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October 01, 2021 CVCOA 6 min read

October 2021 Newsletter

CVCOA Newsletter - October 2021

Together Again! - A Virtual Benefit Event for CVCOA

Join CVCOA for Together Again, a virtual benefit event to support aging services in Central Vermont! Saturday, October 9th at noon on Zoom (link provided to ticket holders in advance).

This jam-packed and fun-filled virtual event will feature music, comedic storytelling by Sue Schmidt, a creative activity, the presentation of a Community of Strength Award, a special video presentation, announcement of auction winners, and more!

Purchase tickets online at:

Can't attend live? Purchase tickets and view the recording later, bid on our amazing auction items (Smugglers' Notch, Chef Jack Pickett, and Trapp Family Lodge), and donate to contribute to our mission of supporting Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice.

During this event, we will be celebrating the amazing work of our partner mealsites throughout Central Vermont to provide home-delivered, congregate meals, and opportunities for connection for older adults. The Stoweflake will be donating food to a congregate meal at Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County and CVCOA will be contributing to the rest of our partner mealsites from the funds we raise through the Together Again! Virtual Benefit Event!

Bid on these amazing auction items!

1. Gift Certificate for a two night stay for two in deluxe accommodations at the Trapp Family Lodge

2. Gift certificate to a 4 course meal for 6-8 people prepared by Chef Jack Pickett at the Big Fish Restaurant in Stowe

3. Gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights Weekend Mountain Experience Winter Vacation (includes lodging, lifts, and amenities) at Smugglers' Notch

Auction closes on Saturday, October 9th, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Winners will be announced at the end of the virtual event!

Purchase your tickets, bid on auction items, and donate online to help fulfill our mission to support Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice.

Many thanks to our event sponsors!
The Lauzon Family
Green Mountain Support Services
Community National Bank
Westview Meadows
The Gary Residence
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Rich Jacobs at Edward Jones
The University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center
The Alchemist
And our many patrons and friends!

Memorable Times Online:

Join us on Wednesday, October 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom for our next Memorable Times Online, "Tricks and Treats!"

Treats and Tricks!  - Music, story-sharing and fun reminiscence of favorite sweets, penny candies, and maybe a prank or two -- come join our October gathering on Zoom!

Contact Barb Asen at [email protected] or 802-476-2681 for the link or more information.

Memorable Times Online is a relaxed social time for people living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. Sponsored by Central Vermont Council on Aging in partnership with ABLE Libraries of the state of Vermont.

Medicare and You Workshops:

Medicare & You Workshops are offered regularly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CVCOA is offering Medicare & You sessions remotely using Zoom.

If you want to participate, pre-register by calling (802) 479-0531 or by sending an email with your name, address, phone number, and the date of the workshop you would like to register for, to: [email protected]. We will then email you information on how to join in the workshop session on Zoom.

Tuesday, October 12th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, October 25th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 15th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 14th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities!

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed throughout Central Vermont:

Montpelier Senior Activity Center - FEAST Program:
Will be looking for new drivers starting in November for the re-opening of their kitchen and shift back to daily hot meal delivery. Drivers needed for all delivery days.

Mad River Valley Senior Center in Waitsfield:
How many drivers needed: One Driver (regular)
Day(s) Needed: Every Thursday
Shift start and approximate end time:  11:00 am (meal pickup) - 1:00 pm (approximate window to deliver ten meals)

City Hotel Cafe in Barre:
How many drivers needed: 3-5
Day(s) Needed: M-F
Shift start and approximate end time: 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Direct Service volunteer opportunities are also available including companionship, transportation, grocery shopping, friendly calling, organizing, and more! Learn more and apply online at

10-Digit Dialing Required Starting Oct. 24th in VT!

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established 988 as the new, nationwide, easy-to-remember 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.

Beginning October 24, 2021, consumers must dial 10-digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. Consumers must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.

Download new 9-8-8 number fact sheet from the FCC website.

Share your ideas to help transform and shape the future of VT:

Vermont has a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform and shape the future of our state. Thanks to federal stimulus funds, a surge in state revenues, and more potential federal funds on the way, the Vermont Legislature is positioned to make historic investments in Vermont's pandemic recovery, address critical infrastructure needs, support Vermonters' health and well-being, and strengthen Vermont's communities, businesses, environment, and climate.

Legislative leaders Jill Krowinski, Speaker of the House, and Becca Balint, Senate President Pro Tem, are committed to working with you to navigate this historic moment. This fall, we’re conducting “Investing in Vermont’s Future: Community Conversations” to make sure the opportunity is informed by the voices of Vermonters and the experiences of their day-to-day lives. We’re reaching out to people across the state through regional Town Hall meetings, intentional small group conversations, and this online questionnaire.

We want to know what you care about, struggle with in your communities, and what you envision for Vermont’s future. Please share your ideas below. Your answers, along with responses from all the other Community Conversations, will be used to inform policy and budgetary work when the Legislature convenes in January.

Thank you for sharing your time and ideas - Complete the survey today!

Grandparent Refresh Class

Check out this Grandparent Refresher Class offered by The University of Vermont Medical Center! This virtual class is designed to provide ‘expectant’ grandparents and grandparents of newborns with a review of current best practices for everything from safe sleep to social media to childproofing to prevent those pediatric falls and injuries. The class will be hosted quarterly starting in October.