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.

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 <>

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

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.

New Afterschool Programming at Putney Central School

Georgia Putney 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 Registration forms also available in the Putney Central School office.