Volunteer Spotlight – May 2024

A CVRAN volunteer sits with her neighbors. Image: Wendy Dales.
May 21, 2024 0 Comments

Volunteer Spotlight on: Wendy Dale Town: Montpelier When did you start volunteering with CVRAN? I’ve been involved with CVRAN since its beginnings about 9 years ago. The volunteer opportunities have changed a lot since that time. What is the most recent volunteer role you have filled? In December of 2021, I was asked to be a …

Symposium: Welcoming New Americans

May 17, 2024 0 Comments

The Vermont Law School Symposium ” Welcoming New Americans” will be held on June 14, 2024. You can attend in person or online. To learn more or register for the event, visit The Vermont Law School’s Events webpage. This event is sponsored by CVRAN.

“I Have Roots Here Now. I am A Vermonter.”

May 13, 2024 0 Comments

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, CVRAN helped a Tunisian asylum seeker get out of New York City and move to Vermont. That individual has become a dear friend to CVRAN members and many others, even joining the Board this April. But Ghazi’s really big milestone and celebration came earlier this year, when he …

Chef Ghazi At The Montpelier Farmers Market

Cooked lamb chops and packages of salad for CVRAN's Tunisian feast.
May 10, 2024 0 Comments

Farmers markets are open for the season! You probably already know they can be a great place to get ethnic foods and support new Vermonters. This year, Ghazis Goodies is coming to the Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier. Chef Ghazi came to Vermont with the assistance of CVRAN several years ago and makes delicious …

Meet CVRAN’s Co-Coordinator of Direct Services

Woman with pet parrot. Image: AnnaRose Jenisch

My name is AnnaRose Jenisch, and I moved to Montpelier in 2013 where I have worked to support and advocate for people with disabilities at The New School of Montpelier, Vermont Center for Independent Living, and as a Shared Living Provider with Upper Valley Services. For the past two and a half years I have …

New Housing For An Afghan Family In Montpelier.

People on the porch of a newly renovated house. Image: Downstreet Housing & Community Development.
May 3, 2024 0 Comments

CVRAN has been actively working to find affordable housing for new refugees and asylum seekers in the Central Vermont area. Renovations on a local home finished recently and CVRAN celebrated with Downstreet at an open house last week. Thank you to all the donors, volunteers, and board members who worked to hard to make this …

Springtime At CVRAN

Spring daffodils. Image: Angela Shambaugh
April 30, 2024 0 Comments

May 2024 Dear CVRAN Community, April is a month of transition, and it’s a month of amazing change and growth. Each day there is a new bud bursting into flower, but there are also many spring chores to do, old branches to prune away, debris to pick up. It is a fitting time for CVRAN …

Just Food Hub Is One of Equal Exchange’s Top Customers!

April 24, 2024 0 Comments

If you have come to a CVRAN meeting, you’re familiar with the Just Food Hub. For quite some time now, Sue and John Morris have set up a table of ethically sourced food products at most meetings, making these Equal Exchange items easy for CVRAN members to pick up. When you buy from the Just …

Volunteer Asylum Attorney Receives Prestigious Vermont Bar Association Service Award

April 11, 2024 0 Comments

CVRAN’s amazing pro bono lawyer Seth Lipschutz was recognized by the Vermont Bar Association for his many hours of work helping asylum seekers and refugees navigate the legal process. Read all about it in this joint press release from the Vermont Asylum Assistance Program and CVRAN! On April 5th, the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN) …

Re-sharing Thoughts About Sharing and Community

An old stone foundation with flowers. Image: A. Shambaugh
April 9, 2024 0 Comments

In 2021, writer Jules Rabin helped out a new Afghan family in the CVRAN community by donating a table. Getting it to them was another story though – one he shared in through a VT Digger Article. Jules recently turned 100, so we thought it would be fun to share his article with you again. …