Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Update
Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Update
Tue, 02/23/2016 – 4:16am
Vermont Business Magazine – The Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo, a mobile food pantry, will deliver its second round of healthy groceries to the University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center in partnership with Hunger Mountain Coop on Friday, February 26. All families and individuals in need are invited to pick up free, fresh produce and other groceries from 9 to 11 a.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 on the lower level of the hospital in Berlin, Vt. More than 150 people turned out for the first event in January. The Veggie VanGo will continue to distribute food at the hospital on several Fridays throughout the winter and spring including April 1, April 29, May 27 and June 24.
The mobile food shelf is an extension of the medical center’s Health Care Share (HCS) program, a food assistance collaboration with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) farm, created to bring healthy food and nutrition education to those in need. HCS fundraising efforts support summer “food shares,” which are distributed weekly to food insecure families and provide more than 10 pounds of freshly harvested vegetables for three months. Last year more than 150 families and nearly 600 people were helped by the program. The Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo allows the Health Care Share program to expand during the non-growing season to fill the gap for families when the VYCC farm is closed.
The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center is part of a four-hospital system established to deliver high-quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are: The University of Vermont Medical Center, The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital. For more information and to connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and our blog, visit UVMHealth.org/CVMC(link is external).
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps staff member Clarice Cutler, left, works with UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Health Care Share team members, Andrea Hazuda and Mike Kennedy to bag apples for people in need during the Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo mobile food pantry. More than 150 people turned out for free, fresh groceries during the first monthly event at the hospital in Berlin. The next mobile food pantry is scheduled for February 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.
|Baby & Children’s Items:|
|Baby and toddler books|
|Children’s toys (dolls, trucks, etc.)|
|Shampoo and conditioner|
|Axe body wash and spray|
|Deck of cards|
|Shampoo and conditioner|
|Walmart gift cards|
Vermont Businiess Magazine – The Community College of Vermont (CCV) announced a new partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) to place CCV student interns in six Vermont libraries as job hunt helpers for Vermont residents. These interns will work with Vermont citizens who need assistance using computer technology to explore careers and online education, prepare resumes and search for and apply online for jobs at the town libraries in Barre, Brattleboro, Newport, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Winooski. The project is designed to increase digital literacy in Vermont by helping Vermonters use online resources and career development software to identify, prepare for and pursue their career goals.
“At the Vermont Department of Libraries, we are dedicated to providing Vermonters a place in their community where they can access the information services they need,” said Vermont State Librarian Marty Reid. “Bringing CCV job hunt helpers into six public libraries across the state will support and expand the work that our public libraries do to assist people throughout the job search process. We are looking forward to working with CCV on this project, which will help connect job seekers with the skills and information resources they need and with Vermont employers.”
CCV’s Career Consultants will train and support CCV student interns serving as job hunt helpers. The interns will work six hours a week at one of the designated libraries from early March through the end of the spring semester. These services are made possible by funding from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Digital tools are an important part of the job search process,” said CCV Dean of Academic Technology Eric Sakai. “This new collaboration between CCV and the Department of Libraries will provide many Vermonters the support and skills they need to navigate career planning on the web. We are excited to have six of our students participating in this excellent project and making real contributions to communities around Vermont.”
Interns will receive training from the consultants on use of job search and career exploration software and on assisting job seekers with using the internet. A CCV project coordinator will supervise the students throughout the program.
From fall 2011 to fall 2014, CCV and the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) collaborated on a unique project aimed at increasing Vermonters’ use of the internet for education, career development, community engagement and personal enrichment. The Internet Interns program placed a total of 24 CCV students in town libraries across the state to assist patrons with such tasks as job searches and applications, health care information searches and communicating with family and friends via social media.
CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
The Vermont Department of Libraries supports libraries in Vermont as they work to insure access to quality information for their patrons.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.
