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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

The 3GC Update (Feb. 2018)

THE 3GC UPDATE

Feb. 2018

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!

POSTER CONTEST – DEADLINE MARCH 27
Teens are invited to design a poster on the theme “Community Service Changes Lives.”
Two $50 prizes will be awarded, thanks to a grant from the Crosby-Gannett Fund. The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 who attend Leland & Gray or live in one of the following towns: Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, Windham. Home schoolers are welcome to participate. Full contest rules are at www.team3GC.org, or contact us for a printed copy. We’ll also run an ESSAY CONTEST later, so sign up for our Volunteer Text Alerts to get a reminder of that!

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!

RIDES AVAILABLE TO POLICING DISCUSSION THIS THURSDAY
A Community Dialogue on Police Coverage & Law Enforcement in Townshend will happen on Feb 15, from 5-7 PM at Leland & Gray school. 3GC is offering rides to adults who are unable to drive there. Call us at 802-428-4333 by 5 PM Wednesday to arrange a ride.

THANKS TO OUR AWESOME VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers make a difference, volunteers rock our world!

TECH HELP CLUB
All are welcome to drop in for help with digital devices at Tech Help Club 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.

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.

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!

EASY WAY TO DONATE
For our supporters who wish to donate using a credit card, debit card, or paypal, we now have a “Donate Now” button on the web site at www.team3gc.org

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!

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. 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

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

 

Volunteering in Newfane

Volunteering in Newfane VT

Jim, Ryuji and Janis provided some yard clean-up for an elderly resident of Newfane. It was a pleasure to volunteer and give back to a woman who has done so much for her community through the years. Go team!

See you at the Dummerston Aging In Place Potluck/Discussion

Transition Dummerston and Dummerston Cares will host a potluck and discussion on Friday, July 28 at the Dummerston Center Church.  3 Generations Collaboration will be there to add our perspective to the theme of Meeting the Challenges of “Aging in Place.”  Dinner starts at 6 PM, program starts at 7. Hope to see you there!

A flyer with full details is available here.

The 3GC Update (July 2017)

We send the 3 Generations Collaboration newsletter to those who opt in, and also to participants and  collaborating organizations. LEt us know if you’d like to get the 3GC Update mailings. Contact info is at the end of the newsletter.

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

NEW ORGANIZATION

The biggest news is that 3GC is now a stand-alone 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We will always be grateful to The Gathering Place and Mary Fredette for helping us get started by acting as our sponsor organization in the first year.

Our new status means that donations must now be made directly to 3 Generations Collaboration, not through our former sponsor.

CURRENT NEEDS

We invite you to take a peek at the wish list  on our web site, and look over the newest volunteer opportunities at www.team3gc.org .

Please share 3GC’s information with others who might like to participate. Another way to help us get out the word is to like and follow our Facebook page.

We’re trying to develop more ways for older adults to help youth, so if you have any ideas about that, we need to hear from you!
HOPE TO TALK WITH YOU SOON

If you’re interested in volunteering or getting help for your organization, yourself or a relative/friend, drop us a line, don’t be shy!

If you call our phone at this point you’ll hear a generic-sounding voicemail greeting, but don’t worry, it’s us and you can leave your message. We expect to have that fixed very soon.

Also we can sometimes be found at the Farmers Market in West Townshend on Friday evenings (thanks to the West River Community Project for allowing us free market space for outreach).
 

We love to talk to groups about what 3GC does, so let us know if you want us to come to your meeting or event.

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

3 Generations Collaboration
Connecting youth and older adults through volunteering & community service​ in the West River Valley​ and adjacent areas
802-428-4333
PO Box 524, West Dummerston VT 05357

Fairen & Freddie perform for elders

The senior citizen and disabled guests of The Gathering Place, an adult day care center in Brattleboro, always appreciate it when visitors come with music. 3 Generations Collaboration brought together Fairen Stark, a high school student from Newfane who plays flute, and Freddie Hart, a Brattleboro resident who plays recorder. Performing on March 7 at TGP, the two women showed how music and a sense of humor can light up a room. Elder facilities in the region are open to hosting various types of performers, so please contact 3GC if you are interested in participating.

 

 

 

Youth brings music to The Gathering Place

Our first 3GC participant from Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School brought music to elders at The Gathering Place in February. Fairen Stark played guitar and sang, eliciting smiles and even some singing-along from the clients of the adult day care center. Elder facilities in the region welcome performers of various kinds. Contact 3GC if you are interested in participating.