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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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and community partners, and parenting tips and tricks to keep your kids and your family safe and happy. Feel free to forward it on to those who may find it useful. We have a few free events coming up this month, highlighted 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, please email [email protected]. We can meet you at the Industrial Marketplace to get you a helmet.

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team

Events in Our Community

Take A Bite Out of Hunger
The Take A Bite Out of Hunger summer food program is gearing up for another fun summer. Last year we provided nearly 29,000 meals to kids and families in our community!

This summer, meals will be distributed daily between June 14 - August 13 at the White River School and all Hartford Libraries, as well as the subsidized housing locations in Hartford. 

If you or someone you know plan to potentially utilize utilize this program, completing this short survey will greatly help us to know how much food to order and prepare. 

Could your house use an extra meal this summer?
Take the 2 Minute Survey!
2 new training dates
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, May 13 8:00-9:00pm
Put your kids to bed, get in your PJ's!

Wednesday, June 30 12:00 - 1:00pm
Bring your lunch!
National Drug Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 24 at the WRJ Coop Food Store was a success!

We collected 103 lbs of unused and expired meds, contributing to the total Vermont total of 7165 pounds. This was the largest collection in our state since the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative began in September 2010. 

If you missed it, the Hartford Police Department has a medication drop box that is accessible 24/7. We will also be collecting unused and expired medications at the next Take Back Day in October.

If you would like a free medication lockbox to keep meds in your home out of the wrong hands, please email us at [email protected].
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Information about why safe disposal is important @ twinstatessafemeds
Thank you for keeping Hartford a healthy and safe place to live!

JOIN US: Hartford Weekly Prevention Discussion and Planning

HCC invites you to a weekly scheduled Zoom meeting regarding substance misuse and suicide prevention in the town of Hartford.

This is an opportunity to share your voice with us and how HCC might better our practice and planning to make Hartford a healthy community with wellness in the forefront for our friends and neighbors.

Every Wednesday morning from 9:00 - 10:00am.
Join Here

Campaigns in Our Community

Sticker Shock
The student-led Getting to Y group at HHS analyzed the 2019 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey in March 2020. This group is working to address the high rate of alcohol consumption by their peers.

Beginning last month, Getting to Y students have been adhering stickers to alcohol packaging in Hartford retail stores. The stickers highlight the risks and consequences of providing alcohol to minors. 

Thank you Officer Cable (above) and Officer Reyes (below) for giving your time to help our teens!
Thank you to Cathy at the Co-Op Food Stores for supporting our teens in their efforts!
The Getting to Y students present Penny, one of the Cumberland Farms store managers, with a certificate of appreciation for their commitment to reducing underage drinking.
May is Marijuana Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Johnny’s Ambassadors, a campaign started by a mother who lost her 19 year old son in 2019 to marijuana use, is hosting Marijuana Mental Health Awareness Month to draw attention to the mental harms that can come to youth who use marijuana!

May 10-14 is National Substance Abuse Prevention Week.

Johnny's Ambassadors
Follow us on Instagram and see the daily messages everyone needs to know about today's cannabis and mental health.

As marijuana legalization and commercialization expands across states and countries, today's cannabis products have expanded beyond buds to include highly-processed, highly-potent forms with multiple methods of intake.

What do you mean "today's" cannabis??

Access Survey Here
2021 Community Survey
In partnership with our neighboring regional coalition ALL Together (, we want to know what you see and how you feel about substance use in our community.

Please help guide our work to provide the most effective strategies that will prevent alcohol and/or drug misuse among Upper Valley youth and young adults by taking the following survey, button on left.   

You only need to complete this survey once and your answers are confidential. This survey will take less than 15 minutes.

Thank you for being a part of the substance misuse conversation in the Upper Valley.  


Docuseries: The LGBTQ+ Perspectives Project
The Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership (MAPP) and the Green Peak Alliance (GPA) are proud to announce the release of the 4-part docuseries Community Connections: The LGBTQ Perspectives Project, directed by 2018 Thetford Academy alum Clare Swanson. To access episodes, videos of full interviews with project participants, and additional resources, visit this link.

