Green Mountain United Way – March 2014 Newsletter





Green Mountain United Way

Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont

From the Executive Director

Nancy Zorn

Catherine Hamilton, Chair of our 2013-2014 campaign, along with the Funding Resources Committee, is working diligently to reach the $600,000 campaign goal. We are over 73% of the way with more than $439,400 pledged and donated.

There are still several campaigns that have not reported in and we anticipate that about 80% of the remaining $161,000 needed will come from businesses that have donated in the past. We need your help to raise the last $32,200. Your donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated at this time.

With the total $600,000, GMUW will be able to continue its programs of Education, Health and Income for our local people.

—– Nancy Zorn, GMUW Executive Director

Be Sure to Attend the 8th Annual Kaleidoscope

Our 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent show is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th at the Spaulding High School Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. This year’s show promises to be better than ever with singers, dancers, jugglers, instrumentalists and music of all styles. You’ll be amazed at the local talent being featured. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in several categories and age groups.

Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and Seniors over 62. They can be purchased online at, by calling our Berlin, VT office at 802-229-9532, or at the door on the night of the performance.

Come out for an evening of enjoyment and let us help you chase away those cold, winter blues. Major sponsors of this event are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Northfield Savings Bank in the Kaleidoscope Level, and Black River Design Architects and VSECU in the Performance Level.

Do You Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe??

Green Mountain United Way is hosting its first ever “Touring the Trails” fundraiser on Sunday, March 9th at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center starting at 1 p.m. This is not a race, but meant to be an enjoyable afternoon for beginners or avid skiers or snowshoers. The Center has miles and miles of trails to choose from, some short, some not so short, some easy and some more difficult. Take your pick. Maps and descriptions will be provided at the touring center.

Those wanting to participate are asked to find as many individual sponsors as possible for either one flat donation or so much per kilometer skied/snowshoed. There is a minimum of $40 per person required. Prizes will be awarded for the Highest Fundraisers , Highest number or kilometers skied or snowshoed, Most Colorful Costume, Most Unique Hat, as well as other categories.

If you don’t have the required equipment, don’t worry. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has agreed to provide all equipment needed at NO CHARGE. In addition, they will provide PIZZA for EVERYONE starting at 5 p.m., also at NO CHARGE.

Major sponsors of this event are the Calderwood Insurance Agency of Hardwick, the Craftsbury General Store. Greensboro Garage, Inc., Poulin Lumber, Inc. and TOPS Market of Hardwick.

For more information, visit where you can access a flyer, sponsorship and sign-up forms. Make it a family outing, enjoy the outdoors while winter is still with us and help GMUW raise some much needed funds to help people in the NEK.

Two Local Executives Join GMUW Board of Directors

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointments of Carol Ellison and Karen Geraghty to Green Mountain United Way’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

Ms. Ellison, from Barre, was the broker/owner of Town & Country Associates for nearly 35 years until November 2012 at which time she joined forces with Heney Realtors. She has received many awards for her work in real estate and served on many Boards, including the local Chamber of Commerce and Community National Bank.

Ms. Geraghty, of Newport, is an Outreach Professional with the UVM Extension Service and works with the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative to provide training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations across the Northeast Kingdom. Originally from Newport, she is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine. She is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in clinical medical ethics. She plans to integrate her interest in healthcare within the broader work of community development and enhancing life in the NEK through regional economic development of strategies. She currently also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative.

The 2nd Annual Bowlers Unite Coming to Caledonia Co.

Last year’s first ever bowling tournament at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury for the benefit of Green Mountain United Way was so much fun that we want to do it again.

The date has been set for Sunday, March 30th from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate should form a team of four or five bowlers who will each raise a minimum of $45 in sponsorships. But, don’t think you need to stop at $45. After all, this is a fundraiser to help further GMUW initiatives of Education, Health, Income and Basic Needs for the people of our region. Call or email all your friends and relatives and ask them to sponsor you.

Go to for all the information you need about this fun event, and where you can access the sign-up and sponsorship forms needed.

Our annual bowling event in Central Vermont is also being planned for June 7th at Twin City Lanes. Maybe you can attend both! Who knows? You just might end up being the best bowler in northeastern Vermont.

Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

If not, be sure to ask your tax preparer if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This is a credit that is designed to reward working people whose salaries are not that high, and is given by both the federal and state governments.

For example, if you are married and filing jointly and have two children, you can claim this credit if your total household income is less than $48,378. There are a few other qualifications that need to be met, but you could be eligible for a maximum credit of $5,372.

