Stay at Home order IN EFFECT and suspension of in-person learning at all VT schools until the end of the year issued by Governor Scott.
Emergency Response to COVID 19
For the most up-to-date state information for COVID-19 , please visit: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19
If you’re symptomatic, please call your doctor or the VT Health Department COVID hotline at (802)
863-7240. If this is an emergency call 911 or the First Branch Ambulance at 685 - 3112.
This page is set up by community organizers in Chelsea to provide one cohesive site for the local response to COVID-19. For any questions or corrections on the content of this website please contact Kate MacLean at 685 7757 or by email at
As the coronavirus arrives in Vermont, it will take our town coming together to help each other through. We have a rooted history here in Chelsea of community support and we will come through this stronger and closer than ever.
You can find up-to-date information for hours and contact information here and under the Town Updates page. Here you can find information on town functions including the school, library, churches, the food shelf, and others.
If you are in need of help or assistance for any matter that is not an emergency please fill out this form and a team of volunteers will work to coordinate outreach to you.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP:
We all need to help reduce the spread of the virus by staying home. Together, we need to make sure that our most vulnerable community members have what they need to stay home, whether sick or healthy. To volunteer to help please sign up here.
If you feel unsafe and would like assistance doing grocery shopping we have a team of volunteers ready to help. Please fill out this form here so we can best help you.
Hunger Free Vermont has a comprehensive list of resources available to ensure your family is getting the food it needs.
Chelsea Food Shelf:
If you have a food emergency please call Art Edersheim at 685-3146. You need not wait until the pick up day.
2nd Tuesday of the month 11:00-12:00 pm
4th Tuesday of the month 5:00-6:00 pm
To keep everyone safe they will distribute food through a drive-through food shelf.
- Please note that this is a change we will only be open for one hour from now on.
- Folks will receive pre-packed boxes.
- Please enter the North Green from the north side (by the town hall) and line up clockwise to the front door of the church.
- Let us know how many households you are picking up for and how many commodity boxes you receive (if any).
- We will load the boxes in the back/trunk of your vehicle.
- Please DO NOT get out of your vehicle.
- You will not need to sign any paperwork.
ANYONE IN DIRE NEED OF FOOD CAN PICK UP EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY SIGNED UP.
If you have a food emergency please call Art Edersheim at 685-3146
- tel. 685-3368
- PLEASE DO NOT COME IN THE STORE. TO order food for pick up or delivery please CALL AHEAD.
- Currently offering home delivery for a fee of $5. Curbside is free of charge.
- Effective 4/2, closed Sun, Mon. Open Tues -Saturday. 9-7pm
South Royalton Food Co-op:
- tel. 763-2400
- Curbside pick up ONLY. Please email list to : limit your orders to between 15-30 items.
-We are also not able to process orders for same-day pickup at this time. Next day or two-day availability is the best we are currently able to do. Please review instructions for the ordering process our website: soromarket.coop. We ask that all orders be emailed to whenever possible as our phone lines are overwhelmed. Please pick up orders as promptly as possible after you have been notified they are ready and payment has been processed.
-Currently operating regular business hours 6am-9pm.
While shopping at any store try to keep these best practices in mind for the safety of you and the public. If you are unable to shop safely please consider reaching out for help here. We have volunteers ready and able to do this for you.
- Do not shop if you are symptomatic of COVID 19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
- Maintain at least 6 ft from others.
- Shop efficiently. Socialize outdoors.
- Shop solo and avoid bringing children whenever possible.
- Only touch the products you will be purchasing.
Information on the Chelsea Health Center is forthcoming.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
- It is vital while you are distancing ourselves socially and surrounded by very stressful news and reality to reach out to your neighbors and connect with your chosen family. If you have access to the internet and would like help setting up tools t keep in touch virtually, please contact us through this form.
Crisis Textline Text: “Home” to 741741
Pathways Vermont Support Line: Call or text the Pathways Vermont Support Line. Open from 3 PM to 6 AM. Connect with an operator by dialing (833) VT - TALKS / (833) 888 - 2557
CDC Managing Anxiety and Stress with COVID 19
WHO Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
NAMI National Alliance Mental Illness
http://youfeellikeshit.com/ A simple but effective website for those experiencing anxiety around COVID-19.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Alcoholics Anonymous - Vermont Many in person meetings are being cancelled. For support and alternatives see this website.
Vt Healthlink -A comprehensive website to help aid those with drug and alcohol addiction to seek help and support while staying at home.
United Church of Chelsea and Living Water:
- Services will not be held at the United Church of Chelsea building, but streamed live on Facebook, Sundays at 12:00pm.
- If you would like notes and/or song lyrics, please feel free to contact Pastor Errol Hinton.
- Offering FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom conferencing for Bible Study or to schedule an appointment. Call or email at: email@example.com.
New Creation Fellowship:
- Will not be gathering physically for worship or for small groups during the next 2 weeks.
- Will continue to live stream the worship service on Sundays at 10 am at facebook.com/newcreationvt
. There will NOT be a Bible Study at 9 am.
Chelsea Public Library:
tel. 685 - 2188
- Please refrain from returning books at this time.
