Staff Spotlight: Dare Chammings

Prior to joining the ACT team Dare spent her career facilitating youth enrichment programming and teaching humane education. She joined ACT as a volunteer in 2014 and has served as director since 2018. In her free time, Dare enjoys watching British period dramas, dancing in the kitchen, and snacking on cheese. She lives in Bennington with three sassy dogs and one very demanding cat.

What do you like about working for ACT?

Aside from working with youth, the biggest joy for me comes from collaborating with our community partners. Bennington has a robust network of people working tirelessly to support youth and families in achieving healthy outcomes—it’s a privilege to be a part of it. It takes a village!

What do you love most about living and/or working in Bennington?

I enjoy living in a place that affords me quiet but is in close proximity to metro areas. The people here are magical: from social activists to farmers to educators to our arts community, this region can’t be beat.

Top three songs on your current playlist:
  1. “It’s About Damn Time,” Lizzo
  2. “He’s Fine,” The Secret Sisters
  3. “Go Home,” Lucius
What are you reading right now?

I have several poetry collections in rotation and a friend’s manuscript.

What are you doing to support your health and wellness lately?

I’m trying to avoid checking work emails after hours and on weekends (so hard to do!); saying “no” when I’m stretched thin; and spending time outdoors.

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