MSAC and Community Services
MSAC announces new Americorps position to start in September 2020: Aging in Place Coordinator!
By serving as the Aging in Place Coordinator, you’ll have the opportunity to support our thriving meal program, plus develop and implement exciting new offerings that will take MSAC’s programs beyond the brick walls of our building. Aging services experience is not required, only the motivation to learn and a passion to serve others. The Goal of the position is to improve quality of life for area older adults by (1) participating in program development for MSAC’s new “Aging in Place” coordinated volunteer services similar to “Village” models that have been successful in other communities around the state and country and (2) assisting MSAC’s thriving FEAST Senior Meals Program. This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps. The application process will go live soon, and we hope to fill it during the month of July. Spread the word! View our position description here, and apply or get more information about the VHCB Americorps benefits and program here. Note: Our new position will be listed sometime early in the week of July 6, so if you don’t find it listed yet, check back soon!
Wishlist Items and Volunteers Needed: Help Parks and MSAC Team grow food for FEAST Senior Meals!
Would you like to help provide FEAST with fresh, local food? This summer, the Parks Division and MSAC are teaming up to grow fresh food for Montpelier Senior Activity Center’s FEAST senior meals program (including Meals on Wheels). We are so grateful for the strong show of community support already!
Community FEAST Farm Wishlist:
- Plastic totes and waxed cardboard boxes for produce
- Large plastic bags for greens
- Garden tools: hand tools (hand hoes, trowels, hand cultivators), long-handled hoes, steel T-posts.
- A wheelbarrow
- Seeds or seedling starts (especially culinary herbs)
- Volunteer help with weeding, planting, watering, harvesting, and more. Several 2-hour shifts on Mondays. No special skills or abilities are necessary! Please bring drinking water, a mask and work gloves. Email Jacqueline Huettenmoser at email@example.com for more information or directions to the farm at 5 Home Farm Way, or This is the link to the sign-up sheet.
Drop donations off at the Hubbard Park office or email Jacqueline at eco-AmeriCorps@ montpelier-vt.org to have them picked up.
Welcome back, Harry! See you in August, Norma! (Other staff updates)
We are happy to welcome back Harry Divack, Administrative Assistant, who was on furlough since early April along with 27 other City employees. We will miss Norma while she is away from the office during the month of July and look forward to her return in August! Thank you, everyone, for your patience while we continue to function with reduced staff overall during these challenging times. Chet, Jessica and Janna continue to work remotely for most of their hours, with Jessica at her usual half time and Janna at approximately 28 hours while juggling summer vacation parenting and work. Becca will return August 3 full-time, along with other furloughed city employees.
Re-Opening Planning Continues
We continue to draft our gradual re-opening plans for a hoped-for August 10 start and will keep you posted. Our staff teams, along with state officials and regional partners, have our work cut out for us to re-start safely and in compliance with all Covid-19 response and prevenion requirements.
Chest Freezer (in great condition) needed at Senior Center
Our FEAST senior meal program may need one more chest freezer in great condition and relatively new. Do you or someone you know have one not being used that you could lend or give to MSAC? Donations to MSAC are tax-deductible. Contact Jessica Sanderson if you can help out; potential donations must be vetted prior to pick-up/drop-off. firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 262-6288.
MSAC’s AARP Tax-Aide Clinic will not resume this year; Capstone offering preparation
We are sorry to update you that our local tax-aide clinic will not be able to regroup prior to the July 15 deadline. However, Capstone in Barre -- 477-5148 -- is doing taxes by drop off and mailing them back. If you are interested, then call and leave your name/phone number/address, and someone will return your call. Please spread the news for people who might not read our e-letter!
Pool closed for the season
The Montpelier City Pool will be closed for the 2020 season. We hope everyone finds other ways to stay cool, fit, and connected this summer!
Thank you to individuals, businesses, organizations for donations: more still needed!
We are grateful for many recent donations of all sizes to the senior activity center that help us maintain our communications with our membership and the public, keep the FEAST senior meal program strong as it delivers more Meals on Wheels and To-go meals, and make up for operating expenses of this fiscal year in light of our having cancelled two major spring fundraising events due to the pandemic. In order to try to balance our budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, we are still welcoming tax-deductible donations to the senior center! Checks may be made out to MSAC and mailed to 58 Barre Street. Credit card donations are welcome online at https://www.montpelier-vt.org/746/Donate. Questions? Call 223-2518.
In the future we will be seeking donations of new and gently used working electronic devices for seniors wishing to connect with remote video programs but lacking the computer or smart device to do so. Please hold onto such devices you may be able to donate and watch for our specific request coming soon as we are not yet ready to process such donations.
MSAC offering inexpensive yoga mats
Prior to city furloughs and canceling our own Spring online classes, we purchased a bulk order of new yoga mats and have thirty for sale. If you are doing yoga at home now and would like to buy one of our mats, we are offering them at cost for $10 each (more if you’d like to support MSAC!). To reserve one, please contact Norma in the office at 223-2518, or email her at email@example.com. Pick-up is available during FEAST To-Go on Tuesday and Friday, 12:00-12:30 pm in our front courtyard, or by other arrangements with Norma. Please wear a mask when you come and wait for your turn at the pick-up table!
Check out our instructors’ classes!
As a reminder, many of our instructors are offering private and independent online classes. Some are by donation, others for a fee, and payment is by private arrangement (not through MSAC). If you have time on your hands and are ready to join others and keep moving, learning, and socialization, check them out! Here is a link to the list, and it’s also included in our May newsletter, page 10.
FEAST To-Go: Updates to schedule (12-12:30) and suggested donation, plus more community meal options
FEAST Senior Meals -- both FEAST at Home and FEAST To-Go--continues to be MSAC’s top priority during our pandemic closure. To-Go meals are only available frozen and by special arrangement during our deep cleaning kitchen closure now through July 6, but bulk deliveries of Meals on Wheels continue.
The suggested meal donation is $5-10. While making a donation is still optional for those age 60+ who have filled out the nutrition survey, our actual cost is closer to $10/meal. We are grateful to those who are in a financial position to donate, and we continue to be committed to providing meals to ALL seniors who show up or are eligible to receive home deliveries.
For those under age 60 needing warm noontime meals, we encourage you to check out the church community meals now offered To-Go Monday-Thursday, 11:30-12:15, and Skinny Pancake’’s "Shift Meals" available for staggered pick-up on Fridays 12:00-2:00 to those who fill out a request form by the previous Thursday at noon - more info: https://skinnypancake.com/shiftmeals/).