The following information is intended to help everyone in our communities get to the resources they need quickly and efficiently.
The local response to COVID-19 throughout our five-county region is rapidly changing and we will keep this page updated as we receive additional information.
Please note, we are dedicated to continuing to serve our Working Bridges sites. For employees at our Working Bridges worksites, we are still serving all of our worksites but are now using remote service systems. Please reach your resource coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone. Resource coordinators will continue to be available remotely to serve all employees at our Working Bridges sites. Please see this link for contact details for Laurie or Michelle.
Vermont Department of Health – please use this link to connect to the most recent information distributed by the Vermont Department of Health. If you are having symptoms and you are concerned they may be COVID-19, please do not go to the ER, call your healthcare provider or primary care physician’s office to be triaged by them first.
When to call your doctor – If you believe you are having symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19, please call your doctor’s office before seeking out treatment or going to the emergency room. Your doctor will give you the best course of action to take to protect your health and the health of others.
Vermont 211 – Dial 2-1-1 if you have questions about COVID-19 but are not seeking medical care or to find resources to deal with challenges you or community members may be experiencing due to impacts of the virus such as food insecurity, housing, etc. You can also access the 211 Database at https://vermont211.org/ (if you are a nonprofit organization whose services have changed due to COVID-19, please email 211 with changes at email@example.com)
WNOC-RRCC – This Central Vermont based collaboration has organized a Community Call Center Help Line – call (802)-636-2025
AARP – Coronavirus Resources and helpful information for Vermonters over 55 can be found here – https://states.aarp.org/vermont/coronavirus-resources-for-vermonters
Please note that People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre, who serve uninsured Vermonters, has suspended in-person patient visits at PHWC. We remain committed to providing care for our patients and will offer phone triage, phone/video appointments with providers, and comprehensive case management. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the clinic at 802-479-1229. For questions related to COVID-19, please call the helpline at 802-371-5310.
Northeast Kingdom Human Services – (802) 784-3181
Parent/Grandparent Support Line through NKHS: 802-749-1111 – 8:30am – 5:00pm, M – F
Washington County Mental Health Services – (802) 229-0591 or online at www.wcmhs.org – for information around self-care, coping with social distancing, fun activities for kids and more!
The Vermont Telephone Recovery Support Service Peer Support Helpline – (802) 808-8877, operating 24/7.
Please use this link to the Vermont Foodbank’s page listing updated information to help people who need food to access it at this time. Find your local food shelf here or call the Vermont Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.
Hunger Free Vermont is also regularly updating their resources regarding food. Click here to view their page, which includes information about WIC, School Meals, 3SquaresVT, Meal Programs for Older Vermonters, and more. Use this link to view the COVID-19 Food Resources Flyer with updated information you can use and share about access to food.
School Districts are developing their own food plans in response to school closures. Contact your local school for the most up to date information. We will be listing all of the information we receive from schools here.
Northeast Kingdom Food (and other) Resources:
- This crowdsourced document is being updated regularly by the community for the NEK.
Central Vermont Food Resources:
Central Vermont has organized into Washington and Northern Orange County Regional Response Command Center (WNOC-RRCC). They are currently focused on feeding the population of 200+ individuals currently housed in hotels. As that group offers more resources and information we will link to those.
GMT service is changing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately until at least April 1, 2020, GMT will operate bus service fare free. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and adjust this timeframe accordingly. Limiting the interaction on-board our buses will help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other passengers and to our Transit Operators. Whenever possible, Transit Operators will allow passengers to board and alight through the rear door of the bus. They ask that if passengers are able to stay home, please do so. They are working to ensure nurses, doctors, child care workers, first responders, transit workers, and anyone else who needs us where they need to go, is able to d so safely. See the latest route updates and service alerts at www.RideGMT.com
RCT Serves the NEK. Find current updates on the RCT website. Those with questions about Rural Community Transit rides should call 802-748-8170 or toll-free 1-855-811-6360.
- Northeast Kingdom Community Action – 802-748-6040
- RuralEdge – 800-234-0560
- Capstone Community Action – Toll-Free Barre Office 1-800-639-1053, Toll-Free Morrisville Office 1-800-639-8710, Toll-Free Orange County West/Randolph Office 1-800-846-9506, Orange County East/Bradford Office (802) 222-5419
- Downstreet Housing and Community Development – Toll-Free 877-320-0063
Yesterday Governor Phil Scott ordered the implementation of the child care system to support personnel essential to the COVID-19 Response. This means many centers are closing but some will be making slots available to children of Vermonters responding to the crisis. Please read Governor Scott’s press release here and the full guidance document here.
