3GC Update (April 2018)

THE 3GC UPDATE
April 2018

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

HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Do you need help with yard work, moving something heavy, or any other needs around your property? 3GC to the rescue! Teen volunteers will lend a hand, supervised by our co-coordinator Jim who is an experienced handyman. Contact us with plenty of lead time if possible.

ADULTS: PLEASE HELP FOR 2 HOURS IN EARLY MAY

Do you have an interesting activity to share with teens? 11th and 12th grade students at Leland & Gray high school in Townshend will be enjoying a variety of alternative activities from 8-10 AM on May 3, 4, and 7th. Volunteer for one morning or several. Indoor or outdoor activities are welcome. Call 3GC and share your idea, let’s make it happen!

YOUTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Current opportunities include: yard work, handyman assistant, event volunteers, games and activities at elder care facilities, Green-up Day roadside beautification; Tech Help Club; Monday afternoon Drop-in Service at Townshend Library. We’re also seeking teens to help with 3GC administrative tasks like data entry and phone calls. 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 and we’ll help you “Build your own service” based on your interests!

RECOGNIZING OUR COLLABORATORS

Our recent work includes planning collaborative volunteer placements and events with West River Valley Thrives, Townshend Public Library, Dummerston’s Lydia Taft Pratt Library, the Community Health Team at Grace Cottage Hospital, Green Mountain Camp for Girls, SASH at Valley Cares, L’After, and schools of the Windham Central Supervisory Union. We have also worked with West River Community Project, The Gathering Place, and others. These organizations have been great team players that recognize the value of developing new volunteer roles to connect people across the generations!

OUR GENEROUS GRANT SUPPORTERS
Support for our work this year is provided by the Vermont Country Store, Kyrias Foundation, Crosby-Gannett Fund, and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Grantors want to see individual community members supporting 3GC, so you’ll get a fundraising appeal from us soon. Your participation counts, so please contribute even if it’s just a small donation. Or donate right now using the “Donate Now” button at www.team3gc.org. Please help make our very first fundraising appeal a success!

THANKS TO OUR STELLAR VOLUNTEERS
New adult volunteers have signed up to lead after-school programs at elementary schools, and to do one-on-one reading with young students who need extra help. Big thanks to these outstanding community members who are willing to give of their time and caring to help the youngest generation.
Volunteers make a difference, volunteers rock our world!

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

We’re pleased to announce that Jeremiah Clark and Nikita White are the winners of our community service poster contest. Both are students at Leland & Gray, and have done service with 3GC to help elders in the community. The $50 prizes were made possible by the Crosby-Gannett Fund which is administered by the Vermont Community Foundation.

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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR SPRING TEA
If you’re a teen, get community service hours by helping with this event where we treat our adult participants to delectable victuals from Vermont Quince and other local businesses. Youths may help prepare and serve refreshments, or entertain the group with instrumental music or spoken word performance.

PURELY YOU

To increase accessibility, 3GC aims to make its events and activities as fragrance-free as possible. Growing numbers of people suffer breathing difficulties, disabling allergic symptoms, or migraines from 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. We prefer 100% unadulterated community service, and we’re okay with the natural smell of humans!

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