Social Media Awareness/Safety

Putney Family Services proudly presents the following, free educational workshop:

Social Media Awareness and Safety November 4th , 6:00-7:00 pm at Putney Library can-stock-photo_csp13012314

 Social media, apps, and the internet can be wonderful tools for learning, communication, and expression, but they can also be dangerous places for kids and teens to navigate on their own. In this special evening program, parents can get ahead of the curve by learning some tips, security features, and options to help keep their families safe online.  This class will not be a lesson on how to use any of the social media platforms or apps, but rather instruction on how to make use of their security features. Topics to be covered also include: online risks, cyberbullying, and what to do if a problem arises. Please RSVP to Putney Family Services at 387-2120.

Prevent Teen Drug Abuse Workshop


LEARN about teen prescription drug abuse and the real dangers to teens.

 DISCOVER how you can play a role in helping teens understand and avoid the risks.

SHARE what you learn with other teen influencers—parents, teachers, coaches, school and community-based health care providers.

HELP raise awareness about the prescription drug abuse problem and mobilize parents, schools and communities to take action.

Wednesday October 14, 2015

6:30-7:30 PM

Putney Public Library

Sponsored by Putney Family Services and

Brattleboro Prevention Coalition

Maximize Your Role as a Teen Influencer!

Funded by VT Children’s Trust Foundation

Curriculum created by National Council of Patient Information and Education.


Technicool Presentation at Putney Central School

TECHNICOOL Web 3 Daniel Ozimek, of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will be at Putney Central School on Thursday, Oct 1 presenting “Technicool”.  This is an internet safety program to promote safe use of the internet and social media.

The PTO will be sponsoring this evening session of Technicool for parents and interested community members.  Daniel’s presentation will primarily focus on what parents can do to teach and promote safe use of the internet and social media.

The PTO will provide a light dinner at 5:30pm with the approximately one hour presentation beginning at 6pm.  Free childcare will be provided through the PTO.  We are requesting a RSVP by Sept 21 so the PTO can plan for food and childcare needs.  You may call the main office to RSVP, 387-5521.  Feel free to leave a message.

Please contact Arlene Scott RN at 387-5521 x4 with any questions or concerns.  Thank you, Arlene Scott RN, School Nurse

Playgroup Forming at Putney Library

Putney Library in partnership with Putney Family Services is excited to offer a new play group! Parents or caregivers with children ages 0-2 years old can come and enjoy a special short story time, songs, and the company of other parents and children in the Putney Library youth department. The youth department is a separate space in the library where “library voices” aren’t necessary and the bathroom is equip for parents and young children. Free and open to all families!

Every Friday at Putney Public Library. Story time starts at 10:30, but come anytime before noon to enjoy the play group.

Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main Street in Putney, VT. Please call 802-387-4407 or email with any questions.

Medicaid Boot Camp

Tuesday April 28, 1:15- 3:15 P.M. at the Putney Cares Activity Barn, 54 Kimball Hill, Putney VT 05346  Co-sponsored by Putney Family Services & Putney Cares

At this free class, Senior Solutions staff will provide unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.

This class is appropriate for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare, as well as anyone who will be signing up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful.

Space is limited, RSVP required, so please call ahead to register. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. To register or get more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.

Emergency Heating Assistance Available to Putney Residents

Residents of Putney may have access to emergency heat assistance from Putney Family Services, according to Patricia Field, the organization’s executive director.

“Putney residents who need help with their heating bills have several resources,” she said.  “We work directly with families to access the help they need, and then if they still have need we have some funds available for fuel.” She said that Putney Family Services had earmarked the proceeds of a food sale at the Putney School Harvest Festival for emergency heating assistance. “We made it clear that we were raising money specifically to help families struggling with fuel bills,” she said.  “The community was very generous in supporting our fundraiser.”

Putney residents can call Putney Family Services at 387-2120 for help accessing emergency heat assistance.

Halloween Safe House



Halloween Safe House
Friday, October 31st
5 pm—7 pm
Putney Cares Activity barn
54 Kimball Hill
Putney VT

Stop by Halloween Night to warm up, get a cup of cider and a cider donut  and relax during trick or treating. Volunteers from Putney Cares and Putney Family Services will be there to meet any trick or treaters who get separated from their parents . Let’s be safe and have fun!


Putney Family Services to Dedicate Fundraiser to Heating Assistance

Harvest Fest 2013

Harvest Fest 2013  Tom Ehrenberg and Norm Bartlett man the grill for waiting attendees.

Putney Family Services is once again planning a food booth  at the Harvest Festival at Putney School.  This year’s Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 12.  Putney Family Services volunteers will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, and this year, all the money raised will go into an emergency heating fund for Putney families, according to Annette Wilson, chair of the Putney Family Services board.

“Every year, current and former board members grill up burgers and dogs at the Festival,” she said.  “This year, we foresee a critical need for emergency heating assistance, so we decided to earmark whatever we earn with this fund-raiser to address that need.  We hope to have lots of people stopping by for hot food.”

Putney  Family Services collaborates with other local agencies to offer a variety of programs and referral services to local families.  Its mission is to “encourage the healthy development of the children of Putney and to support families and the greater community in improving the lives of their children.”

Putney Family Services Welcome New Board Members

Mary Jones and Katherine Frey have joined the board of Putney Family Services, according to Annette Wilson, Chair of the Putney Family Services board. “We are fortunate to have new board members with Katherine and Mary’s background and experience and energy,” Wilson said.

Both Jones and Frey are residents of Putney.  Jones, who has been named Treasurer of the board, brings experience as a bookkeeper and volunteer for various area organizations. “I had the knowledge to be Treasurer and the enthusiasm, energy and heart to assist a great organization,” she commented.

Frey, who is earning a Master of Education from Antioch University of New England, is currently a substitute teacher and soccer coach at The Grammar School. “I joined the board because I believe in helping children and their families find opportunities,” she said.

Putney Family Services, a non-profit volunteer organization, recently marked its twenty-fifth anniversary serving the families of Putney.  Its recent activities include helping Putney residents navigate the new health-insurance system, referring families to local services and agencies, and welcoming new babies in the Putney community.