Springfield Regional Council Recap – September 2017

Ellen Taetzsch
Northern Windsor, Orange and Springfield Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




  • The Springfield Area Regional Building Bright Futures Council recently celebrated accomplishments from our previous year. Some of the highlights include: in partnership with many local organizations, starting the first Vermont diaper bank called “Time for a Change”, revamping our Welcome Baby Program, holding a Family Fun Day and supporting four different Promise Communities within our region. Time for a Change has distributed more than 10,400 diapers between February 1st and September 1st. This program has done a great job filling in a gap in the community.
  • The Welcome Baby Program includes a revamped bag with resources, more digestible information and community gifts given at relevant times coupled with home visits and parties throughout the year. The Family Fun Day was held in order to help support families in free educational and fun activities that could be translated into their homes.
  • The Springfield Region has four Promise Communities being supported (Bellows Falls, Springfield, Chester, and Windsor) that have all designed innovative ways to support children in their respective communities.

Council members also participated in the Build Our Future interview and in doing so learned about Appreciative Inquiry. Some of the themes that came up were valued and well paid workforce, enriching environments, creating holistic approaches, ensuring child development information is available in a variety of places like grocery stores and using a multi-generational approach.

Within the Springfield Region the Bellows Falls Team was recently formed with of the following mission: “The Bellows Falls Team coordinates resources that empower families to identify and achieve their goals through a family-centered approach.  The Bellows Falls Team is a collaboration of local service providers with the shared goal of changing service delivery methodology by shifting the responsibility of navigating the system of human services to the providers.” This team came about to address the issue of communication between agencies and organizations serving families. The goal is to reduce duplication and confusion, and to provide a more integrated and effective system at a local level. This group is still in the beginning stages but already has many great ideas and a diverse group of stakeholders around the table.

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