Vermont CornFit Cornhole Tournament

Ready… aim… come out to support the community!

Saturday, August 14, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Green Mountain Community Fitness (GMCF) is bringing back its annual CornFit Tournament at their new facility located at 652 Granger Road in Berlin (former site of First in Fitness). Proceeds benefit the Green Mountain United Way’s local programs and services to improve financial stability and support working families in Central & Northeastern Vermont.

The tournament is open to the public, and is based on the familiar backyard game Cornhole, but with a bit of a fitness twist. CornFit will be played in a double-elimination format, a 10 burpee penalty for any player whose feet go past the front edge of the board and a Team Dance-off to resolve any disputes.  Each of the 32 teams will consist of 2 players and proceeds from the $50 per team registration fee will support the Green Mountain United Way.  Registration is open to the entire community regardless of skill level – all are welcome! Register now at

As part of the fun, the winning team will receive the title of Vermont CornFIT Champions and their names on the sought-after custom GMCF trophy. The 2019 defending Vermont CornFIT Champions are Katelyn Menard and Shannon Lewis of Green Mountain Community Fitness.

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Get up to $5000 toward your purchase of a used, fuel-efficient car!

MileageSmart covers 25% of the purchase price – up to $5000 – on vehicles that get 40MPG or better.  There are over 70 eligible vehicles!

MileageSmart can help:

  • lower your gas costs
  • lower your maintenance costs
  • lower your carbon footprint

Learn more and apply today!

Do I qualify?

The MileageSmart incentive is available to Vermonters who meet the income qualification, are 18 years of age or older, and are purchasing an eligible vehicle from a Vermont dealership. Learn more about program qualifications here:

What kinds of vehicles are eligible?

All kinds of cars, crossovers, and SUVs! From fuel-efficient gas vehicles like the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Rav4 Hybrid to the all-electric Chevy Bolt or Kia Niro, there are lots of cars to choose from. Each week, the MileageSmart team publishes a list of eligible vehicles, currently available. Check it out here:

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Vaccine Information for our region

As State of Vermont vaccine sites wind down, we are working to provide current information from our partners about vaccine availability throughout the counties we serve. This list will be updated as information becomes available, but always check first!

Public Vaccination Clinics

Friday, July 16
  • Waterfront Plaza, Newport
  • Waterbury Ambulance, 1727 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center
  • 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd, 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd (Behind Burger King), Berlin
Saturday, July 17

Leland and Grey Union High School, 2042 VT Route 30, Townshend         

  • Leland and Grey Union High School, 2042 VT Route 30, Townshend
  • Waterbury Ambulance, 1727 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center
  • 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd, 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd (Behind Burger King), Berlin
  • Roxbury Fire Department, 1726 Roxbury Rd, Roxbury 
  • East Montpelier Fire Department, 54 Village Acres, East Montpelier 
  • Woodbury Fire Department, 3665 VT RT 14, Woodbury 
  • Sprague Ranch, 6907 VT RT 14, Brookfield
Sunday, July 18
  • Marty’s 1st Stop, 421 RT 2 W, Danville
  • Mad River Glen, 62 Mad River Resort Rd, Fayston
More ways to get your free vaccine:

Make an appointment for a free vaccine

You can also walk-in at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney DrugsCVSWalgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.

Hospitals and Healthcare providers – 7/15/21 Providers are beginning to set up systems to vaccinate existing patients. Please contact your care provider to learn more.

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K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching – Intro to Financial Coaching Training

Financial coaching is an emerging practice that helps clients learn to set and achieve their financial goals.

Green Mountain United Way, in partnership with Capstone Community Action, presents Introduction to Financial Coaching. This interactive, virtual, 4-day training is open to agency staff, peers, and volunteers and is a prerequisite to becoming a Financial Coach with Green Mountain United Way’s K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program. This program provides additional supports for coaches including peer-to-peer support, ongoing training opportunities, and support from our team, as well as access to all course materials. The goal of this program is to build an individual coach’s skills while helping clients.

