June Coalition Meeting

Join us on June 23 from 12-1:30pm at Parks Place for the monthly coalition meetings for Greater Falls Connections. This month’s topic is Trauma & Prevention. Voting for the candidates for the coalition board will take place, along with amendments to the coalition bylaws. Updates on our work will be provided. Come learn, share, and be part of community-oriented solutions. Meetings are open to everyone. Lunch will be provided. Prevention through Inspiration!

The Opiate Effect on 4/5 at RFPL

The Rockingham Free Public Library and Greater Falls Connections will be showing the documentary The Opiate Effect on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00pm at the Library. The film viewing will be followed by a discussion with Skip Gates, father of the UVM student featured in the film. The showing is free and open to the public.

The Opiate Effect is a powerful 22-minute film, that tells the story of UVM student Will Gates, who overdosed on heroin, and the impact that experience that had on his family. Skip Gates, Will’s father, will be present to share his experience and to educate about the dangers of opiate prescription drugs and heroin. Captain John Merrigan, Commander of Special Investigations with the VT State Police, will join Mr. Gates to speak to the scope of the drug epidemic in Vermont.

Following the discussion, Michael Johnson and Brandy Cheney of Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield will talk about the hope that recovery centers have to offer. Attendees will also have the option to participate in a free, 10-minute training on how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. Greater Falls Connections will be in attendance to connect community members with local efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse. Finally, to close the event, there will be a candlelight vigil to honor those we have lost, and those who we hope will find a path to recovery.

The Rockingham Free Public Library is located at 65 Westminster St, Bellows Falls, VT. This event is hosted by The Rockingham Free Public Library and supported by Greater Falls Connections. For more information call the library at 802.463.4270 or go online to www.rockinghamlibrary.org.

March Coalition Meeting: Highlights from DC Visit

Greater Falls Connections will host the monthly coalition meeting from 12-1:30pm on Friday, March 24 at Parks Place Community Center on 44 School St in Bellows Falls. Highlights and ideas will be shared from a recent visit to Washington, DC, where two coalition members attended a national leadership forum. There will also be an update on this year’s Kick Butts Day activities. Kick Butts Day is a nationwide initiative that empowers student advocates to lead the effort to stop youth tobacco use. Lunch and good company will be provided at the meeting. Prevention through Inspiration!

Community Meeting Jan. 26

We will be hosting a Community Planning Meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 6pm to plan our activities for 2017. Food will be provided. Come lend your voice to the coalition’s work. Prevention through inspiration!

Coalition Meeting – Community Planning 1/20

January’s Coalition Meeting will be a Community Planning Meeting to plan our activities for 2017. The meeting will be from 12-2:30pm on Friday, January 20 at Parks Place. Come lend your voice to the coalition’s work. Lunch will be provided. Prevention through inspiration!

Community Dinner 12/19

You are invited to join us for a community dinner at The Stone Church (Immanuel Episcopal) on School St. in Bellows Falls.

When: Monday, December 19th at 5:00pm

Come celebrate the season with a lovely dinner!

The Other Side of Cannabis 11/17 at RFPL

11/17 Documentary at RFPL. Marijuana today is stronger, and growing evidence shows that THC use comes with risks. Greater Falls Connections will be showing the documentary film “The Other Side Of Cannabis” on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00-8:00pm at Rockingham Free Public Library. The film viewing will be followed by a brief panel discussion. The showing is free and open to the public.


Nov. 18 Coalition Meeting 12pm

Our monthly coalition meeting will be from 12-1:30pm on Friday, November 18 at Parks Place. Join us to discuss updates on recent and upcoming events in the community. This month’s discussion will focus on youth marijuana prevention. Come lend your voice to the coalition’s work. Lunch will be provided.

Annual GFC BBQ July 21!

Join us on Thursday, July 21 at the Rockingham Rec Center for our annual BBQ from 5-7pm. A fun summer potluck to celebrate inspiration, community and prevention. We will be making the official announcement of this year’s ACE award winner. If you would like, you can bring a dish to share. We will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs. Hope to see you there!

Community Meeting on Youth Empowerment on 6/22 at 6PM

In response to the closure of the Bellows Falls branch of the Boys & Girls Club, we want to ensure that all youth will have a place to thrive. A place that primarily focuses on youth leadership and community engagement. How do we create a compassionate space where all are treated equal and everyone’s voice is heard? We are working on creating a new afterschool/summer program that will serve the youth of Bellows Falls VT.

The meeting will take place at the Rockingham Town Hall Lower Theater on Wed. June 22 from 6:00-7:30 PM.

Community meeting Flyer june 22