January 21st, 2022

VCDC NEWS & EVENTS!

New Member Alert!

Help us welcome Glass Act as our newest chamber member! Want beautiful, sparkling windows at your home or business? Give Paul and Patti of Glass Act a call! Set up your free estimate today at (605) 670-9085.

VCDC Up NEXT Coffee Hour

Join us for Up NEXT Coffee Hour as we have a conversation with Ranked Choice Voting. Coffee Hour begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at the McVicker Plaza.

Thank you to our January sponsor – Premier Realty & Property Management!

New Vermillion NEXT Members

Help us welcome Alexis Collins, Emma Schrick, and Stephanie Otto to the Vermillion NEXT Young Professionals Network!

Legislative Cracker Barrel

February 12th and February 26th

9:00am – 11:00am at Vermillion City Hall

Live on Facebook

@LiveVermillion or local Channel 3

Chamber News

Vermillion Food Pantry 2022 Souper Bowl Challenge

Donate 5+ cans of soup or $5+ every time you watch a football game.

Donate at VFP, 9 Court Street, Vermillion, SD or click link.

Questions? Please call Vermilion Food Pantry at 605-658-0118

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKS QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties seeks a qualified applicant for a homeownership opportunity in Clay County. Qualified applicants must live or work in Clay County, demonstrate a need for housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity by providing sweat equity hours to build their new home, must demonstrate the ability to repay a mortgage loan, and must show a satisfactory payment history with creditors.

Habitat for Humanity advocates for and delivers safe, adequate, and affordable housing. We seek to improve the lives of families by offering stable and secure shelter, which becomes a pathway for self-reliance. For more information on this homeownership, call the Habitat office at 605-260-4224, email habitatclayyank@gmail.com or go to www.habitatclayyankton.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS!

Winter / Spring 2022

Early Literacy Programs

(Preschool and younger)

Jan 10 – Apr 28

Mondays:

6pm 0-5yrs Storytime

Storytime for children 0-5 and their caregiver that includes stories, movement, song, & more.

Tuesdays:

10am Little Learners

This program is for 3-5-year olds who are ready for some independent time? The Little Learners program will take place in the activity room and will include a story, songs, or fingerplays, and a hands-on activity. Parents and siblings are asked to remain in the children’s area.

Wednesdays:

10am 0-5yrs Storytime

Storytime for children 05 and their caregiver that includes stories, movement, song, & more.

Thursdays:

10am Little Exploration Stations

Preschool and under, along with a caregiver, can learn through play as they enjoy the various stations each week.

School-aged Programs

Monday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm S.T.E.M

Elementary end early middle school are invited to come create with us! Art, crafts, maker projects, and more!

Tuesday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm USD Buddies

Homework help, reading practice, and learning games with USD Ed. Majors.

3:45 – 5:45 pm Dungeons & Dragons

Group 1 (5th-12th grade)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Teen Takeover

(6th – 12th grade)

‘2nd Tuesday of each month

Wednesday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm LEGO Club

We supply the bricks and you supply the creativity

Thursday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm Create Club

Elementary and early middle school are invited to come create with us! Art, crafts, maker projects, and more!

3:45 – 5:45 pm Role Playing Games

Group 2 (5th-12th grade)

Friday:

10:00 – 11:00 am Homeschool Libratory

Homeschool families are invited to join for a different activity each month. (4th Friday of each month)

3:45 – 4:45pm Cartoon and Color

Color or draw while enjoying a show!

Cabin Fever Reliever Adult Reading Challenge

January 1 – March 1

Grab a reading log and battle that cabin fever by reading! Return your log to be entered in to win a prize! Winners will be contacted in March! www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org

Reiki

January 22nd, 2022 at noon in the Kozak room at the library. Register here: bit.ly/vplreiki

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be having a presenter on Reiki from the local shop, Studio Muse! Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing. The presenter, Gazmyne, will be explaining in depth of what Reiki is, how it works, give a demonstration, and answer any questions that you might have!

VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 2022 Dates

Tue Feb 22 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Thu Feb 24 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Sat Feb 26 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mon Feb 28 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tue Mar 1 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Thu Mar 3 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Sat Mar 5 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mon Mar 7 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tue Mar 8 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Thu Mar 10 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Mon Mar 21 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Community Impact Fundraising Event for Main Street Center.

You’re invited! January 24th, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pizza Ranch in Vermillion, SD.

COMMUNITY NEWS!

With Kanopy, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, For Free

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Vermillion Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting vermillionpubliclibrary.org. Use your library card to log in and create an account. Each library card holder has 10 credits for films, 2 credits for The Great Courses, and unlimited plays in Kanopy Kids per month. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides Vermillion Public Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere. The Kanopy collection includes indie hits, classic masterpieces, and award-winning documentaries.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.

Vermillion Medical Clinic Makes Donation to Weekend Backpack Food Program

[Vermillion, S.D.] – The physicians and staff of Vermillion Medical Clinic presented Vermillion Weekend Backpack Program with a check in the amount of $2,500.

Weekend Backpack Program is a non-profit organization managed through Feeding Vermillion that provides nutritious meals and snacks to students in Vermillion before each weekend of the school year. According to John Lushbough, the director of Feeding Vermillion, “The program serves approximately 250 students each week, and that includes those that use Tanager Takeout.” K-12 students in all Vermillion schools are eligible including Head Start and St. Agnes. To register call 211, visit Feeding Vermillion’s website or ask the school for a registration form. Feeding Vermillion also manages Tanager Takeout, a food pantry located in Vermillion High School and the Welcome Table which provides a warm, nutritious meal to anyone every Tuesday.

The physicians and staff at Vermillion Medical Clinic voted to award the donation to the Weekend Backpack program. Lushbough said of the donation, “It’s a Godsend, this will help so many people.” The Weekend Backpack program and Tanager Takeout rely heavily on donations for support. Lushbough said they are a United Way agency and do partner with Feeding South Dakota to purchase food and supplies at substantial savings, there is also a lot of cooperation with the local food pantry.

Lushbough has been leading Feeding Vermillion since 2001 and said, “There are a lot of people in need and this [Backpack Program] is something we can do to help.”

About Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The Medical Clinic and Yankton Clinic were established in 1946 and merged to create Yankton Medical Clinic,

P.C. on January 1, 2982. Physician-owned and operated, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is a multi-specialty clinic with 46 physicians, 15 advance practice providers, 18 medical specialties, more than 270 employees, four clinic locations, including Vermillion, S.D., Norfolk, Nebr. and two in Yankton S.D., and serves 16 outreach locations in South Dakota and Nebraska. www.YanktonMedicalClinic.com

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas at their Vermillion store. Sharing the Dream is a fair-trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. Their downtown store sells hand-crafted Guatemalan products and the profits support projects in Guatemala, such as workshops with artisans, healthcare and meals for elders, and a scholarship program for school aged students. 

Volunteers in the Vermillion store provide customer service and assist with various store tasks tailored to their individual gifts. A few projects that volunteers have helped with include designing displays, working with inventory, providing social media and website updates, and Spanish letter translation. By volunteering with Sharing the Dream, you have the opportunity to promote fair trade values and sustainability while fostering a global community.  

Contact info: Anna Van Holland -  info@sharingthedream.org

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