Roots Rules!

It’s not every day a non-profit organization gets the opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of sunshine, fabulous conversations, local food and sensational roots music. Not to mention, the chance to share our important work with everyone in attendance. Well, that’s exactly the opportunity we had during the 15th Annual Roots on the River Music Festival that took place in Rockingham June 5th through the 8th.


Ready for conversation!

On behalf of its staff, board and members, Greater Falls Connections would like to thank the organizers of Roots for their generous and passionate support of our work. Greater Falls Connections, a local community organizing and substance prevention group, was chosen as this year’s non-profit partner. With that distinction, we were able to promote our efforts to achieve a supportive, nurturing and connected community. Additionally, through a 50/50 raffle, we were able to raise nearly $300 that will help increase our efforts to prevent substance abuse, de-stigmatize addiction and support recovery. Countless numbers of festival-goers shared their stories and their support for our work.

We would like to especially thank festival organizers Ray Massucco, Andrea Bernard and Ezra Veitch for publicizing our involvement beforehand, announcing our participation throughout the weekend and assisting with our booth, signage and the raffle on two of the busiest days. Additionally, we would like to thank them for their dedication to making the festival a smoke-free weekend.


Greater Falls Connections is a community-driven organization and it would not exist without the support of individuals, businesses and organizations such as Vermont Festivals. We are humbled and thankful for the opportunity and support.

Greater Falls Connections

June Coalition Gathering

June Coalition Gathering
Thursday, June 19. 4:00-5:30pm
Parks Place
44 School St.
Bellows Falls

Join Team GFC for our monthly coalition gathering, now on a new day/time: every 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 4pm.

This month, GFC will introduce the Ready By 21 group and share how community members can play a role in building community by supporting youth from birth to 21.

Ready By 21 is a diverse group of community members and organizations identifying ways to support families and improve systems in order to change the odds for children and youth. The goal is to have all young people ready by 21 for college, work and life. To find out more about the Ready By 21 model, click here.

We will also have some updates from our April 24 Community Forum follow-up, events and activities for the summer (including Park-a-Palooza III) and our annual July BBQ.

RSVP at our Facebook Event Page Here.

Bellows Falls Healthy Community Day

Bellows Falls Healthy Community Day
Saturday, May 31. 11:30am-4:00pm
Waypoint Center
Bellows Falls

Live music, food, inspirational speakers, information about health and prevention, raffles, and much much more to promote a Healthy Bellows Falls.

The idea for this event stemmed from: recent data about substance abuse in our area, community perception towards youth, and wanting to promote healthy habits.

Organized by the Student Leadership Council & Above The Influence groups at the Bellows Falls Middle School

For more information or to make a contribution to the event (details below), contact Orianna Baez, BFMS Student Leadership Advisor at 802.463.4466 or OR Jamie Card, WNESU Student Assistance Program (SAP) at 802.463.4366 at

The youth have a goal of raising $2,000. The following are some options to consider when making a contribution:

  • $300 – Your name, description, and logo on all marketing materials, website, and recognition at our event.
  • $200 – Your name and description on our marketing materials and website.
  • $100 – Your name and logo on marketing materials.
  • $50 – Your name on marketing materials.