Annual Events & Programs
Sponsored by the Jay Focus Group
2021 Holiday Home Decorating Contest
for Jay & Westfield Residents
1st place in each town won $50 Gift Card to Jay Village Inn & Restaurant
2nd place in each town won 3' Christmas Stocking stuffed with all types of goodies.
Stay tuned for exciting news for 2022 Contest
Stay tuned for 2022 info
One of our favorite ways to spread Christmas Cheer
Annual Christmas Gifts for
Jay Area Food Shelf Children
The Annual Town of Jay Tree Lighting, Caroling and Santa & Mrs. Claus visit
is held the 2nd Friday of December, 6 to 7 pm at the Jay Town Hall Green.
Friday, Dec 9, 2022
Free Hot Dog, Cookies, Candy Canes, Gifts for Children, plus Santa & Mrs Claus
A non-perishable donation to the Jay Area Food Shelf is always appreciated.
Jay Focus Group Video was produced by Dustin Beloin of North Country Union High School in 2019 for a Jay Focus Group Newport Rotary Club project. Describes many of our programs and how they help area children
The Jay Focus Group supports
Annual Events on the
Jay Community Recreational Centre
Easter Egg Hunt, Leprechaun Scamper,
Full Moon Walks, Pumpkin PI Run/Race
Operation Back to School spearheaded by Deb Talty gives new back packs & school supplies to kids in need at start of each school year.
The Jay Focus Group supports Food Drives for the Jay Area Food Shelf covering the 5 towns of Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy and Westfield. Volunteers pick up day old bakery items from Price Chopper every Sunday; help Kim Lucier, volunteer Food Shelf Director, when needed and are a conduit for funds from Individual, Businesses and Charitable Organizations to the Food Shelf. Between April and December 2020, $10,100 was directed to the Food Shelf in this manner.
The Jay Focus Group annually supports:
Jay Area Food Shelf
Green Mountain Farm to School
Hope on the Slope/Jay Peak
Newport Rotary Club of Newport, VT
Knights of Columbus "Coats for Kids" for the Jay Area Food Shelf
Local Halloween & Christmas Activities in Jay & Westfield
Jay/Westfield Elementary School Operation Back Pack
Joshua House Inc
BigBrothersBigSisters NEK VT
2022 North Country Career Center Person Care Closet
To create a sense of community spirit and belonging, and to extend a warm welcome to new home/landowners in the town of Jay, the Jay Focus Group has established the Jay Welcome Bag project. We send postcards inviting the new home/landowners to come to town hall (so they know where it is!), present the postcard to the town clerk (so they know who she is!) and pick up their welcome bag. This bag includes items such as a slurp of syrup, a coupon for a free coffee at the Jay Country Store, our Jay Annual Report, information about Green Up Day and a Green Up Bag, the Jay Community Recreational Centre map, information on the Jay Focus Group, a Northland Journal and various area business cards. We consider this project a success, as more than 20% of those approximately 100 new folks came in and claimed their gift. Our Town Clerk has used the time to remind folks about dog licensing, voter registration, etc.
The Jay Focus Group collaborates with the Town of Jay Green Up Day Coordinator, Sally Rivard, to assist in publicity, and in providing snacks and other support as needed.
The Jay Community Recreational Centre (JCRC), originally called the Jay Land Trust, hosts an annual trail cleanup day at which Jay Focus Group members provide support in registration, food, water, snack distribution
and trail clean up. The Jay Focus Group also supports the JCRC with an annual donation and as a conduit to grants.