Send Scouting Support Worldwide!



Help Provide Funding and Supplies for Scouts Across the World!

February 1-15 is this year’s fundraising campaign for BSA’s World Friendship Fund, providing two weeks for our members to focus on these critical efforts throughout the world. It’s a great opportunity for both leaders and youth to help fellow Scouts who are in need of their support.Around the world, WFF donations have supported:

• Building and rehabilitation of Scout camps
• Earthquake and tsunami relief
• Funding for sanitation and transportation needs
• Ecological, handbook, and uniform projects
• And so much more

For more information and details on how to donate, please visit your local national Scout Shop or

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Financial Literacy Poster Contest


The attached information I am sending in the hopes it gets disseminated to your branches if has not already .

The attached information should be posted at any of the local area banks and hope you will disseminate it quickly with the deadline being March 12th for submissions AND there is a school vacation in February.

Thanks for your help!

Click here for the Poster:  2014 Poster Contest Poster

Click here for the Flyer & Specific Details:  2014 Poster Contest Flyer

Judith H. Ribolini

Vice President & Corporate Secretary

Vermont Bankers Association, Inc.

P. O. Box 587

Montpelier, VT 05601-0587

Tel: 802-229-0341

Fax: 802-223-5078

“With Vermont’s Banking Community, Vermont Prospers”

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Link to Green Mountain United Way on Your Web Site

Now YOU Can Place a Link to Green Mountain United Way on Your Web Site

To place a link to us on your web site,

Select the text below

<a href=””><img style=”width:150px;border:none;” src=”” alt=”GMUW Logo” /></a>  

Copy/Paste the selected text into your web page at the appropriate location.  If our logo is too large for your web page, you may change the width:150px to a smaller number.


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Vermont Governors’ Award for Workplace Safety Excellence Notice


The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health. Established ten years ago, the awards are sponsored by Governor Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. The Workplace Safety Awards will be presented by Governor Peter Shumlin, on May 16 2014 at the annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference in Burlington.  Notice and Nomination form at:

Peter Crawford
Director, Environmental & Regulatory Assistance Programs
Vermont Small Business Development Center
PO Box 188
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061
Fax. 802-728-3026
Vermont Business Environmental Partnership program: www.vbep.orgWe Can Help Green Up Your Bottom LIne!  Green Hotels program:
Reduce Environmental Compliance Risks of your business operations by using the Free VT-DEC & VtSBDC on-line VT hazardous waste tutorial @

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3 Recent Facebook Innovations Nonprofits Need to Know

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3 Recent Facebook Innovations Nonprofits Need to Know
By Cheryl Contee – January 29, 2014

Author Biography: 
Cheryl Contee is CEO of Fission Strategy, the only Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer that specializes in nonprofits & foundations with experience helping leading mission-driven organizations with their social integration and app development.

While it may be true that Instagram is growing faster than Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook combined, Facebook remains one of the most popular social networks in the world. (And it’s important to remember that Facebook now owns Instagram).

For any nonprofit, there are a few key trends to watch that may impact how you continue to interact with your Facebook audience, and I’m pleased to share these innovations with you:

1.     Mobile

In the last quarterly earnings call just before the holidays, Facebook noted the rapid growth of mobile users and ad revenue. Mark Zuckerberg says that 48 percent of Facebook’s daily active users use mobile devices only, and 49 percent of total ad revenues come from mobile ads.

Facebook is often a top referrer back to nonprofit websites. Now you should assume that a strong and growing percentage are coming to your website from Facebook using a mobile device. What happens when they arrive at your website on an Android or iPhone? Is your website optimized for mobile actions such as petitions, sharing or donations? If not, 2014 is the year to prepare your nonprofit’s web presence for the future.

2.     Apps and Games

Facebook is creating more features to highlight apps and games. For example, apps and games can now create and manage Facebook Groups via the Graph API. The idea is to help app and game users to connect and share their experiences more easily with like-minded people. (Note: this feature is still in beta). You’ll be able to post within a game and create game-related events. Facebook is also giving more prominence to games – they’ve created a quick link in the lefthand panel for your most used & popular apps & games.

As gamification increases, your nonprofit might consider how you can add an app or a game to help build awareness and community around your mission. Can your nonprofit be in that lefthand corner for more people?

3.     Post Reach

For some time now, it has become increasingly challenging to reach all of your Facebook page’s fans and members simply through a page update. This has been well-documented with organic reach declining by 40% beginning in 2012. Many say that Facebook has changed its algorithm to encourage advertising and it’s true: even a small spend can greatly increase the number of people who see your Facebook status updates. Beth Kanter and others have suggested that Facebook should adopt a program similar to Google Grants to help nonprofits compete on a more even playing field. It’s a good idea and I hope Facebook considers it strongly in addition to the new Donate button it’s rolling out. In the meantime, there are some ways you can make sure you reach more fans and friends of fans. Try running Page post ads when you have a popular post with lots of likes, comments and/or shares – make sure the maximum amount of your Facebook fans see a popping post. Consider running Page Like ads and Page like stories.  Boost that post!

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Legislative Advocacy and Education Opportunities



What are you passionate about? What issues or needs do you feel our legislators must know more about in order to best represent us, the people they serve? In this News Brief I am highlighting several upcoming “days” at the Vermont Statehouse where people of like mind and concerns can come speak to their legislators as a group and individually.

Are your concerns about mental health and/or substance abuse recovery, early childhood, or disability awareness? If so, there are specific days to join in and let our Representatives and Senators know these are important, and help them understand the perspective of people who experience them, and their families. Community support for these issues is also very important.

January 31, 2014– Youth in Transition Legislative Day- Contact – Brenda Bean at

February 13, 2014- Mental Health Advocacy Day-Contact- NAMI-

February 19, 2014– Disability Awareness Day- Contact- Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) at

March 12, 2014– Early Childhood Day- Contact- Early Childhood Alliance-

March 21, 2014– Recovery Day- Contact VAMHAR/Friends of Recovery-

Before going to the Statehouse look up your legislators’ contact information, call or email them, and let them know you will be there. There is opportunity on all of these days for legislators to join you for early AM coffee or for lunch in the cafeteria. If the house or senate has a session on the day you are there, your legislator can also announce your attendance from the floor. Be prepared by thinking about why the focus of the day is important to you, your family and your community.

Find your legislators HERE

See you at the Statehouse!


Executive Director

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Making Children’s Literacy Kits – A New Project Underway by GMUW

“Making children’s literacy kits is a new project underway by GMUW.  Buy children’s books, make some hands-on tools that match the stories, put them together in tidy kits and distribute to local schools and daycare centers. Our staff’s first attempt went so well that the employees at Choice Strategies in Waterbury wanted to make their own kits.  A 3-hour session with them resulted in 20 kits for local kids.  Call us for more information at 802-229-9532.”


Madeleine C. Roy
Community Development & Marketing Director
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
Green Mountain United Way
PO Box 33
Derby Line, VT  05830


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