Washington Comes Together

In light of recent events, we understand that this can be a stressful and confusing time for our community in Washington. But as a small town, we have big spirits and even bigger hearts! Here is how Washington has come together to add positivity to our community and how you can get involved.

How You Can Help

  • Volunteering: The First Selectman’s office is organizing a group of volunteers to help deliver groceries, medications, etc. should the need arise. The purpose is to reach seniors who are not comfortable going out at this time as well as should we have any residents develop the virus and be quarantined. The group will be briefed by our first responders on protocols in carrying this out. If you would like to be part of this volunteer group, please call the First Selectman’s office at (860) 868-2259.
  • Check on neighbors: Please check on any neighbors and friends, especially those who do not have email or a computer. They will be out of the loop on communications and may be the most in need.
  • Stay posted: Visit www.washingtonct.org to read the latest official messages from our First Selectman.
  • Share your virtual events: If you are a Washington organization or business and you are offering virtual events or classes (either live or recast) you can submit your virtual events on our Featured Events page and we will share with the community.
  • Support our businesses: To help local businesses through this challenging time, order and have items delivered for curbside pickup, or consider buying gift certificates now and use at a future date. (See Washington Business Updates here.)

Virtual Activities Around Town

  • The Gunn Memorial Library is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the digital offerings on the Digital Library page , including audio and e-books as well as access to online library accounts and databases. The Overdrive/Libby App hosts e-books and audiobooks available at your fingertips.
  • The Institute for American Indian Studies has started a Facebook Live series with family-friendly activities, stories, and classes (including outdoor survival). Go to the IAIS Facebook page to watch Live events or replay past events!
  • The Hickory Stick Bookshop is doing Virtual Storytime for children on Saturdays on Instagram Live!
  • Valley Spirit Wellness Center is offering classes virtually! Check for more details at @valleyspiritcooperative and valleyspiritcoop.com.
  • ah Yoga is hosting all classes live on Facebook! Tune in directly on Facebook right from home, and please consider making a $15 donation to support yoga teachers here.
  • Kick Corona Challenge – Shepaug students have started an Instagram page @KickCoronaChallenge, where they post a daily challenge to complete every day to help cure cabin fever. “We believe that through this activism, Shepaug can be the start of something extraordinary. Challenge classmates, family and friends outside of this district to get involved. If we can all participate, Shepaug can be the catalyst for a movement of positivity throughout populations of people.” This initiative has engaged the entire community and beyond!
  • Enjoy virtual events: We have redeployed our events calendar to share virtual events and classes. Please check out on our Featured Events page for other virtual events, which we will be adding to daily!

Ways to Support our Local Businesses

To help our local businesses through this challenging time, you can order and have items delivered or use curbside pickup, or buy gift certificates now for you and your friends and family to use at a future date. For additional updates, visit Washington Business Updates.

  • The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant -The White Horse is offering TO GO curbside pick up, available Monday through Sunday – 4 – 8pm. (Delivery available by prior arrangement).View menu here.
  • Farmers & Cooks is offering freshly baked bread, gluten-free muffins and many other homemade items for delivery. Visit their Instagram for offerings: @farmersandcooks
  • 9 Main is offering food orders that can be picked up outside the store, or will deliver for those at higher risk. Contact Maggie for an updated inventory at @9maincafe
  • The Pantry will be offering curbside pick up, please call to order. (860) 868-0258
  • The 202 Tavern is offering take-out through curbside pick up! Take a look at their full menu on their Facebook page and call 860-619-0808 to place your order.
  • The G.W. Tavern is offering take-out for curbside pickup. Contact them to order and view menus on their Instagram page: @gwtavern
  • Washington Food Market has updated hours: 8am to 3pm from Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday.
  • Washington Liquor Store will have the following hours: 12pm to 6pm from Monday – Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.
  • Washington Pizza House is offering curbside pick-up Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be closed to the public until the end of the month, however you can still shop! The Hickory Stick Bookshop staff has initiated free shipping for order, and will make arrangements to meet you “curbside” at the store to deliver your order to you if you are local. Visit hickorystickbookshop.com which is always open and sign up for audiobooks through Libro.fm if you have not already done so.
  • The Smithy is open with many grocery items and fresh dairy products.

For additional updates, visit Washington Business Updates

And tag your photos on Instagram #WashingtonTogether to add your ideas & inspiration