An Online Arts Feast!

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February 19, 2024 0 Comments

The March Arts Marathon Is Here! We are deep into our second – or is it our third – mud season of the winter. If you need a little color, a dose of creativity, some catchy music or visual stimulation in the midst of stick season, the 4th Annual March Arts Marathon might just make …

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 …

Wanted: Coordinator of Direct Services for CVRAN

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February 9, 2024 0 Comments

Are you looking for a fulfilling employment opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on people’s lives? The Central Vermont Refugee Action Network is a non-profit organization based in Montpelier dedicated to making our communities welcoming, safe places for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers. Based on the success of our recent efforts, we are …


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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 …

Vermont Edition Story on Refugees and Resettlement in Vermont

January 24, 2024 0 Comments

Vermont Edition hosted a discussion on January 22, 2024 about bringing refugees and asylum seekers to Vermont when there is a shortage of affordable housing. Guests include: Mark Clark, program manager for the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) in southern Vermont, Amila Merdzanovic, Vermont director for the US Committee For Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Tim …

Recruiting for the 2024 March Arts Marathon!

January 20, 2024 0 Comments

We’re looking for artists who want to help asylum seekers and refugees! Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN) is inviting painters, writers, poets, musicians, fabric and multimedia artists, sculptors, and photographers to join our fourth annual March Arts Marathon, a fundraiser for the many asylum seekers and Afghan refugees we are supporting in Central Vermont. …

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 …

January General Meeting

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January 9, 2024 0 Comments

Join us for the first general meeting of 2024! It’s been a while since we’ve met in person and there is lots to talk about! Come hear about all the exciting things CVRAN has been up to in the last few months. Book Swap: If you have a book covering topics connected to immigration, refugees, …

Book Recommendations From CVRAN Members (#3)

A " Little Free Library" with books.
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 …