It’s worth asking the questions. It could mean money in your pockets.

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The Hungry Heart in Montpelier March 18, 6:00 – 8:00


The Hungry Heart in Montpelier March 18, 6:00 – 8:00

“The Hungry Heart”, is a documentary film by Bess O’Brien, focusing on Vermont addiction to prescription drugs. The film is about real teens and their families in not-so-far-away St. Albans.

Governor Shumlin has promoted this film in his recent State of the State Address and will support showing the film in high schools throughout the state. The central Vermont community is welcome to attend the next viewing:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014   6 – 8 pm

Kellogg Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Free and open to the Community,

Parents, and Students in grades 6-12

Dealing with prescription drug addiction has become a huge problem in Vermont and is affecting schools, families, children, and crime rates in many of our communities.

It will be beneficial to see the film before the Community Forum which is being scheduled for April. Date TBA.

email to add your name and email to a community list to receive more information about opiate addiction problems and solutions in central Vermont.

Sponsored and organized by Kellogg Hubbard Library and

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition

Another opportunity to see this documentary!

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Winooski Footbridge Towers Stand Tall


There was a lot of excitement on February 19th as skilled ECI workers and GMC bridge crew erected and carefully aligned the 40-foot-tall steel towers into place on the banks of the Winooski River in Bolton.

Matt Wels, GMC bridge project manager, and his crew Kurt Melin, Sam Parisi and Pat O’Brien have worked hard to prepare the site for this day. Thanks to all of their hard work and attention to every last detail, the process went smoothly.  We are one step closer to fulfilling the100-year-old dream of the Long Trail crossing the Winooski on its very own footbridge.

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Linking Employee Fitness to Better Business



STATEWIDE, Vt. — Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for promoting health and fitness on and off the job.

Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to nearly 100 employers for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance.

“Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. With Kennected the business leaders can see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The proof is in the number of Vermont companies with topnotch wellness programs.  This year we will honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners will share their best practices at the conference.”

Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author of 24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, will discuss individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Concurrent workshops will engage participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.

Employers including Fletcher Allen Health Care, The Vermont Country Store, Engelberth Construction, and BioTek will present their strategies for employee health and wellness. Fitness professionals will demonstrate fitness activities that people can do at work.

New this year: The conference is partnering with Go!Vermont! to encourage ride sharing. A commuter bus will drive conference attendees to and from Montpelier.

The $100 registration fee includes a healthy lunch. Deadline to register is March 26. For more information call 802-863-7270. Register today!

The council’s co-sponsors include Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, INVEST EAP and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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America Saves Week




Feb. 24th to the 28th has been designated as America Saves Week. It’s the perfect time for all of us to put into place and practice some extra method of saving a few dollars. Think of tomorrow when you might need that nest egg for emergency car repairs, medical bills, retirement, or education costs. Start today and build up your savings for future needs.


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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Three Addison County Deaths Confirmed to be Overdoses from Pure Fentanyl

For Immediate Release: Feb. 6, 2014
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – Health and public safety officials are warning heroin users that product sold as heroin and packaged in the same manner as heroin may instead contain pure fentanyl or fentanyl-laced heroin.
The Vermont Department of Health has just confirmed the cause of three deaths in Addison County in January to be overdoses from pure fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opioid drug that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, and much deadlier.
“Heroin users may not know they are shooting up fentanyl, or they may not know just how deadly it is,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “Even a very small amount of pure fentanyl, just a few grains, can stop your breathing and kill.”
Sarah Munro
Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant
VT Dept of Health
Barre District Office
McFarland Office Building, 5 Perry St
Barre, VT 05641

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Nonprofit Legislative Day Tomorrow 2/6

What You Need to Know

This Thursday nearly 70 leaders from 50 nonprofit organizations will be at the Vermont State House. 
Find out who will be there,

Nonprofit leaders are becoming savy on how to get things done in the legislature. There will be a “genius bar” panel discussion to prep participants on the current issues, how to lobby effectively, and the hot topic of Results-Based Accountability (RBA). This will be followed by a Press Conference at 11am on how Vermont’s social sector calls on legislature to work toward results.

If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late!  Register Today!

In addition to all the training and preparation successfully advocacy, Vermont nonprofit leaders will be putting their experience into action.  The Senate Committee on Government Operations will hear testimony on S.293--a bill designed to institutionalize RBA in Legislative Policy making and state government operations (RBA). What You Need to Know for Legislative Day!

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