COVID-19 Response from Capstone Community Action

13 March 2020

Our goal is to maintain critical services while reducing risks of exposure and virus spreading.

Announcement from Capstone Community Action

Dear Central Vermont Community:

At Capstone Community Action we put the well-being of our participants and community first. The Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spreading throughout the world and our country. There are only a few confirmed cases in Vermont, but we know that we must take steps today to avoid exposure to the virus. Our goal is to maintain critical services while reducing risks of exposure and virus spreading. Because we want to keep people safe, we will continue to provide critical services, and limit the people in our buildings.

We are learning about the virus and its impact on our state on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis. The media is sharing a lot of information that can be worrisome and confusing. We are closely following the recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is what we know:

Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and affects your lungs and breathing.

Symptoms: If you have a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, call your doctor first. The Vermont Department of Health is asking you not to go to the ER, but to call your doctor first.

Risk: If you are over 60 years old, or get sick easily, you are more likely to get sick from the Coronavirus. If you are a young person who is healthy you may not have any symptoms or you might get better very quickly.

Safety: Virus germs are invisible, but may be anywhere so wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds—Wash your hands throughout the day. Limit physical contact with others-avoid shaking hands or hugging friends. Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and avoid large gatherings and events.


Here is what we have planned at Capstone’s Barre office to maintain our critical services while keeping you safe: Please note, our doors may be locked, but we are open for business.

Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance: Starting Monday March 16th, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone. Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.

Barre Food Shelf: Starting Monday, March 16th, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags which will be available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building. For the time being, our MWF schedule will remain the same. You may continue to visit every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread.

Tax Assistance: Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be accepting drop-offs at our Gable Place office in Barre, our Randolph office, and our Morrisville office. We will not be conducting in-person appointments at this time. Please call: 802-477-5148 to arrange a drop off, or drop off during regular business hours. If doors are locked, ring the doorbell and someone will collect your paperwork. Please bring your picture ID and social security number cards for you and your dependents, if applicable, and we will make copies.

Head Start: The Learning Together Center in Barre and Lamoille County Early Learning Center in Morrisville will temporarily close. Staff will work with families to continue to meet their needs during this time.

Thank you for understanding why we are making changes to how we provide services. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff and the greater central Vermont community are our top priority. Please visit our website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for updated information.

Announcement from March 13, 2020 at 12pm


Our Locations

Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West

PO Box 284, 12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060
1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

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