What’s New at MFCC

MFCC Family Satisfaction Survey

If you are an individual or family who has used any MFCC service or program in the last 6 months, please take the time to fill out this short, important survey. This survey impacts the grant funding we receive to be be able to continue providing these essential services to you, your families and our community.

Thank you!

-The MFCC Team

Click here to be directed to our survey.

School Supplies

For every child in our community who would otherwise go without, MFCC wants to fill a new backpack with new school supplies.  It is our goal to help make sure every child in our community starts this school year with what they need for a great new year of learning.  Thanks to generous funding from a private funder, we have the new backpacks.  Now our challenge is to gather enough school supplies to put into each backpack that we will give to a child in need. 

DONORS

School supplies donations can be dropped off at The Milton Family Community Center (MFCC), located at 23 Villemaire Lane, Milton, VT; between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday.  Donated items needed by Monday August 24th to assure we know we have enough supplies for every backpack given to a child in need. Please see the list of supplies here:

FAMILIES

  • Families needing assistance with school supplies may pick up an application beginning August 12th.  Applications due back to MFCC no later than Wednesday August 19th – THIS IS ONLY A ONE WEEK PERIOD TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION. COVID-19 PROTOCOL: YOU MUST CALL AHEAD TO PICK UP YOUR APPLICATION
  • COVID-19 PROTOCOL: WE WILL CALL YOU TO SCHEDULE PICK UP DAY AND TIME OF YOUR FAMILY’S SUPPLIES.

Here is a printable application that you can fill out and drop off between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Please call ahead to let us know you will be coming by to drop off an application at (802) 893-1457.

Housing Resources

Rental Housing Stabilization Program: The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Rental Housing Stabilization Program (RHSP) is for funding landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance due to COVID-19 to avert tenant eviction. This program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria. The goal of this program is to prevent homelessness and to provide housing stability.
Total funding available is currently $25 million. The program is funded through Vermont’s allocation of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/

Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program: is intended to help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to threemonthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. Information and application materials are available on Vermont Housing

Finance Agency’s website http://www.vhfa.org/map and a hotline is open 9am-4pm Monday-Friday at 1-800-889-2047. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020. https://www.vhfa.org/map/

MARKS Heart Initiative Partnering with the MFCC Emergency Food Shelf

Effective Wednesday July 1st, Heart n Soul by MARKS BBQ will be partnering with the Milton Family Community Center’s Emergency Food Shelf to provide 50 meals per week to food insecure families in Milton and the surrounding communities. This will be an ongoing initiative.

The MARKS Heart Initiative was initially located at the ACE Hardware in Milton. They reached out to us with the hope that with this partnership, they can feed more people in the community. We are humbled by Mark and his team, and their passion for giving back to their Vermont communities. Thank you MARKS BBQ!

Meals will be distributed to our participants who call in daily to make their appointments for food shelf pick up. If your family, or a family you know is food insecure and could use a meal, even if for one night, please call us to schedule a meal pick up. Please let us know when you call if you are not a regular participant of ours and are just in need of a MARKS meal for your family.

Meals will be here every Wednesday by 12:00 pm and served until 2:00 pm, and available Thursday as well from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Yellowjackets Fund

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The Yellowjackets Fund is a new program for Milton families with school age children who have been thrown into crisis by the coronavirus pandemic. This new fund is being launched by the Milton Family Community Center (MFCC) to help Milton families get through this unprecedented threat to their well-being. MFCC is ready to receive donations for the substantial needs of Milton families. The increase in food assistance at Vermont’s foodbanks and in applications for 3Squares tell the blunt truth about what families are facing as do the tens of thousands seeking unemployment. The Yellowjackets Fund will be a direct source of support for families to address food insecurity, health care, and any basic needs creating a bridge from this crisis to the far side when we can all get back on our feet. A clear-eyed look at the crisis now indicates this crossing will last for some time making the need for sustained support apparent and essential.

Make a Donation Now

Our capacity to see the suffering of others as our own is what will bring us through the coronavirus pandemic with our communities intact and perhaps even strengthened by that simple act of giving whatever we can. Just as we saw Governor’s send ventilators to states with the greatest need, we need to share our resources to the best of our ability with the families we know need it most right now.

How to Donate
Make a check payable to the Milton Family Community
Center AND note in the check memo that your contribution is
for the Yellowjackets Fund and Mail to:
MFCC
PO Box 619
Milton, VT 05468

OR

Go to the MFCC webpage’s How to Donate dropdown menu. Follow the
directions to the Donate Now button. Again, there will be an option to add
a memo message — Make sure to note that your donation is for the
Yellowjackets Fund. Here is the link:

Milton Family Center – How to Donate

For more information contact Vikki Patterson at MFCC by email: vpatterson@miltonfamilycenter.org or by phone: 802.893.1457.