'Summer camp' set for non-profit professionals

BRATTLEBORO >> The third annual Nonprofit Management Summer Camp is a retreat for nonprofit professionals in southern Vermont.

Participants have the opportunity to take two workshops focused on the competencies of their choice. Workshops are tool-based, out-of-your-seat sessions, that encourage participation, connection, and fun.

Summer Camp is an inexpensive way to receive the training you need in an amount of time you can work with. There will be two two-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon, interlaced with networking, fun events and lunch.

This year's workshops include: Using LinkedIn to promote your personal brand with Kate Paine; time management with Claire Wheeler; the role of trust and shared leadership for collective impact with Jodi Clark; clarifying your top values and life vision with Travis Hellstrom; storytelling and presentation skills with Hillary Boon; and what I wish I'd known: planning the best Giving Tuesday yet with Debra Askanase.

This year's Summer Camp is on Friday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. To register for Summer Camp, visit http://bit.ly/CNLSummerCamp or contact Assistant Director Hillary Orsini with questions at CNL@marlboro.edu.


Local organizations receive USDA grants

BRATTLEBORO >> The Strolling of the Heifers and the Putney Community Center were recently notified that they are receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of $8 million in direct loan, guaranteed loan and grant funding to 19 essential community anchor organizations in Vermont.

"These loans and grants will help towns and non-profit organizations provide essential community services, including emergency medical services, education, and public works," said Vermont and New Hampshire USDA Rural Development State Director Ted Brady. "The investments vary from multi-million dollar modern wood heat systems to a few thousand dollars to help a small library install new insulation. The essential community facilities receiving funding this year will help make rural Vermont a safer, more sustainable and more vibrant place to live and work."

The Strolling of the Heifers received a $4,800 Strategic Economic and Community Development grant and a $12,200 Economic Impact Initiative grant to outfit a training kitchen. The Putney Community Center received a $31,000 loan to insulate its building.

"These grants and loans are critical to our rural communities, which may not otherwise be able to fund projects that are so vital to their residents," said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "In Poultney, the public library will undergo a much-needed expansion that will include new space dedicated for teenagers. In Richford, ambulances will be equipped with the latest in life-saving technology, while Brighton will be able to purchase a much-needed dump truck. These are just a few examples of how this program meets community needs. I commend USDA Rural Development and all of the partners involved, and I pledge to do all that I can in Washington to ensure continued support for these efforts."

"So far this year, the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loan and Grant program has awarded $8 million to strengthen rural communities throughout Vermont by helping improve assisted living facilities, libraries, schools and other public facilities," said U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). "At a time when many families throughout Vermont struggle to make ends meet, these loans and grants provide an economic stimulus to local economies and help improve the quality of life for Vermonters."

Spring and summer events at the Vernon Free Library

VERNON >> The Vernon Free Library is busy planning spring and summer events, including the first annual plant swap and sale on June 4 from 9 a.m to noon, and the summer reading program for children and adults. Regular programs include basic computer classes, knitting group, reading group and rhyme time, with additional events anticipated.

A fund-raising committee has recently been formed. Committee members will plan events that will further enrich the Vernon community.

The Vernon Free Library served 1,200-plus registered patrons (46 percent of Vernon's residents) in 2015. There were 10,588 items borrowed from a collection of approximately 17,600 print items (books, magazines, ect.), 664 DVDs, 361 audio books and access through ListenUp VT to another 6,000 downloadable audio books and 4,000 e-books.