If your employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 community response, please see the Vermont Department of Labor’s website. At this time we understand that their phone lines may be very busy.
Taxes – the IRS has extended the deadline for taxes due and the deadline for filing. This information is complex. Here is the link to the IRS language and a separate Wall Street Journal article that we found helpful.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Community Connections can help with Insurance and Unemployment claims – call (802) 748-7526
HOW YOU CAN HELP
As this crisis continues to develop we can see an increasing need for volunteers – we are reaching out to our nonprofit partners to understand how they are using volunteers and what their ongoing needs will be. Many of the consistent volunteers in our community are older, retired Vermonters. These individuals are most at risk for COVID-19, so we are seeing a rapid shift in those who are able to fill volunteer roles in the community, and those who are not. Additionally, we and our nonprofit partners are preparing to serve our communities in many new ways to keep our communities and our most vulnerable Vermonters safe.
We are working with our nonprofit partners in the community to update volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Connection. If you work for a nonprofit in need of support or volunteers, please reach out to Carrie at cstahler at gmunitedway.org.
WNOC-RRCC – This collaboration in the Central Vermont region is working to address food delivery and other volunteer supports. Check their website and register if you can help here https://www.communityharvestvt.org/volunteer
Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging – the NEKCOA is working with volunteers to create continuity of service for Meals on Wheels. If you are able to help, contact Karen Budde at NEKCOA. https://www.nekcouncil.org/volunteer or call (802) 751-0431.
Central Vermont Council on Aging – CVCOA is working to create continuity of support for food delivery for seniors, finding backup drivers, and other support services by volunteers. If you are able to help, contact Luke Rackers or go to https://www.cvcoa.org/volunteering.html.
Local-Level Opportunities to Give Help or Get Help (Mutual Aid)
Many local communities are rallying community members to be available as opportunities come up or become more clear. Please check out the communities that have shared their sign-up forms. (please note, we are not helping to manage these volunteers, just sharing this information with you in case you are interested in connecting with these grassroots groups).
Individual Community Groups can be found at the bottom of this resource crowd-sourced Vermont Resource List.
Green Mountain United Way Golf Classic
Friday, July 24, 2019
at the Country Club of Barre (18-hole course)
Shotgun Start at 9:00 am
Join us to support the community and have fun while you do it at the 15th Annual Green Mountain United Way Annual Golf Classic! A beautiful day on the green makes you a partner in United Way’s fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in our five-county region including Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington counties.
We are glad to have you on our team for this tournament and in our work to bring together individuals, businesses, government, human service agencies and volunteers around a common vision to create maximum impact and achieve long-lasting results. Your support helps foster children transition to a new home with a backpack of their own, helps families get the financial skills they need to make sure they have stable, healthy lives and helps low-income employees access the resources they need to thrive. Don’t miss your chance to join us! Registration and Sponsorship are NOW OPEN!
Register for $100 per individual golfer or $400 per team of four
ALL Registrations Include: Greens Fees, Two Carts, Registration Gifts, and Dinner
Register online using the button below or download our registration form and mail it with your check.
Founded in 1924, the Country Club of Barre is considered one of the “must play” courses in central Vermont. Nestled in the rolling hills of Plainfield Vermont, the Country Club of Barre offers a unique and rewarding golf experience.
You will not only experience golf at its finest, but you will also enjoy scenic views of the beautiful Vermont landscape while you golf.
The course is designed with all players in mind, from the beginner to the experienced. From high handicap to low handicap, all levels of experience will find the course challenging and rewarding
Format: 4 player scramble. The traditional format where all players tee off, the best shot is selected, and the process is repeated until a ball is holed. Every team must use at least three tee shots from each player.
Smash The Glass Contest: Our friends at Portland Glass will be there with their Smash The Glass set-up. Smash the Glass & win some cash!
Hospitality: Gifts for all golfers at tournament check-in, plus complimentary light snacks and bottled water out on the course from the refreshment cart.
50/50 Raffle: The total amount raised will be split between the winner and Green Mountain United Way to benefit their programs and ongoing work within the community.
Dinner: Immediately following the tournament the meal will begin featuring the world-class food from the Cornerstone Catering. A cash bar will also be available.
Prizes & Awards: Many prizes awarded for High Score, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Low Gross/Net and more.
8:00 am On-site registration begins. Please be sure to arrive no later than 8:15 am to allow time to check-in and warm-up on the putting green and driving range.
