“I realized today that I have this skill of making due with what I’ve got … I’m going to be using that skill … Just pull out all the stops … How can I be creative? How can I get attention? How can I make something out of nothing?”
We speak with Kate Whelley McCabe, of Vermont Evaporator, about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected her small business in Montpelier, Vermont.
“We have an incredibly special downtown … It’s really a bustling center of life and activity and it makes Montpelier what it is.”
We speak with Dan Groberg, executive director of Montpelier Alive about how this organization that supports local downtown businesses in Montpelier, Vermont has been doing during the COVID-19 crisis.
HOW CAN YOU HELP (from Montpelier Alive’s website)
Buy a gift card! The cash flow to the business with allow them to keep paying their rent and bills until they can reopen! More and more businesses are making it possible for you to buy gift cards online, and you can typically order over the phone as well!
Order take-out or delivery! Several restaurants are planning to add delivery options, and others are offering easy curbside pickup.
Commit to shopping and dining downtown when everything is back to normal. After a period of hardship, businesses will need you more than ever.
Please contact our federal representatives and your local legislator and demand real support to save our downtown. Congress must act immediately to stabilize our small and mid-sized employers in impacted industries by providing direct payroll and healthcare subsidies so that we can maintain our workforces and have a hope of recovering from this pandemic.
We spoke with Gretchen Elias, executive director of Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, about how this nonprofit has had to adjust the way it serves its community during the COVID-19 crisis.
WHAT IS GOOD BEGINNINGS?
Good Beginnings is a grassroots organization whose mission it is to bring community to babies. Its core programming brings trained volunteers into homes with new babies for the fourth trimester. Other programs include parent/child support groups and parent education.