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Heard on the Street, 2.17.21


COVID-19 Vaccinations Ramping Up

As of January 29, the state says more than 40,000 Vermonters have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 32,500 Vermonters aged 75 and above have registered for appointments to get the vaccine. 

Mental Health Support and Food Access Available

The state shared some resources to assist folks in seeking help for any mental distress or in need of mental health care. Resources can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 or via the State’s website for COVID-19 support. Also, if you need help accessing food, there are also many resources available. Please call 2-1-1 or access WIC, Hunger Free Vermont, 3SquaresVT, or other resources outlined via Hunger Free Vermont COVID-19 response. There are also local agencies hosting food access programs such as the  Vermont Foodbank, Everyone Eats, and the Montpelier Food Pantry.  

Local Hazard Mitigation Planners Need Your Help

The City of Montpelier is looking for persons to help in identifying local safety hazards and to assist in editing the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Hazard mitigation plans aim to develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future events. This is accomplished by identifying risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural and other risks. Hazard mitigation plans are reviewed and updated every five years. The City of Montpelier, in collaboration with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, has begun the plan-update process and is looking for input from Montpelier residents to help identify the hazards that impact the city. The community is asked to respond to the following survey to help inform the plan: surveymonkey.com/r/MVGR8GD. The committee is also still accepting members, and applications can be found at montpelier-vt.org/CommitteeApplication.

Volunteer Request: Tax-Aide Client Facilitators to do Client Intake and Document Scanning 

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program provides free personal income tax counseling and tax preparation to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 50 and older. The client facilitator works with the local coordinator/shift coordinator, performs check-in duties, provides an important first contact to the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program for taxpayers, and manages taxpayers’ initial activities. Volunteers will serve at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center or other locations this year or next. The position requires compassionate and patient interaction with clients and, ideally, some experience or comfort level with the process of digitizing and storing electronic files; something that will be new to all of us. To learn more, view the two documents available on our website here: montpelier-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/7346/Client-Facilitator-Position and here: montpelier-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/7347/Client-Facilitator-Position-for-MSAC pdf. To ask questions or apply, contact MSAC at msac@montpelier-vt.org or 223-2518.