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: October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th 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 FALL 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!




Read More

Make a Real Impact on the Lives of Your Fellow Working Vermonters

Baby diapers…a flat tire…enough money to pay the rent but not the security deposit to get a place to live…a load of firewood…a tank of heating oil…enough food in the fridge before payday.  

Because of you, the Green Mountain United Way is able to help working Vermonters stay on their feet and get to work and school, every single day. Every donation to the Green Mountain United Way is a stepping stone to security for Vermonters throughout the five counties we serve, Caledonia, S. Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington Counties and we are so grateful to you for your help. 

During the pandemic, things got a lot harder before they got better for many Vermonters. And many hard working families are still struggling. 

Candace is a graduate student, healthcare worker and mother, who had to quarantine for 14 days with her kids, after a non-COVID illness during the pandemic, using unpaid time off and whatever little paid time off she had left. This left the family without an income to pay bills just at the holidays!

Candace’s employer partners with Green Mountain United Way’s Working Bridges program and Candace learned that she was eligible for an Income Advance Loan, an available option for any employee that is in good standing at work regardless of credit history. Candace was able to catch up on her bills, get winter tires so she could get to work and purchase gifts for her three children for the holidays. 

This is the kind of work that not only helps a family make it through difficult times but also brings a community together.

Programs like Working Bridges supports local employers by supporting their employees’ needs and help fill the gaps that often go unnoticed until the tire goes flat at 7am or the baby doesn’t have enough diapers to go to daycare. Green Mountain United Way works to ensure that moments of instability will not lead to long term insecurity.

Thank you so much for continuing to support this important work!

Your past gifts are helping us build the foundation upon which we can help elevate our Vermont working families into a better place both financially and emotionally. So much of the stress of scarcity can be avoided by lifting our working families when they need it the most. 

Read More

Working Bridges Concepts Training Opportunity

Are you looking for ways to keep your employees working for you? Is it sometimes difficult for your employees to get to work on time or at all due to car issues or other transportation problems? Do your employees need more or better child care?

A flat tire before the work day starts. Running out of diapers or snacks to bring to the daycare center before payday on Friday. Having a babysitter call and cancel. Needing new snow tires before being able to make the often treacherous drive to work. 

The Green Mountain United Way is working hard throughout Vermont to improve business AND job stability for both employer and employee, by bringing innovative practices that utilize the workplace as a platform for human services. 

We are offering two virtual opportunities for this training for our established sites in our Working Bridges program. The Working Bridges program is designed to improve job retention, productivity, and advancement by supporting employees with already available community resources. Using the workplace as a platform for services and support, Working Bridges helps working Vermonters achieve stability and thrive while also supporting human resource departments and reducing employee turnover. Those interested in learning more about this are welcome to join in and learn.


United Way’s Working Bridges is an innovative program designed to improve job retention, productivity, and advancement by supporting employees with available community resources. Using the workplace as a platform for services and support, Working Bridges helps working Vermonters achieve stability and thrive while supporting human resource departments and reducing employee turnover.

When individuals experience scarcity of essential life resources, over time or in the short-term, it is hard to maintain stability, at work and in life. This training is designed for employers who wish to better support staff across economic diversity and resource stability. Many of the concepts can help participants examine how processes, systems, and supports are either disrupting poverty or exacerbating resource instability. Register now and join us to:

  • Develop familiarity with Working Bridges, specifically Resource Coordination as well as community-based information & referral resources such as Vermont 2-1-1.
  • Define poverty, tyranny of the moment, scarcity, bandwidth tax, slack, tunneling, & abundance.
  • Learn about how mental models and hidden rules can interrupt or facilitate dialogue and trusted relationships at work and in community.
  • Discuss essential resource categories, issues of equity, and how scarcity of resources plays out at work and in community.
  • Experience and learn about the impact of scarcity through the virtual activity, Strain.

October 26: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

November 2: 10:00am – 11:30am

Register Here

Read More

Michelle Kennedy named new Director of Development and Community Engagement at the Green Mountain United Way

The Green Mountain United Way has named Michelle Kennedy as their new Director of Development and Community Engagement, joining the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington counties.

I am so honored and excited to be joining this team of extraordinary people.”

Kennedy comes with over 22 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations, as well as almost 15 years in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, development, and advocacy. She most recently spent two years as the Assistant Director of Development for Easterseals Vermont and Veterans Count, covering the state of Vermont including 11 district offices and two chapters of Veterans Count. 

“I am so excited and grateful to have Michelle join the GMUW team. In just a short time, I have been so impressed with Michelle’s talents and versatile skill set. Her vast experience in both the non-profit and literary world is a perfect fit to grow our community relationships and elevate the story of our work. In short, we are very lucky to have her!”

“I am so honored and excited to be joining this team of extraordinary people,” Kennedy said. “The Green Mountain United Way inspires me every day by finding real solutions for Vermonters who are struggling with a variety of insecurities. Working Bridges, for example, really does go above and beyond to help working Vermonters get the help they need.”

Michelle grew up in Chelsea, Vermont and graduated from Chelsea High School. She studied political science and communications at American University and the University of Maryland. An award-winning author, most notably of “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America,” published by Viking, Michelle has traveled extensively with her eight children across the United States including living off-grid in both Alaska and Hawai’i. 

Read More

Thank you Hickok & Boardman!

Hickok & Boardman recently raised over $300,000 for the United Way of Northwest Vermont and the Green Mountain United Way through their annual workplace campaign! We are so grateful for their devotion to this mission!

Hickok & Boardman of Montpelier spent an afternoon helping the Green Mountain United Way pack Tatum’s Totes for children going into emergency foster care. These children, who often must leave their homes with very little of their own, receive a brand new backpack full of supplies, books, toys, games, a blanket or a stuffie and all sorts of lovely new items to bring with them wherever they go.

Hickok & Boardman was kind enough to also purchase night lights and fleece blankets for the children receiving their backpacks. A handwritten note wishing the children well was also included in every backpack.

For more information on Tatum’s Totes or how you can begin a workplace campaign at your work – please call Michelle Kennedy at 802.371.8053 or the Green Mountain United Way office at 802.613.3989 or email mkennedy@gmunitedway.org

Read More

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. Thanks to Community National Bank for their sponsorship support of this rain-or-shine event!

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 www.gmunitedway.org/cornfit.

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.

Register Now

Read More


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: https://www.mileagesmartvt.org/qualifications

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: https://www.mileagesmartvt.org/cars-available

Read More

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 https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine 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.

Read More

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod-mqqjgiE9fR81_kZ4yIEWWOgxQYNqVS

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 Suzanne.LegareBelcher@vermont.gov

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

We are looking forward to “seeing” you.

Read More

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 cstahler@gmunitedway.org

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 cstahler@gmunitedway.org and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!

Read More