Episode 1: An Introduction

Episode 2: Community and Belonging

Episode 3: Seeing Ourselves in Media

Episode 4: Intersectionality



TeenLine is a statewide program that provides information and referral services to connect area youth with a broad range of resources that enable them to live healthier lives and better fulfill their potential. TeenLine is not simply a phone line for youth, but a lifeline to essential services, which can be accessed by phone, online, and in-person. TeenLine is available both to youth in need of services, and adults seeking to support them.

To contact TeenLine:
​Call or Text: (802) 316-8126
Toll Free: (855) 273-8336
[email protected]

TeenLine operators are available Monday through Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Call us if you need help, information, or even just someone to talk to.
More Information on TeenLine
My Life My Quit

Help to Quit Vaping

My Life, My Quit™ is the free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 36072 or click below to chat with a Coach. 

Vaping companies try to convince you that their products are safe. But the truth is every time you vape, you breathe in chemicals that hurt your lungs and heart and leave you feeling stressed. 

Isn’t it just water vapor?
There’s usually very little water in vape liquid. The liquid is mostly made of oils and flavored chemicals that may not be safe to inhale. Scientists have found tiny particles in vapor clouds that are the same as what’s found in pollution. So, breathing in a cloud of vapor is like filling your lungs with polluted air.

But there’s no nicotine, right?

Studies show many vaping products labeled “nicotine-free” still have nicotine in them. Nicotine is addictive and leaves you craving more.

But the ingredient list is short. That must be ok right?

The label may list propylene glycol, glycerol, ethylene glycol, nicotine, benzoic acid and flavor. But what they aren't telling you is along with those chemicals you may also be inhaling 100 other compounds.
You've been wearing your #MasksOnHartford and now we want you to #ShareYourShot! Email a photo of you getting your vaccine to maskson[email protected] to be featured on our social media accounts.
COVID-19 is still in our community! Please continue to protect yourself, your family, and our community by following these best practices:

Get vaccinated when you are eligible
Stay home when sick and get tested
Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face
Wear masks outside the home
Maintain 6-foot spaces with people outside your household
Keep your social circle small
Avoid crowded or poorly-ventilated places
Avoid unnecessary travel

Make an Appointment to Get Vaccinated
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
All Vermonters aged 16+, all BIPOC Vermonters and their households, all 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 an appointment through the state registration system that is more than three weeks away, you may get a call to ask if you are interested in being on the standby list. If you agree to be on the list, don’t cancel your existing appointment! It will be cancelled for you AFTER you receive the vaccination if you get called in as a standby. If you don’t get called in, keep your original appointment.

You are considered fully-vaccinated 14 days after your final COVID-19 shot!


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.
Masks are still required in indoor public spaces, even for fully-vaccinated people. Public spaces include businesses, public buildings, and group living settings like apartment buildings.

When you are outdoors, masks are only required when you are in a crowd or with other households where you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance.

COVID-19 Mask and Social Gathering Guidelines

For indoor gatherings in private settings: 
There can be one unvaccinated person per 100 square feet up to 150 unvaccinated people (whichever is less), plus any number of fully vaccinated people. 100 square feet is about the area covered by a big sports utility vehicle (SUV).
If only fully vaccinated people are gathering, no one is required to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart.
If anyone at the gathering is unvaccinated or has an unknown vaccine status, is at higher risk of severe COVID-19, or lives with someone at who is at higher risk, then everyone needs to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.  

For outdoor gatherings:
There can be 300 unvaccinated people, plus any number of fully vaccinated people.
Masks are required in a crowd or with multiple other households where a 6-foot distance can’t be maintained between households. Follow this guidance whether you are vaccinated or not.

More Information
Having a hard time understanding all the different ways people identify today!? You aren't alone!

Watch this video from Plan International about LGBTIQ+ terms! Using the genderbread person, they explain what is meant by sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
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