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.


One of the most active committees of CVRAN is the Asylum Seekers Assistance Network, which aims to support individuals who have fled their home countries based on fear of persecution and are seeking international protection. CVRAN also supports refugees, who were often in refugee camps for many years and suffered from persecution, violence, social and political instability, deprivation, and homelessness before being allowed to enter the United States. Another important group of new Vermonters CVRAN supports is migrant farm workers who have left their permanent homes to work on dairy farms, usually for years at a time.


CVRAN March Arts Marathon 2022

Following the great success of the 2021 Marathon, we are pleased to announce that the second March Arts Marathon will be open for registration in early January, We couldn’t have done it without the talented, dedicated writers and artists who, with their sponsors, raised more than $47,000 and in the process created a unique and vital creative community.

We hope that those of you who participated in the 2021 Marathon will return in 2022 with new work. And that writers and artists new to the Marathon will join in. We’re looking for creative artists at every level - first-time, long-established, and everything in between - to help CVRAN raise funds for the asylum seekers and Afghan refugees we are supporting in Central Vermont.

Writers and artists who wish to participate will commit to a daily creative practice. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, poems, prose, drawings, fabric art, music, multi-media, and multi-genre pieces - anything is possible. In turn the artists’ sponsors will commit to supporting the artists in their daily practice and will receive copies of the artists’ work each day over email, Instagram, or in a blog.

All money raised will go toward housing, living expenses, and legal fees for the asylum seekers whom CVRAN is supporting in Central Vermont. And this year we are also providing furniture, home goods, transportation, English language instruction, and friendship to Afghan refugee families who are being resettled in Central Vermont.

Click Here to View a List of our Participants and DONATE! Click Here for Instructions and to Register as a Participant

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

Arne and Deborah Abramowitz
Sam and Michele Clark
Darryl Bloom
Anonymous
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:www.facebook.com/USCRIVT/photos/a.235930683114429/7378757055498387/We'd like to acknowledge the incredible work USCRI Vermont's partner Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN) is doing to help support Afghan arrivals in Montpelier and throughout central Vermont. From providing trips to medical appointments to moving families into new homes, CVRAN is playing a critical role in helping assist Afghan arrivals as they resettle in Vermont. "I am immensely grateful to CVRAN for their responsiveness in helping Afghan families in the Montpelier area with health needs. Their team has helped in so many ways to get clients to routine and urgent medical appointments—everything from the dentist, to the ER, to specialists in Burlington, to pediatric vaccine clinics. On top of that, they’ve helped people learn things like how to pick up meds at the pharmacy and understand our primary health care system. Health is fundamental to building a new life and our CVRAN partners are playing a crucial role in supporting the health and wellness of these new community members." - Olivia Moseley, USCRI Vermont Health and Wellness Program Coordinator ... See MoreSee Less
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If you can help with any of these needed items, and can deliver them to Montpelier, please IM this page, and you will be put in touch with the right person. These are needed by Afghans in Montpelier.-Neck warmers for kids -Infant car seat and warm car seat cover-Fleece booties for newborn/infant-Men's small snow pants-Women's small snow pants ... See MoreSee Less
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Calling for creative artistsMONTPELIER — Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN) is looking for creative artists at every level — first-time, long established and everything in between — to join its second March Arts Marathon, a fundraiser for the asylum seekers and Afghan refugees it is supporting in Central Vermont.Everyone participating in the 2022 Arts Marathon will commit to a daily creative practice. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, prose, drawings, fabric art, music, multimedia and multi-genre pieces — anything is possible. In turn the artists’ sponsors will commit to supporting the artists in their daily practice and will receive copies of the artists’ work each day over email, Instagram, or in a blog.In the first March Arts Marathon, 39 artists with their sponsors raised more than $47,000 and in the process created a unique and vital creative community.All money raised will go toward housing, living expenses, and legal fees for the asylum seekers that CVRAN is supporting in our local communities.Registration will be open later this month online at cvran.org. For more information, please leave a PM here. ... See MoreSee Less
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