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We got a chance to chat with North Branch Nature Center about the programs they’ve been creating during the COVID-19 crisis and how getting out in nature is one of the best things we can do for ourselves during the pandemic.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We talk with one of our favorite female entrepreneurs – Arealles of Curly Girl Pops – about how she is pivoting her businesses away from farmers markets this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

SHOP CURLY GIRL POPS

We get the scoop from Bear Pond Books on what it’s like to be an indie book seller during the COVID-19 crisis and what everyone is comfort reading during the pandemic.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Shop Online – They offer back door pickup, local delivery for those that can’t get out of the house & will ship.
  • Buy Gift Cards – call or email them to purchase – (802) 229-0774; info@bearpondbooks.com

We speak with our real estate agent, Mike Burak, about his experience contracting COVID-19. Mike also runs The Burak Group, a real estate agency, and we spoke to him about what it’s like to buy and sell a home during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Isolation is a major tactic for abusers – isolating the person that they are abusing … Isolation is a key factor in maintaining control over a person.”


We speak with Diane Kinney, Co-Director of Circle, a nonprofit that serves victims & survivors of intimate partner violence, about how the organization is coping during the COVID-19 crisis and why the number of domestic violence cases have been rising.


“The level of violence has been going up in the last three years … because violence is okay now. With our current folks in the White House, being mean to people, calling people names, being misogynistic, being violent is really just fine. So, what we see is that abusive people who may have hid it before, don’t hide it anymore.”

IF YOU NEED HELP

  • Call Circle’s 24-Hour Confidential Hotline 1-877-543-9498 or email them: info@circlevt.org

HOW YOU CAN HELP FURTHER CIRCLE’S MISSION

“I really miss it … I really want to get out there and play for folks – see people’s faces, feel the energy from the crowd.”

We speak to soul & blues musician, Dave Keller, about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected his career.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

“Food Justice [is] the general principle that everyone has a right to local and healthy and safe food that they can actually get to easily and not have a food desert.”


We speak to Jaime Bedard, director of Just Basics, which operates the Montpelier Food Pantry, about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the work they do.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Volunteer! Most of the volunteers before the COVID-19 crisis were senior citizens, who are now staying home so as not to put themselves at risks.
  • Donate Food.
  • Donate Money.

“The other thing that will help the theater is making sure Downtown is still there … making sure that you buy local as much as possible.”

We speak to Kim Bent, Founding Artistic Director, and Kathleen Keenan, Producing Artistic Director, of Lost Nation Theater about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected this Montpelier, Vermont arts hub.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

“I feel like I’m a part of the life here now. Instead of just living here, I’m actually contributing something to my community. And I feel really, really good about that.”

We speak with Lauren Parker, co-owner of The North Branch Cafe and North Branch Tech, about how these two small businesses in Montpelier, Vermont have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

“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.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Shop online
  • Contribute to the company’s GoFundMe. For each donation, the company will make and donate one cloth mask to someone in its community who needs one.

“What I’ve been learning is that you can still get to know people and in some ways it’s been fun to get to know people in this space and make those new connections … It’s been a fun adventure.”

Emily shares how her experiences with online dating have changed during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I’m highly motivated to do so, but I want to do it safely.”

Todd Wheeler, of The Barber Todd, speaks to us about the shutdown of his Montpelier, Vermont barbershop because of the COVID-19 crisis and his plans for eventually re-opening.