Letter to the editor: Local fundraiser led to shopping

On Saturday, March 25, I had the exciting adventure of a one-minute shopping spree at Greg’s Market.

New food hub opens on Exchange Street

The CVOEO center stores food and distributes it to local low-income households.

Mark Demers takes reins at CVOEO

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) has a new associate director and head of the Addison Community Action office.

Letter to the editor: Deer hunter shares venison

Last Thursday’s paper had an exceptional photo of Dorothy Muzzy with her 9-pointer, which she landed on the last day of hunting season. What the photo does not show is the phone call she made just a few days later.

CVOEO food program going online

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) will soon launch a new food-access program that will allow qualifying low-income residents to order their provisions — and arrange for delivery or pickup — with a few strokes on their computers o … (read more)

CVOEO hires new executive director

Paul Dragon is the new executive director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). In July, I will start working at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), a community action agency in northwest Vermont. The ideals … (read more)

Opinion: The right action at the right time

Over the weekend there were heroic rescues of those in distress. One came in the form of breaking a door down for someone having a diabetic seizure. This had potentially fatal results and it ended with life instead. This was accomplished because a CVOEO a … (read more)

Opinion: Creating a COVID-19 recovery space for the homeless

I call it engineered chaos with an essential outcome and a timeline that had to be completed before it begins. The outcome is to “flatten the curve” and provide a space for healing and recovery for the homeless, those who have no home to go to safely and … (read more)

Opinion: Work is more than just a state of mind

Bill Cherry made an appointment to speak with Gillian Franks from CVOEO’s Financial Futures Program over a decade ago. He was out of work and brewing beer in his home. His meetings with Gillian were intensive at first and then intermittent over the years. … (read more)

Opinion: Saying goodbye to Laura at CVOEO

I can hear Laura Mistretta singing as she walks down the hall. Her office is diagonally across from mine. Occasionally, I can hear her on the phone. Her voice is calm. The person on the other end of the line has all her attention. When her door is closed, … (read more)

Opinion: Enough tools in the toolbox

The call came into our Crisis Fuel Office after hours. We could tell it was an elderly gentleman. He stated he “really needed help with emergency fuel.” He left his name and phone number. This was the first time he had called. What he didn’t realize is th … (read more)

Note of appreciation: Food shelf fuller thanks to Eddy Farm School

This past Saturday the Eddy Farm School for Horse and Rider took a break from the horses and instead took the time to organize and orchestrate their annual food drive. There were 19 volunteers total with Anita Nadeau at the helm.  This year’s goal was lit … (read more)

Opinion: CVOEO ready to help those in need

I keep two winter coats in my office year round now: a man’s and a woman’s coat. The “why” takes me back to last winter when Jonathan came into the office to ask for help. I’ve known Jonathan for five years. I’ve seen him in the worst of times under the i … (read more)

Opinion: Saving your way to security

She is a single mom with a toddler who was living at the Lund Family Center. Brittany was surrounded by people who were pulling for her to succeed. Making a $50 a week stipend, though an extremely small amount, didn’t stop Brittany from looking for a way … (read more)

Jan Demers: Programs are out there to keep families warm

I remember the cold coming on when I lived in the Northeast Kingdom. Seeing the first of the early morning frost and hearing trucks backing up to homes and dumping loads of cut logs. The logs were split into manageable sizes and tossed down bulkheads into … (read more)