Your Community Reopening
Reopening will require a great effort by the community, businesses and organizations. It's about more than just following guidelines. Reopening safely requires that all stakeholders are brought to the table to form plans for the immediate and the long-term future.
This could mean temporary or permanent policy changes, adjustments to work practices and schedules, and training for employees who provide services and entertainment. It can also mean that offices, businesses, and organizations will have to concentrate on setting up safety controls, altering shared spaces, and taking proactive steps to maintain disinfection in a public setting.
Assessment, prevention, and control planning will be a continuous process as the main goal is to keep people safe.
Events and Happenings
Out & About in Essex!
Get Out & About in Essex on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 to enjoy all that a fall weekend in Vermont can offer. Local shops and restaurants will be participating as well as local artists and musicians. Want to find some great deals? Essex is the place!
Champlain Valley Fair 2021
The 2021 Champlain Valley Fair will be held August 27 - September 5, 2021. For full details and updates on the fair, please visit the Champlain Valley Fair website.
Town and Village dedicate the 2020 Annual Reports
As we close out 2020 and enter the new year, the world continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus. Communities across the nation struggle from the separation of families, the impact to businesses, and the hardships of loss. For Essex, the connections continue to hold strong through shared grief and struggles. The demand has been great. The loss has been difficult.
The Town Selectboard and the Village Trustees wish to honor the people of Essex who have stepped up in their roles as frontline workers, heeded the call to sew masks, and donated food and emergency supplies to their neighbors. We recognize those who have set up fundraisers and support systems for those in need. We honor the teachers and childcare providers for taking on initiatives to maintain access to child care and education. We applaud local businesses for thinking outside of the box to keep their staff employed. We empathize with those who have had to change their path and move in a different direction. We recognize the swiftness with which those who work in food and agriculture, the military, delivery, manufacturing, and local, state and national government have revamped policies, and increased their services. We admire each and every person who has taken the time to buy groceries for a neighbor, helped with technology for those who can't leave home, and for those who simply do what they can to lift the spirits of others.
We remember those who have lost the fight against COVID-19. We celebrate with those who have survived.
For all who are feeling the fatigue of staying home and staying distant, we thank you for your patience and your willingness to continue making that sacrifice for others.
Thank you for being kind neighbors, for working extra hard, and for respecting others. This is much more than a dedication. It is a heartfelt note of thanks to the entire Essex community for being who you are and doing what you do.
More than 82,000 vaccine doses were administered at the pop up clinic at the Champlain Valley Expo
SELECT A TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON:
- Business Supports
- Employment/Health Benefits
- Child / Family / Seniors
- Volunteering & Donating
Evan visits with Congressman Peter Welch as he tours The Essex Experience, which is a community hub for arts, events, wellness, and culinary craft and education. Evan dashed to his car to grab an extra Essex mask to hand Congressman Welch prior to snapping the photo. Quick thinking, Evan!
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR ESSEX
The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation is a key partner in Vermont's overall economic development. Serving Essex, they assist in sustaining a positive business climate in areas such as labor and housing markets, business financing, education, export assistance, growth planning and development issues, and environmental concerns.
AGENCY OF COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (ACCD)
As part of the Vermont Forward plan, universal guidance will transition businesses from sector-specific mitigation measures to more broad mitigation measures across most sectors.
Transition to Universal Guidance
Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants
COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Businesses
|Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce|
|Vermont Department of Health Food and Lodging Program released a helpful guide: COVID-19 Guidance Fact Sheet|
Call: (802) 863-7221
|The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act|
|State of Vermont Critical Business List (PDF)|
|COVID Response & Recovery Support for Working Lands Businesses|
|Think VT If you are looking to start, grow, or expand your business, you will find everything you need in Vermont.|
|Restaurant Revitalization Fund Overview Webinar from ACCD|
|Mercy Connections Women's Small Business Program|
|Generator VT is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator providing tools, expertise, education and opportunity.|
|Small Business Administration COVID-19 Guidance & Resources|
EMPLOYMENT AND HEALTH BENEFITS
|Vermont Department of Labor - Unemployment Benefits, workforce development|
|Department of Vermont Health Access - Medicaid Benefit Information|
|Vermont Health Connect - Health Insurance|
|Vermont’s COVID-19 Presumption law The State of Vermont has enacted legislation that allows workers’ compensation benefits – under certain circumstances – for any employee infected by COVID-19.|
The Vermont Department of Labor issued fraud alerts that stress heightened awareness with online and social media interactions as well as potential unemployment insurance fraud. Visit the Vermont Department of Labor website for further information and to learn what to do if you believe you are a victim of UI fraud.
