KEEP US IN MIND WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE!

For those of you who shop online this holiday season, consider signing up with Smile.Amazon.com. Every time you purchase something, .05% of your purchase goes to the charitable organization of your your choice, which you can specify once you’ve created your account. It’s not a LOT of money, but if everyone who shops online would list The Fairfield Community Center as their charity of choice, it would add up!

Many thanks, and Happy Holidays!

FCCA receives Vermont Community Foundation Grant

The Fairfield Community Center recently received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further the FCCA’s mission of bringing local (in this case very local!) fruit and vegetables to its food shelf clients, senior meal program and kids’ camps by helping to expand its Community Garden.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue work on our “Edible Landscape,” said Nance Shaw, Program Director at the Center. “This will allow us to plant blueberries and raspberries and more fruit trees, and build more raised beds.”

The program began a few years ago with 6 raised beds and 2 apples trees. This growing season has yielded approximately 3 bushels of apples and 250 pounds of squash, onions, broccoli, corn, beans and peppers. “We’re looking forward to expanding our garden area to offer greater quantities of fresh produce and to be able to utilize the space for teaching,” explained Shaw. “Instilling good eating habits should start early, and a big part of our summer camp curriculum focuses on gardening, cooking and preserving local food.”

If you’d like to be involved in the Edible Landscape Project, call us (802-827-3130) or email us at fccvt.info@gmail.com. We can always use extra hands in the garden!

HAPPY FALL!

And what a glorious fall it’s starting out to be! Our apple trees are overloaded, the sunflowers in the garden are 10 feet tall, and the popcorn is ready to pick. A few highlights of the last couple of months:

Tuesday Lunches have been gaining in popularity lately and we’re now serving an average of 32 folks each week! Welcome to our new cook, Candie Dezotelle.  Lunch is served at noon every Tuesday. Suggested donation is $4 for anyone 60 or older, and $6 under 60. On October 3 we’ll enjoy the music of Dale and Darcy on guitar and fiddle after lunch. Join us if you’re in the neighborhood!

Food Shelf is going strong – serving around 150 folks a month. Open every Tuesday 3-5, and every 2nd Friday of the month from 10-noon. Thanks to our stellar volunteers who run the food shelf with such passion, efficiency and kindness. Stop by for some APPLES from our trees!

And don’t forget B-I-N-G-O! on Tuesday nights at 6:30. All are welcome!

We also welcome Nance Shaw as program director and and Becky Cassel as administrative director of operations at the Center. They’ll be working together to insure more “open” hours at the Center, and are planning some new programs and events for the coming year. They invite you to stop in and visit.

Are you an Amazon.com shopper? Did you know that since August 2017, over $62 MILLION DOLLARS have been received by charities like ours all over the world. Go to Smile.amazon.com and name The Fairfield Community Center Assn Inc as the charity of your choice. A percentage of your purchase price will be donated each time you place an order on Amazon.com!

There’s also a more direct way to donate to the Center. Just click on the DONATE button on this page!

Cheers! Be well until next time!

Black Creek Adventure Camp starts June 26th!

Ready for camp? Now’s the time to register for 8 weeks of fun beginning June 26th! We’ve got lots of great activities planned – beach trips, hikes, science experiments, art projects, gardening, fishing, and lots more fun for kids 5-12. Find the online form HERE, ask at school or call 802-827-3130 to request a paper form to fill out and mail.

Here are some fun photos from years gone by…recognize anyone?

Clean up Day and Wood Fired Pizza!

Come join us for pizza and cleaning

11am-2pm Sunday, May 28th, 2017

As the weather warms up it is time to clean up, organize, and enjoy a good meal among friends! Please come join us over Memorial Day Weekend to clean out the cobwebs, weed the garden, and spruce up the Fairfield Community Center!

Volunteer Clean-up Day and Pizza!

We’ll be cleaning outside and inside, including testing out the pizza oven for the first time this season! Bring the whole family and your friends for some light work and good food and company.

25th Annual Jig in the Valley!

The 25th Annual JIG in the Valley – always the last Sunday in July, (mark your calendar for the 30th!), rain or shine, on the Green beginning at noon. Join us this summer for the event of the decade!

The Fairfield Community Center and The Meeting House on the Green join forces to bring you a day of music, great food, wonderful kids’ activities, a Silent Auction, raffles galore, a community flea market, and surprises that even we don’t know about yet!

The line up for the day’s music will be diverse and sparkling:  Dale and Darcy, Brian Curry, Tyrone & his Oleo Romeos, Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers, The Missisquoi River Band, Rush Run from West Virginia, George Lewis, Jacob Highter, Joe Moore & Al Zansler to name some of the players at this year’s Jig. 8 hours of music, dancing and fun!

There’ll be homemade, wood-fired pizza, a parade with Black Creek Adventure Camp, great finds at the flea market and silent auction, Deb’s Pie Table, raffles galore, and as always, amazing food under the tent. All for just $10 person, or $25 for a family.

Bring your blanket, your lawn chair, your dancing shoes, and your well-behaved dogs (on a leash please) for this important annual fundraiser for The Fairfield Community Center, celebrating summer, our community and life itself!

For more info, to reserve a table at the flea market, or if you’d like to volunteer to help out with food or other details, call 827-3130 or email fccvt.info[at]gmail.com

 

The Fairfield Community Center Food Shelf Extends Welcome to All

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 4/24/2017

Contact: Melanie Riddle, The Fairfield Community Center

                Phone: 802-827-3130

THE FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER EXTENDS WELCOME TO ALL

EAST FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield Community Center is committed to ensuring that every person in our community has the food they need to reach their human potential. Those with the courage to ask for help must trust that the Fairfield Community Center cares only about their human potential. Making that personal, trusting connection means that anyone—regardless of national origin, race, gender, culture, age, income level, disability or any other attribute—should feel the place they access food assistance is open, diverse and welcoming. In response to the current social and political climate, the Fairfield Community Center wants every individual in need of food assistance to be assured that they are welcome to access the food and services we provide without concern for their safety or privacy.

As a member of the Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization, the Fairfield Community Center has joined together with other Foodbank member organizations to commit to treat our neighbors with dignity and respect. Any information collected is used only to provide better service to our neighbors. Food is a basic human right, and the Fairfield Community Center is a sanctuary for those seeking to exercise that right.

Visit the Food Shelf at Fairfield Community Center, 124 School Street, East Fairfield, VT 05448. In addition, a listing and locator of local food shelves can be found at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator

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The Fairfield Community Center Association 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.