Nonprofit news and notes: Annual Duck Derby set for Aug. 10

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BRATTLEBORO >> The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department are hosting the 23rd Annual Duck Derby on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. at Living Memorial Park.

In addition to the derby, there will be face painting, cardboard boat building and race, free swimming, music and dinner provided by The 99 Restaurant.

The "Duck Pluck" happens just before 6 p.m.

Adopt a duck at Brattleboro Savings & Loan and The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street or at the park on Aug. 10. Ducks are $5 each, five ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100.

For more information, call The Boys &Girls Club at 802-254-5990, ext. 4.

'Ride4Gabe' stops in Windham County

DUMMERSTON >> On Sunday, July 31, cyclists with the Ride4Gabe will leave Hidden Acres RV Resort in Dummerston at 5:30 a.m. and should be in Bennington by 8:30 a.m. To follow their progress on the internet, visit www.pickuta.com/ride4gabe.

The mission of Ride4Gabe is to pedal our bikes across America while creating awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Eleven-year-old Gabe has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting disorder. Gabe's form of Duchenne is caused by missing information processors in a gene. Gabe is on the front line of the war on this rare pediatric genetic condition, and doctors and researchers have the tools to win the first battle and slow Gabe's enemy, Duchenne. The first DMD drug approval will spur future research and investment. Follow our journey today to learn how 21st Century medicine is already slowing Duchenne, and how real the chances are that muscle death caused by Duchenne may someday be reversed.

SEON accepting submissions for sustainable home tour

BRATTLEBORO >> The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network is now seeking applications for homes to feature on its inaugural Sustainable Home Tour planned for Oct. 15. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and enable the public to see, firsthand, homes in Windham County built or renovated with consideration to energy efficiency, durability, comfort, indoor air quality, and renewable energy.

SEON encourages submissions from a variety of home sizes, budgets and types. New homes, additions, deep energy retrofits, and staged retrofits (those home renovations in process of a long-term plan) are eligible and projects must have been built or renovated within the last five years.

Applications can be submitted by a homeowner or by a construction team with homeowner approval. The application includes the requirements and criteria and requests details of the improvements. Applications are due at SEON's office, 532 Putney Rd, Suite 204, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or via email admin@seon.info no later than noon on Friday, Aug. 19.

A selection team will review all applications and make a final decision as to which homes will be included in the tour by the end of August. For further information or to obtain the Sustainable Home Tour Application, visit www.seon.info/HomeTour or contact admin@seon.info.

Non-profit group launches hunger hotline

BRATTLEBORO >> Nearly one in eight (12.6 percent) of Vermont State residents, and one in five (19.1 percent) of children live in households that can't always afford enough food. The United States Department of Agriculture funds a toll-free hotline to make it easier for them to access food from both private and governmental resources.

The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST). Hunger Free America, formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, has just launched a coast-to-coast outreach campaign to increase the use of the hotline. Hunger Free America is operating the hotline nationwide as part of a USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse contract.

The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs, and various services that promote self-sufficiency. During summer months, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 years old and under can get free, nutritious meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Free summer meals are offered in all 50 states at participating schools, libraries, pools, and other local sites, funded by the federal government. In 2015, a total of 164 million meals and snacks were served to typically low-income children.

Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon highlights the importance of the hotline in the fight against hunger. "USDA's nutrition assistance programs provide a nutrition safety net, helping to put food on the table in households across America. And the toll-free hotline is there for those in need to access this assistance, as well as help provided by private resources."

Hunger Free America also just launched, www.hungervolunteer.org, a state-of-the art volunteer matching portal to make it easier to mobilize the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger.

Hunger Free America's CEO Joel Berg said, "Now everyone can get — or give — help. If you're hungry or at risk of hunger, it can be a daunting task to obtain food and benefits. The hunger hotline can immediately help connect families with food providers in their area. We are starting a national awareness campaign and want to make sure that people who need help can get it quickly and easily. We also want to make sure that all Americans can give back, by volunteering in ways that move beyond soup kitchen work to attack hunger at its root causes. "


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