CHILDCARE, FOOD, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
Food Distribution: For details, or to donate to the Vermont Foodbank visit https://www.vtfoodbank.org/
|EWSD Childcare Opportunities for Essential Workers during Vermont’s COVID-19 Response|
Childcare for Essential Persons – Childcare is available for those who have been deemed essential to the COVID-19 response
|Essex Westford School District - Free breakfast and lunch for children throughout closure|
|WIC (Vermont Dept. of Health) - Gives access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling|
|3SquaresVT (known nationally as SNAP) - A state food assistance program based on income|
|Vermont Department of Public Service - Internet and telecommunications resources to support you and your family|
|Foodpantries.org - Listing of local food pantries, websites and locations|
|Heart & Soul of Essex - Offering resources for Essex residents. Download printable Community Services Brochure.|
|AARP Community Connections - Sometimes, just hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line can help in challenging times. AARP Friendly Voices are trained AARP volunteers who will provide a call to say hello.|
- Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) - Williston Drop-Off Center(WDOC) Please visit websites for up-to-date hours of operation, materials accepted, fees and limitations. Be sure to observe the facility guidelines to help keep yourself and staff safe:
- Stay 6 feet apart from each other and staff
- Wear a mask
- Consolidate your visits to reduce traffic through Drop-Off Centers
- Water and COVID-19 FAQs - CDC Information about drinking water, recreational water and wastewater; guidance for boil advisories and spread of COVID-19 in spas and water playgrounds. Read the "Don’t Flush It" series and get the word out to prevent flushing wipes, even if the package says, "flushable".
Vermont Department of Taxes Issues 2020 Tax Season Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to carefully monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Department is working closely with the office of Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont legislature, following changes at the federal level, and adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department Health. Please see the Department’s information on relief for Vermont taxpayers at tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus. You should check this link periodically as the guidance may change. You may also follow the Vermont Department of Taxes on Facebook and Twitter.
|Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Community Action Housing Assistance Program for general inquiries, including difficulty paying rent. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call (802) 863-6248 ext. 4.|
|COVID-19: EXTENDED HOUSING SUPPORTS FOR VULNERABLE, HOMELESS VERMONTERS Vermont Department of Children & Families’ Economic Services Division has extended housing supports for those over age 60, or have underlying health conditions. For more information, contact the DCF Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151, M-TH from 8AM to 6PM and Friday from 8AM to 4:15PM.|
|Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont work together to provide free civil (not criminal) legal help to low-income people who live in Vermont. Services are free. Visit their page to find help with rent and evictions, landlord visits and housing. If you have health issues that place you at higher risk with COVID-19 exposure, you can make a reasonable accommodation request to your property owner to ask them not to come to your home during this public health crisis.|
|Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for homeowners for a temporary time.|
|Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a temporary suspension of foreclosures and evictions for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages.|
|United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has placed a foreclosure and eviction moratorium (temporary stop) on all USDA Direct and Guaranteed Home Loans.|
|United States Department of Veterans Affairs can help Veterans, service members, and their surviving spouses to buy a home or refinance a loan. VA will also offer benefits and services to help you build, improve or keep your current home. Visit the Homeless Veterans Crisis Chat for free, confidential support for homeless Veterans.|
HOMEMADE FACE MASKS
|Volunteer Opportunities - Help support Vermonters affected by COVID-19|
|Neighborly Best Practices for helping during COVID-19|
TAX TIP: The Internal Revenue Service will not let you deduct the value of your time or service, but expenses related to volunteering for a qualified organization can be tax deductible donations.
As we helplessly sit and watch as COVID-19 puts enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits, the pandemic creates medical and health needs, as well as economic uncertainty above and beyond the usual. This means that nonprofits working directly to meet those needs require more resources to do so. Many donors are dialing back their contributions due to the economic uncertainty. Many fundraising events and other programs to raise funds are on hold out of concern for public safety. It has never been a better time to donate to your favorite causes.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for consumer protection offers the following advice when considering charitable organizations.
- Research the charity. Is it a real group? Search online to learn more about its reputation. If you’re getting requests by phone, tell callers to send you information by mail. A legitimate charity will send you information in writing.
- Know where your money is going. Find out what percentage of your donation goes to the charity, and whether your donation is tax-deductible.
- Pay it safe. How does the charity want you to pay? Rule out anyone who asks you to send cash, wire money, or get a prepaid debit card. Chances are, that’s a scam.
For more information on what to know before giving to a charity, visit this FTC Consumer Information page for donating wisely and avoiding scams.
TAX TIP: Your charitable giving will qualify for a tax deduction only if it goes to a tax exempt organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You can verify an organizations’ status with the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search.