Welcome back to the weekly COVID-19 resources bulletin for staff, created by the Staff Council office. 
We continue to invite you to anonymously share how you're doing during the pandemic through a simple questionnaire. All comments are read carefully and shared with UVM Senior Administration. 

~ The UVM Staff Council Office
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Here is some more food-related information that you may find helpful (see more on the PDF index of all resources, which we update frequently):
  • Tomorrow, Saturday, August 22, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM or until supplies last, there will be a food pickup in the Champlain School Parking lot at 800 Pine Street in Burlington. Anyone in need is welcome and encouraged to come. You'll receive a gallon of milk, non-perishables (pasta, beans, tuna), a dozen eggs, local produce, bread, bagels, treats, and a few other goodies. This event is made possible by a number of community partners including farms, foodbanks, and grocery stores.
  • Food distribution by VT Foodbank is ongoing. Next week's dates/towns are as follows: 
    • 8/24: South Burlington, Burlington North End
    • 8/25: Rutland, Shoreham
    • 8/26: Brattleboro, Bennington
    • 8/27: Newport, Richford
    • 8/28: Barre, Morrisville

      To see an extensive list of dates, times and locations, call 2-1-1 or visit: or call 2-1-1. Make sure you pre-register before going to the food distribution site. 
The impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) continues to be much greater than on other groups. Racism is a risk factor for dying of COVID-19

To help us understand the dynamics that are having such a devastating impact on on BIPOC during this pandemic, it helps to become familiar with what racism is, the many forms it takes, and how we as individuals and as a society perpetuate it.

This week, learn more about racism & Vermont. 
  • What do Black Vermonters experience?

    "It can be something as simple as you meet somebody for the first time and they instantly ask, ‘Where are you from?’ And you know that they mean, which city are you from? The assumption is that you’re definitely not from Vermont because you’re black,” Thomas said.

    Read some more first-person experiences (VTCNG, August 2019).
  • Vermont has some of the worst prison racial disparities in the country. 

    In 2017, the rate at which Black adults entered correctional facilities in Vermont was more than seven times higher than the rate for white adults. This imbalance starts from initial law enforcement contact and continues through subsequent stages, such as pretrial detention, conviction, sentencing, and post-release opportunity.
     (text from Vermont ACLU)

    Listen to a 34-minute VPR podcast from 2018 exploring this issue
The Department of Public Services has launched a utility arrearage assistance program that will provide assistance for account holders with a past-due balance of regulated utilities, including electric, natural gas, landline telephone service and regulated private water (not municipal).
  • There will be a hard cap on the amount of assistance provided, but multiple metered accounts can apply for each separate metered address, including small business.
  • There’s no disconnect notice required or income eligibility requirements, but there has to be a link with a COVID-19 hardship.
  • The application will be simplified, online, and the utilities will verify information. Funding only applies for arrearages after March 1st 2020.
Learn more.

The Temporary Broadband Subsidy Program provides eligible Vermont households with a credit to assist with Internet service subscriptions. Residential account holders who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and require high-speed Internet services for a qualifying need may receive a temporary credit of up to $20 per month toward an Internet service subscription. 

Applicants must attest to needing an Internet subscription for remote work, distance learning, or telehealth services. 

Learn more.
AUGUST 22 & 23
Burlington Outdoor Community Spaces

The Flynn is now presenting Hurly Burly, a unique concert series. From mid-August through September, Hurly Burly features pop-up shows from local artists—in a safe environment that allows for social distancing. Each performance takes place on a makeshift stage on the back of a flatbed truck at a community space in the Burlington area. But here’s the kicker: there’s a bit of mystery in the mix because the time and location of each performance won’t be announced until the day of the show. 

  • The location and time of the Hurly Burly events will not be announced until the day of the show. The details for each concert will be posted on the Flynn’s social media channels (FacebookTwitterInstagram) and communicated to all Flynn email subscribers the day of the show.
  • All shows will take place in public spaces, and social distancing and other safety measures will be enforced throughout the spectator area. Chalk circles will be drawn six feet apart from each other and signs will be placed all over to reinforce the measures that are expected.

Here's a peek at this weekend's artists:

Each week we've featured ways you can help others affected by the pandemic. We encourage you to check out the index of all the ways to help which we've featured to date in this PDF.

Here is another way to help: 

  • As we welcome students back to campus, take a moment to review the simple steps you can take to keep the community safe: 
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