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Tuesday, September 6th, 2022

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If you or someone you know would like a free bike helmet, winter jacket or medication lock box, please email We can meet you at our office in The Junction Marketplace.

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team
What a summer we had! It kicked off with our 8th Annual Block Party and then we went right into our 8-week summer meals program that distributed over 26,000 meals to children and over 1000 meals to adults! We couldn't have done it without our driver, Kevin Leduc, and volunteer/site coordinator, Cass North, as well as 44 volunteers who gave 235 hours of their time! There were two outdoor movies in the park in partnership with Parks + Rec and Mascoma Bank and FABULOUS pool parties every Thursday in partnership with Parks + Rec and DJ's Sean and Jayden from LiveMixKings. Now that school has started, we are looking forward to jumping into some of our programming with middle and high school students!

If you utilized the summer meals program, please fill out this feedback survey for a chance to win one of ten Hannaford gift cards!
Are you in middle or high school and want to make meaningful change? Sign up for Getting to Y and UMatter!
The Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) is an anonymous survey that middle and high school students take bi-annually. HMMS students most recently filled this out in October 2021. The data are analyzed at the school and state level by question.

"Why RBS" students analyze YRBS data from their school and decide on one or two metrics they can work to improve at their school and receive funding to do so! Examples include bullying, vaping, nutrition, and mental health.

This program is a collaboration between the HMMS Student Assistance Professional, Janet Potter, the Hartford Community Coalition (HCC), and VT UP for Learning. If your student would like to participate, they are more than welcome!

Please email Kelly Clements at to join!
Free Outdoor Movie at the West Hartford Library

Join HCC and Parks + Rec at the West Hartford Library on Friday, September 9th for a free, outdoor showing of Luca!

The movie will begin at dusk, around 7:40 but please come early to grab some popcorn and find a spot on the lawn.
Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Local Cannabis Control Commissions for Towns and Municipalities
Friday, September 9, 2022 from 12 noon until 1pm

Has your town opted in to cannabis retail and/or integrated licenses? Are you aware that municipalities are also now responsible for issuing tobacco licenses and many cannabis retailers will be applying for those to be able to sell tobacco paraphernalia, cannabis oils and liquids? 

Do you have questions about what a local Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is and what it can do, what towns and municipalities could do to form a CCC, and why it is important to consider it? Then this roundtable discussion may be for you and your fellow decision makers.

Who should consider participating? 
Town administrators, select board members, planning committee members, regional planning staff,  and any organizations working with towns and municipalities to form a Cannabis Control Commission are encouraged to attend. If you already have a CCC, please participate as well.

This informal discussion will be moderated and informed by regional planning staff, local community organizations, and towns with Cannabis Control Commissions already in place. There will be time for questions. Questions may also be submitted in advance to
Register Here
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National Suicide Prevention Week is September 4–10
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and we want you to join us as we make strides in saving lives, and bringing hope, one step at a time, to those affected by suicide.

Support 988! Anyone, anywhere in the U.S. can call, chat, or text 988. Find out how American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports new the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline via the button below.

Registration for the 2022 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium is open!
The 2022 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium, which takes place on September 29th, 2022, is a cross-agency statewide event that brings together professionals across all sectors for a day of learning from national experts on critical topics and skills in suicide prevention, treatment, and recovery. Since its inception, the Symposium has been a major avenue for introducing best practices for preventing suicide in Vermont.

This year's event will include the following sessions.
  1. The Trauma Informed Care Approach to Suicide Prevention
  2. Stopping Stigma in School: Bringing Mental Health Awareness Education & Suicide Prevention to Schools
  3. Preparing the Peer Support Workforce to Support People in Crisis
  4. Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care
  5. Suicide Prevention in High-Risk Work Environments
  6. Post-Crisis Response: Keeping the Revolving Door Effect in Check
  7. Suicide Prevention Programming for Children and Adolescents in K - 12 Schools
  8. The Impact of Suicide on Mental Health Clinicians: What We Know, What We Can Do
Register Here
More Info + Registration

Free: Cooking Matters for Parents

Cooking Matters is a FREE Cooking and Nutrition Series offered through UNH Extension Nutrition Connections, Cooking Matters, and the NH Food Bank.

This series runs Thursdays on Zoom from September 8 to October 13, 2022.

Get the most out of your meals!   

Program Details:
•    Making meals more nutritious
•    Tips for grocery shopping
•    Healthy and kid friendly recipes
•    Cooking skills and much more

Participants will receive a $10 Hannaford® gift card at the completion of each class!
Suicide Prevention in Vermont
Suicide affects everyone, so it’s going to take everyone to face the issue of suicide in Vermont.

Facing Suicide VT is a statewide prevention effort providing access to suicide prevention, education, support, and advocacy resources. By sharing our stories and talking about suicide in our state, we can start to make it easier to ask for help and get help when we need it.

We can help ourselves and each other when we start facing suicide in Vermont together.
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