8:50 am Welcome announcement from Sponsors, Country Club and Green Mountain United Way. Golfers then proceed to their designated holes for a 9:00 am shotgun start.
9:00 am Shotgun start.
1:00 pm(approximate) Luncheon begins as teams return
2:00 pm(approximate) 50/50 Raffle winner announced, followed by contest winner awards, and tournament low gross/low net winning team awards.
3:00 pm Event concludes
Become a Sponsor and help us reach our goal fo $20,000 to support our community!
Support Green Mountain United Way and have fun doing it! Click the drop-down to see the benefits of each sponsorship level. We work to support our entire community and so will your sponsorship dollars. To become a Corporate Sponsor, call Carrie at 802-613-3989 to find the right level for you, or simply download our 2020 Sponsorship Form, fill it out and email it to Carrie Stahler at cstahler[at] gmunitedway.org.
Sponsorship Goal: $20,000
Social media recognition of your business
Our office has moved and we’ve joined the incredible community at Green Mountain Community Fitness at 652 Granger Road in Barre. Our phone number is the same (802-613-3989) but our office space is not! We now have lots of parking, plenty of room for social distancing, and incredible neighbors in Green Mountain Community Fitness, The Washington County Youth Service Bureau, and hopefully more like-minded organizations and individuals, soon!
Our new bright space is quietly waiting to welcome folks in once we are safely gathering again. In the meantime, enjoy some photos of our new gorgeous office space filled with sunshine, some sparkle, & plenty of twinkly lights!
Love Vermont? We do too! To keep our state safe, healthy, and thriving, please wear a face mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you’re out and about. Masks are a simple and effective way to protect others around you as some people can have COVID-19 and not even know it.
Wearing a mask or face covering is a simple way to stop the spread of COVID-19—it also helps Vermonters get back to work, which helps keep our economy going. Face masks that cover your nose and mouth also protect others around you if you are infected with COVID-19 and don’t know it.
Not sure when to wear a mask?
Here are some tips:
When to Wear a Mask:
- Whenever you’re unable to always stay 6 feet apart from others who you don’t
- live with (for example, at work, riding the bus, on a ride share, or at school)
- On a busy and crowded street, trail, or bike path
- At home, if you have symptoms and you live with other people
- Going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital
Never put a mask on a child under the age of 2, someone who needs help to remove the mask, someone who is in respiratory distress or unconscious. People who have trouble breathing, such as people with asthma, can wear a light-weight bandanna or cloth covering tied to be open at the bottom or face shield.
Thanks for doing your part and masking up! Get more mask tips at HealthVermont.gov/MasksOnVT
Nonprofit and Business Partners:
You can do your part, too. The State of Vermont has put together posters, social media graphics, and language for you to use to help spread the word!
The CDC and VT Department of Health are recommending masks or cloth face coverings when we are out in public to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. To address this right here in our communities, the Orleans Northern Essex (ONE) Response and Recovery Team is working on a project to provide masks to everyone in our region who needs them.
Please click the button below if you need to request a mask please know we are working on getting this project off the ground. You should contact NEKCA in Newport to find out if they have masks available at this time. When we have masks available we will post a request form here.
Currently, we are seeking stitchers to help sew masks from kits. The ONE Team has been the recipient of a generous donation of mask kits (including fabric and elastic to make adult and child-sized masks) from Vermont Teddy Bear Company – we just need stitchers to sew them! If you sew or know folks who do and are able to volunteer some time to sew masks for our neighbors, please fill out the Volunteer Stitcher Form below or use this link, We would also love your help to share this message with your networks to help us find volunteer stitchers who can help!
If you have questions, please direct them to Carrie Stahler at Green Mountain United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we were disappointed that we have had to postpone our Golf Classic until 2021, we are making the best of 2020 with a virtual event – Summer of LIVE UNITED!
There are three ways YOU can join us to LIVE UNITED that we’ll be sharing right here all summer long! To submit your entries, email them to email@example.com. At the end of August we will put everyone’s names in a hat and draw a winner – winners will receive a gift certificate to the local restaurant of your choice!
Option #1: GOLF!
Same sport, but definitely not the same tournament format we’ve always done. The Country Club of Barre is open for business and is welcoming golfers. They are currently offering one player per cart (but are shifting and changing as the State of Vermont offers new guidance, so check their website for the most up-to-date information.)
Go play a round then send us a selfie of you on the greens, your score, and, if it is possible for you, donate to Green Mountain United Way to help us continue our work supporting Vermonters through Health, Education, and Financial Stability initiatives. This work has never been more important and your support makes it all possible.
