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This resource guide was created to offer a streamlined place to obtain information about a variety of supports across the Windham Region.  The Windham Region includes the 23 towns of Windham County; Readsboro, Searsburg, and Winhall in Bennington County; and Weston in Windsor County.  This document is being updated on a regular basis, and the information it contains is likely to change.  Please contact the businesses and organizations directly if you need an update on any given day.

Please note that if you are in immediate need of assistance, please call Vermont’s resource line by dialing 2-1-1 about help and resources.


To provide updates to this guide, and to report incorrect or outdated information, please complete the form below:

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Need Help? Call this HOTLINE (802) 281-3097 to connect with your neighbors who are willing to offer:

  • groceries and other households goods
  • firewood or pellets
  • childcare, elder care, or pet care
  • social support and connection
  • transportation
  • basic medial care
  • technological assistance

OR, fill our this Assistance Request Form to let us know what we can do for you.

Please share the Hotline number (802) 281-3097 and the Assistance Request Form, and check in with your neighbors.

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During this time of increased anxiety, we want to share the following resources for folks who are able to help others and for those in need of help. It is unclear how much our government might do to be useful — especially for those most impacted by the virus (people without access to healthcare, without paid sick time, who are poor, old, house/homeless, and/or immune compromised, and made worse by the marginalization many of us experience). This is a chance for us to come together to support one another in ways we might not have before. Or maybe we have been doing this all our lives and other people are finally leaning into it.

The Peace & Justice Center does not own these resources. We are merely sharing them with you. If you have questions about the specific forms please reach out to the owners of the forms. If no contact information is listed please email us and we will try to connect you. If you know of others, please contact program@pjcvt.rg and we’ll add them to this page.

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Hello Neighbors,

A group of Putney neighbors has coordinated a Mutual Aid toolkit for community use in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The toolkit includes:
1. Putney Mutual Aid Resource Sheet -- statewide resources for folks needing support:

2. UPDATED! Putney Mutual Confidential Needs and Volunteer Survey -- allows you to communicate your need confidentially and protects your data

SAFETY: To reduce transmission of COVID-19 the State of VT has asked us to stay at home and keep social distance of 6 feet. If we go out of the house, we are asked to wear a mask, maintain distance, avoid going into anyone's home, and wash our hands before and after. Volunteers are being asked to follow Vermont Public Safety instructions to keep everyone safe and healthy.

NOTE ON SAFETY OF PUBLICLY-SHARED DATA: If you have already provided Putney Mutual Aid with information on your needs and/or volunteer offerings using a previous survey and a shared public google sheet, we have have your information and no need to resubmit! Any personal information that had previously been shared in a public document has been removed from public access.

Please complete the below form to indicate your need or ability to volunteer. Fill in as much or as little as you would like, but know that the more you can provide the better we can work to find you a volunteer match.

Volunteers on the Putney Mutual Aid Team will do their best to match you with a neighbor who may be able to help. In some cases, this may be someone who has self-identified as a point person in your neighborhood. By completing this survey, you give permission for the Putney Mutual Aid Team to share your information with Putney Mutual Aid Volunteers and organizations that may be able to help you.

If you have any urgent concerns and wish to reach Emergency Management Director Tom Goddard, you can contact him directly [802-387-4372; 802-579-9526; or via email at]. If you are interested in connecting directly with the Putney Foodshelf please email or call 802-387-8551.

Lastly, if you know someone who is not online and/or would find it difficult to fill out this survey, please have them contact us and we can do this over the phone. You can send an email to the address listed below or contact either Jaime Contois [603-504-2906 (cell)] or Ruby McAdoo [802-839-9789 (cell)] for assistance with this confidential survey.

Be well and stay safe,

The Putney Mutual Aid Team

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Hello! Welcome to Brattleboro Area Mutual Aid. We are neighbors helping neighbors. Our mission is to empower neighborhoods to self-organize so they can provide mutual support within, and to connect people with larger needs to the resources that can help them. 

If you have not already done so, please fill out this survey. It will help us connect neighbors who need help with neighbors who can offer help. The survey is also below. You can fill it out either way. If you click on the link it will open the survey in a new window. After we get your response, one of the coordinators or neighborhood volunteers will contact you to find out more about what you shared. We are making it a priority to contact people who said they need help. We try to pair up someone who is able to help as soon as possible, but it may take a few days or so to do this. 

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We are a group of volunteers from throughout the North East Kingdom who are concerned about the welfare of our community as COVID-19 spreads through Vermont. This effort is to ensure all our areas citizens can meet their needs during this crisis. If you are interested in helping or in need of support, please click your location above. 

If you are a local organization in need of volunteers please email Katherine at the NEK collaborative to connect you with our current volunteer list. 

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In these scary and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. There are a few main ways to use this site:


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We are Mainers from across the state who have experience in organizing, journalism, and building a movement for change. In this time of crisis, the Maine People's Alliance has decided to dedicate organizing resources to supporting community-based efforts to respond to the community distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.

We've started a $25,000 fund for community assistance that we hope you can help us grow and we're all dedicating ourselves to helping Maine people pull together to help one another. If you reach out through one of the action items on this site, an MPA organizer or a Beacon reporter will get back to you as soon as possible to share information and make sure help gets where it's needed.

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Greetings Friends,

Emma Ayres here--First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that this fund is NOT FOR ME PERSONALLY--I will NOT be taking ANY of the proceeds raised. This relief fund is for people in the community that don't have the familial support or any additional infrastructure and are struggling because of the unprecedented loss of work and gigs. I also want to acknowledge that the suffering that has been illuminated by this pandemic existed prior to this pandemic. Many of us are teetering on a tight rope every day of our existence.

I implore those who are salaried, independently wealthy and otherwise financially secure individuals to consider contributing to this fund that has the potential to provide direct relief to the artists and other freelancers (i.e. sound engineers, lighting directors, tour managers, independently employed people that rely on public consumption of product, artists who work food service jobs to keep their art afloat) who have now lost 2 jobs overnight. Independent businesses and artists make our community rich in culture and experience. Please consider doing your part and supporting these individuals.

A group of us are currently working to raise money to support low-income artists and other freelancers who are taking financial hits as a result of cancellations, closures, and lost income due to Covid-19. The intention of this fundraiser is to provide emergency and preventative resources for those at financial risk. Our government is doing little to protect our well-being and we must address this on a local level.

This fund aims to provide support to low-income, People of Color, Trans, Non-Binary, Queer, single parent artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic. If you don't identify with anything listed above but are in need PLEASE APPLY. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or overall lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we aim to offer a grassroots approach to crowdsourcing, resources, and money.

Those that apply for funding will be awarded money ASAP.

We've created a short survey to help us prioritize those in our community most at-risk and in need. All information shared remains confidential.

Please consider donating or SHARING this fundraiser if you are unable to give at this time. It takes a village.

For full transparency, Emma Ayres and team will review the surveys and withdraw and disperse the funds. Emma is building a team of consultants from within Hamden, Hampshire, and Franklin County to ensure the funds are dispersed ethically and directly.

(This fund was molded after Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulsker’s NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund. Much of the language was repeated as the needs are synonymous. We thank them for their inspiration and initiative.)



Solidarity & Love,

Emma Ayres
Artist/Program Coordinator of Shea Theater Arts Center

Cait Simpson & Mara Penatzer
Artists/ Dwellings, a women-led non-profit working to promote equitable and intentional booking practices and work to make performing arts spaces safer for artists, audiences, and entertainment workers.

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