Biking programs and opportunities for teens


Summer is not over yet, and there’s still some opportunities to have fun while keeping our kids busy.  The Old Spokes Home continues its heritage of changing lives through bikes with its Mobile Repair Unit (MRU — schedule linked below).   Spectrum is getting into the bike game, as well, by offering a multicultural bike program with free activities and chances to win raffle prizes.   There are a few other ongoing programs aimed at keeping teenagers and young adults employed (Salvation Farms and Youth Advisory Council) and healthy ( MPC program).   Lastly, New Americans of all ages have lots of chances to learn English through free community based English classes throughout the Burlington area.

Check out the links below before we switch from complaining about the heat to the cold!

VAL English Class Schedule 2018

MRU schedule summer 2018-4

VAL Harvest Class Schedule (August 27th – October 5th)

Salvation Farms Final -VWW- evergreen

MPC Poster

Youth advisory council student flyerfinal

BC Summer 2018 Flyer

Crop Cash $$, Happy Campers, & Hot Weather Happenings

We’re in the thick of a beautiful (but hot!) Vermont summer, so now is the perfect time of year to stop by at one of Vermont’s many Farmer’s Markets.  Qualifying households who participate in 3SquaresVT can double their buying power at Farmer’s Markets as each dollar spent is matched with Crop Cash.

Summer is also a great time to explore the outdoors.  Starting this year, you can now get a free campsite and camping gear from the State of VT to make your first time camping experience a bit easier.

Does camping sound like too much for you this summer?!  You can still get outdoors at the Ben & Jerry’s sponsored Summer Concert Series that happens each Tuesday night at dusk on Church St.

But be careful!  With this heat, you should follow these heat wave guidelines courtesy of the VT Department of Health that include some surprising facts:

·     Vermonters are at greater risk for serious heat-related illnesses, and even death, when the statewide average temperature reaches 87°F or hotter

  •          During the spring and early summer, hot weather can be especially harmful, since our bodies are still adjusting to the warmer conditions
  •         People at higher risk during hot weather include older adults and children, people active outdoors, people without air conditioning, and people with chronic medical conditions
  •          Learn the symptoms of heat illnesses and basic first aid
  •          Most heat illnesses can be prevented and treated through rest, shade, and water
  •        The number of days reaching a statewide average of at least 87°F is expected to increase in the future due to climate change

Click below to find-out more about any of these summer happenings.

July 2018 ROM UVM CS



Summer is here, and there are lots of happenings in the Burlington area

There’s soooo much going on in Burlington right now!

  • FREE Summer ELL classes in our local community are listed here by Julia from Vermont Adult Learning

Community ELL Classes Summer 2018


Sign-up your kid for free swim lessons at the Y

Camp Splash 2018

  • Be on the lookout and AVOID poison parsnip along VT roadways

Release_ Vermonters Cautioned to Look but Don’t Touch “Poison Parsnip”

  • Find-out how to fight sexual harassment in housing and become a PAID fair housing tester

DOJ Combat Sexual Harassment in housing

SHI – Blue Flyer – English and Spanish

Tester Training Burlington June 28

  • Contact a local resource coordinator to find-out more about summer meal planning and childcare for your kid

June 2018 UVM CS

  • Get your kid an updated passport on Saturday, June 30th in St. Albans

Local Media Note


Summer Citizenship Classes and College Prep Courses for BHS ELL Students

USCRI in Colchester is using some temporary funding to provide a free Career Building class to New Americans.  Click on the Employment Upgrades flyer below for more info.  There is also a new citizenship preparatory class and a summer program at BHS to help English Language Learners (ELL’s) become college ready in math and reading.

Citizenship Flyer 9.29

Employment Upgrades Flyer


April ROM, Bikeshare, and Citizenship Classes

New American Safety Festival poster

Spring is here.  Sort of — brrrrrr!  But at least you can tell it’s spring because everybody is itching to get outdoors!

Maybe you could go for a bikeride by signing-up for the new Greenride Bikeshare that has set up unmistakable, bright green bike racks on campus and around Burlington.  Or maybe you should first drop-in to the annual New American Safety Festival on Saturday, May 12th to get your kid a free bike helmet.  Or maybe you just want to sit back to enjoy a discounted performance at the Flynn Theater.

There’s lots of goings-on in Burlington this spring — even if warmth isn’t one of them!

April 2018 ROM UVM CS

Youth Job Fair Flyer 2018

Citizenship classes flyer

Bikeshare Flyer

PCAFlyer – April 2, 2018-pdf

Restoring Family Links Brochure Red Cross

Carpet Care Tips from CMM

Click below for some informative carpet care articles by Amanda Hosey @ Cleaning & Maintenance Management.  The first article discusses how different kinds of carpet fibers affect cleaning.  The second discusses how to handle spots (soils on the outside of fibers) and stains (soils on the inside of fibers) on these different types of carpet fibers.

The Foundation of Better Carpet Care by Amanda Hosey @ Cleaning & Maintenance Management

Identifying Carpet Spots & Stains by Amanda Hosey @ Cleaning & Maintenance Management


Immigration & Housing Rights Info Sessions (and free dinner)

Join the BHS International Club & the BSD EL Department for a free dinner and Immigration Rights Information Session this upcoming Wednesday, March 28th at the Burlington High School Cafeteria from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Then come to the Family Room at the O.N.E. Community Center on Thursday, April 5th at 11:30am for a Housing Rights Information Session.

Lots of different interpreters will be at each event.  Check out the event flyers below for additional details.

Immigration Rights Information Session Flyer

Housing Discrimination Session Flyer

Welcome to VT Film & Farm Fresh Food

Come see the film Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity at Main Street Landing Film House on April 19th from 6pm-8pm.  This is a documentary by Mira Niagolova that won the VT International Film Festival Ben & Jerry’s Award.

It’s also time to apply for the Farm Fresh Share Program that brings CSA farmshare to low income Vermonters.