Save the Date for Community Jamboree
A “Community Jamboree” will take place from 11am-2pm on Saturday, September 16th at the Mary Hogan Rec Park in Middlebury. There will be live music, family-friendly activities and free safety gear for bikers and pedestrians, including toddler helmets from Frog Hollow Bikes and flashing reflectors from ACTR.
Community Jamboree was created by Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) who just turned 25, delivered its 2.3 millionth ride and merged with Stagecoach Transportation of Randolph. The party celebrates our unique and vibrant community and is co-hosted by several area organizations: Addison County Solid Waste District, Girl Scouts, Homeward Bound, Middlebury Rotary, Special Olympics, Vermont Folk-Life Center, Walk-Bike Council of Addison County (with support from Local Motion and the Kohl’s Bike Smart Trailer) and WIC.
Whether you stay for the party or not, please stop by with non-perishable donations for the Stuff-The-Bus food drive, which benefits local food shelves. Stuff-The-Bus donors will get a free ice cream cone and an earful of music performed by Full Share. Once at the Community Jamboree, maybe you’ll linger to meet the Pet Adoption Ambassadors with their four-legged friends; take a bocce tutorial from a Special Olympian; get your face painted by a Girl Scout; admire your child’s skills on the Bike-A-Palooza course, play games with local service organizations or grab a hot dog from the Middlebury Rotary Club’s concession stand. Food concessions will be priced affordably and all other Community Jamboree offerings are free of charge.
Twenty-five years ago, ACTR had a handful of volunteer drivers who offered fee-based transportation services. Over time, it expanded its volunteer workforce, began serving senior meal sites, made all services more accessible, created 6 public bus routes, grew to a fleet of 21 buses, created 32 jobs and built a Community Transportation Center.
“ACTR’s community transportation services are the link that keeps many people connected,” observed Kate McGowan, Executive Director of United Way of Addison County. “This connectedness makes for a healthier community through access to work, school, medical care, social services, and food security. Many riders are also benefiting the environment and their wallets by choosing to curb their cars in favor of letting ACTR do the driving.”
If you have questions about the Community Jamboree happening on Saturday, September 16th, you may contact ACTR via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 388-2287.