DATES:  this program will be taught in 4 half-day (interactive and educational!) sessions via Zoom

Tuesdays: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 from 9am – 12:30pm

Register Now

In this training, we will define financial coaching, provide financial capability content and demonstrate the benefits of using coaching in helping people to achieve financial success. This program uses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Your Money, Your Goals,” a comprehensive financial empowerment toolkit created for financial coaches, caseworkers, and other human service professionals in various roles to support the integration of financial education into their one-on-one work with clients. Materials will be provided to you digitally – if you are able to print them, please do, if you are not, please request them on the registration form.

The SPRING 2021 Cohort of Financial Coaches is limited – we expect this cohort to fill, please register for Intro to Financial Coaching early if you would like to join this program. Participation in this training is required to become a K.E.E.P. Financial Coach. For information about how K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching can impact your client-facing work, please read more here.


Virtually from the comfort of your own home, office, co-working space, or other internet-enabled location!




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Should I get the COVID -19 Vaccine? A Conversation with Michael Rousse MD & Laural Ruggles MPH

This engaging, timely and very informative presentation is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about COVID -19 and the Vaccines. If you have questions about the Vaccines and COVID-19, this will be an opportunity to ask them!

DATE: Thursday, April 1

TIME:  6:00 -7:00 PM


Please register by going to this LINK:

Space will be limited by the platform capacity.


Michael Rousse MD, NVRH Chief Medical Officer

Laural Ruggles, NVRH VP Marketing and Community Health Improvement



If you have any questions about the presentation or questions you would like to see answered during the presentation, please email Suzanne at

We will be recording the session; and will make it available to the community.

We are looking forward to “seeing” you.

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I volunteer because…

Join Green Mountain United Way in celebrating volunteers in April for National Volunteer Month.
Our goal is to celebrate volunteers who make a difference in our community! This year is even more important because so many volunteers have stepped up to make sure their community is cared for during the pandemic. Please share this with your friends and neighbors who volunteer so they can share why you do what you do with us and help us celebrate volunteerism across our communities!
The easy DIY version:

  1. Print off the “I volunteer because” placard and fill in the blank space with the reason you volunteer
  2. Take a selfie holding your placard or have a friend/family member take your photo
  3. Email your “I volunteer because” to

Alternate version if you cannot print the placard:

  1. Fill in the online form here
  2. Take a selfie holding a blank piece of paper, or, just a regular selfie if a blank piece of paper is not easily accessible
  3. Email the image to and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!

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We are hiring a Working Communities Challenge Barre District Project Director

Job details

Salary $56,000 – $61,000 a year

Job Type: Full-time, Contract


  • Bachelor’s (Required)
  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Driver’s License (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)

Full Job Description

Project Director of Working Communities Challenge-Greater Barre Team
POSITION TITLE: Director of Working Communities Challenges-Greater Barre Team
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time, Exempt (Grant funded position through 2023)
REPORTS TO: WCC Leadership Team and Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director


The Working Communities Challenge (WCC) is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Vermont, national and local philanthropy, and private sector employers.

The Greater Barre Team, comprised of stakeholders representing non-profit, health care, business and community leaders, received a three-year grant to implement an initiative that will help to lower the rate of single female head of households in poverty in the Greater Barre community. The workforce development system will achieve economic stability and improved quality of life for single mothers living in poverty and create a conduit for stable and supported employees for the mutual benefit of local businesses, communities and future generations. The plan will lower the rate of single female head of Barre households in poverty by 15% in 10 years. To achieve this, The Greater Barre leadership team will utilize the Working Bridges program structure to create a ‘no wrong door’ system that supports new and current employees and employers in a seamless way.