Option #2: Show us how YOU LIVE UNITED
Send us a selfie of your own version of what LIVE UNITED means to you in your town, business, or community – it could be volunteering, caring for your grandchildren, spending a day at the lake. Whatever it is, please consider a donation to Green Mountain United Way so together we can pay it forward to Vermonters in need of support, resources, and care during this difficult time.
Option #3: Inspire all of us to LIVE UNITED
For those who are not selfie-inclined or who love to shine the light on those who inspire them, share a story of someone who has inspired you and make a donation to Green Mountain United Way in their name. Email us to tell us why they inspire you or send a short story of something inspirational they have done and we’ll share it right here!
Summer of LIVE UNITED Gallery
Dear United Way supporters, friends, partners, and colleagues,
The tragic deaths of Black Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others have shocked and outraged people around Vermont, around the country, and around the world. Their deaths have been a representation of the insurmountable loss created through the undeniable systematic racism within our nation. As an agency whose mission is to fight for the well-being of all people, we have a responsibility to stand up and speak, because silence is not an option in the face of this tragedy. With that understanding, we want to be explicit in saying we honor and value the voices and experiences of those in our community who are Black, Indigenous, and persons of color. We stand with you and your fight for equality in our communities, our state, and our country. This tragedy has opened a space for conversations about inclusivity and opportunities for accountability. We heard the call when Governor Phil Scott, in creating Vermont’s Racial & Equity Task Force, said that each of us must take action to make change.
We also consider this a call to hold ourselves accountable, not just in words, but in action in order to create pathways to ensure that opportunity is accessible to all Vermonters. We understand that this work will require courage, discomfort, and an honest look at the ways we as a community are perpetuating or benefitting from these systems and the power we have to change them.
We pledge to do better. We urge you to join us. Together with our volunteers, our partner nonprofit agencies, all members of our communities, we are dedicated to making our Vermont UNITED. We invite you to join us in this work to create the equitable and inclusive communities that we have been called to create. The power one person holds is strong, the unified power of a diverse and responsive community is invincible.
The team at Green Mountain United Way
This week, we took the incredible generosity of Vermonters from across our region and were able to fund 19 nonprofit organizations doing critical work to support individuals and families in a huge variety of ways throughout the community. we want to share with you what your incredible support was able to do for those in our communities whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic.
With your help, we raised over $17,000 in the Relief & Response Fund by last 5/8/20. United Way has worked quickly and collaboratively to invest your contributions to our COVID-19 Relief & Response Fund back into the community to address immediate needs and support working families, the most vulnerable Vermonters, and the well-being of our community.
To those of you who donated to the Relief & Response Fund, we have been humbled and inspired by the ways big and small that you, our friends, collaborators, and donors, continue to LIVE UNITED in support of our Central and Northeastern Vermonters. Thank you for demonstrating how generous our community is and for using philanthropy to make a difference.
Below is a list of the organizations that have received grants. We are happy to announce that because of the generosity of our donors, in this first round, all applying organizations received some level of funding. However, this has exhausted current funding, but we continue to fundraise as we do not see the needs ending even as the State of Vermont moves into a Recovery phase and particularly because of the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. If you are able to help, please consider a gift to the Relief & Response Fund to help neighbors in our community.
|Organization Name||Region||Funding Detail|
|Barre Community Justice Center||CVT||Housing support|
|Burke Senior Meal Site||NEK||Kitchen equipment to meet increased demand for senior meals|
|Catamount Film & Arts||NEK||Production of PPE for healthcare & community, employee support|
|CVHHH||CVT||Personal Protective & Telehealth Equipment|
|Danville Senior Activity Center||NEK||Materials to package meals for seniors to meet increased demand|
|Downstreet Housing||CVT||Critical and stable housing support|
|East Burke School||NEK||Digital equipment to connect students to remote education|
|Enough Ministries||CVT||Support of meal preparation for formerly homeless guests now living in hotels|
|Family Center Washington County||CVT||Support of families with young children to maintain connectivity|
|Good Samaritan Haven||CVT||Housing support for those formerly housed at shelter in Barre, now in hotels, retrofits to shelter to continue to serve guests|
|North Country Hospital||NEK||Support for furloughed workers and families|
|Town of Charleston||NEK||Continued service of emergency food for seniors in West Charleston|
|Umbrella||NEK||Food for seniors, shift in continuation of services for those impacted by domestic violence|
|United Way Lamoille County/Lamoille Family Center||NEK||Creation and distribution of education packets for home bound families in Caledonia County|
Phase 2 Grantees
|Organization Name||Region||Funding Detail|
|Easter Seals of Vermont||CVT & NEK||Telehealth for families, direct support for families including grocery cards, gas cards, fuel assistance, PPE|
|Faith In Action||NEK||Increased need for food, cost of food and food transportation|
|Island Pond Community Service||NEK||Cooking equipment to support expanded Meals on Wheels services|
|Northeast Kingdom Youth Services||NEK||Support for Zero Suicide Initiative Team Weekly Virtual Wellness Classes|
|Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice||CVT||Connectivity-specific funding to connect 5 families to telehealth services|
|Waterbury Area Senior Center||CVT||Support for increased needs and expenses for Meals on Wheels program|
Do you have a device that you are no longer using? We are looking for device donations so we can clean, refurbish, and set up these used devices for families who do not have a device to use to stay connected on the internet. Families now need devices to access services like health care, wellness, social connectivity, and social & educational services and we see this need continuing throughout this crisis.
