This list is being compiled by community organizers in Vermont to share with others who are physically and emotionally available for mutual aid work around COVID-19 at the local level. We expect that COVID-19 will come to our communities, if it has not already, and we are coordinating a public response as a proactive and reactive measure to protect and support each other, particularly our most vulnerable populations.
A top priority at this time is to reduce the spread of the virus by staying home. Another top priority is making sure that all community members have what they need to enable them to stay home, whether sick or healthy. That's where this survey comes in. Many other actions to make this feasible will need to come into play, but volunteer coordination is one clear path toward an appropriate societal response.
Efforts are still in the development process, but people have been reaching out to volunteer, so we wanted to start getting a list ready so people can be contacted as needs arise. We will not use or share the info you provide for any other purpose than COVID-19 organizing.
Thank you so much for looking out for others during a crisis that is reinforcing individualism in increasingly harmful ways. Safe distancing is important, but we also have to be able to hold each other, even when we're apart. We must model community-level responses. We must love and care for one another.
Important: Noting that you would like to be contacted about any of the work mentioned below does not constitute a hard and fast commitment. We know circumstances can be unpredictable. Checking "yes" just means we may get in touch if the need for volunteers or supplies arises.
If you have questions about this or the greater Chittenden County mutual aid efforts, you can contact Laura Nace at 443.558.8118 or Laurajnace@gmail.com