COVID-19 and Local Resources

Practical Tips to Reduce Your Possible Exposure to Covid-19:

Continue to practice everyday preventive actions. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Take additional precautions for those at highest risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.

Meals and Local Food Security

FOOD SECURITY  – TUESDAY NOON GROCERY GROUP for Vershire and West Fairlee residents. The Noon Grocery Group provides a combination of Willing Hands produce with dry goods provided by the West Fairlee Food Shelf.  We also will have a prepared meal provided by the Mountain School on occasion.  Grocery bags can be picked up by driving though the bus loop at Westshire Elementary School in West Fairlee each Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Please call 333-9937 and ask for Jen or email jlshatney@gmail.com by the Friday before the Tuesday you need a food delivery, if possible.

VERSHIRE FOOD SHELF IS OPEN – 10:00 – 12:00 on Fridays at the Town Center Building, 27 Vershire Center Rd.  All are welcome!  Please remain in your car and somebody will be out to help you.  Helping Hands is accepting non-perishable food donations (peanut butter, soups with meat, cheese, canned fruit, pasta sauce suggested), money (checks to VerShare, P.O. Box 112, Vershire, VT 05079), and masks.  You can also donate financially online through the VerShare webpage.  The drop off for these items is currently the home of the Gunn family, on the corner of Eagle Hollow Road and Route 113, (white Cape with farm animals).  Inside the open garage door there is a box labeled, “Food Shelf”.  Please contact Zanni at 685-4448 or email zannilacey@gmail.com to be notified when the food shelf is open, for emergency requests, or for other questions.

MEALS ON WHEELS UPDATE- Due to the Coronavirus, there are no monthly Community Lunches scheduled at the Town Center Building.  The Chelsea Senior Center is also not offering its community meal at this time but is offering a Meals on Wheels program and take-out meals. You are able to get up to 5 meals per week per Senior.  The Chelsea Senior Center (802-685-2290) or email chelseaseniorcenter@gmail.com.  Located at the United Church on the North Common, Chelsea Vermont.

West Fairlee: Orange East Senior Center 802-222-4782 and vchaffeeoesc@yahoo.com.  Meals served Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 176 Waits Road Bradford.

UPPER VALLEY HAVEN: 802-295-6500.  Monday – Friday 9;00am to 3:00pm.  Currently, you can receive 1 box of food each month. You can stop by out front under the tent for bags of produce and bread any day they are open.

If you have children in the Rivendell School District:  Enroll in the free Breakfast and Lunch Program.  Here is the contact list: For Rivendell Academy: Angel Parkin 603-353-2170 ext. 1225 or  aparkin@rivendellschool.org. For Samuel Morey Elementary: Jane Prescott 802-333-9755 ext. 3135, or jprescott@rivendellschool.org. For Westshire Elementary:  Karen Ward   802-333-4668 Ex. 4101   kward@rivendellschool.org.

For help with errands like getting groceries from the store, or medications from the pharmacy: Vershire Helping Hands, contact Zanni at 685-4448 or zannilacey@gmail.com, West Fairlee Community Club: Linda Baccei (802) 333-9341 or  lbaccei@myfairpoint.net.  See the Vershire Mutual Aid list of volunteers.

We are all working together and these are indeed extraordinary times so, please, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers

If you are at higher risk, have symptoms, or are quarantining: The following folks have agreed to be available by phone during daytime and early evening hours. They can link people up with volunteers who are available to pick up essential groceries, medications,  and possibly assist with outside pet care.

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

Home Heating, Utility and Housing Assistance

For help with home heating, utilities and housing assistance, call Capstone 1-800-639-1053 or go to  https://capstonevt.org/covid-19-response

Finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services

2-1-1 or  http://211.org/services/covid19

Women's Health Resources

For diapers, sanitary products, formula, breast pump rentals go to the DHMC Women’s Health Resource Center

https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/whrc.html?mc_cid=cd857c3905&mc_eid=3b5855a599

Mental Health Resources

Domestic violence, sexual assault support:     Safeline – 1-800-NEW-SAFE  (1-800-639-7233)

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

VT Crisis Text Line:  Text “VT” to 741741            Crisis Text Line is FREE – 24/7 support

Mental health support:  Clara Martin Center   www.claramartin.org

in Bradford (802) 222-4477.  In Randolph  (802) 728-4466.  In Wilder  (802) 295-1311

Emergency   (800) 639-6360

COVID -19 in Vershire

Masks are required in all Town Buildings.

COVID -19 in Vershire and in Vermont

On Wearing a Mask FOR THE LATEST update on new work safe additions to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order guidance from the State of Vermont, follow this link.  Masks are still required for town employees while at work and for folks coming into the Town Office to conduct business with the town.

For more information about Covid-19 and wearing face coverings go to:  https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus