Halloween Safe House

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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!

 

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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.”

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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.

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Putney Family Services Plans 25th Anniversary Gala

Putney Family Services is planning a gala to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary and honor two retiring members of its board.  The public is invited to join current and former board members for light refreshments at the Gleanery in Putney on June 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The gala will honor Thomas Ehrenberg and Jacqueline Lichtenberg, founding members of the Putney Family Services board.  Both are retiring after 25 years of continuous service on the board.

Putney Family Services, founded in 1989, has sponsored the Putney Walk-In Clinic and an after-school program for students at Putney Central School, among other initiatives.  The organization is currently planning to expand its referral services and is gearing up for a new program, Welcome Putney Baby.

Contact:  Annette Wilson, Chair of Putney Family Services Board

Email:   Annette Wilson <wilson6@sover.net>

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OASIS Cooking Class

Come join us for the OASIS Cooking Class beginning October 21st through December 2nd. Students will explore cooking methods, learn new skills and experience new foods with instructor Kristina Israel. There is a $50 class fee and $10 materials fee. Maximum class size is 8 students.

Forms can be found in the Putney Family Services mailbox in the PCS office or online at www.putneyfamilyservcies.net.

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Come Join Us! Putney Family Services is hosting a Community Health Forum on the new VT Health Connect insurance plans.

You’re invited to a community forum with Lindsey Tucker, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access, to learn about Vermont Health Connect! We’ll be covering topics including who can get coverage, new choices available to individuals and small businesses, financial help available to many Vermonters, and more.

To learn more, join us in Dummerston on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Southeastern VT Learning Collaborative. You can call the office at 387-2120 for more information.

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New Afterschool Programming at Putney Central School

GeorgiaPutney Family Services will be offering a new schedule of Afterschool clubs and classes this fall at Putney Central School. The OASIS Program has been offering a safe and fun place for students to be afterschool for 15 years!

Back to school Opening Session is open to all students grades k-8, Monday-Thursday, September 3-12 from 2:45-4:30.

OASIS Fall Session Clubs and Classes begin September 17 for students in grades 2-8, Tuesday-Thursday, 2:45-4:30. This fall’s offerings will include violin class, comedy improv, chess and many more! A special Homework Help opportunity will run after class-time from 4:30-5:00.

K2 Club is a fun enrichment and activity program for students grades K-2. It will include cooking, outdoor exploration, experiments, music, theatre and art, as well as literacy and math support. K2 will run Mondays-Thursdays, 2:45-4:30 beginning September 16th.

Subsidy is available for all classes.

For more information, contact Amelia Struthers or Patricia Field at Putney Family Services, 802-387-2120, or amelia@putneyfamilyservices.net. Registration forms also available in the Putney Central School office.

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Putney Walk In Clinic and Putney Family Services Receives a Navigator Grant

Putney Family Services is proud to announce the receipt of a grant through the State of VT for the Vermont Health Connect Navigator Program. This grant has been awarded to the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured and its member clinics of which Putney Walk In Clinic/Putney Family Services is a member.  Our staff will be trained and certified to provide direct assistance to individuals and families across Vermont and provide outreach and education concerning Vermont Health Connect. This outreach will ensure that Vermonters know what changes are coming and have access to the tools and resources they need to apply for health coverage.

Starting October 1st, Vermont Health Connect will be a new way for Vermonters to find health coverage that fits their needs and budget. Vermont Health Connect is a marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can make side-by-side comparisons of private health plans and find financial help to pay for care. Vermont Health Connect is also for individuals and families in Vermont to find out about and enroll in public health coverage. Putney Walk In Clinic will be available to help Vermonters understand their health care options, enroll in a plan, and access financial help.

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Putney Foodshelf

Putney Foodshelf
The Putney Foodshelf provides supplemental healthy food for area people in need.
Tuesdays 6–7pm, Saturdays 9–10am
Putney Community Center
10 Christian Square, [side ramp entrance]
802.387.2120 (PFS will relay messages to us)
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OASIS Summer Camp

Play, Laugh and Learn Camp at Putney Central School will be an exciting and playful way for your child to be with friends this summer. Breakfast, snack, lunch, transportation and pool pass all included! Three two-week sessions are being offered that will use the school garden, forest and brook, pool and playground, art, science, music and library classrooms. Camp is for students entering 1 – 5th grade in the fall and runs 8:30-2:00. For more information, call Putney Family Services at 387-2120 or pick up a Registration Form at Putney Central School.

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