Scott Milne Named GMUW Campaign Chair

Scott Milne

Green Mountain United Way is pleased to announce that Scott Milne, President of Milne Travel American Express, has agreed to serve as Chair of its 2015 – 2016 fundraising campaign.

Scott spent most of his early years on the family farm in Washington, VT and is no stranger to work having dabbled in several occupations, like farm laborer, construction worker, grocery store clerk, restaurant waiter, and then a field engineer for an electronics company on the west coast before joining Milne Travel. He knows the struggles that many Vermonters face and is sensitive to making our area one where people can become financially stable and live happy and healthy lives. Because of his vast experience and genuine care for Vermonters, Scott is the ideal choice for Campaign Chair.

Milne will be the guest speaker at the GMUW Campaign Kickoff breakfast on Sept. 16th where he will outline his vision for a successful campaign.

Marion Milne, Scott’s mother, was a staunch supporter of the United Way for many years as well as serving as Green Mountain United Way’s Campaign Chair in 1985 and 1999, and on its Board of Directors. Scott is aware of the “big shoes” he is stepping into with Marion Milne’s United Way legacy – and is hoping many folks will step up as a way of paying tribute to his mom.

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GMUW to Launch Campaign at Kickoff Breakfast

On Sept. 16th, at the Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road, Green Mountain United Way will host its annual kickoff breakfast for the 2015 – 2016 campaign. In addition to launching the campaign fundraising for the year, GMUW will be including those who attend in its 40th anniversary celebration and will be introducing its new Executive Director, Tawnya Kristen.

Coupled with a full and delicious breakfast will be door prizes, awards and guest speakers on volunteerism, community impact and our need to succeed for the benefit of all in our communities.

Topping off this event will be an address by this year’s Campaign Chair, Scott Milne, President of Milne Travel American Express, who very willingly agreed to chair the campaign as a tribute to his mother, Marion Milne. Marion was a longtime supporter of the United Way having served on its Board and Committees as well as Chair for the 1985 and 1999 campaigns. Scott acknowledges that filling his mother’s shoes is a big task that he wants to undertake. Thus, this year’s campaign theme of “Put Yourself in My Shoes”, which pointedly asks supporters to put themselves in the shoes of those less fortunate in our communities and offer whatever help they can.

Fully sponsoring this event is Milne Travel/American Express.

This breakfast is always very well attended by business executives, campaign coordinators, representatives of other nonprofit organizations and supporters from all over Washington, Orange, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. For more information about this event and how to register, visit, or call GMUW at 802-622-8056.

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Vermont 2-1-1, A Statewide Information and Referral Program of the United Ways of Vermont, is Hiring!

Vermont 2-1-1


Vermont 2-1-1, a statewide Information and Referral program of the United Ways of Vermont, is hiring!  

Are you looking for meaningful employment? Enjoy learning about resources and making connections with nonprofits and community programs? Vermont 2-1-1 has a full time opening for a Resource Database Specialist.

Full-time Resource Database Specialist


Primary Job Responsibilities:

-Maintains 2-1-1 database by contacting agencies via telephone, email, web surveys and website reviews to update present listings and keep our database accurate

-Builds relationships with Vermont nonprofit organizations via telephone

-Researches potential listings for inclusion in the Vermont 2-1-1 database

Interested? Review the full job description here.

Vermont 2-1-1
Monthly Call
Volume Report

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

Vermont 2-1-1’s rise in call totals this July continues the annual mid-summer trend of climbing call volume that is reflective of callers’ acute awareness of, and early anxiety about, the upcoming colder season and the additional stressors it inevitably brings. Contact specialists responded to a total of 2,683 calls. Housing assistance related calls climbed to 400 and 143 of those calls were requests for emergency housing. The area of the State showing the largest increase in requests for housing/shelter assistance in July was Washington County. This may be attributed to the July 9th flash flooding in Barre City and Plainfield.

Despite the concerted efforts of human service agencies to promote the availability of assistance programs for those who qualify, more Vermonters are reporting food insecurity and requesting information about potential food resources. Food-related calls have hit an all-time high for this year, totaling 86 referrals.  At Vermont 2-1-1, Contact Specialists do their best to connect callers to resources to supplement their incomes by referring to both Public Assistance Programs and to other food assistance programs offered by non-profit organizations throughout the state. The “new normal”, according to both 2-1-1 Resource Specialists in the field and volunteers operating community food pantries, is long term, weekly reliance on local non-profit organizations’ offerings. What were once “emergency food shelves” have now become more permanent support services that many young working families and retired seniors rely on to meet their basic needs.

