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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

We had a fantastic Block Party on June 15th - thank you to all who attended and made it happen!

Keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram (@hartford_community_coalition). If you have questions about HCC or anything highlighted in the newsletter, please reach out!

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

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team
If you or someone you know are interested in forming a Local Cannabis Control Board, please reach out to Emily at emilyz@hccvt.org. A Local Cannabis Control Board will give Hartford a bit more control over some of the nuances around how retail cannabis will be set up in town. For more information, watch this presentation from Kimberly Gilbert at the November Selectboard meeting, starting at minute 2:32:00
Summer Meals Survey
Free Summer Meals

The Take A Bite Out of Hunger summer meals program runs through August 12. If you or someone you know may benefit from some extra food this summer, please fill out the survey linked here.

The program looks a little bit different than in years past. We have different "drop-in" sites and will be provided meals for a week rather than every day. More information is available on our website at hccvt.org.

Thursday Night Teen Pool Parties
Hartford Community Coalition and Hartford Parks & Rec has teamed up to offer weekly Pool Parties for kids.

Join us for a fun night of swimming, music, friends, snacks, and games at the New Sherman Manning Aquatic Facility behind the High School.

Drop off starts at 5:30pm. Make sure you check in with a staff member
Ages: 10-17
Pool Time: 5:30pm -7:30pm
Parents/Guardians must pick-up by 7:45pm
Pre-registration is required.
More Info and Registration
Johnny's Ambassadors
July 4 - 10 is National Marijuana Facts Week

National Marijuana Facts Week is an annual, week-long, national health observance created by Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth Marijuana Prevention to raise public awareness about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicidality.

NMFW brings together parents, students, educators, doctors, scientists, and community partners to save our youth from the harms of today’s high-potency marijuana. We aim to decrease the perception of harmlessness and reduce the use of marijuana by young people. 
RSVP and Learn More Here

Free Film + Workshop: Ensure More Positive Outcomes for People with Substance Use Disorders!

The Power of Dignity is a short film of personal stories, highlighting lived experience as persons in recovery seeking medical and mental health care. Learn where things become difficult for those interviewed and how small, simple changes can affect better outcomes.

Dignity has enormous healing power for all people. For many with substance use disorder, it could be the spark that helps start or maintain a life in recovery.

WATCH The Power of Dignity at the Briggs Opera house on July 7th from 7:00 -9:30pm and attend the Multiple Roots of Addiction workshop at the WRJ Vermont Department of Health office form 9:00am - noon.
Talking with Children About Difficult Current Events
During times of tragedy and difficulty in the news, we may think that children are unaware of what is happening. However, children are more aware than we know and are especially sensitive to the moods and conversations of adults around them.
Here are some ideas and considerations for supporting children when the news in the world is difficult:

Be mindful of what children hear and see on the news. It is best that they learn from a trusted adult through meaningful and intentional conversations.

Let children know you are always open to their questions.

It’s okay if you don’t know an answer to the child’s question. You can let them know, “I wonder about that, too” and that you will share as you learn more.

Let children know that their feelings are always safe with you.
Full One-Pager

Substance Misuse Prevention for College Students Span the Pre-K to 12th Grade Years

During the last two years, COVID-19 has caused many students to experience increased uncertainty about the future, family financial insecurity, social isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Students have transitioned from middle to high school, and high school to secondary education without the traditional markers of change such as college visits, freshman days, and celebrations like prom and graduation. Students in transitional time periods are in a more vulnerable place for substance use and misuse when they don’t have supportive events, programs, and people to help them move from one period in their lives to another.
Deterra: Help Provide Safe Drug Disposal in Our Community

Please let HCC know if you would like a free Deterra Pouch! Each easy-to-use pouch can deactivate up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid, or up to 12 patches. Plus, the plant-based pouch makes it safe to dispose of unused medications without harming the environment.

Learn More Here

Free Summer Movies in the Park!

Join HCC and Parks + Rec on July 29th at dusk for DOG!

We want you to #ShareYourShot! Email a photo of you getting your vaccine to masksonhartford@gmail.com to be featured on our social media accounts.
Make an Appointment to Get Vaccinated
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
All Vermonters aged 5+ are eligible for vaccination.

Click here to schedule an appointment online or call 855-722-7878.

Homebound Vermonters may call 833-722-0860 to arrange for in-home vaccination.

There are special vaccine clinics for Vermonters of color and their households.


If you have lost a family member to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to $9,000 of funeral assistance. Click here to learn how to apply.
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