Green Mountain United Way Awards Grants to Local Nonprofits

In a recent announcement, Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) has awarded Community Grants to five area nonprofit organizations and Micro Grants to three nonprofits for projects that align with United Way priority areas of Education, Income and Health.

The Family Center of Washington Co. received $2,500 for their intensive work training program for some of their Reach Up clients with the goal of transitioning troubled parents into successful employment.  “The Family Center is thrilled to be awarded GMUW funding.  The funds awarded will go directly to supporting families in poverty.  Reach Up and Family Works services are important because they provide families with the skills and supports to stabilize housing, obtain or keep a good job and successfully parent their children.  Through working directly with families, we offer concrete supports to better serve the young parents and children we work with.  In using a two generations approach, we help to strengthen families from within, and work to reduce intergenerational poverty,” says Claire Kendall, Co-Executive Director of the Family Center.

Other Community Grant recipients are AWARE of Hardwick ($2,500) for their Economic Empowerment initiative, Wonder & Wisdom of Greensboro ($2,500) to expand their Seniors Program, the Vermont Humanities Council ($2,432) for their Never Too Early early literacy program across the GMUW five counties, and Pathways Vermont ($2,000) for a statewide phone service line that provides specialized mental health support.

In addition, GMUW also awarded three Micro Grants of $250 each to People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in Barre for dental hygiene supplies, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury for brochures for their Smoke Free Cars campaign, and Umbrella in Newport for the purchase of portable food storage containers for their Cornucopia Meals-on-Wheels program.

For more information about GMUW, visit or call their Barre office at 802-622-8056.

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Health Dept Releases 2016-2020 Vermont Cancer Plan

Tue, 03/29/2016 –

Vermont Business Magazine Cancer is the leading cause of death in Vermont. Vermont has a higher cancer rate than the US average, with  higher rates of melanoma, lung, bladder, and uterine cancers. However, Vermont generally has lower rates of prostate, colorectal, cervical, and stomach cancers. Since 2005, the Department of Health — together with Vermont’s statewide cancer coalition, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) — has published a five-year strategic plan to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families, and communities in Vermont. “The 2016-2020 Vermont Cancer Plan: A Framework for Action” is a guide for cancer control and prevention practices across the state and represents the collective efforts of cancer stakeholders throughout Vermont.

Click the report cover to access the entire report.

The plan includes shared goals, objectives, and priority strategies for reducing the burden of cancer in Vermont over the next five years. The 2016-2020 goals address the following areas:

  • Reduce cancer-related disparities in Vermont.
  • Prevent cancer from occurring or recurring.
  • Detect cancer at its earliest stages.
  • Treat cancer with appropriate, quality care.
  • Ensure the highest quality of life possible for cancer survivors.

The 2016 – 2020 Vermont Cancer Plan provides guidance, information, data, and links to partners and resources for all Vermonters. Vermont’s cancer community – including the Department of Health, the statewide cancer coalition, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC), hospitals, cancer survivors, non-profit organizations and other community organizations came together to create this document.

The Vermont Cancer Plan goals and objectives build upon Vermont’s State Health Assessment plan, called Healthy Vermonters 2020 (HV 2020), which assesses and tracks the health status of Vermonters. HV 2020 includes more than 100 population health indicators that will guide the work of public health through 2020.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Vermont.

From the 1960s through 2006, the two leading causes of death in Vermont were heart disease and cancer, respectively. In 2007, cancer took over as the leading cause of death among Vermonters. It significantly impacts the physical, economic, and social well-being of individuals and families across Vermont. Cancer incidence is the number of new cases occurring in a population during a year. Each year, approximately 3,600 Vermonters are diagnosed with cancer (Vermont Cancer Registry, 2008–2012). Cancer mortality is the number of deaths from cancer occurring in a population during a year. Each year more than 1,300 Vermonters die of cancer (Vermont Vital Statistics, 2008–2012).

