Before the coronavirus pandemic, a reliable connection to the internet was essential for many of us. Flash forward to now, a reliable connection to the internet means access to healthcare, education, employment, customers, grocery delivery—essential for basic needs and income. Still, in Vermont, about 70,000 households and businesses either do not have internet connection or inconsistent, dated dial-up access.Read more about "The VT COVID-19 Response Fund Recovery Initiatives: A Q+A on Rural Connectivity "
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Northeast Kingdom Communities Display Resilience During Pandemic
The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative's mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the NEK through coordinated economic and community development. The organization has created a COVID-19 page on its website that includes resource lists organized by categories such as food access and financial support, a toolkit for establishing a community response, and a list of "10 Things You Can Do to Help the NEK Thru COVID-19".
In addition, the NEK Collaborative has collected stories from communities throughout the Northeast Kingdom highlighting unique town projects that "demonstrate just how innovative and resilient the NEK really is." We encourage you to read and be inspired!