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Volunteers sought for town boards

BRATTLEBORO — The town seeks people to serve on the following committees and boards: Agricultural Advisory Board; ADA Advisory Board; Arts Committee; Conservation Commission; Development Review Board; Energy Committee; Inspector, Lumber, Shingles & Wood; Senior Solutions Advisory Council; and Planning Commission.

Applications and more information about various committees and boards can be found at brattleboro.org or by calling the town manager’s office at 802-251-8151.

If you are a resident and interested in serving on a town committee or board, submit your application online, or send the application by email to tmsecretary@brattleboro.org.

Co-op celebrates Martin Luther King Week

BRATTLEBORO — For the last four years, the Brattleboro Food Co-op has welcomed community organizations into the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This year, however, the store will dedicate all its social media presence to King’s memory for the entire week, starting Jan. 18. According to a news release, the Co-op will feature one of seven organizations each day with a short video and other posts.

For more information, visit brattleborofoodcoop.coop.

Women’s Freedom Center begins winter book study

BRATTLEBORO — The Women’s Freedom Center is facilitating a five-week winter book study on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., via Zoom, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 16.

Coming on the heels of the town’s Community Safety Review, the group will read the 2020 book Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law.

Organizers say the purpose of the book study “is to analyze the very systems we work within — and how to do better.”

For more information on how to sign up, contact the Freedom Center at 802-257-7364 or advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net.

Fund offers grants for Brattleboro-area organizations

BRATTLEBORO — Funding is now available for area organizations through the Crosby-Gannett Fund.

The fund offers grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 supporting endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the area. To help address the impact of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Crosby-Gannett Fund is temporarily focusing its grantmaking on efforts that address basic community needs related to the pandemic.

Recognizing the effect of this crisis on the operations of local nonprofits, the fund is temporarily expanding its criteria for funding to also include general operating requests.

Priority will be given to organizations located in the immediate Brattleboro area.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 12. Visit vermontcf.org/crosby-gannett to learn more and apply.

‘Round Up for Change’ raises nearly $5,500 for Groundworks

BRATTLEBORO — Groundworks Collaborative was featured in December as the recipient of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s “Round Up for Change” program.

Throughout the month, customers chose to round up their purchases to the next dollar for a total contribution of $5,454.10 to Groundworks.

Groundworks Collaborative provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing a full continuum of housing and food insecurities in the region.

For more information about the program, or how to apply to be a recipient, visit brattleborofoodcoop.coop/roundup.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #595 (Wednesday, January 13, 2021). This story appeared on page A5.

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