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.
Check out the latest resource of the month (ROM) brought to you by our Working Bridges program. You’ll find info about bike helmet fitting for kids, free bike maintenance, and resources and information about renting in Vermont.
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!
Help with heating and energy costs headlines the Working Bridges Resource of the Month (ROM) for January along with details about ongoing free legal clinics or “FAFSA Fridays” at VSAC in Winooski that are scheduled throughout January.
You will also see flyers below from Laura Engelken of the UVM Interfaith Center about upcoming events in UVM’s series of workshops aimed at improving our understanding of religion and spirituality on campus. “Paganism 101” is scheduled on Tuesday, February 13th from 10am-Noon, and “Hinduism 101” is scheduled on March 5th from 1pm-3pm. Both require advance registration through your UVM Peoplesoft account.
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Our friends at RISPnet and United Way Working Bridges have shared flyers (see below) about a bunch of community events that are happening this winter and spring. The most exciting is a kids bike giveaway, Bike Bonanza, that is being organized by Old Spokes Home (OSP) for low income Vermonters.
You should act quickly to preregister (click here) before the deadline of December 12th because OSP can only afford to giveaway 140 bikes.
In addition, the First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington continues to offer free legal clinics, and Mercy Connections is offering a range of training and education events — including a free citizenship preparation class.
Here are a few October resources from our United Way/Working Bridges partner. You will find a info about “Wheels for Warmth” — a charity that lets you donate reusable tires to support heating assistance programs in VT. There is also info about a school lunch discount program to help lower income VT families.