Are you working locally to help your community respond to Covid-19?

Are you looking ahead beyond the pandemic and considering what recovery looks like and how you will shape it in your community?

Do you want to join regularly with a group of other Vermonters who share this focus, to build connections and provide mutual support?

The pandemic has upended life for many Vermonters and had a major impact on our communities and local economy. This moment has served to remind us that collectively we all hold the keys to community health and vitality. Vermonters are stepping up in countless ways, from neighbor to neighbor, through mutual aid efforts, and through businesses, organizations and local and state government. As part of the new Vermont Community Leadership Network, the Vermont Council on Rural Development is launching a new program to convene and provide targeted support to a cohort of Vermonters working actively on response and recovery. The Community Response and Recovery Corps will come together beginning in April to build connections, learn from each other, provide mutual support, and connect with resource providers.

Strong, capable, and connected local leaders are the key to getting things done quickly and collaboratively in communities. In their success lies the success of our state as a whole. The Community Response and Recovery Corps is designed to bring together new and experienced leaders as they work to address the current challenges of the pandemic and help Vermont emerge stronger than ever. Jon Copans, Program Director

Register for that session here. For more information, check out this information session that discusses the program:

There is no cost to participate as a member of the Corps. All that we ask from those who join is that they commit to participate in each session and carry forward their community work.

To apply, please submit this short form by March 29, 2021: