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) …

CVRAN Volunteer Spotlight

March 13, 2024 0 Comments

Why have a CVRAN volunteer spotlight?  The work of CVRAN is inspiring for so many reasons. The resilience and optimism of the refugees and asylum seekers themselves is remarkable, especially considering what most of them have endured. I also find the positivity and generosity of CVRAN volunteers gives me so much joy and hope for …

The March Arts Marathon Wraps Up Its First Week

March 8, 2024 0 Comments

CVRAN’s 4th March Arts Marathon fundraiser is finishing its first week today. More than 40 artists are taking part this year – might just be a record! You can read more about the March Arts Marathon in this week’s Montpelier Bridge newspaper. With 3 weeks ahead in March, it’s not too late to make a …

Growing A Role: Volunteer Coordinator

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February 15, 2024 0 Comments

What is more important for a volunteer organization than being the coordinator of all the volunteers? I still remember when Kathie O’Connor came to her very first CVRAN meeting at Trinity Church, and offered to take over this vital role at her very first meeting. Taking on this role meant building on the foundations that …

Update on the VT-NH Asylum Seekers Network Activities

CVRAN members at the Statehouse with Rep. Leonora Dodge. Image: Office of Rep. Dodge
January 16, 2024 0 Comments

How do we treat asylum seekers? What problems can we solve? CVRAN joins with others to advocate.  In October 2023, CVRAN hosted a workshop for organizations providing service to refugees and asylum seekers. The text that follows below is an update on activities and advocacy from the VT-NH Asylum Seekers Network. (Read about the original …

CVRAN Leans Into Housing Needs And More

January 14, 2024 0 Comments

A recent article about CVRAN in the Montpelier Bridge talks about CVRAN’s work to provide housing and other needs for refugees and asylum seekers in central Vermont. As journalist Natasha Eckhart Baning notes We … welcome people from around the world for different reasons; because they are refugees or asylum seekers. These families and individuals …

Book Recommendations From CVRAN Members (#3)

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January 3, 2024 0 Comments

Today we’re continuing to share books recommended by CVRAN members. They are focused on immigration, refugee, and asylum seeker experiences around the world. Hope one catches your interest! Do you have a book that you’ve finished and would be happy to share with someone else? CVRAN will have a book trading table at the January …

Vermont Plans To Resettle 550 Refugees in 2024

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December 27, 2023 0 Comments

However, the housing shortage may make that difficult. Read more about the state’s plans in this recent VT Digger article: Housing crisis could interfere with Vermont efforts to resettle 550 refugees by next fall Gov. Phil Scott, who has advocated for Vermont to accept more refugees, acknowledged that the state’s lack of housing is a major …

What CVRAN Members Are Reading (#2)

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December 11, 2023 0 Comments

Here is the next installment of our book recommendations from fellow CVRAN members. If you have a suggestion for books covering topics related to migration, refugees, and asylum seekers, we’d love to hear it! Non-Fiction The Devil’s Highway – A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea documents the journey a group of men take to …

CVRAN Hosts Gathering For Service Providers: How Can We Best Help Asylum Seekers?

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November 28, 2023 0 Comments

On October 25th, 2023, sixteen service providers from Washington, Lamoille, and Chittenden Counties gathered in the Steele Room of the Waterbury Municipal Building. There was an eagerness to discuss the barriers asylum seekers face as they move into our area, to tell stories that make these barriers come more alive, and to wonder about possible …