Cancer in Vermont

Five types of cancer make up the majority of new cancers diagnosed or cancer-related deaths (Figure A). The sites in the body in which these cancers occur are different for men and women. More commonly diagnosed cancers, such as melanoma, are not leading causes of cancer death because the chances of survival are very good. In contrast, certain cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, are less commonly diagnosed but much more likely to cause death.

Early Detection

When cancer is found and treated early, a person’s chance for survival is much better. Some cancers, such as melanoma, prostate, and female breast, are most often diagnosed at earlier stages.

Other cancers, such as colorectal and lung, are usually diagnosed at later stages. Screening tests, including those available for breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers, help to detect cancer at an early stage when treatment works best. Tracking the stage at diagnosis for common cancers in Vermont is a good way to monitor the impact of cancer screening.

Vermont compared to US

After accounting for the age and size of the population, the 2008–2012 age adjusted cancer incidence rate in Vermont (471.9 per 100,000) is higher than the US rate (461.9 per 100,000). Incidence rates of different cancer types vary from year to year. In general, Vermont typically has higher rates of melanoma, lung, bladder, and uterine cancers than the US. However, Vermont generally has lower rates of prostate, colorectal, cervical, and stomach cancers than the US.

Cancer Prevalence Cancer prevalence is the number of people alive today who have ever been diagnosed with cancer. This includes individuals who are newly diagnosed, in active treatment, have completed active treatment, and those living with progressive symptoms of their disease. As Vermont and the nation’s population ages, the occurrence of new cancer cases is expected to increase. With treatment advances, people are living longer with a cancer diagnosis. The number of cancer survivors increased by over a third between 2002 and 2012.

Approximately 36,000 adult Vermonters (7%) are living with a current or previous diagnosis of a non-skin cancer (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2014). There are no significant differences in the proportion of cancer survivors living in different counties in Vermont.

2016 – 2020 Cancer Plan Goals, Objectives & Strategies

The plan outlines the shared goals, objectives, and priority strategies for reducing the burden of cancer in Vermont over the next five years. The 2016-2020 goals are:


Reduce cancer-related disparities in Vermont

FOCUS AREAS: Low-Income Vermonters (adults with a household income under 250% of the Federal Poverty Level); and Cancer Survivors.

ACTIONS: Assess barriers to screening and preventive care; work with partners who serve low income populations; promote and support advocacy for quality, affordable care; and continue surveillance work to assess the impact of cancer on low income populations.


Prevent cancer from occurring or recurring

FOCUS AREAS: Tobacco; Oral Health; Physical Activity and Nutrition; HPV; and Environmental Hazards (ultraviolet radiation, radon and safe drinking water).

ACTIONS: Collaborate with partners focused on chronic disease prevention (such as tobacco, oral health, physical activity and nutrition); promote widespread adolescent vaccination for a complete HPV vaccine series; support partners and promote programs focused on reducing environmental hazards like radon and safe water; and support efforts to use media to educate key audiences about risk factors for cancer.

Early Detection

Detect cancer at its earliest stages

FOCUS AREAS: Colorectal, Cervical, Breast, Lung, and Prostate Cancers.

ACTIONS: Promote public and provider cancer screening guideline documents; contribute to public and provider education; promote and implement health systems interventions; and support efforts to use media to promote the importance of screening and early detection.

Cancer Directed Therapy & Supportive Care

Treat cancer with appropriate, quality care

FOCUS AREAS: Cancer Directed Therapy; Palliative Care; and Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

ACTIONS: Promote the importance of palliative care within the cancer treatment cycle; promote safe and educated use of appropriate complementary therapies; and promote cancer treatment based on evidence-based guidelines, treatment planning, and the needs of the whole patient.

Survivorship & End-of-Life Care

Ensure the highest quality of life possible for cancer survivors

FOCUS AREAS: Survivorship Care Plans; Optimal Health for Survivors; and End-of-Life Care.

