Barre Town works with and supports by voter approval several organizations and non-profits in the town and within Washington County that provide various services to the people of Barre Town and the surrounding areas. For more information on the town donations see our annual report
. For more information on these services please visit the organization's website.
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Adult and Family Services
Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) is a community based nonprofit organization serving the basic education and literacy needs of Barre Town residents from ages 16-90+. There are 6 learning centers across central Vermont. The Barre location is next to the Aldrich Library at 46 Washington Street, Barre City.
Formerly the Central Vermont Community Action Council, Capstone Community Action has supported residents of Washington County and beyond build better lives for themselves and their communities since 1965. CVCAC offers a variety of services to support working families such as Head Start and Early Head Start programs, financial education, food shelves and nutrition resources, housing counseling, tax preparation, teen parent education, emergency heating assistance, home weatherization, workforce training, healthcare navigation and more. These services are often available at little or no cost to families and individuals of Barre Town.
The Family Center of Washington County fosters positive growth and development of young children and families through several programs including early childhood programs, playgrounds for children birth to five, parent education and outreach, training for child care providers, assistance in finding and paying for Child Care and planning and coordinating Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council region-wide programs for parents.
The People's Health and Wellness Clinic (PHWC) provides primary health care, dental care, and wellness education to central Vermont residents that meet income guidelines. They also assist residents with finding health insurance and a primary care doctor. They were recently awarded a state contract as a Navigation Organization and have eight trained Navigators to provide face-to-face assistance for individuals and small businesses seeking to compare health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect.
Barre Town voted to join this effort, new as of 2018, to create a high speed Internet District in Central Vermont, along with Barre City, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Middlesex, Montpelier, Northfield, Plainfield, Roxbury, Williamstown, and Worcester. No tax money can be used by this district. Each municipality can appoint a representative and an alternate to the board annually on the first Tuesday in March.
- Barre Town Representatives to the Central Vermont Internet Board
- Primary: Vacant Term expires: March 1, 2023.
- Alternate: Vacant Term expires: March 1, 2023.
Barre Area Senior Center serves adults 50+ in Barre City, Barre Town, South Barre, East Barre, Berlin, Montpelier, Plainfield, Orange, Washington, Williamstown and East Calais. There is no membership fee required to access services. They offer various classes including language classes and exercise classes. Other services include monthly luncheons, flu shot clinics, speakers, and trips outside of the community to various places and activities like Lake Memphremagog boat cruise, a Clambake at York Harbor, or Lake George Dinner Theatre.
For more than 40 years the Central Vermont council on Aging (CVCOA) has supported older Vermonters in leading healthy, meaningful and dignified lives. Services are provided at no charge to elders and their families and include health insurance counseling, community and home delivered meals, case management, transportation to essential destinations, legal services, family caregiver services, fuel assistance, and more.
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (CVHHH) is a full service non profit Visiting Nurse Association organization that is committed to providing high quality medically-necessary home health and hospice care to all Central Vermonters regardless of their ability to pay. They also provide general health services to the people of Barre including flu and pneumonia vaccinations, health screenings, foot care clinics, international travelers, and comprehensive bereavement services.
The RSVP Program is provided by the Central Vermont Council on Aging. Community members 55+ can sign up to volunteer for various community projects, such as delivering Meals on Wheels, providing companionship to older neighbors, building accessibility ramps, or volunteer at other organizations around town such as Aldrich Public Library, the Bene-fit Shop, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, and more. The RSVP program is an excellent opportunity for older residents to keep active in the Barre Town community.
Senior Guidance on Assisted Living
Although not Senior Guidance is not based in the area, the organization is dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly and host a dedicated section on their website that provides detailed on Vermont assisted living. It includes all services available for seniors living in Vermont, outlines helpful state programs for seniors and allows you to find assisted living facilities in every city, town and county in Vermont.
Aldrich Public Library
In the 1890s, Leonard Frost Aldrich bequeathed money for a free public library in Barre, VT. At the time, Barre City was still included in the Town of Barre. The Aldrich Library, which has been developed from the generous gift of Mr. Aldrich, still serves all of Barre. The library is operated by an autonomous Board of Trustees. The Town of Barre supports the library from tax revenues.
The Aldrich Library Board of Trustees recently completed a $1.6 million addition and renovation project to the original library first constructed in 1907. The Trustees also operate a satellite library in the village of East Barre. Recently the Aldrich library was selected to participate in Vermont's statewide broadband expansion project, Vermont Fiber. They now boost six WiFi hot spots inside the library. Their most recent strategic plan can be viewed here
Good Samaritan Haven is developing transitional housing at the former Phoenix House location at 580 South Barre Road to support those who are transitioning from homelessness to their own housing. Program staff keep the town informed via a Community Relations Work Group that meets quarterly. Work group members appointed by the Barre Town Selectboard are:
- Norma Malone, Barre Town Selectboard representative: firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-479-5001
- Elaine Wang, Barre Town staff representative; email@example.com, 802-479-9331
- Chief William Dodge, Barre Town Police Department representative; firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-479-0509
- James West, South Barre resident representative: email@example.com; 802-839-9576
The Washington County Youth Services Bureau / Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization that assists young people and families through Washington County by providing various prevention, counseling, and support services to teens and families. Most services are free or offered on a sliding fee scale. They also provide a Thanksgiving Dinner to home-bound residents of Washington County
The Vermont Veteran's Home is a licensed residential care facility with skilled nursing care, a certified Alzheimer's Unit, rehabilitation therapy, registered dietician services, podiatry care, dental services, guest rooms, and more. There is also a public picnic area and fish pond located on the property for resident's use and enjoyment.