Special birthday celebrations, assistance through Ottauquechee Health Foundation & Woodstock Area Relief Fund available ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard
5/3/20
What an amazing weekend weather-wise!  Lunches out on the deck, long walks in the sunshine, and of course a few mundane tasks, like washing windows and potting some plants. My daffodils have finally popped open and the cat and I enjoyed watching a couple of chipmunks playing tag.  No, my cat is not a hunter, but she was quite attentive to their antics.
The Plymouth Fire Dept added some extra excitement to the special birthday party for Griffin LeBrun, who turned seven years old on Saturday.  It was arranged by his mother, Jodi, outside their home on Rte 100A.  There were banners and balloons and cupcakes for the many carloads of family and friends who came to offer congratulations from a safe distance.  Steve Radonis and my husband, Tom each drove past in a fire truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
The fire trucks and several volunteers were again called into action on Saturday afternoon for a fallen tree on the Tyson/Reading Rd that took down both electric and telephone wires.  Traffic control was needed until the repairs could be completed.  So nice that we have folks so willing to serve within our town!
Please know that the Ottauquechee Health Foundation serves Plymouth and can be of assistance in meeting health related needs.  During these confusing and difficult times, they would like to help.  Call 802-457-4188 or email info@ohfvt.org for more information.
Additional help is available through WARF:  COVID -19 and I am including a letter to that effect from local residents:
Dear Plymouth Area Neighbors,
We are writing to you today representing a group of Plymouth volunteers trying to get the word out about the Woodstock Area Relief Fund: COVID-19 (WARF: COVID-19), serving Plymouth, Woodstock, Bridgewater, Barnard, Pomfret, Killington, and Reading. The Fund provides immediate and timely financial assistance to individuals and families in the greater Woodstock area who are unable to meet their basic household needs for food, medicine, and shelter due to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  A few things you should know about our efforts:
  • The Fund is 100% supported by private donors and managed by a team of impassioned local volunteers, dedicated to distributing grants to individuals and families in need as quickly as possible.
  • Residents of all the towns listed above are eligible for funds.
  • All applications and donations are confidential.
  • All Windsor Central Supervisory Union area residents are currently eligible for one-time funds of up to $1,000 to assist with basic household needs that arise as a result of the COVID-19 crisis (food, medicine, shelter) not covered by other local, state, or federal relief programs.
This crisis is like no other in our lifetimes— all of our lives are affected, whether you catch the virus or are simply staying at home. In a small town like Plymouth, imagine the challenges faced by neighbors — some of whom have lost their jobs on top of all this — who worry about feeding their children, paying their rent, or being able to afford medicine to keep their family healthy.
As of today, we have received almost $200,000 and about 100 applications. We are asking any of you in our Plymouth community — both primary and secondary homeowners — to help us reach our goal of $500,000 with a donation to the Fund in any amount that you can afford, as well as to spread the word so that all who might want to apply for assistance know how to go about it.
To make a donation, visit www.woodstockarearelieffund.org. Donations can be made by credit or debit card, or by check payable to Woodstock Area Relief Fund (WARF) and mailed to PO Box 802, Woodstock, VT 05091. The Woodstock Area Relief Fund: COVID-19 is administered by the Woodstock Community Trust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. To apply to the Fund, please visit www.woodstockarearelieffund.org for a simple application page.
Your friends and neighbors in Plymouth and the surrounding towns are deeply grateful for your help in getting the word out about WARF-COVID-19, both for donations to the Fund and applications for assistance from it.
Stay safe & healthy!  Karen Bruyn, Tesha Buss, Jim and McKey Berkman
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Pictured: Tom Marrone and Steve Radonis
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