A flurry of calls for Public Health, Safety and Disaster information in July resulted in referrals and information on disaster declarations, home sanitation and tap water testing. Oftentimes, a referral to one of Vermont’s town health officers will result in a visit to a caller’s residence to assist with assessing the problem and advise about potential solutions.

Working closely with Specialized Information and Referral services throughout the state, Vermont 2-1-1Contact Specialists are trained to give the appropriate specialized agency contact information to support a “no wrong door” approach to accessing services (a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and multi- agency approach to connecting Vermonters to services). To date, over 170 calls have been referred to or directly transferred to Specialized Information and Referral Lines such as Child Care Resource and Referral, Senior Helpline, and I-Line.

View Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly call volume report here.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Vermont 2-1-1 Resource Specialists are in the field learning about community resources all the time. Check out this resource corner to learn about the latest updates, timely information and stories from the field.

Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented.  Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more.

Vermont 2-1-1 includes the following types of programs in its comprehensive database:

  • Wellness Programs

  • Recreational Activities/Sports

  • Recreational Facilities

  • Physical Fitness

  • General Health Education Programs

  • Nutrition Education

To learn more about this topic, visit the adolescent and teen health portion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

Emergency Housing Requests Grow in July

Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

The month of July shows a small increase in the total emergency housing requests; from 108 requests in June to 143 requests in July. As summer moves quickly, barriers to housing remain. Whether callers describe lengthy waiting lists for subsidized housing or face financial challenges in paying for market-rate housing, the need for housing is a complex issue with many layers and individual considerations. Read more about emergency housing in July’s report here.

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5th Annual Thankful Thursday Dinner Event

Some of you have attended our Thankful Thursday dinner events at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville in past years and I thought you’d be interested in joining us this year.

We’ve scheduled it for Thursday, Sept. 10th.  Note that the owners of Juniper’s Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn donate 15% of that evening’s sales of food and beverages to Green Mountain United Way.

I’ve attached the flyer which gives all the necessary information.  Hope you can make it.

View the flyer here for details:  Thnkfl Thurs Flyer 09-10-15




Madeleine C. Roy / Development & Marketing Director / Green Mountain United Way Orleans/Northern Essex Office

PO Box 33, Derby Line, VT 05830 / Tel:  802-647-2148


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Volunteer Project Idea: Family Teaching Kitchen


One of the initiatives of the Green Mountain United Way, includes Health.

While Vermont continues to be a leader in health, obesity rates here and across the country have been steadily increasing over the last ten years. Almost a quarter of adults in Vermont are obese, and obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers continue to be the leading causes of death in Vermont. Research proves that consuming adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and exercising the recommended amount of 30 minutes per day can prevent obesity.

Green Mountain United Way is encouraging communities to join our Building Healthy Communities initiatives throughout the five counties we serve to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. Through partnerships with hospitals, clinics, education institutions, businesses, municipalities and other groups, we are working together to create community environments that support individuals and families in living healthy lifestyles.

For more information on Green Mountain United Way’s work in the area of Healthy Living, please contact:

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Learn how you can engage volunteers to help achieve United Way’s goal to increase the number of healthy youth and adults in the community. From setting up cooking stations and activities, to teaching children and their parents about nutrition, volunteers at family teaching kitchens play an important role in creating healthier communities.

Do you like to cook? Learn how you can engage volunteers to help achieve United Way’s goal to increase the number of healthy youth and adults. Whether setting up cooking stations and activities, teaching children and their parents about nutrition, or packing grocery bags for participants to take home after class, volunteers at family teaching kitchens play an important role in creating healthier communities.


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Vermont Nonprofit News: Climate Change, Leadership & Summer Swimming

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Forums Explore Next Steps

for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy

Join the Vermont Council on Rural Development and local business leaders at a series of regional forums on What’s Next for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy?  Forums will take place from 7-9 pm at the:

> Paramount Theatre in Rutland 8/26

> City Hall in Burlington 9/17

> Latchis Hotel in Brattleboro 10/6

Learn More.

Deadline Extended to 8/14:

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Be entered to win $100 Gift Certificate to Staples!

Get Ready for #GivingTuesday:


How to Mobilize a Successful Campaign

Wednesday, September 16 | 4:00 p.m. | Burlington

Mingle, nibble and learn at Burlington’s South End Kitchen where you’ll hear case studies, get tips for leveraging social media, and start thinking about how your organization can make the most of this year’s #GivingTuesday on December 1st. Produced with Burlington NetSquared, Paw Print & Mail and CCTV Center for Media & Democracy. Cost: $5 at the door.

