Working Together for Stronger Communities

By Ron Miller
green drinks evening

Our mission at Sustainable Woodstock is to help build a thriving and resilient community. Obviously, a small group of volunteers cannot, by themselves, build a community—it takes the active involvement of many people, with diverse interests and points of view. While we can focus attention on certain issues, challenges, and project ideas, the residents of our region power our efforts by becoming engaged in these issues and helping our community reach its goals.

An easy first step is to start talking about these ideas. What does a thriving and resilient community mean to you? Why is it important to deliberately work toward creating one (or do you think such effort is not necessary)? What issues do you want to see addressed? We intend to provide more opportunities to share your thoughts and your vision of a thriving community.

We have several focused program areas including the East End project, energy, food security and permaculture, recycling, and transportation. Our work embraces not only Woodstock but surrounding towns as well, so we hope to include participants from across the region.

Sustainable Woodstock hosts a number of events open to the community. If you haven’t yet had a chance to attend one of our events yet, a great place to start is with our ‘Green Drinks’ nights. Join us the third Thursday of each month at Worthy Kitchen from 5:00pm-6:30pm. This event is free and open to everyone. We work to keep the conversation around building a sustainable community alive at these events as well as providing a platform to meet new people, explore new opportunities, and enjoy complimentary eats from local restaurants. Contact Zach Ralph at Sustainable Woodstock for more information at zach@sustainablewoodstock.org.

Take a look at our website, sustainablewoodstock.org. You can read more about our vision as well as our program areas focused on helping Woodstock and our portion of Windsor County become a more resilient community. Our website also contains much information about ways to get involved in community projects. You’ll find details about our community gardens, and an application form, in the “Programs” section under “Food.” The expanding “Resources” section includes guides to recycling options, local farms, and energy efficiency, along with a list of links to regional and national organizations doing good work on sustainability. We describe numerous volunteer opportunities under the “Get Involved” tab (which also explains how you can provide financial support for our work, something we always need and appreciate).

If you have not been involved in our work up to now, we invite you to learn about what we do and why we think our efforts are important. Even if you have never communicated with us before, we want to hear from you. You don’t need to be an environmental activist–everyone has a stake in our community’s future, and everyone has some idea, if not a compelling vision, of what a viable, livable, welcoming community looks and feels like. Let’s talk! Contact our director, Sally Miller, at sally@sustainablewoodstock.org for more information.

Do Just One Thing: Join the conversation about our community’s future.

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