ACTIONS: Promote and educate partners regarding the importance of survivorship care plans; support survivorship programs; educate survivors and providers about strategies to reduce cancer recurrence and promote optimal health for survivors; and support end of life care initiatives.


Evaluation is a fundamental component of the Vermont Cancer Plan. A five-year evaluation plan has been developed in conjunction with the Cancer Plan to measure and improve the effectiveness of the Vermont Comprehensive Cancer Control program, VTAAC and the plan. The evaluation plan follows the parameters recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. These criteria are to focus on the three components of the Comprehensive Cancer Control program: the Plan, Partnership, and Program. Evaluation questions and findings will demonstrate the degree of program impact, how specific strategies have contributed to overall goals, and how accountability and progress have been supported by the Vermont Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and VTAAC.

The evaluation plan can be found on the Department of Health website at: (link is external)

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Celebrate Financial Literacy Month by Taking Financial Action

Financial Literacy Month Is Here – Take Financial Action Today!

Moving from Financial Literacy to Financial Action

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month by Taking Financial Action

America Saves is spending the April celebrating National Financial Literacy Month. This month is a great reminder that no matter how financially knowledgabel you may be, there is always more to learn about personal finance. There are endless opportunities to take control of your financial situation, and ultimately take action to save.

As Financial Literacy Month kicks off, America Saves wants to share three easy steps to assess your current situation and take action to save:

  1. Use the Saver Checklist Tool to check off your savings accomplishments and see how you’re doing.
  2. Try the Assess Your Savings Tool to see if you are saving adequately, and create a savings plan.
  3. Reinvigorate your commitment to savings in your current goal – or in a new one! – by repledging with America Saves.

Don’t leave the month of April feeling financially uninspired. Try one or all of the steps above and turn your financial literacy into financial action.




Savings Tips & Resources

Are You Ready for Mobile Payments?

For most consumers, the biggest benefit of mobile payments is convenience. No need to pull out your wallet for cash or plastic at the store, especially if you’ve got your phone near at hand anyway. No need to type in your payment information to buy something online. But what about your privacy? Is your financial and other personal information safe?

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Americans to Win Big Again in 2016 By Putting Part of Tax Refunds Directly into Savings

The Save Your Refund campaign creates fun and exciting incentives for Americans to save at tax time, when households making less than $50,000 claim $100 billion in federal tax refunds. For many individuals and families, that tax refund is the largest check that they will receive all year. A chance to win a $25,000 grand prize or one of 100 smaller weekly prizes has proven to be enough to turn saving skeptics into savings winners.

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Investment Savings Resources Now Available

More and more people who take the America Saves pledge are choosing investment savings as their goal. Making investments can build wealth over time more reliably than using a savings account, but it also involves risk. So, it’s important to educate yourself. .

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Saving at Tax Time

Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. A tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation.

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24th Annual NALC Food Drive

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, appropriately named the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, is planned for Saturday, May 14, 2016, across the entire nation.  This is the biggest one-day food drive in the U.S. that last year brought in nearly 71 million pounds of food at a time when food pantries everywhere are very low on staples for food insecure families.  Since this drive began in 1992, a staggering 1.4 billion pounds have been donated.  The NALC, U.S. Postal Service, the United Way and several other organizations partner each year to make this a successful food drive.

Unfortunately, in this so-called land of plenty, families are going to bed hungry every night.  In Vermont, nearly 8% of households are considered food insecure, meaning they do not have enough food and not enough money to buy food.  They often substitute quality for quantity, buying less nutritious, higher calorie, but lower cost foods.  This often leads to obesity and poor health.

The beauty of this drive is that local postal workers collect the food along their delivery routes and turn the food over to our local food shelves to help our neighbors here at home.  In May 2015, approximately 19,000 pounds of food were collected in the GMUW five counties that were delivered to 24 food shelves, also in those five counties.

