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SEVCA closes Hartford Good Buy Store to focus on underserved areas in the region

Hartford area Thrift Store Market is Thriving

 
Hartford and the White River Junction/Lebanon area have seen a boom in vintage clothing and consignment options, and expansion of thrift and home goods market over the past few years. With such great options for shoppers of all income levels, SEVCA’s Good Buy Thrift Store in Hartford will close permanently on May 20th. Good Buy locations in both Bellows Falls and Springfield will remain open. SEVCA continues to provide services in the White River area at our outreach office, located at 222 Holiday Drive, Suite 21, White River Junction, Vermont.   
 
According to SEVCA’s Executive Director Kevin Brennan, “SEVCA’s three Good Buy Thrift Stores (Bellows Falls, Springfield, and Hartford) have thrived under the direction of Darline Rhoades. Darline’s commitment to our clients has ensured that Upper Valley residents have been able to access high quality items at the stores. In a real way, the closure of the Good Buy Thrift Store in Hartford can also be seen as a success, for, as an economic development strategy, the area now has multiple other thrift store options that provide sufficient resources to serve the community of Hartford with high quality and affordable goods.”  
 
SEVCA’s Good Buy Thrift Store program utilizes donations from community members and offers low-cost clothing and home goods with that service provided in communities of greatest need that do not have other comparable options available. With the recent influx of retail thrift and consignment options located in the White River/Lebanon area, and with the expansion of our partner agency, Listen Community Services Thrift Stores, located in White River VT, Lebanon and Canaan NH, SEVCA will focus attention and resources on both our Springfield and Bellows Falls locations with an eye to enhance and perhaps expand store offerings in those locations. Community members can continue to support SEVCA’s Good Buy Thrift Stores by making donations of home goods, new and gently used children's clothing and shoes, and adult clothing.  
 
For information about all of SEVCA’s programs and services, and to get help navigating and accessing available resources, visit https://sevca.org/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (800) 464-9951.  All of SEVCA’s services, and the vast majority, if not all, of the services SEVCA will refer you to or help you access, are provided free-of-charge to all eligible individuals and households. 

SEVCA Offering a Free Workshop Series on Money Management in June

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a series of 4 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.

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 time for June 2022:

Workshop 1: Wednesday, June 1: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 2: Wednesday, June 8: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 3: Wednesday, June 15: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 4: Wednesday, June 22: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 1: Take Control of Your Money – Create a Budget

Date: June 1: 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 one, and create and review a budget step by step.

Workshop 2: Manage Your Expenses - Set Your Goals

Date: June 8: 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 cover lowering expenses, increasing income, learning what to do with bills you can’t pay, and using strategies to achieve goals.

Workshop 3: Credit – Tame the Credit Beast

Date: June 15: 6pm - 7pm

Let’s face it, using credit to make purchases make 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: June 22: 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 Offering a Free “Ready for Work” Workshop Series in May

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a free Ready for Work workshop series. These 3 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 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 – May 2022

· Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 5/11/22 6pm - 7pm

· Workshop 2: Cover Letter and Job Search 5/18/22 6pm - 7pm

· Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 2/25/22 6pm - 7pm

Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 5/11/22 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 5/18/22 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 5/25/22 6pm-7pm

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

VT Everyone Eats Extended Through July 1st

Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE), the unique COVID-19 recovery program that provides Vermonters impacted by COVID with prepared meals made by Vermont restaurants using locally grown and produced ingredients, will continue through July 1, 2022. The program had previously been set to end on March 31st but will now continue due to FEMA’s 100% cost share being extended for existing COVID-19 relief programs.

While the health impact of the latest surge has recently receded, the long tail of the economic crisis continues to challenge restaurants, farmers, food producers, and individuals. The Vermont Everyone Eats program both feeds people and strengthens the state economy at the same time. Regional hubs purchase and distribute meals from local restaurants, and a statewide mobile app provides meal access to eaters directly from restaurants. 

Since August 2020, Vermont Everyone Eats has provided over 2.25 million meals statewide, entirely paid for with nearly $30 million of Federal CARES Act and FEMA funding. More than 260 Vermont restaurants have participated. Over 37% of VEE meal ingredients from nearly 300 Vermont farms and food producers have been used by restaurants as part of a local purchasing requirement that spreads the economic benefit as widely as possible. Local purchasing has far exceeded requirements and is considered a major success in this program.

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), as Vermont Everyone Eats administrator, convenes a regional hub community of practice and a statewide task force of multi-sector leadership in order to guide the program. Locally governed hubs determine needs and resources in their region and connect directly with restaurants and eaters. Task force participants bring extensive experience with food insecurity programs, government agencies, economic development entities, and restaurant engagement. The effectiveness of the program’s cross-sector, whole systems approach may lead to long-term changes in federally-funded food access programs. 

For more information on the program or how to receive a meal, visit the Vermont Everyone Eats website at https://vteveryoneeats.org/.

“If SEVCA hadn’t provided heat this winter, I might not be alive to write this.”

SEVCA Client