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SALLY TAYLOR
MIDDLEBURY — Wanted: People with a little time and a lot of compassion to give to neighbors who are in the final days of their lives. It’s an invitation to the community by Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHH&H), a New Haven-based nonprofit that’s looking to increase its corps of hospice volunteers. It’s a program that ACHH&H began forming just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit early last year. The organization had previously contracted with a separate nonprofit — End Of Life Services (EOLS) — for hospice helpers, but elected to start a program of its own in order to meld...

MIDDLEBURY’S JANE STEELE has distinguished herself as one of the community’s most dedicated volunteers, providing critical support at Round Robin and the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter. She was also a driving force behind creation of Middlebury’s dog park. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Folks planning for retirement typically map out activities and bucket lists for their golden years. Jane Steele’s retirement plan was simple: Work even harder — this time on behalf of those less fortunate. At age 75, the former educator, advertising representative and service station manager is busier than she’s ever been, as a volunteer at the Charter House Coalition’s (CHC) warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury. And it’s just the latest chapter in her growing story of service to others. Steele’s deep plunge into volunteerism began a decade ago, following the...

CATHERINE WILLSON LEAVES a couple loves of bread she baked on a bench in front of her home in Bristol for anyone to take. She has baked and given away more than 200 loaves of bread over the past 13 months. Sometimes she gives them to friends and neighbors, sometimes to local businesses and organizations, and sometimes bakes for strangers. Independent photo/William Haig
BRISTOL — Catherine Willson knows she gave away 225 loaves of homemade bread between March 20, 2020, and March 20, 2021, because she’s been keeping track in a notebook. She started off just giving bread away to friends. “Around loaf 30, I’d sort of run out of my friends, so I gave it to people on my street,” she told the Independent. “I was on a board, so I brought it to board members. And it just sort of went like that.” Kimball’s Office Supply. The Bristol Post Office. The folks at Bristol Electronics and the ski patrol at Mad River Glen. If the Bristol Food Shelf planned to be open on a...
VERMONT — During National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, the American Red Cross Northern New England Region is recognizing its volunteers who continue to work tirelessly to help people in need during COVID-19. In Vermont, 323 people volunteer with the Red Cross by responding to home fires and other disasters, supporting blood collections, providing emergency assistance to military families, and much more. These individuals are among the more than 300,000 volunteers who comprise more than 90% of the national Red Cross workforce. Locally, Red Cross officials named five Addison County volunteers...
United Way of Addison County fosters community service in all community members, but especially in our youth. In that spirit, the organization will honor local high school seniors through its “LIVE UNITED” Volunteer Scholarship Award. On behalf of a generous donor, three students are chosen annually for the “LIVE UNITED” Volunteer Scholarship Award, recognizing students who volunteer in their community and who are interested in advancing their education. This award comes with a $1,000 cash award for each student, to be used for post-graduation education (college, trade school, adult education...

GIRLS IN VERGENNES got their first Girl Scout experience thanks to the volunteers who stepped up to form a new Daisy troop for kindergarteners and first-graders. Courtesy photo
VERGENNES — The past year has been one of uncertainty and disruption to everyone’s normal routines. That includes Girl Scout activities. Fortunately, many volunteers have stepped up and kept their Girl Scouts active in virtual troops, with outdoor activities, on Zoom, and other ways. Volunteers Alexandra McGuire of Vergennes and Kelsey Bradford of Addison received thanks from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for their efforts to create a new troop despite the COVID pandemic. In the organization’s words, McGuire and Bradford, “defied the pandemic and started a new Girl Scout...

THROUGH A MAJOR fundraising push, volunteers in the Friends of Cornwall School were able to supply the school with a second tent for outdoor learning during the pandemic.
CORNWALL — The Friends of Cornwall School (FOCS) is a parents organization dedicated to supporting our children through numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year. We recognize that part of supporting our students includes recognizing and supporting our teachers and support staff. Providing these supports requires the use of numerous resources from many people and sources. This includes volunteer hours, donation of materials for general or particular purposes, and monetary support. We normally get our financial support from three to four fundraisers throughout...
BURLINGTON — Lake Champlain Sea Grant invites students to become certified Watershed Explorers by completing a series of fun activities designed to teach them about watershed science and the Lake Champlain Basin. The Watershed Explorer Challenge, while geared to Grades 5-8, is also suitable for upper elementary or early high school students. It includes 11 different indoor and outdoor activities with a glossary and links to additional resources to investigate a topic in more depth. Upon completion, kids can take the pledge to become an official Watershed Explorer before sending in a prepaid...

Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
RIPTON — A group of 15 volunteers, including nine Moosalamoo Association board members, met this past Saturday morning in Ripton to demolish a broken down trail bridge on the Oak Ridge Trail. The 20-foot hemlock bridge, located northwest of Forest Road 92A off Goshen Road, had collapsed and fallen into the small brook it crosses.  The crew removed the collapsed bridge, then replaced it with a new bridge supported by three 20-foot trusses sistered together with six new 2x12x20 pressure-treated timbers donated by rk Miles Lumber. The company also donated flashing, screws and expanded steel mesh...

LAST SATURDAY IN Bristol 17 volunteers helped dismantle the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 posts for a brand-new ring. The newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, which is overseeing the project, hopes to bring horse shows, clinics and other events back to the town. Photo by Martha Chesley
BRISTOL — Last Saturday’s chilly, gloomy weather may have been terrible for things like sunbathing, but it was perfect for the newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, whose members spent the day doing a heck of a lot of work outside. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a keen sense of the legacy they were perpetuating, 17 volunteers dismantled the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 cedar posts — with the bark still on them. “Our mission is to honor the history of the horse ring and to promote events there,” said Bristol horse trainer and Horse Ring Committee...

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