The Vital Communities COVID-19 Response

Here is how we are supporting the Upper Valley and taking care of our people

Our offices:

To protect the health of our staff and community partners, and to slow the spread of the virus, the Vital Communities office is closed to visitors until further notice. Staff are working our regular hours, and for nearly all of us, that means remotely. To reach us by phone, leave a message on the general line or personal extensions, and the message will automatically be delivered to the inbox of the person you are seeking. Our phone number is 802-291-9100. Staff are also available by email at firstname@vitalcommunities.org, or info@vitalcommunities.org.

Our work during COVID-19: 

The convening work that is integral to Vital Communities helps build the social capital of the Upper Valley so that, when crises occur, key partners are already working toward powerful, regional solutions. The staff and Board of Vital Communities are actively considering how we can adapt our work to more fully meet the needs of the Upper Valley during this health crisis and for the long-term economic recovery. Vital Communities staff is already working with community partners to:

  • assist local businesses, including farm and food businesses
  • secure food and access to food for children, families, and vulnerable community members
  • connect our communities with information, resources, and tools to respond quickly as circumstances shift
  • mobilize the Upper Valley Strong collaborative emergency response

Stay tuned as our work continues to evolve.

If you need help:

If you or your family members need basic necessities or access to services—including mental health assistance—please call 211 (in either Vermont or New Hampshire). You can also sign up for the mutual aid network in your community, see list below.

Changes to our upcoming events:

March 22-May 17 – Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil Webinar Series – BY WEBINARApril 19 – Flavors of the Valley, Hartford High School – CANCELLED
April 30 – Spring Housing Breakfast, Fireside Inn & Suites – POSTPONED, DATE TBD
May 28 – Heroes & Leaders, Quechee Club – POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

How you can get involved:

It is essential that we work together for community resilience, and assist those most vulnerable to the impacts of this pandemic. See below for resources on both how to help others and how to find the help you or people you know may need.

We also want to hear from you and work with you. Please email or call to join our efforts, alert us to needs in your community, or find resources: 802-291-9100, info@vitalcommunities.org or firstname@vitalcommunities.org.

To stay up to date with Vital Communities responses to COVID-19, sign up to receive our e-newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We highly recommend signing up for the community discussion list in your town, as well as community discussion lists relevant to your interests, which you can do here.

Upper Valley Strong:

Vital Communities staff is serving on the Upper Valley Strong committee, and we encourage you to get involved too through the Upper Valley Strong volunteer hub.

Give help and get help through local Mutual Aid networks:

There are many mutual aid systems popping up in our region and around the world. These are community-driven networks of people helping each other and are critical in these times. If you have a need or would like to help your neighbors, please sign up in the mutual aid sign-in sheet (below) for your region, and a local organizer will make sure that a volunteer helps address your need.

Medical Reserve Corps and other medical response volunteering:

Funding opportunities:
Resource pages:

Daybreak’s resource page
Junction Magazine’s resource page (includes some fun stuff!)

Other useful links: 

Please let us know if there’s something else that should be added to this list. If you’d like to add to this collection, please send us an email containing all of the following:

  • Resource Name
  • Brief Description
  • URL (link) to resource or the file
  • Section it should be placed under (or let us know if we need a new section)

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