The process is really quite simple.  On the morning of May 14th, place your non-perishable food items in a bag near your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up.  If you do not have a letter carrier, just bring your items to your post office and they will be happy to see that they get delivered to the nearest food shelf.

Please remember that non-perishable foods are what are needed, for example, canned vegetables, soups, beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and peanut butter.  Do not include outdated items as the food shelves will have to throw these out as per government regulations.

Plan to do your share on May 14th by providing a bag or two of food that will help make a difference for food insecure families in your neighborhood.  For more information, call any one of the Green Mountain United Way offices in Barre at 802-622-8056, in St. Johnsbury at 802-745-0101 or in Derby Line at 802-647-2148.

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BCBSVT and Terry Bicycles Team Up For Women’s Wellness Revolution, April 19

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and Terry Bicycles (Terry) are back with the third running of Wellness Revolution, designed to promote healthier lifestyles for Vermont women through cycling. The eight-week program offers participants the opportunity to begin cycling regardless of their fitness levels, with support and confidence.

“The Wellness Revolution came into my life just when I needed it most,” says a Wellness Revolution alumnus, Erin Creley. “I am so grateful for the wonderful and welcoming group of leaders and participants in the program for not only reassuring me that I’m not alone in my trepidation after an accident but that I am also more than capable of reclaiming my love of cycling.“

The program mission is to improve the lives of Vermont women by providing access to health and wellness resources and to support positive lifestyle changes. Wellness Revolution will lead participants through all aspects of cycling like bike maintenance, mindfulness and safety, and also get participants out on the road so they experience the joy of outdoor riding.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is proud to collaborate with Terry Bicycles on Wellness Revolution,” says Megan Peek, community relations and health education manager. “We have plans to strengthen the Burlington program and begin a pilot in Rutland allowing even more Vermont women to enjoy the camaraderie and confidence-boosting opportunities that this program offers.”

The Burlington program kicks off on April 19th with an informational and goal-setting session. Additional highlights of this free program include sessions on bike maintenance, mindfulness, urban riding techniques, cross training and more. Incentives include free helmets and gift certificates for Terry apparel. The program will culminate on June 4th with a team ride and a raffle to award one participant with a free Terry bike. The Rutland program dates will be announced later this year.

“Women love this program because we help them overcome fear and teach them to be comfortable and confident on a bike,” said Terry CEO Liz Robert. ”By taking a holistic approach to teaching cycling with our sincerely committed health services partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, and adding fun prizes and incentives, our participants stick with it, and many keep on cycling long after the program is over which is the real win for everyone”.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 247,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin, a branch office in South Burlington and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans

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Spring is Coming and Emergency Housing Needs Remain


Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont, is a health and human service helpline providing information and referrals 24-7.

Vermont 2-1-1

Help Me Grow Vermont Report Card

The Help Me Grow Vermont report card for the first quarter includes September as this was the date of the “soft launch” of the phone line at Vermont 2-1-1. This report was prepared by Help Me Grow Vermont  partner VCHIP (Vermont Child Health Improvement Program). This report is a global view of Help Me Grow Vermont and integrates data from multiple partners.


Vermont 2-1-1
Monthly Call
Volume Report

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

February 11, 2016 marked Vermont 2-1-1’s 11th Anniversary and the entire 2-1-1 team would like to take this occasion to express its sincere appreciation for the United Ways of Vermont’s continued commitment to the Vermont 2-1-1 program! Over the past eleven years, our delivery of professional information and referral services to Vermonters has grown in strength, expanded in scope, and increased in reputation, in large part due to the steadfast support of each of Vermont’s local United Way agencies!

Over 7,000 requests for assistance came into our Vermont 2-1-1 call center during the first two months of 2016 and 3,902 of those calls were made in February. February averaged 135 incoming calls per day of service, which is on average 20 more incoming calls per day of service than January.

