Worcester Neighbor Network (WNN)

This update is mostly to make sure you have direct links to agencies who can help you manage your needs as things evolve. But first, please note that Hannaford Grocery Stores has dedicated Tues-Thursday, 6am-7am hours exclusively for people aged 60 and older as well as for those who have health risks or disabilities.

BEWARE! Scam artists are taking advantage of peoples’ fears. No insurance or medical organization nor the World Health Organization is going to call or email you asking for your SS number, bank account number, or special fee.

• For Essential Workers to Find Childcare: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers…
• Data regarding Court Operations during Covid-19: https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/…/information-regarding-co…
• For Small Businesses to Receive Up-to-Date information: https://vermont.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe…
• For Employers who are planning to close their business: https://vtrga.org/heath-information
• Dental Health Care Guidance: https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/HAN-Dental-Care-Guidance-03…
• Guidance for Children’s Integrated Services Partners: https://dcf.vermont.gov/…/D…/COVID/CIS-COVID-19-Guidance.pdf
• Waiting for Test Result Guidance: https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/HS-ID-COVID19-Waiting-For-T…
• Guidance to Reduce Facility-Based Transmission of COVID-19 in Congregate Care Settings:
https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/HAN-COVID-19-Cong-Care-20Ma…

 Guidance for Children/Youth Residential Programs serving DCF, DAIL, and DMH Clients:
https://dail.vermont.gov/…/joint_guidance_for_residential_p…
• Personal Protective Equipment Conservation Measures and Contingency Operations for DAIL Providers: https://dail.vermont.gov/…/supply_memo_to_DAIL_Providers_Lo…
• Division of Fire Safety: Covid-19 Pandemic Operation Adjustments https://firesafety.vermont.gov/…/COVID-19%20Pandemic%20Oper…
• Laboratory Testing Process Update: https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/HAN-Lab-Sample-Protocol-20M…
• Extended Housing Supports for Vulnerable, Homeless Vermonters: https://dcf.vermont.gov/dcf-blog/covid19-housing-supports

• Student Loan Repayment Options is available at vsac.org , (877)253-6485/(800)642-3177, 8am-430pm M-F, or at info@vsac.org.

• The Department of Labor New Saturday Phone Hours:
– 1-877-214-3330 (Monday – Friday (815pma-6pm) & Saturday 9am-3pm)
– Online Form (24-hours, online at https://labor.vermont.gov/)
– 1-888-807-7072 (Monday – Friday)
• Agricultural Guidance: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information

Mission: Provide support to Worcester residents in need of resources and assistance by:

  • Encouraging/recruiting volunteers who are interested in supporting our community by participating in town service efforts, assisting local residents when/where help is needed (confidentially/as allowed by the residents).
  • Gathering valuable information, such as: volunteer data, resources, transportation opportunities, financial support, fuel rates, food and clothing, plus local and state programs available for community members.
  • Staying connected with Doty Memorial, the Worcester United Methodist Church, Worcester Food Shelf (Wednesday luncheon staff), and Worcester Volunteer Fire Department; making sure WNN is aware if there are any residents, families, or children in need of assistance/support.
  • Being proactive! Educate the community on a regular basis (quarterly or bi-annually), letting residents know about current resources mentioned above. Create more opportunities for residents to come out and participate in groups, game nights, farmer’s market, etc.

Questions and requests for assistance should be directed to the Worcester Town Clerk, Katie Winkeljohn, at 802-223-6942. All of the necessary support will be processed through the Town Clerk, reviewed, and filtered as seen fit. When/if requests are approved, the information will be dispersed to the necessary WNN committee members, and volunteers may be called/sent for support as needed.

The WNN meet on the last Wednsday of each month.