out to reschedule with you once the governor lifts the restriction. If you'd like to try working on your taxes yourself from home, please go to MyFreeTaxes.com. You're also welcome to email Steve at email@example.com.
Emergency Mini Grants: We are pleased to announce the recipients of our emergency mini-grants, made possible by donations to Addison County Responds. Thank you to these front line helpers:
- Addison Allies: $1,000 to support the needs of migrant farm workers.
- Addison County Community Trust: $1,000 for equipment that will allow staff to work remotely.
- Addison County Home Health & Hospice: $6,000 for personal protection equipment (PPE) for their front line staff who are caring for COVID-19 positive patients.
- Addison County Parent/Child Center: $1,000 for immediate needs of Addison County families with children between the ages of 0-6.
- Age Well: $3,750 to support the increased need for Meals on Wheels in Addison County.
- Charter House Coalition: $6,000 for PPE equipment and to support conversion of the shelter into a COVID-19 recovery center.
- Elderly Services: $1,000 for technology to help launch an online activities program.
- End of Life Services: $1,000 for technology upgrades necessary to continue grief groups.
- HOPE: $1,000 for diapers, baby food, formula, etc. for distribution through their food shelf.
- John Graham Housing and Services: $2,000 to support urgent services to homeless people at the five JGHS houses and numerous scattered sites during the pandemic.
- New Community Project: $1,000 to support food access in Starksboro.
- Open Door Clinic: $1,950 for "COVID Care Kits" and oral health and hygiene education for migrant farm workers.
- Pathways Vermont: $2,000 to provide necessary supplies and food to the individuals and families in Pathways housing.
- Starksboro Cooperative Preschool: $1,000 to purchase school supplies for at-home learning.
- Vermont Adult Learning: $600 for technology for virtual studies.
Your steadfast support is providing stability and allowing us to respond to a time of change from a place of strength. Please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Helena Van Voorst if you have any questions.