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SEVCA Offers Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits to Prevent Holiday Virus Spread

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) has a limited supply of rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits, available at no cost to Windham and Windsor County clients. Using an at-home test kit before and after holiday gatherings can be a quick, easy way to detect infection and help reduce the spread of the virus. Thanks to the VT Department of Health, SEVCA has test kits to distribute before and after Christmas as well as before and after New Year’s. Both Lucira Check It tests and Abbott BinaxNOW tests will be available at each of SEVCA’s various office, program, and store locations, including in: Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Chester, Hartford, Springfield, Westminster, White River Junction, and Windsor. If you would like a test kit, please contact the SEVCA program and location through which you receive services. If you cannot get in touch with your preferred program or location, you may contact Kathleen Devlin, Special Projects Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Please remember that rapid at-home COVID-19 self-testing is one of many risk-reduction measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing. False negative and false positive results may occur. For additional information on at-home self-testing, please visit here.

New Ready for Work Workshop Series Available This February

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a free Ready for Work workshop series. These three workshops provide training, support, and resources to help participants entering or returning to the workforce. Workshop topics include: creating a resume, customizing a cover letter to fit the job, searching for a job, and tips for a successful job interview.

Workshops are free and are open to all Vermont residents. Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 workshops. SEVCA provides handouts, resources, and support before and after the workshops. SEVCA also provides a gift card incentive to Vermont residents from Windham and Windsor Counties who attend all 3 workshops.

Courses will be offered on Zoom, an online platform. Additional counseling is available to attendees. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ready for Work Workshop Series – February 2022

• Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 2/01/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 2: Cover letter and Job Search 2/08/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 2/15/22 6pm - 7pm

Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 2/01/22 6pm-7pm

One of the most important steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume. Participants will learn how to create or update their resume by representing their interests, experiences, skills, and abilities using action keywords, and interpersonal skills words in a clear, readable and noticeable style. Resume support from the instructor provided before and after the workshop.

Workshop 2: Cover Letters & Job Search 2/08/22 6pm-7pm

Participants will learn how to create and customize a cover letter to introduce themselves and present their skills and interests based on a job posting. We’ll use several online sources to search for open positions, research potential employers, compare options and learn how to apply for a job online.

Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 2/15/22 6pm-7pm

Participants will learn how to prepare for and be successful in job interviews. We’ll review tips to prepare for the interview, avoiding common job interview mistakes, promote your skills and interests, learn more about the employer, plus how to follow up after the interview.

Free Workshop Series on Money Management in February

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a series of four Financial Fitness workshops to provide training, support, and resources to help participants gain control and manage their money. Workshop topics include: creating a personal, workable budget; reducing debt; setting personal goals; modify spending; basics of banking; plus credit and repair.

Workshops are free to Vermont residents. SEVCA will provide a gift card cash incentive to those Vermont residents affected by Covid who attend Workshops 1,2, and 3. Courses will be offered on Zoom, an online platform. Additional counseling is available to attendees. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zoom Workshop dates and times for February 2022:

Workshop 1: Wednesday, February 2: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, February 9: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 3: Wednesday, February 16: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 4: Wednesday, February 23: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 1: Take Control of Your Money – Create a Budget
Date: February 2: 6pm - 7pm

Understanding and tracking the details of your financial situation is the start to making better money
decisions and building a more secure future. When life situations change, and they often do (job loss,
illness, birth of a child, new job, divorce, etc.) it’s time to review how to manage your money. This
workshop will help you take control of your money by taking the first step by...creating a budget. We’ll
learn what a budget is, why use it, and create and review a budget step by step.

Workshop 2: Manage Your Expenses - Set Your Goals
Date: February 9: 6pm - 7pm

After creating a budget, the next step is to review the expenses, then identify goals. Goal examples
are: paying off debts, saving for a car, or building an emergency fund. Creating a plan and taking
control of income and expenses helps achieve goals. We’ll look at ways to lower expenses, increase
income, what to do with bills you can’t pay and using strategies to achieve goals.

Workshop 3: Credit – Tame the Credit Beast
Date: February 16: 6pm - 7pm

Let’s face it, using credit to make purchases makes life more convenient. But when credit (loans and
credit cards) are overused, they become a trap and one of the biggest barriers in reaching financial
goals. This workshop reviews credit: The do’s and don’ts of credit, how to avoid credit traps and ways
to get out of credit card debt. We will learn about “Your FICO Credit Score”, how it affects your
lifetime of interest rates, how interest impacts monthly payments, and how to improve a credit score.

Workshop 4: Banks and Credit Unions – Protect and Grow Your Money
Date: February 23: 6pm - 7pm

Where money is kept, whether it’s in a bank, credit union or under the mattress, does affect finances.
This workshop explains the differences between banks and credit unions plus describes the
accounts, benefits, and services (and fees) they offer. We will look at checking accounts, debit cards,
savings accounts, loans and interest rates, plus strategies to grow and protect money. We’ll look at
“Instant Cash” payday loans, how to protect your information and identity theft.

SEVCA's Head Start Program Passes Federal Review With Flying Colors!

Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s (SEVCA) Windsor County Head Start program recently received exceptional results from its Focus Area 1 (FA1) federal review. This review process, conducted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Head Start (OHS), assesses both program performance and compliance with school readiness requirements. After a comprehensive assessment, the reviewers found SEVCA’s Head Start program to be in full compliance, with no deficiencies. The report highlighted some of the program’s many successes, including: a partnership with a homeless shelter to respond to the community’s homelessness crisis; a pen pal system with local kindergartners to innovatively aid children in their transition to elementary school; a thoughtful approach to improving children’s health outcomes, particularly as they relate to COVID-19; and connecting families with various food resources and programs to support their well-being.

We congratulate our Head Start Director, Lori Canfield, our Head Start Managers, and all of our Head Start teachers and staff on this outstanding achievement - and we thank them for their unwavering commitment to children and families!

SEVCA’s Windsor County Head Start program, available at no-cost to eligible families, continues to enroll children ages 3 - 5 on an ongoing basis. For more information or to complete an application for enrollment, please call 800-464-9951, dial 9 for staff directory, and enter the name of the Family Partner in the area closest to the town you live in: Katie Murphy (Chester), Lindsay DeCell (Springfield), or Jen Tucker (Windsor/White River Junction).

"If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well."

Maya Angelou