University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Operation: Military Kids Seeks Volunteers in Central Vermont

Barre--Area military kids need your support. Learn how you can help at a meeting sponsored by Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program of University of Vermont Extension 4-H.

The Ready, Set, Go! session takes place on Nov. 9 at the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering their time and expertise to  help with events, programs and activities for military kids in central Vermont is welcome to attend.

Preregistration is requested. Please call OMK AmeriCorps VISTA member Jahnine Spaulding at (802) 656-2073 by Nov. 2 to register. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by Oct. 29.

The session will focus on the different ways Vermonters can aid local military families during the various phases of deployment, including reintegration, which can be a very stressful time for younger family members. Volunteers are needed to help with cooking, technology and other workshops; school vacation camps; recreational activities and one-time events. In addition, they are invited to develop resources and provide ongoing support to local military families as part of a community support network sponsored by OMK.

Vermont OMK operates in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National 4-H program and U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services, partnering with community organizations in local communities and statewide. More than 4,000 Vermont military kids benefit from the activities and support that OMK provides throughout the year.

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