Established in 2015, the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network, Inc. (CVRAN) is a Board-governed, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Montpelier and dedicated to making our communities welcoming safe places for New Vermonters from countries around the world to visit, work, and live in.

Some of these New Vermonters are refugees who were in refugee camps for many years, and suffered from persecution, violence, instability, deprivation, and homelessness before being allowed to enter the United States. Others are asylum seekers who are unable to return to their home countries for the same reasons but fled as individuals or families and are in the process of applying to the federal government for asylum. And still others are migrant farm workers who have left their permanent homes to work on dairy farms, usually for years at a time.

March Arts Marathon!

The March Arts Marathon was a great success. There were 39 participants who drew, painted, made sculptures, wrote poems and prose, crafted with fabric and paper, took photographs, and produced collages every single day in March.

All the participants asked family and friends to sponsor them by donating to CVRAN’s Asylum Seekers Assistance Network. Every day the sponsors received an image in their email of the work the artist produced. We initially set a goal of $15,000; but more than $47,000 was raised. The money will be used to support, house, and pay legal expenses for eight asylum-seeking guests in Central Vermont.

We are very grateful to all of you and we’re already planning our March Arts Marathon for 2022.

Click Here to View the March Arts Marathon Midway Gallery Click Here to View the March Arts Marathon Final Gallery

A BIG thank you to our underwriters who have made March Arts Marathon possible:

Arne and Deborah Abramowitz
Sam and Michele Clark
Darryl Bloom