The 3GC Update (January 2018)

THE 3GC UPDATE
3 Generations Collaboration connects youth and older adults through community service and volunteering in the West River Valley and adjacent areas.

PLEASE DO THIS FIRST
Please add team3gc@gmail.com to your safe e-mail senders list. We’re considering using Mailchimp to send newsletters, and this will help it get through your spam filter. If you’re not sure how to do this, come to Tech Help Club and we’ll show you how!

TECH HELP CLUB MOVES TO MONDAYS
All are welcome to drop in for help with digital devices at Tech Help Club, now on MONDAY afternoons from 3-4PM at the Townshend Public Library. Young volunteers will team up with 3GC to offer demos, advice, orientations, and safety tips for choosing and using digital devices such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. If you want to make sure we’ll be able to answer your particular question, contact us in advance at 802-428-4333 or team3gc@gmail.org.

TEENS: WIN CASH AWARDS
Keep an eye on www.team3GC.org, or sign up for our Volunteer Text Alerts, so you won’t miss the details on our upcoming POSTER CONTEST and ESSAY CONTEST. We will also award a SCHOLARSHIP to a deserving Leland & Gray student. Contest rules will be available later this month.

Sign up for VOLUNTEER TEXT ALERTS
Help us harness the power of networking! We need people of all ages to join our Volunteer Text Alerts list. We’ll send occasional text messages to get out the word about new or critical volunteer activities. Even if you can’t volunteer, you’ll be part of the solution when you forward to friends who might be interested. To sign up, send “Join” as a text message to 802-428-4333. Not sure how to send or forward a text message? See Tech Help Club above!

Brattleboro co-op shoppers support 3GC

BUILD YOUR OWN SERVICE
We always have a variety of volunteer opportunities posted at www.team3gc.org. But if you don’t see something that works for you, please contact us! Awesome service activities grow out of our conversations with individuals about their own interests. We love to learn what you have to offer and then find a way for you to help people by doing your thing!

JOIN US AT STONE SOUP SOCIAL
Stop in to say hello and learn more about 3GC and other nonprofits at the 2
nd annual Stone Soup Social, 5-6:30pm on Saturday, Jan. 13 at American Legion Post #5, 32 Linden St, Brattleboro.

WE STILL NEED A BUTTON MAKER!
We’d like 3GC volunteers to wear pins with our logo when they’re on duty. Please contact us if you have a button maker we can borrow or adopt!

THANKS TO OUR AWESOME VOLUNTEERS
We’re not naming names, but you know who you are…. 3GC youth recently provided services such as stacking wood and cleaning up garden beds for senior citizens. Older adults volunteered their time and knowledge to increase the after school offerings in Townshend and Newfane. If you volunteered and haven’t completed our volunteer survey yet, please contact Janis at team3gc@gmail.com.
Volunteers make a difference, volunteers rock our world!

CREATIVE FOLK NEEDED
“Finding your Creative Self” is an afterschool arts series that 3GC is developing for Leland & Gray Middle & High School in Townshend. The series will begin and end with a session led by an expressive arts therapist. We’re seeking artists, writers, and performers to lead hands-on creative activities in the intervening weeks.The day of the week has not yet been determined, but it will be 2:45 – 4:15 P.M. We’re especially interested in volunteers who are older adults, or who live in the West River Valley.

PURELY YOU
To increase accessibility, 3GC aims to make its events and activities as fragrance-free as possible. Growing numbers of people – especially children and elders – suffer breathing difficulties, disabling allergic symptoms, or migraines after exposure to fragrance ingredients that are unregulated chemicals. So please, when you volunteer with 3GC, leave off the scented lotion, body spray and other fragranced products. Use unscented alternatives if you can. We prefer 100% unadulterated community service, and we’re okay with the natural smell of human beings.

Thanks so much for your interest and support.
Jim Zoller & Janis Hall, Co-Coordinators

Two kids and one really big pile of wood

Thanks to two Leland and Gray students, an older couple got their firewood stacked just in time this November. These teens volunteered with 3 Generations Collaboration after learning about the program at school. They worked hard, and with good cheer, on a chilly day!

Volunteers: teens stacking wood