“Discover Vermont CARES: Compassion, Advocacy, and Dedication in Action”

Founded in 1985, Vermont CARES has been at the forefront of community service, embodying the spirit of compassion and dedication that defines the Green Mountain State. Our journey began as a small group of committed individuals, driven by a shared vision to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

Over the years, Vermont CARES has grown, but our core values remain unchanged. We believe in the power of community, the importance of advocacy, and the necessity of providing resources and support to those in need. Our history is a testament to the resilience and strength of the communities we serve, and the unwavering commitment of
our team.

From our humble beginnings to our current expansive outreach, Vermont CARES has been a beacon of hope, a voice for the unheard, and a force for positive change. Join us as we continue to write our story, one of care, commitment, and community.

Vermont CARES wishes everyone a safe and reflective Memorial Day. Our thoughts are with those we have lost to war and those who are living with the effects of past service or war experiences.

Our offices will reopen on 5/28/2024.

Vermont CARES wishes everyone a safe and reflective Memorial Day. Our thoughts are with those we have lost to war and those who are living with the effects of past service or war experiences.

Our offices will reopen on 5/28/2024.
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Interested in volunteering with Vermont CARES? Our Burlington office hosts a monthly Volunteer Event open to current and new volunteers and YOU’RE INVITED!

Our next event will be on May 13th from 5:30 to 8:00pm at our Burlington office. We will be assembling Safer Use Kits of all kinds. If you have not volunteered with us before, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at VOLUNTEER01@VTCARES.ORG prior to the night of the event.

Can’t make it this month? Don’t worry, we’ll have these events every month!

These volunteer evenings are a great way to get to know your local harm reduction organization better and learn about the work we do! Your support will go a long way to ensuring our neighbors have the tools they need to stay safe and healthy. No prior experience is required to attend; we ask all volunteers to be respectful of our clients and mission. Volunteers under the age of 18 years of age can attend with an adult.

Interested in volunteering with Vermont CARES? Our Burlington office hosts a monthly Volunteer Event open to current and new volunteers and YOU’RE INVITED!

Our next event will be on May 13th from 5:30 to 8:00pm at our Burlington office. We will be assembling Safer Use Kits of all kinds. If you have not volunteered with us before, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at VOLUNTEER01@VTCARES.ORG prior to the night of the event.

Can’t make it this month? Don’t worry, we’ll have these events every month!

These volunteer evenings are a great way to get to know your local harm reduction organization better and learn about the work we do! Your support will go a long way to ensuring our neighbors have the tools they need to stay safe and healthy. No prior experience is required to attend; we ask all volunteers to be respectful of our clients and mission. Volunteers under the age of 18 years of age can attend with an adult.
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Overdose Prevention Centers can serve as a backdrop for safer substance use, a bridge to recovery from substance use disorder, and a beacon of hope for those who are struggling. Vermont’s system of substance use services should include OPCs as a tool to connect with and support people who use substances. We must move to include OPCs in Vermont’s response to overdose fatalities.

You can show your support by adding your name to the letter at the link in our bio.

Source: Oudshoorn, A., et al. (2021). A critical narrative inquiry to understand the impacts of an overdose prevention site on the lives of Site Users. Harm Reduction Journal, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00458-0

Overdose Prevention Centers can serve as a backdrop for safer substance use, a bridge to recovery from substance use disorder, and a beacon of hope for those who are struggling. Vermont’s system of substance use services should include OPCs as a tool to connect with and support people who use substances. We must move to include OPCs in Vermont’s response to overdose fatalities.

You can show your support by adding your name to the letter at the link in our bio.

Source: Oudshoorn, A., et al. (2021). A critical narrative inquiry to understand the impacts of an overdose prevention site on the lives of Site Users. Harm Reduction Journal, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00458-0
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As is often said in the #Recovery community, the opposite of Addiction is Connection. People who use drugs and people with substance use disorders face profound stigma in our society which can lead to isolation and marginalization. #HarmReduction, in the form of syringe service programs (SSPs) and overdose prevention centers (OPCs), aims to provide spaces where people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Substance use and addiction are not moral failings. Together, we can end the stigma that surrounds substance use and prevents connection.

As is often said in the #Recovery community, the opposite of Addiction is Connection. People who use drugs and people with substance use disorders face profound stigma in our society which can lead to isolation and marginalization. #HarmReduction, in the form of syringe service programs (SSPs) and overdose prevention centers (OPCs), aims to provide spaces where people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Substance use and addiction are not moral failings. Together, we can end the stigma that surrounds substance use and prevents connection.
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📲 Download the Vermont CARES and request FREE Narcan today!

[link to download app is in our bio]

📲 Download the Vermont CARES and request FREE Narcan today!

[link to download app is in our bio]
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