Clinging to August

As always, I cling to August. It’s my favorite month with lazy, hazy weather and time on the water. This year, it flew by and suddenly we are on the cusp of September.

The summer has been busy as we’ve shifted gears many times with COVID in our midst. We went online with both our “HANDS in the Dirt” and “HANDS in the Kitchen” programs—we produced video workshops that can now be seen at, on Channel 17, or on our website at We missed everyone’s smiling faces in-person, but just didn’t feel that being at senior centers, senior housing, or long-term nursing centers was safe. Very special thanks to AARP Vermont, CCTV Town Meeting TV, Chef Robin Burnett, Hannaford, and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi for their support!

“Support Buddies” is still helping by having volunteers stay in contact with seniors as well as getting meals and groceries to folks who need them. We’re thrilled that Heineberg has hired Kerry as the “Support Buddies” Coordinator so that we can assist as many people as possible.

And we’ve decided to go ahead with the Holiday Dinner again this year. We’ll be delivering meals all over Chittenden County on Christmas Day with the help of Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Temple Sinai, and lots of businesses and volunteers. Michelle decided that having the sitdown dinner would not be safe enough so that’s on hold, sadly. But, we’ll do the best we can to light up the day with smiles and love.

Take good care, enjoy the final days of summertime, and stay safe and healthy. Thank you!





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