October Senior Meal Menu

Happy Fall! Here is the menu for next month. Spread the word.

October 4thChicken and Biscuits, Spinach Salad, and Pumpkin Pie.

October 11th– Shepards Pie, Quinoa Salad, and Apple Crisp.

October 18thSausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash, Broccoli Salad, and Brownies.

October 25thRoasted Butternut Squash Soup, Maple Oatmeal Rolls, Garden Salad, and Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones.

A Huge Thank You!

Maya Jerose graciously donated the money she received from her Bat Mitzva to the Senior Meal Program as well as providing weekly flowers to brighten up their day! The Seniors have really enjoyed her contribution and want everyone to know how much we appreciate her generosity! Thank You Maya!

 

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Fairfield Community Center Receives Grant from the Merchants Bank Foundation

The Fairfield Community Center is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Merchants Bank Foundation. These funds will be used to revitalize and improve the food shelf facility that serves the community.

The Fairfield Community Center’s Food Shelf serves any individual in need of food several days a week. Each month we provide fresh fruit and veggies, dry goods, and meat to over 100 individuals. There are raised garden beds on site that help keep our shelves stocked with fresh produce.

Our lead food shelf volunteer Jane Dobrowolski frequently discusses food insecurity and proudly encourages her fellow volunteers by stating that “we do make a difference!” and that “clients come to the center and are treated with dignity and kindness, and yes, some food.”

In Franklin County, 1 in 4 children are food insecure and we strive to help reduce food insecurity through our food shelf. Part of our mission is to enhance the wellbeing of our community and by providing those in need with food; we are working toward that mission.

According to Melanie Riddle, the Fairfield Community Center Director, “this grant will help us make much needed improvements to our facility that will result in a better experience for our clients and community. Due to increased food insecurity in the area, we need to improve our food preservation strategies and storage capacity to serve our clients.”

The Fairfield Community Center Association has been working to meet the changing needs of Franklin County and beyond since its inception in 1992 and serves the community through a food shelf, weekly senior meals, cooking classes, and exciting vacation and summer camps for youth.

Live Music and Wood Fired Pizza!

Join us Sunday August 21 from 5:00-7:00 for live music & wood-fired pizza at the Community Center in East Fairfield. Special musical guests, Marcia Brewster, Deb Patton and friends will sing and play for you as you enjoy a simple gourmet meal in the shade of our community garden. Personal pizzas $5-7. All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Food Shelf. For more info Call 827-3130 or 827-4464

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Weekly Camp Themes Announced!

Here is the themes for each camp week!

June 20th-24th Build It –Little Engineers!
Campers will get to submerse themselves in hands on design and building, exploring the engineering behind bridges, machines, buildings and more.

June 27th-July 1st Around the World on Islands
Travel with us to the islands of the world. From Hawaii to Lake Champlain’s own Burton Island. Campers will learn games, study maps, languages and culture from some of the world’s most glorious islands.

July 5th-8th Independence Week
Explore and celebrate the many meanings of independence. This short week will be packed with summer fun and learning!

July 11th-15th Animals: Pets, Farm Animals, and Nature Study
From endangered wild animals to farmyard pets, discover how animals go about their lives and how they help us live and grow. Turn over rocks, scoop up salamanders and have a visit with some local farm animals.

July 18th-22nd Circus Week
Campers will learn to walk on stilts, design costumes, juggle, clown and experiment with a selection of circus skills. Campers can choose to be a part of our circus procession at the annual Jig in the Valley on July 31st.

July 25th-29th Food Glorious Food
Kids will spend the week immersed in food. We’ll harvest, cook and prepare local foods. This will be a hands on cooking week with guest chefs, a tour of a commercial kitchen and a visit to a local farm that grows some of the food we eat.

August 1st-5th Art,Music, and Drama
Everyone is an artist! Learn new art techniques and take the time to engage deeply in your favorite medium. Play drama games, prepare and present skits and/or let music be your voice for the week. Visiting artists and musicians and a field trip to a gallery/studio will bring Franklin county arts alive.

August 8th-12th Sports
With an emphasis on team work and exploring a wide range of athletic challenges, this week will please the strongest athletes and the interested beginners. We’ll have a full roster of visiting coaches to help each camper achieve his or her Olympic gold.

August 15th-19th Good ol’ Summer Fun
A week of traditional fun from cardboard constructions to water play and croquet, campers celebrate the end of summer!

Extra Seedlings? Donate them to the center!

CALLING ALL PLANT GROWERS. Extra seedlings from planting your home gardens or fields? Please let us know! The raised beds here at the Fairfield Community Center have been cleaned up and are ready to be planted.

We are asking for seedling donations to fill our community garden with this season. Summer camp participants, as well as senior meal and food shelf clients will benefit from the fresh food. Please drop them off at the community center whenever is convenient. Email: fccvt.info@gmail.com or call (802) 827-3130 with any questions. Thank you!

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Announcement: Black Creek Adventure Camp!

We will once again be offering 9 weeks of summer camp to campers from 5-12 years old. Starting June 20th through the week of Aug 15th. Each week of camp will have a different theme allowing campers to explore a full range of topics while working from their individual strengths and discovering new interests. Campers may sign up for any or all weeks of camp. Some scholarships will be available. A full description of this year’s weekly themes and registration information will be available soon!

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Job Posting: Summer Camp and Youth Engagement Director

The Fairfield Community Center has been working to meet the changing needs of Franklin county and beyond since its inception in 1992. Currently, we serve the community through a food shelf, weekly senior meals, cooking classes, and exciting vacation and summer camps for youth. We provide social, health, and educational programs for all in a nurturing environment to create, promote, and enhance the wellbeing of our community. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Camp and Youth Engagement Director is responsible for the development, organization, and implementation of high quality youth programming during the nine-week summer camp session. This position will focus on the quality of the programming while adhering to budgetary guidelines and managing camp counselors and youth program employees. There is potential for this position to continue throughout the year, depending on funding.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology or a related field preferred.
  2. One year related experience as a coordinator or supervisor of child care programs.
  3. Two years experience in after school or summer camp program.

Essential Functions

  1. Manages, directs and coordinates youth programming at the center. Ensures high quality programming and activities. Creates innovative and interesting roster of activities. Potential to develop new programs and expand current programs.
  2. Coordinates staff schedule to ensure proper youth supervision during camp.
  3. Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs camp staff as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  4. Ensures program operates within budget and that program fees are collected.
  5. Ensures that the program facilities and equipment are safe and clean. Maintains the physical environment to support a healthy environment.
  6. Maintains proper records/department files.
  7. Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.

 

Please contact: fccvt.info@gmail.com for more information.