Upcoming events and resources
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Friday, July 30th, 2021
Hello and happy summer!

We hope you are staying cool and having fun. We have really enjoyed being able to spend more time out in the community this summer meeting and interacting with our community members! We had a great time at the Cornerstone Community Center's first Block Party and the Hartford Police Department's Ice Cream Social this past week. We are always eager to chat before the outdoor movies at Lyman Point Park or at the West Hartford library; dates are below.

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 and have two more weeks to go! To date, we have welcomed 63 volunteers who have given over 650 hours of their time and distributed nearly 9000 meals! Click here to volunteer.
We are pleased to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers, Dan Moriarty, who has given 28 hours of his time to TABOOH!

Dan is a retired veteran who completed three deployments during his 
career. He believes in giving back to the community. He does so by volunteering for both TABOOH and Alice Peck Day Hospital's senior care program. He has been participating in both programs 
since 2015. He says he appreciates the enthusiasm of the people involved with 
TABOOH. Thank you for your time and dedication Dan! 

HCC thanks our fabulous summer staff for making TABOOH such a success.

Sarah McKinney, our Program Coordinator, goes above and beyond to source fresh, local food to create beautiful, creative meals that everyone enjoys. She adjusts meal counts daily and works with Willow Tree Compost to minimize waste.

Cassandra North is our Volunteer and Site Coordinator. She is in touch with camps and other recipients of meals and welcomes the daily volunteers. Her dad, Russ, has spent about 12.5 hours distributing meals, and her sisters Cayley and Carolyn have given a combined 5 hours of their time. Thank you, North family!

Kevin Leduc, our Delivery Driver, clocks nearly 100 miles on the road per day to pick up our food and deliver it locally to multiple locations. He also helps load coolers with ice packs and milks first thing in the morning.

Weekend snack packs are distributed to families that would like them on Fridays to supplement meals over the weekend. These have been made possible by food donations from the HCC Board, Riverbank Church, Babble On Daycare, Quechee Main Street Ladies, Mascoma Bank, and St. Thomas Church.

And we would like to thank our funders and other sponsors: Hypertherm, HOPE Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, King Arthur Flour, Alice Peck Day, Willing Hands, Willow Tree Composting, Hartford School District, Hartford High School, Upper Valley Public Health Council, White River Rotary, Hartford Parks & Rec, Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Twin Pines Housing, VT Housing Authority, Lebanon Housing Authority, Lebanon School District.

This program would not be possible without this wonderful team and our generous volunteer and donors - thank you all!
The Quechee Main Street Ladies are this weekend's snack pack sponsor

Upcoming Events in Our Community

Summer Movies
Bring your picnic blanket: summer movies in the park and at the library are happening from now until Labor Day!

Join us TONIGHT at the West Hartford Library at dusk for The Jungle Book! 

Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates in the case that we get rained out and need to reschedule.
Summer Movie Schedule
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.
HCC Block Party
Save the date for the HCC Block Party on September 10 from 5:00 - 8:00pm!

We are excited to be back and to see all of you for a fun evening at Lyman Point Park.
If your organization or agency serves the residents of Hartford, please apply here to be a vendor at our Party! Vendors represent organizations or agencies that would like to promote their community services to the Hartford Community.  Examples of organizations or agencies are:  Health care, child care, literacy training, education, social services, transportation services, housing, recreation, rural development, community improvement, and the like. 
Be a Vendor at the HCC Block Party
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Hartford Youth Council FREE Summer Events

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

On Friday at the Newberry market pop-up drop-in center youth will be building terrariums and eating Sushi Ya for dinner. No registration is required.

On Saturday (7/31) they're going to Jenness Beach in Rye, NH. Eat a quick breakfast at Newberry Market at 8:30 and depart at 9:00 for the Seacoast Science Center and the beach. The day will end with seafood at Rye Harbor Lobster for dinner. Youth should bring towels, a change of clothes, a swimsuit, and any beach things they like. There are only have 8 seats available so youth must register here by tonight: https://forms.gle/eWVpbtZFJbwwLcpp6

Everything above is free and for all youth (14 or freshman - 22). 

Next weekend's events (8/6 and 8/7) will include a spooky pop-up drop-in center night with scary movies and horror video games and a Saturday trip to Burlington to do an escape room and shop around Church Street.


Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid

HCC is proud to offer youth mental health first aid training taught by certified trainers, Kelly Clements, MPH, and Emily Zanleoni, LCMHC, NCC. 

Why should you sign up for a training? 
Today, 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge in their lifetime. 75% of mental health disorders will begin by the age of 24. Despite the prevalence of mental health disorders, only 7% of youth will receive screening or treatment. 

Trainees will receive a 3-year certification to become a first aider to recognize signs and help refer to professionals.

Contact Kelly Clements at [email protected] to sign up for our next training, or bring a training to your organzation.
July is Minority Mental Health Month
Minority Mental Health Worsened During the COVID-19 Pandemic
According to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult for the National Council, nearly half of all Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and LGBTQ+ individuals say they personally experienced increased mental health challenges over the past 12 months, but far fewer received treatment. Read more.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Mental Health
COVID-19 has affected us all, but consequences of the pandemic have been distributed unevenly across demographic groups, highlighting existing, glaring inequities in our health care systems. Read more.

Learn More about Minority Mental Health Month
Five Ways to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Interacting and working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds is commonplace, and we are often presented with new experiences and opportunities to learn from each other. Check out these tips for supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in your daily life.

Supporting Minority Mental Health in the Workplace

Directly or indirectly, mental health and substance use challenges affect everyone. For many people in communities of color, the process of navigating these challenges – especially at work – can be even more difficult. Here are a few ways you can support minority mental health at work.

Take the Survey for a Chance to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Age 16-25? We want to hear from you!

The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network and ALL Together of the Upper Valley want to hear from young people in our communities aged 16-25 about media campaigns and mental health. Will you help us share this survey and an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon gift card? 20 winners will be chosen and the survey will be open through August 7th ONLY!
The survey is anonymous, confidential, and takes less than 10 minutes! Please spread the word by forwarding this email & link to young people you know or work with in Greater Sullivan County or the Upper Valley.
Building a Framework for Effective Adolescent Treatment: Virtual Training
Part 1: September 10th, 2021 9:00 am to 12:45 pm
Part 2: September 17th, 2021 9:00 am to 12:45 pm

This online training, offered in two parts, is designed primarily to assist clinicians working with youth who struggle with substance use disorders. The training will focus on treatment engagement and retention strategies, drawing heavily on principles from Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Treatment Contracting, and the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach. The use of incentive-based interventions will also be explored.
Register Here
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