Register Today.

Young Leaders: The Challenge of Developing Yourself
One of the challenges all leaders face is developing their skills as leaders and managers. But for nonprofit leaders, finding the ways—and time—to do this can be particularly challenging for several reasons, not least the disparity between their organizations’ resources and the scope of the work that demands to be done.


An Act of Leadership for the Transitions Ahead

If you are one of the many, many Vermont executive directors planning to leave your post in the next 1-5 years, this intensive learning experience is for you! Third Sector New England has put together an enriching and inspirational training opportunity–and it is right in our back door!

I am glad to fill you in on my experience with Courage in Leaving (email me at–or contact Hez Norton at TSNE for more details.

This is a great opportunity! Learn More…

P.S. –  Common Good Vermont will be offering a half day version in South Burlington on November 19th.

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Why Engagement is more than a warm, fuzzy feeling


Why engagement is more than a warm, fuzzy feeling.

And why you should care.

Have you ever tried asking a stranger for money? Even if it was for a good cause, you probably wouldn’t have had much success. The truth is, very few people (or institutions, for that matter) are willing to open their wallets for someone with whom they don’t already have some sort of positive relationship. But that’s exactly what many nonprofit organizations try to get them to do. Needless to say, they don’t often succeed. Because before you can successfully raise more money, increase volunteer support or improve service and program delivery, you need to focus on engagement.

If you think of engagement as a warm, fuzzy feeling that just sort of happens, you may be in for a surprise.

Free Webinar

Thursday August 20 2:00EDT

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Join IBM nonprofit subject matter expert Alexander Oftelie and former Cornell fundraising data scientist Marianne Pelletier for an eye-opening webinar that will demonstrate how you can both identify and predict fundraising outcomes—and use predictive analytics to help understand and drive the kind of engagement that leads to increased support.


Alex Oftelie

Nonprofit Subject Matter Expert


Meet Alex

Marianne Pelletier

Managing Director

Staupell Analytics Group

Meet Marianne

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MSF News Alert: Teleconference Tuesday




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Did you know that all of the MSF’s programs and services are provided free of charge? There are no costs nor membership requirements to qualify for assistance.

Call 888-673-6287 to learn more about the services available to you.

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“Building Your MS Support Network”

Free Teleconference Tuesday Night


On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. EST, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation will present a free teleconference “Building Your MS Support Network” presented by Alissa Ayden.

Ms. Ayden, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Support Group and Outreach Program Manager will share advice and suggestions for building a supportive network to help you cope with the challenges of MS in your day-to-day life.

To participate in this teleconference, call 1-888-550-5602 up to five minutes before the start time and enter code 23441168. (You will be placed on hold until the presentation begins.) 

Join us for this exciting new program!


Create Your Brighter Tomorrow with the Brighter Tomorrow Grant

The MSF is accepting applications for the Brighter Tomorrow Grant program through Sept 1. Each year, the MSF makes dreams come true for people with MS through this program by providing goods or services — valued at up to $1,000 per recipient — to people with MS nationwide. The goal is to improve the quality of life for people with MS by enhancing their safety, self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being.

To qualify, a recipient must be 18 years of age or older and diagnosed with MS, or be the parent of a minor child diagnosed with MS. They must be a legal U.S. resident and must not have any other means of fulfilling their wish. Applicants are asked to provide basic personal and financial information, and to write a brief essay of 100 words or less to describe how the grant would help them.

Requests made to the BTG Program must be for specific goods or services. Applications asking for cash and medications are not considered. Requests for items covered through other MSF grants —such as assistive devices and computers— will be referred to those programs.

Applications are available on, in MSFocus magazine, or by calling 888-673-6287. Previous recipients of the BTG are ineligible for future BTGs but are welcome to apply for services through other MSF grant programs.

Teleconference Series Continues

Tuesday’s teleconference is part of an series that will continue each month throughout 2015.

Dates, topics, and more information about upcoming programs will be released in the upcoming issue of MSFocus. Don’t have a free subscription? Sign up today! 

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Get out and Volunteer!!


This month we feature a wonderful opportunity in Montpelier at the Family Center of Washington County where they are in need of someone to organize a large bookshelf of children’s books. Please help them and the kids out by offering to organize all their books.

While there, you might want to spend some time reading to the children. Story time is always fun.


Madeleine C. Roy / Development & Marketing Director / Green Mountain United Way
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
PO Box 33, Derby Line, VT 05830 / Tel: 802-647-2148

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