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Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Hello and happy summer!

We hope you are staying cool and having fun this summer!

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 [email protected] We can meet you at our office in The Junction Marketplace.

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team
HCC is in the midst of the Take A Bite Out of Hunger summer meals program! In the first three weeks, we welcomed over 50 volunteers in our first three weeks and distributed over 4500 meals! Click here to volunteer.
We are pleased to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers, Pam Jenkins!

Pam is a retired nurse who spends much of her time volunteering. She has worked for the Food Fest as well as ushering events. In the past few months she has come out of retirement to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations. We are very lucky that Pam is now dedicating her time to TABOOH. She says she has fun volunteering, she enjoys meeting new people and that it's worthwhile to get the community fed. Her other hobbies include gardening and travelling. Her humor and positivity make her a great team member!

Events in Our Community

Concerts in the Park
The Hartford Parks & Recreation free outdoor Summer Concerts take place each Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Lyman Point Park Bandstand through August 14th.

Register Here
TECHNICOOL: Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
This is a FREE virtual evidence-based training from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for parents and adults in the community.

Learn the digital risks for children and strategize ways to keep children and youth safe in digital environments. Learn effective strategies for dealing with children exhibiting concerning digital behaviors.

Thursday, August 26 at noon OR 8:00pm
The kids are back in school; learn how to help protect them while online.
Summer Movies
Bring your picnic blanket: summer movies in the park and at the library are back from now until Labor Day!

We had a great turn out for Raya and the Last Dragon a few weeks ago at the West Hartford Library - thank you for joining us.

Vote for the next movie at Lyman Point Park at dusk on July 16. Visit Parks & Recreation's website to vote.

Summer Movie Schedule
Vote for the Movie on July 30th

Hartford Youth Council FREE Summer Events

The Hartford Youth Council has a summer of fun events to appeal to all 14-21 year olds! Follow them on Facebook, below, to stay up to date on their weekly events.

This Friday, there is a pop-up drop-in center at Newberry Market from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come for board games, video games, tie dye, snacks, and pizza!

On Saturday, HYC is taking a trip to VINS. Register via the link on their Facebook page.
Follow HYC on Facebook


Read the Full Article Here
PTSD and How It Can Affect Substance Use

Post-traumatic stress disorder – also known as PTSD – can develop after a person sees or experiences a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. We are emerging from a very difficult year and PTSD is more common than you may think: between 7- 8% of Americans have dealt with PTSD at some point in their lives and many turn to substances to cope with their feelings.

According to this brief from the Vermont Department of Health, substance use among Vermonters during the pandemic has increased; particularly marijuana use among youth.
Overdose death is 100% preventable - every life matters and efforts that save lives can be done by anyone and everyone
From Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership & Green Peak Alliance

To save lives, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Care Center (MAHHC) offers rapid access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people who arrive in the Emergency Department after an overdose or who are seeking help for an opioid use disorder. Find out more here.

Everyone can save a life with Narcan
Get free Narcan at these sites or search statewide (see Find Naloxone in VT section):
Mt. Ascutney Hospital Emergency Room
Connecticut Valley Addiction Recovery
Turning Point Recovery Centers
Springfield 885-4668 or WRJ 295-5206
NEVER USE ALONE 1-800-484-3731
No judgment or shaming – just safety
Call 911 during an overdose, citizens are protected by the Good Samaritan Law.
Using alcohol or other drugs serves a purpose to the person using it. Using substances is not a sign of poor character, weakness, or moral failing.
See stories of Hope We Are Worthwhile and link to help by calling 802-234-1550
Statewide services VT Helplink 802-565-5465
Harm reducing services (Syringe services, Fentanyl Test Strips*, Narcan, etc.)
HIV/HCV Resource Center Mobile #s
603-306-7168  or 603-306-1105
*Test every bag, every time!

Register for July 10 Roots of Addiction Training
Click to see Erin's video on social media, transitioning a child to a different household, remote learning, helping teenagers identify their worries, and creating a culture of social-emotional growth.

Erin Barnett, PhD on Caring for Kids with Anxiety

Erin, a clinical psychologist at West Central Behavioral Health who is also an assistant professor of psychology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth,  spoke with the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT/NH to offer caregivers some helpful advice including the three R's: Reassure, Relate, and Routine.

This was part of West Central's Mental Health Awareness Month collaborative efforts to help educate people to understand the importance of talking with others about mental illness and substance use without worry, fear, or shame.
We want you to #ShareYourShot! Email a photo of you getting your vaccine to [email protected] to be featured on our social media accounts.
Make an Appointment to Get Vaccinated
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
All Vermonters aged 12+, part-time Vermont residents, and out-of-state VT college students 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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