The Project Director of WCC Greater Barre will work under the direction of the Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director and collaborate with the WCC Barre Team and committees. The Project Director will manage and implement the work plan, including facilitating and advancing the talents, voices and priorities of the WCC Barre team. The success of a Project Director will be by effectively coordinating and supporting a collaborative team of diverse stakeholders, managing an effective program that directly meets the need of participants and employers, and creating a strategic alignment with innovative systemic change.


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Advance collaborative leadership. Facilitates meetings, mediates conflict, helps information to flow between partners, builds trust among partners, fundraises for joint projects, and builds the overall capacity of the WCC Greater Barre team to work towards their desired outcomes

Spectrum of participants. Ensure that a broad range of influence and participants are included in the evolution of the program and supporting program components

Establish decision-making process. Ensure that all team decisions are aligned with the process outlined in the Collective Impact team member agreement

Support team priorities and activities. Carry out pilot programs, align mutually reinforcing activities in community, manage key strategic directions.

Manage Work Plan Implementation

Responsible for managing the implementation of the WCC Greater Barre team work plan, building partner ownership of plan, and overseeing updates when needed

Advancing Partnerships and Community Engagement
Engage employers, human service providers, financial institutions, potential participants and community members. Lead or assist with community engagement efforts so that community voices, especially those with lived experience, are included in the design and governance of the initiative.

Implement a structure to meet stated goals

Assist in grant management and reporting

Intern/VISTA Management
Assist in the management of community volunteers, interns and/or VISTA

Shared Measurement/Learning and Analysis. Help drive learning agenda for team including data collection, tracking and interpreting data, and using data to inform progress success and identifies areas of opportunity and gaps

Lead communications with the WCC team, community members, volunteers, and participant coaches. Assist in shared learning communication with WCC steering committee, WCC sister teams, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and participating partners

Program Management
Provide direct oversight of program development and expansion. Coordinate and manage workplace and program trainings and activities. Assist in program component design, implementation, and evolution. Support program-related needs of coach/participant.


  • Ability to successfully lead while collaborating with stake holders
  • Ability to provide connective style leadership that offers a balance of self-directed, relational/group connectivity, and strategic foresight to accomplish shared goals
  • Ability to provide innovative solutions to system-based challenges
  • Manage day to day issues as needed
  • Able to manage complexity and prioritize needs
  • Ability to facilitate large group conversations in a fair, inclusive, and equitable manner
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Accountability (RBA), or comparable methods, that support data-driven, decision-making process that includes measurement and methods to improve complex social problems
  • Ability to interpret, report and utilize data to inform project development and participant goals
  • Ability to define roles of team members to best utilize their talent and time
  • Basic knowledge of budget management and non-profit funding resources
  • Well skilled in administration and organizational management
  • Self-directed, team player and passion to bring positive change to communities
  • Economic development and/or workforce development experience

Personal Characteristics and Leadership Qualities

The Program Director will be a key member of the GMUW and Greater Barre WCC leadership team and hold the responsibility of being a steward of the WCC Greater Barre mission and goals. This includes being a positive, effective and supportive role model. The ideal candidate will demonstrate high emotional intelligence with ability to collaborate with a diverse and dynamic team and participants. Commitment to equity and inclusion for all dimensions of identity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5+ years’ experience managing complex projects, community/workforce development, human service and/or non-profit, community organizing, or a related field
  • Comfort with using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and MS Office products

Physical/Other Requirements

Remote work will be required with periodic time at Green Mountain United Way Barre office, community site, or local employer as needed.

Position is primarily a normal office setting with long periods of sedentary work at desk and computer

Green Mountain United Way provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Related keywords: project manager, director, public health

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $56,000.00 – $61,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
All staff and/or visitors are required to wear a mask and socially distance when on-site at the Green Mountain United Way office. Remote work option is in place for all current employees.

Application Question(s):

  • Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to equity and inclusion.


