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Resources To Support Communities In Responding To COVID-19

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Heady Vermont Staff
Heady Vermont Staff 16 Mar 2020

The team here at Heady Vermont has been watching events unfold this week as Vermont joined the rest of the world in the effort to manage a truly global pandemic.

Our hearts go out to everyone who’s been afflicted, whose jobs and businesses have been impacted by the need to shut so much down, and, especially, all the health care professionals whose lives and systems have been overwhelmed by the scope of the crisis.

Fortunately, many folks are also stepping up with support, and a number of community organizers put together this list of general resources, health information, and ways for community members to help respond to this evolving situation.

Mental Health Resources:

Statewide Resources:

Educational Resources: 

Addison County:

Chittenden County:

Franklin and Grand Isle County:

Northeast Kingdom (Orleans, Essex, Caledonia Counties) 

Orange County:

Rutland County:

Washington County:

Windsor County:

Other Resources

Capstone Community Action: Please note, our doors may be locked, but we are open for business

Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance:  Starting Monday March 16th, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone.  Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.

Barre Food Shelf:  Starting Monday, March 16th, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags which will be available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building.  For the time being, our MWF schedule will remain the same. You may continue to visit every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread.

Tax Assistance:  Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be accepting drop-offs at our Gable Place office in Barre, our Randolph office, and our Morrisville office.  We will not be conducting in-person appointments at this time. Please call: (802) 477-5148 to arrange a drop off, or drop off during regular business hours. If doors are locked, ring the doorbell and someone will collect your paperwork.  Please bring your picture ID and social security number cards for you and your dependents, if applicable, and we will make copies.

Support Local Businesses

Consider purchasing gift certificates, ordering from local stores online, or taking advantage of home delivery services. 

Resources for Businesses:

Health Information

If you’re symptomatic, please call your doctor first.

  • Health Dept. COVID hotline: (802) 863-7240
  • Vermont Department Of Health’s up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Vermont. Or call 211.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for businesses.
    • There are links on this page that will provide you with additional guidelines beyond the business context.
  • Vermont Department of Health has released guidelines specific to the food and lodging industries.
  • UVM Health Network Covid-19 Information and Updates page organizes its updates by each hospital in the network.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy Update: 
    • You can pick prescriptions for others with the last four digits of their phone numbers. 
    • They are doing deliveries, visit their website to request it.
    • They are waiving the $5 delivery fee at this time. Some folks may need help with this online form.

Donations

  • Vermont Foodbank. Communications director Nichole Whalen says cash donations are more helpful than food or other items at this time. 
  • Donate blood. The FDA has raised concerns about a blood shortage as donation drives are cancelled. 
  • VTCOVID-19 Response Fund. The Vermont Community Foundation has set-up a special fund to help both with emergency response efforts and longer term recovery. 

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