By Trina Bianchi, Contributor

Coronavirus and person wearing maskThe Community Resilience Survey is out there, and we hope that you have either completed it already or are ready to take a few minutes to do it now. You can access it from your home computer at this link. A link is also available on the Town of Charlotte and Charlotte Library websites.

If you would rather do it on paper, you can pick up a paper copy at the library, at Spear’s Store, Town Hall, Charlotte Children’s Center, Charlotte Congregational Church or at the Charlotte Food Shelf. Green boxes are available at each location to return the survey.

Are you not sure why it’s important for you to do this? You can watch a short video about it. This video link is also on the Charlotte Library website.

If you have questions about the survey or if you would like some assistance in completing the survey, there are two scheduled Q & A sessions:
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (hosted by Kevin Goldenbogen)
Thursday, Dec. 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (hosted by Mike Yantachka)

Zoom login information is the same for both sessions noted:
us02web.zoom.us/j/86584571730?pwd=V29UNWdKK1FzSU00a3JjZklkdHo4UT09
Meeting ID: 865 8457 1730
Passcode: 925288

Charlotte Community Partners, consisting of folks coming from various organizations in town, decided to take up the mission to evaluate community preparedness, emergency readiness and resilience as a way to learn whether or not our town is ready, in various areas, to handle a crisis in the future.

The assessment looks at areas that are critical to each and every one of us: availability of food and housing; the environment; roads and bridges; natural resources; availability of health services; land use; emergency services and shelters; internet/broadband service; community connections and more. You will be asked to rate how you feel Charlotte ranks with the option to say you don’t know.

The assessment is available until Dec. 11, giving everyone ample opportunity to complete it. All paper assessments will be co-mingled and there is zero identifying information on the assessment, making your responses to the questions totally anonymous.

Our hope is that each of you will take the time to read and complete the assessment as this is the first step in a Resilience Series, hosted by the Charlotte Library, Charlotte Community Partners and Community Resilience Organizations. It is our hope that through this assessment we can get a clearer picture of public perception of our preparedness across the many sectors that make up our community. This is the starting point to future discussions on how to make Charlotte the best community we can be for everyone who chooses to call our town their home.

As for resources available now:

Food and meals
Available to Charlotte school age kids: The school lunch program continues whether your students are in school or learning from home. Access the CVSD website, click on “District Resources,” click on “Menus” or call Scott Wagner at (802) 871-6198.

The Food Shelf is open Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Congregational Church. Call (802) 425-3252 to register.

Emotional and mental health
Vermont 211: available for referrals and questions.
Pathways Vermont: (883) 888-2557 is free and available 24/7 to call or text. Talk with a peer who has dealt with mental health issues in the past.
NFI Vermont. Serves Vermont families whose children are struggling with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.
First Call: (802) 488-7777 is for crisis situations. Available 24/7.

Financial assistance
Emergency financial assistance is available through the Food Shelf, Charlotte Congregational Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Requests can be made by calling (802) 425-3252 or (802) 425-3130.

Department of Health information
Stay abreast of the ongoing COVID-19 news in Vermont. Check on what is open, travel regulations and where to get a test if you need one.