The White River Valley Herald

COVID-19 Resources

Nationwide Resources

Tax day has been pushed back 90 days, federal income tax filings and payments are not due until July 15 this year.

•Find official information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Statewide Resources

•Find official information from the Vermont Department of Health

•This is a list of online recovery resources 

•Hunger Free Vermont has a list of resources on food accessibility.

•The filing and payment date for Vermont state taxes for individuals and businesses has been pushed back until July 15.

How Can I Help #Prepare is a Vermont-based Facebook group on responding to COVID-19.

•Childcare is available for all “essential” workers. See the list of workers considered essential by state government.

•The Department of Public Service has created a map of public wifi hotspots across the state.

• The Agency of Commerce and Community Development has a hotline for businesses to report impacts and find resources. That number is 802-461-5143, and will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

•The Vermont Department of Children and Families encourages former foster youth to reach out for help find access to housing and funding.

 

White River Valley Resources

Barnard

Barnard’s COVID-19 response webpage

• The Barnard General Store has adapted the “little library” on its porch for people to leave or take non-perishable items.

•For Barnard residents that are immunocompromised or are quarantined, the Barnard General Store is offering free delivery of groceries. The offer is limited to one delivery per household per week. For more information on how this works or to place an order, contact  the Barnard General Store at 802-234-9688 or email orders to jillianbradley@yahoo.com. Plan to include your credit card information with the order.

•Thompson Senior Center offers Meals on Wheels and can be reached at 802-457-3277, or on its website.

•People in need of things such as food, water, medicine, and other necessities can reach out to Helping Hands at 802 234-5624, 802 457-3886,  or www.barnardhelpinghands.org

•Tom Morse has offered to help residents in quarantine or isolation with getting trash and recyclables to the transfer station, regardless of their ability to pay. He can be reached at 802-356-3576

Bethel

bethelvtstrong.org includes forms for volunteers and anyone who needs assistance, as well as information about COVID-19. Bethel VT Strong’s FAQ has an extensive list of community resources, links to up-to-date-info, and info from local businesses on delivery, pickup and new hours

•White River Valley School is offering daily meal pickups from 11-1 at both the Bethel and Royalton campuses, for children in any town. Meals include lunch, with an option to pick up breakfast for the following day. If you’d like to access meals, but can’t pick them up, contact Willy Walker at wwalker@wrvsu.org or leave a voicemail for him at 234-6607 x2240.

•Bethel Revitalization Initiative is launching a new “semester” of BU course offerings online. Visit bu-vt.org if you’d like to offer a class or meet-up free online. Sign up at bu-vt.org for email updates or follow on Facebook for class listings.

Braintree

•The Orange Southwest School District is offering meal pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11-1, at the Braintree Elementary School, Brookfield Elementary School, and Randolph Union High School. Families will receive a two day supply, and can pick up meals for other students to save fuel. For more information contact Superintendent Layne Millington at 802-728-5052 or lmillington@orangesouthwest.org

•Wifi is available at the Town Office, with the network information posted on the door.

Chelsea

•The Chelsea/Vershire/Washington/Corinth/Tunbridge mutual aid form can be found here

•Chelsea Senior Center is offering meal pickups Mondays and Fridays. Call 802-685-2290 for more information. 

Brookfield

•The Orange Southwest School District is offering meal pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11-1, at the Braintree Elementary School, Brookfield Elementary School, and Randolph Union High School. Families will receive a two day supply, and can pick up meals for other students to save fuel. For more information contact Superintendent Layne Millington at 802-728-5052 or lmillington@orangesouthwest.org

Hancock

Grocery shopping and delivery is available to Hancock residents who are unable to shop for themselves due to self-isolation or being particularly vulnerable to the corona virus–people over 70, or with underlying conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease or cancer.

Because this service is available under the umbrella of the Rochester Emergency Management Committee, Hancock residents in need of help should call Julie at the Rochester Town Office at 767-3631. She will take calls during the hours of 8 – 4, Monday through Friday. Messages may be left at other times. A trusted delivery person will call you to get your order (under $100) and to explain the process of reimbursement. Anyone unable to pay for groceries will be given a free one-time delivery of $25 per person in the family, up to $100. The delivery person will shop for you at Mac’s in Rochester, and will leave the groceries on your front porch (keeping social distance.)

Hancock residents with questions should call Town Coordinator Dorothy Robson at 767-3732.

Pittsfield

•The town’s COVID-19 response can be found here.

Randolph

•RACDC has a comprehensive list of resources for Randolph area residents

•Do you need help? This form is for you. Want to offer help? Check out this form. For more information email hannahebarden@gmail.comrandolphvtmutualaid@gmail.com, or call or text 802-727-0092.

Randolph has a Facebook group which has lots of resources included in it.

•The Orange Southwest School District is offering meal pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11-1, at the Braintree Elementary School, Brookfield Elementary School, and Randolph Union High School. Families will receive a two day supply, and can pick up meals for other students to save fuel. For more information contact Superintendent Layne Millington at 802-728-5052 or lmillington@orangesouthwest.org

•The town is posting updates to its Facebook page and has information on its website.

•From 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Shaw’s in Randolph is implementing senior shopping hours. The store also now closes daily at 8 p.m.

•Nancy Barbour, a Randolph-based attorney is offering free 10-minute consultations from 12-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 31 for anyone facing a COVID-19 related emergency. That could mean housing issues, domestic violence matters, estate, and probate questions. 802-234-5554.

This fundraiser aims to provide the Randolph Area Food Shelf with a whole pig’s worth of meat by mid-May.