To learn more, visit www.imls.gov(link is external) and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
Green Mountain United Way of Barre, VT is celebrating because Hannaford’s Supermarket in South Barre has chosen this local nonprofit to benefit from their
Bags 4 My Cause program
For each reusable blue Karma grocery bag you purchase for only $2.29, during the month of February, Hannaford’s will donate $1.00 to Green Mountain United Way
Help Green Mountain United Way by buying several of these reusable grocery bags and help the environment at the same time.
For more information about this program, call Green Mountain United Way at 802-622-8056
(Photo of EITC Awareness Day at Vermont State House)
February 5th has been nationally named as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, and in Vermont, four individuals formed a panel that day to inform the general public of the importance of filing for EITC if eligible. Representing all Vermonters on this topic at the State House on Feb. 5th were (left to right) Nelson Baker, Community Impact Director for Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) who also represented the United Ways of Vermont, Mary Niebling, Director of Economic Development for Capstone Community Action, Grant Peterson, IRS Stakeholder Relationship Consultant, and Mary Peterson, VT Tax Commissioner. Each of the panelists offered the information that people need to find out if they are eligible for the tax credit and how to file.
Nelson Baker of the United Way stated, “Earned Income Tax Credit is a federally funded program that rewards qualified individuals for working. One individual who recently attended a financial literacy workshop had received EITC from the federal government and also from the State of Vermont when she filed her tax returns. She was able to pay several overdue utility bills and had some money left over to put into a savings account.” The biggest problem is that nearly 20% of taxpayers who qualify for EITC do not claim the refund.
For EITC details, visit www.gmunitedway.org/our-work/income/ or call the GMUW office in Barre at 802-622-8056.
Barre, VT – Green Mountain United Way (GMUW), a local nonprofit committed to providing services to its neighbors through Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of February.
This exciting program has been designed to support local nonprofits like GMUW. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma messaging purchased at the South Barre Hannaford, Green Mountain United Way will receive a $1 donation in order to help fulfill its mission of mobilizing communities to create lasting changes that will improve lives.
“The Hannaford Reusable Bag program is a great way for shoppers to assist their local United Way and, ultimately, their neighbors in need,” said GMUW Executive Director, Tawnya Kristen. “It not only provides funding for GMUW but also helps our area environmentally by taking millions of plastic bags from being thrown into our landfills.”
GMUW will be using the projected funds for its latest Tatum’s Totes project, which provides backpacks filled with personal items for children and youth going into foster care. For information about this project, go to www.gmunitedway.org/blog/green-mountain-united-way-leads-tatums-totes-effort/.
Learn more about Green Mountain United Way by calling 802-622-8056 in Barre or visiting www.gmunitedway.org.
(Photo OR CO PCC – Mary Ellen Otis, Executive Director of Parent Child Center, left receiving gift of Zutano clothes from Pam Bailey of GMUW)
The Orange Co. Parent Child Center in Tunbridge recently received ten children’s literacy kits and a large box of new children’s clothing from Green Mountain United Way of Barre. The kits were made by volunteer employees at the USDA office in Montpelier, and the clothes were made possible by Zutano, Inc. of Cabot. Mary Ellen Otis, Executive Director of OCPCC, gratefully accepted these gifts from GMUW, which provided these items as part of its Early Learning and Goods & Services programs.
For more information about Green Mountain United Way and its initiatives, visits www.gmunitedway.org or call their Barre office at 802-622-8056.
RANDOLPH – Gifford Health Care and Vermont Blueprint for Health will offer a free, five-week “Fresh Start Quit in Person” workshop to help anyone who wants to improve their health by becoming tobacco free.
Offered in partnership with the VT Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, this workshop will support those who want to quit smoking —free patches, gum, or lozenges can be shipped directly to participant’s homes.
The free tobacco cessation workshop will run from March 2 through March 30, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Markle Room of the Gifford Conference Center. For more information or to register call Megan at 802-728-7714
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, and Rochester and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.