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The non-profit, Monkton-based Willowell Foundation is recruiting three new AmeriCorps members to start this September. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with kids and adolescents, or interested in outdoor education. One of the three AmeriCorps workers will help launch Willowell’s newly expanded Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool. This is the first year Wren’s Nest will be available at the Treleven Farm in Vergennes, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union calendar, with an extended programming option from 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more information on these opportunities, log on to willowell.org.
 
The Charter House Coalition is seeking folks to provide overnight staffing each night of the week for the organization’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St., beginning Sept. 1, 2018. The shelter provides a safe, welcoming and warm space for homeless people in the Addison County area. The Fall Shelter session lasts from Sept. 1 to Oct. 14, during which up to 11 guests will be housed each night. The Winter Shelter will range from Oct. 15 to April 15 and will accommodate up to 36 guests each night, including five or six families. Overnight staff will receive an hourly wage of $11.50 per hour, with shifts initially lasting from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.. On Oct. 15, the shifts will expand from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Responsibilities will include overseeing the safety and security of guests, general housekeeping, and administrative/management tasks. Staff is expected to be awake throughout the entire night. Training will be provided. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills, and prior experience in supporting individuals under stress and those with mental illness or substance abuse challenges is desirable. Email your resume to [email protected], with the subject line “chc shelter staff.” More information can be found at charterhousecoalition.org.
 
The Bristol Cub Scouts will fire up their annual Soapbox Derby this Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Fitch Avenue. If you’re in the area, cheer on the Scouts as they race head to head with their homemade vehicles.
 
Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is seeking donations for its annual Fabulous Flea Market. Organizers want your unwanted antiques, jewelry of all kinds, art, collectibles, and other nice things. Bring them to the former Diner Restaurant next to THT on Aug. 31, or September 1, 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will benefit Town Hall Theater. Then attend the Fabulous Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 15, to replenish your stock with new treasures.
 
Cornwall Congregational Church invites the community to participate in an “old time” service in the historic place of worship on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 9:30 a.m. The church was built back in 1803. Come sing hymns you remember from days gone by and hear short quotes of sermons from the pastors who have served here. There will be historical artifacts on display and you can learn about famous “firsts,” from the Civil War to the present. Share your memories and stay for lemonade and cookies. The church is located at 2598 Route 30.
 
Gov. Phil Scott has appointed two Addison County residents to his 19-member Community Violence Prevention Task Force. The Governor created the task force as part of the administration’s broader efforts to “ensure Vermont continues to be one of the safest states in the country.” The task force includes Bristol resident Victor Hinojosa, currently a Norwich University student, and Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. The Task Force’s charge includes “identifying best practices for schools and communities to prevent violent behavior including… identifying warning signs and how to report them, recommending ways to improve prevention and reporting of bullying and harassment and closing the operational gaps among the Department for Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health, the Agency of Education, law enforcement and our schools.” The task force will submit its preliminary findings and recommendations to Scott by Dec. 1.

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