Rochester

•Rochester Elementary School is offering bag lunches and breakfasts to any child 18 or under Mondays-Fridays 11-1. Email Erica Harrington eharrington@wrvsu.org to sign up.

•Resident Jill McGrath has offered a variety of services, including childcare and pet care (especially for single parents who need to work), transportation, help cooking, picking up medication and/or groceries, talking to people who are alone or concerned about the pandemic. Contact her at jm3739@gmail.com or 802-695-0034, to ask for help, or to coordinate efforts to help with her.

•The Rochester Library, while closed for browsing, will take patrons’ requests and leave requested materials on the porch for pick-up. Call 767-3927 to place requests.

•Wifi is available at the Rochester Public Library

•Starting Monday, March 30, the Rochester Emergency Management Committee will be offering grocery delivery for anyone in isolation. People who need financial assistance can apply for a grant from the Rebuild Rochester Foundation. To request grocery delivery or request a grant application, contact town clerk Julie Smith. Those who wish to make a tax exempt donation to support these efforts can mail a check to:
Rebuild Rochester Foundation
P.O. Box 119
Rochester, VT 05767

•Other food service options include Meals on Wheels for seniors (802-767-3763)
and the Food Bank for free supplemental food (802-767-3030)

Royalton

•The BALE Commons building on Windsor Street in South Royalton is available as a resource and supply hub. For more info: www.balevt.org; 802-498-8438
Address: PO Box 211 (35 S. Windsor Street) South Royalton, VT 05068

•People in need of help or who would like to volunteer can fill out this form, to get connected with the efforts happening in the Royalton area.

•This GoFundMe is aimed to help cover the costs of living for Royalton area residents in need of financial help as a result of the pandemic.

•White River Valley School is offering daily meal pickups from 11-1 at both the Bethel and Royalton campuses, for all children in the White River Valley School’s district. Meals include lunch, with an option to pick up breakfast for the following day. If you’d like to access meals, but can’t pick them up, contact Willy Walker at wwalker@wrvsu.org or leave a voicemail for him at 234-6607 x2240.

•The South Royalton Senior Center is offering Meals on Wheels deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 802-763-7386 before 9:30 a.m. on those days to be added to the schedule.

Sharon

•HELP phone number 763-7331, email sharonfirehouse@gmail.com. Both go to the firehouse and are monitored throughout the day. This is not 911, but for residents who have challenges such as needing food.

•Information about what the town is doing to respond to COVID-19 is available on the town website and Facebook group. The website includes resources such as what to do if you or someone you are close to is diagnosed with COVID-19. It also provides some documents in Spanish as well as English.

•The Food Shelf in Sharon has added some hours. In addition to being open Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30, it is also open Saturdays 10 a.m.-12p.m. Deliveries of food supplies can be made to homes that do not have transportation. Please use the HELP# 763-7331 or sharonfirehouse@gmail.com to reach the food shelf.

•Forms for those requesting or offering help in Sharon can be found here.

Strafford

•Strafford’s Emergency Management Information Portal

•For help with bills (such as fuel, lights) or rides to appointments, contact Randy Coffin at 765-4578 or Sandy Preston at 765-4068 from Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Information about donating to Neighbors Helping Neighbors is here.

•To access the food shelf contact Sue Coburn or Chrissy Jamieson at 765-4421, or see them at the store to utilize the food shelf.  This is a confidential process to access items such as fresh produce, meats, veggies, and more.

•Strafford Senior Center is offering Meals on Wheels delivery on Wednesdays. Call 802-765-4121 before 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays to be added to the schedule.

•More information about who to contact for assistance, or how the town is responding to COVID-19 can be found on this page.

•The Newton School is posting regular updates for families on its website.

•Doug Erhard is collecting loaner computers and tablets for Strafford students who don’t have their own. Those who need a loaner can email him at doug.erhard2464@gmail.com

Tunbridge

•The Chelsea/Vershire/Washington/Corinth/Tunbridge mutual aid form can be found here

•Tunbridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors  can assist with tasks such as pickup and delivery of medication and groceries, stacking wood, and snow shoveling. The phone number is 802-889-3437.

•The town website offers updates and resources for residents.

•The Community Food Shelf at the Parish House is open Fridays from 4-6. In these trying times don’t be afraid to ask for help. To keep everyone safe, please knock at the front door, to get a food list to check off what you need. You can then pick up your groceries at the back door when your order is complete.
The Community Food Shelf gladly accepts financial donations. Donations of food items (peanut butter, soups with meat, cheese, canned fruit, pasta sauce suggested) can also be left at the back door. Please send checks to Community Food Shelf Treasurer Mary Fisk, PO Box 12, Tunbridge, VT 05077

Vershire

•The Chelsea/Vershire/Washington/Corinth/Tunbridge mutual aid form can be found here

•A task force is putting together a list of volunteers to assist residents. Those who wish to volunteer or request help can reach out to Laura Craft  685-4640 craft@maplehurst.com.

•VerShare and Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers have put together a GoFundMe campaign to assist residents with immediate financial needs.

•Volunteers available for running errands (such as grocery shopping and picking up meds) include:

Laura Craft – 685-4640
Eileen Murphy – 685-3203
Mike and Tonya Gunn – 685-0063
Gene Craft, Town Clerk – 685-2227
Aaron Hoopes and Susanne Lacey  – 685-4448
Liz Thames –  685-1001
Rita French – 333-9296
Dale Ricker – 685-4745

More to add? 

Please let us know if we’re missing anything, or if anything on the list is out of date. Send us an email at tips@ourherald.com or call 802-728-3232.