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)
  • shared measurement and analysis: 3 years (Preferred)
  • advanced collaborative communication and group facilitation: 3 years (Required)
  • grant management and reporting: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Contract Renewal:

  • Not possible

Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

Company’s website:


Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply
  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings

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Green Mountain United Way Welcomes Mead and Pivetti to the Board

Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors has added two new members. In January, the board unanimously elected Kevin Mead of Newport as the newest board member at their quarterly board meeting. Mead is the Executive Director of the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and brings fundraising experience, as well as volunteer recruitment and management experience as the VP of Resource Development with Spokane of County United Way in Spokane, Washington to the Green Mountain United Way board. ]

Mead offered, “Returning to New England after 25 years away, I am able to see that while Vermont is prosperous in many ways, there are challenges we see on a daily basis. I’m pleased to be able to bring my experience to the board to support and build staff capacity and caring across the five counties Green Mountain United Way serves to address important issues like equity, diversity, and prosperity, as I come to understand local solutions that are unique to Vermont.”

“Kevin brings an in-depth understanding of the United Way network and the unique experience of having worked for a United Way, as well as having run nonprofit organizations. We are also thrilled to have Kevin represent the Northeast Kingdom region to help better connect with communities in our broad service region,” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.

Also joining the board from the Central Vermont community is Gail Pivetti of Montpelier. Pivetti is Marketing Director for Green Mountain Community Fitness in Berlin. Gail brings with her a depth of experience in nonprofit communications and marketing with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“I’m passionate about working to improve the lives of folks in our community and I believe Green Mountain United Way is uniquely positioned to provide wrap-around support for people who might not otherwise have access,” offered the new member from Montpelier. “At the board level, I bring a willingness to find and support new modes of operating and new ways of thinking; I am excited to be part of furthering the mission of Green Mountain United Way,” she continued.

In their new board roles, Pivetti and Mead will help steer the organization’s mission to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all Vermonters in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties in Vermont.

These new members fill seats vacated by Michael Rama and Carissa Tomczyk, both of Northfield, who stepped off the board when their terms ended.

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Tatum’s Totes: Current Items Needed to Support Foster Children

Baby and Infant Items (Updated 2/25/2021)

We are currently seeing an increase in infants entering the foster care system and in order to keep up, we are in need of Baby Care items. Please provide only new items in their packages. The best way to think about this as you obtain items is to imagine what a family would need if a baby was delivered tomorrow! While biological families have months to prepare, foster families often have 24 hours notice. We are seeking the following items in sizes appropriate for babies 0 to 2 years old, including:

  • Receiving Blankets
  • Baby Bottles and Nipples
  • Pacifiers
  • Bathing Items (tear-free soap, baby wash, towels, etc.)
  • Teethers
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Plush stuffed toys
  • Nasal aspirators
  • Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks or teething rattles
  • Thermometers

For more info or to schedule a contact-free drop-off or pick-up, email

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VITA is Virtual for 2021

VITA is now accepting clients for 2020 tax preparation. Clients must fit the VITA guidelines for 2020 including a household income of $57,000 or less (please note, federal COVID-19 Relief Payments do not count towards taxable income). The IRS opens up to accept VITA tax returns on February 12, 2021.

If you work at one of our Working Bridges worksites, you can access our Virtual VITA Program. Our preparers are virtual this year, all materials will be collected by your Working Bridges Resource Coordinator and provided to your VITA preparer. You will have the opportunity to answer questions and provide additional information as needed.

The following Working Bridges worksites are participating in VITA this year:

ABC & LOL Childcare – ask Heather or Michelle for info, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at or 802-793-9517.

Central Vermont Medical Center – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at or 802-793-9719.

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at or 802-793-9719.

Northern Counties Health Care (& Caledonia Home Health & Hospice) – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at or 802-793-9517.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at or 802-793-9517.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at or 802-793-9517.

Weidmann Electrical Technology – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at or 802-793-9517.

Vermont Foodbank – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at or 802-793-9719.

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