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February 1, 2024 0 Comments

February, 2024 Dear CVRAN Community, Greetings on a snowy morning. We in Vermont get used to shifting weather, and the different types of preparation for each foray outside. On this grey day, I want to share with you some causes for celebration! Have you noticed, that like the Vermont weather, our work with CVRAN goes …

Letter from the President: A Small Garden

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November 18, 2023 0 Comments

November 13, 2023 Dear CVRAN Community, Greetings. Imagine yourself a plant in a garden. All around you other plants are growing, clustering, and the fruit and the blooms emerging, or in this season preparing for a season of hibernation. From your unique position you cannot see the borders of the garden, nor know what plant …

Letter from the President: A DISASTER AT HOME

July 30, 2023 0 Comments

July, 2023 Almost everywhere we look, Central Vermont has been impacted by this terrible and historic flood of July 10th, 2023. There is devastation on every side. Many of us have personal experience of being flooded ourselves or knowing others who have lost homes and businesses, or many possessions. Not only do we personally know …

Letter from the President: A Neighborhood’s Welcome

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June 8, 2023 0 Comments

June 7, 2023 105 donations in 10 days bring in $100,000!  The numbers are startling.  A group of neighbors in Montpelier stepped forward with the dream of helping to  buy a house, and its working. The neighbors want to keep a refugee family in their neighborhood, even though their lease is expiring, and they are …

Letter From The President: Growing To Meet The Need

image showing country of origin and languages spoken by new neighbors in Central Vermont.
April 28, 2023 0 Comments

April 21, 2023 Dear CVRAN Community, Our world is changing… literally our world. We all know that because of climatic, economic, and political upheavals, there are mass migrations around the globe. The United States, with our relative economic prosperity and political stability looks to be a haven and people come. They come despite political opposition …

Letter from the President: An Open Letter to the Artists Who Once Again Raised Thousands of Dollars for CVRAN

April 10, 2023 0 Comments

Monday, April 4, 2023 This is a wonderfully warm and official thanks from the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network. Once again you artists have provided the largest part of CVRAN’s income stream for the year. Your hard work this month in creating daily art for a group of sponsors has raised about $45,000 for CVRAN! …

Letter from the President: A Glimpse Into CVRAN

February 1, 2023 0 Comments

January/February 2023 Dear CVRAN Community, Were you at the Montpelier Senior Center two weeks ago? The room was buzzing with energy. Seventy-two people were there to hear more about CVRAN. Volunteers told stories about driving chattering toddlers to preschool, teaching women who have never had the chance to go to school, hosting a guest in …

Letter from the President: Reflecting on 2022

December 18, 2022 0 Comments

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Reflecting on 2022 December 16, 2022 DEAR CVRAN COMMUNITY, During these cold wintry afternoons, in the early dark, the year 2022 is drawing to a close. It feels time to pull up a cup of tea and ponder where CVRAN is as an organization and where we are in our work. …

Letter from the CVRAN President: Tiny Footholds in the Walls

October 31, 2022 0 Comments

Dear CVRAN Community, It was so good to see you a good portion of you this last week, seated – in person! – in a large circle at Christ Church. Twenty-eight of us were there to hear about innovative ideas for fundraising, for welcoming immigrants, and about some needs. We heard from our pro bono …

Letter from the CVRAN President: Sugar in Milk: Afghan Refugees

September 29, 2022 0 Comments

Sugar in Milk: Afghan Refugees September 30, 2022 Dear Central Vermonters, Do you remember 13 months ago when we were all watching the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on the nightly news, and the devastating take-over by the Taliban? We ended our days with horrific scenes from the airport in Kabul, desperate faces, and the sounds …