- Chelsea Public Library will be closed until at least April 15th. During this time the library will try to make some materials available via pickup. Only items that belong to CPL are available as we are suspending interlibrary loans. To view our catalog, visit https://chelsealibrary.kohavt.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-user.pl. Please fill out this form and someone will get back to you. Contact the library if you have any reference needs or questions.
- The library free wifi will continue to be available to the public 24/7.
- For more information please see their website.
Orange County Parent Child Center:
- OCPCC is closed until further notice.
- We will update as soon as we have more information on childcare for the children of essential workers
- To the best of our knowledge the Veggie Van Go delivery to OCPCC WILL be made, as usual, on the second Tuesday of the month, April 14
- Any questions or concerns please contact Mary Ellen Otis at 685-2264
Chelsea Public School:
- In-person learning closed for the rest of the year.
- All parents should already be in contact with their children's teachers.
- Any questions or concerns please contact Emily Marshia at 685-4551 Ext 144
DRIVE THRU SCHOOL LUNCH & BREAKFAST NOW AVAILABLE, bus delivery of food also now available.
tel. 685-4551 Ext 128 (Cathy Sample)
BEGINNING MONDAY MARCH 30TH:
CURBSIDE PICK UP OF SCHOOL MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ON
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS ONLY.
BUS DELIVERY OF SCHOOL MEALS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE ON M, W & F.
Families are asked to leave a cooler/covered tote where the meal can be placed outside of your home.
Please contact Cathy Sample if you need school bag lunch and/or breakfast delivered to your home at 685-4551 Ext 128 or
Please remember this is a FREE service to any child under 18 in our area. There are no eligibility requirements.
Not signed up yet? No problem. Contact Cathy today.
The Snack Pack program is available to families and will be dispersed Fridays with the lunches. If you wish to enroll in the weekend Snack Pack program, please contact Charlotte Faccio at or 685-4551 x131 by Tuesday for current weeks delivery.
- FREE bag lunches and breakfast to ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 18 THAT NEEDS IT.
- Curbside pick up at the school from 11am to 1pm.
- "Drive-thru-style" pick up. Walkers and strollers are also welcome. Please note that a child must be present.
- Adults and children need to stay in their vehicles. A child must be present in the car.
THIS IS FOR ANY CHILD OF ANY AGE - HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CHILDREN NOT YET OLD ENOUGH FOR SCHOOL ARE ALSO WELCOME. ALL MEALS ARE FREE.
- There is no eligibility requirement to have access to these meals.
- If you plan to pick up meals for your child(ren) a call to Cathy is very helpful so that she can prepare an appropriate amount of food.
- If you are interested in having a meal delivered to your home for a child or children, please email Cathy at or call.
- Week of March 23-27 offer both curbside pick up at school and bus delivery of meals.
School Snack Pack Program
tel. 685-4551 Ext 131 ( Charlotte Faccio)
- Any families who need lunch time help on the weekend can receive a backpack of food that goes home on Thursday each week.
- The backpack will be in addition to Thursday lunch time meal pick up.- Any family (even those already enrolled) who are interested in this program can contact Charlotte by phone or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- tel. 685 - 2250
- Is currently not accepting any visitors to ensure the safety of their residents.
- They are currently in need of donations of Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, and face masks. Please contact Jen Doyle with any donations.
- We are currently coordinating musicians and entertainers to perform outside of Riverbend's building, on the sidewalk, for the purpose of brightening the residents' days. Please contact Kate MacLean at 685-7757 if you would consider volunteering.
- tel. 685 -2290
- No Congregate Meals until further notice.
- Meals on Wheels still available.
- For a take out meal, call the site before 9:30 am.
- Open every Saturday, currently.
- Please practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Must have exact change or check written to "Town of Chelsea" beginning April 4th.
- Price list available here.
- Statement from Selectboard available here.
Green Mountain Power:
- Is currently suspending disconnections due to late payments. Read more here.
- Has not offered any such commitment, but they can be contacted here.
- Chelsea lobby is closed but window service will be available for deposits & cashing transactions on the ATM ramp.
- Use the night/day drop box when possible; must be in sealed envelope.
- ATM is available to do withdrawals and deposits too.
- For all other needs please call for an appt. and make an appointment but it’s not fully required you just may need to wait a few minutes in your car.
Vermont Economic Services:
- Waiving in-person contact requirements for benefits programs. Apply online or by phone.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued guidance, as well as information on the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The SBA is working with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the virus. If you are a Vermont small business being affected right now, contact the SBA district office at 802-828-4422.
- Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has also established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ACCD and the Department of Labor are working to keep you updated whenever new information becomes available. We encourage you to sign-up for ACCD’s Business and Economic Response to COVID-19 Newsletter
- The Department of Labor will be issuing guidance for Employers and Employees, including information on the potential impact on unemployment insurance benefits, employee sick-time and other issues as a result of COVID-19. More information and further updates can be found at labor.vermont.gov.
TO VOLUNTEER :
As COVID 19 spreads through our community we will need a strong web of volunteers to address some of the varying needs of our neighbors. To Volunteer OR IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ANY NON-EMERGENCY HELP please use this form to get in touch.