We are seeking devices that are newer than 5 years old. We are accepting cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Please use the link below to access a Fillable PDF with information about your device, then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your help in keeping families safe and connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Click Donate Now to access the PDF with device donation information. When you have completed the form, please email it to Carrie Stahler at email@example.com.
This time of year we are usually planning our route to spread cheer and love by delivering roses donated by generous community members to area nursing homes.
This year, our Annual Roses event has been canceled and those same nursing homes have not had visitors for weeks because of the coronavirus. We are thrilled that elders in our communities are safe and protected, but we know they still need some love and cheer. This year for Mother’s Day we are asking you to join us in supporting them with a Card Shower.
Cards can be homemade, store-bought, or any combination of the two! Below are the names and addresses of contacts at our area nursing or elder care facilities. Mail your cards to them so they can hang them in public spaces and share them with the elders in these facilities. Your messages can be ones of love, appreciation, and community, whatever moves you! You can focus on Mother’s Day or another reason, the main idea is that we are sharing our joy with folks who have not been able to have their friends and family nearby!
- Genesis Health and Rehab: Melissa Haupt or Melody Richardson , 98 Hospitality Drive, Berlin, 05603
- Woodridge Nursing Home: Dana Figueroa, 142 Woodridge Drive, Berlin, VT 05602
- Heaton Woods Senior Residence: Attn: Susie – Activities, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier, 05602
- The Gary Residence: Residents, 149 Main Street, Montpelier, 05602
- Barre Gardens: Susan Gile, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, 05641
- Mayo Healthcare: Activities Dept , 71 Richardson Avenue, Northfield, 05663
- Menig Nursing Home: 215 Tom Wicker Lane, Randolph Center, VT 05061
- Greensboro Nursing Home: Activities Dept, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, 05841
- The Pines Rehabilitation & Health: Attn: Lizbeth Rodgers, Activities, 601 Red Village Rd, Lyndonville, VT 05851
- St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab: Attn: Maria Luggelle, Admission Dir, 1248 Hospital Dr, St Johnsbury, VT 05819
Applications are now being accepted for the Green Mountain United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Response Fund.
Green Mountain United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief & Response Fund was created to support the immediate and critical needs caused by COVID-19 and emergency response within the Green Mountain United Way service area of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties. Understanding that every dollar is needed by our community to address the increased critical needs as quickly as possible, we have created a streamlined application process including this form and to be submitted along with a brief letter on agency letterhead describing the need you are requesting funding for. 100% of this fund will be given as small-dollar grants ranging from $250-$2,000 to essential non-profit agencies who are working to address the following needs, which are aligned with five goals identified by our Accountable Communities for Health regional teams. These goals include work to ensure that individuals are: Well-Nourished; Well-Housed; Physically and Mentally Healthy; Financially Stable; Have the Ability to Meet Basic Needs.
Preference for funding will be given to non-profits partners who are members of the Accountable Community for Health leadership teams in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK Prosper) and Washington/Northern Orange County (THRIVE) but access to this fund is not limited ACH partners. Any request for funds should be done by 501c3 nonprofit organizations and should demonstrate alignment with the shared goals listed above as they relate to needs created or exacerbated by COVID-19.
We are offering the application in two formats, Word:
And Fillable PDF:
Please include a 1-page letter describing the need for funds on agency letterhead and the application form. Please return both documents to Green Mountain United Way’s Executive Director Tawnya Kristen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT 05602.