Each year more and more Vermonters are calling Vermont 2-1-1 to find out where they can receive free income tax preparation services. In February, referrals to Tax Organizations and Services totaled 1,048 showing the largest increase in call numbers over January than any other sub-category  All Vermonters can call 2-1-1 for accurate information about local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and MyFreeTaxes sites closest to them.  Individuals who live or work in Windham, Southern Windsor and Chittenden Counties, have been able to dial 2-1-1 to get transferred directly to a tax scheduler for appointments. Call Specialists also provide information about income eligibility guidelines to callers requesting this free service.

A slight decrease in the number of housing/shelter referrals is the combined result of the State of Vermont’s investments in local community shelter initiatives,  this winter’s lower than normal temperatures, and lower heating fuel costs. Crucial to Vermont’s ability to house so many of its most vulnerable population during the winter season is the longstanding commitment of local, volunteer-run emergency warming shelters throughout the state. In the first two months of 2016, a total of 171 referrals were made to Cold Weather and Warming Centers during Vermont 2-1-1’s contracted after-hours emergency housing response time. This number, in conjunction with the numbers of shelter placements recorded by other housing partners, illustrates how life-threatening Vermont winters can be for Vermonters without stable housing. The existence of these vital community shelters has provided safe havens for our homeless; offering warm, safe spaces to sleep and places to connect to helpers who can assist them with gaining access to appropriate resources. Reliance upon these “filled-to-capacity” shelters most certainly speaks to the kindness and dignity with which occupants are treated, but it also speaks to the growing need for permanent housing solutions.


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

March is National Nutrition 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.

Everyone has to eat! Some people in Vermont don’t have enough to eat, and many people don’t know what foods they should eat.  “National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” The Vermont 2-1-1 database contains many food and nutrition resources, including programs targeting specific groups, such as pregnant women, older adults, and persons with diabetes or other specific conditions.

Here are just some of the Taxonomy terms in use in the database:

For more information about National Nutrition Month®, go to


Spring is Coming and Emergency Housing Needs Remain

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.

With signs of an early spring upon us, Emergency Housing needs remain, even as the possibility of cold weather ends. Read more by downloading Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for February here.







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Letter To The Editor…Washington County Newspapers




March 16, 2016

Dear Friends-

The phone calls can come at any time, day or night. It’s the call from the Department of Children and
Family Services telling us another child is being placed in emergency foster care and a Tatum’s Totes bag
is needed. These are the calls the Green Mountain United Way staff has come to expect since starting
the Barre District Tatum’s Totes program. But what continues to surprise us is the support this program
is receiving when people learn of how it began and the purpose it meets.

Tatum’s Totes was created by Alex and Elizabeth Grimes after they lost their 5 month old son, Tatum
James Grimes, to SIDS. Searching for a way to help ease the pain of such an unimaginable loss and to
honor the memory of their son, they became foster parents hoping to provide a sense of home to those
most vulnerable. After seeing children come through their door with little or nothing of their own, they
decided to start a program that ensured every child entering foster care would have a personal bag filled
with special items to call their own. Alex and Elizabeth’s unique understanding of how essential the
smallest amount of comfort can be in the most challenging of times became the foundation of a
program that is now growing statewide.

GMUW is honored to be leading the Barre District DCF Tatum’s Totes program, providing each child
entering foster care with a backpack, diaper bag or duffle bag filled with special items specific to gender
and age. We know that this program is not the single solution to the many factors that create this
situation of need. But what we do know is that it is a key component to the larger GMUW initiatives
that work to find solutions to the issues of poverty, addiction and the cycle of abuse. And this simple
program, which started from a time of heartbreak, is now offering light to the human element
sometimes lost in the larger issues.

We appreciate and depend on your continued support of programs like Tatum’s Totes and others
offered through the Green Mountain United Way. Through your generosity, we are reminded of how
valued our work is and that the ability to bring effective change to areas in need is reliant on our ability
as a community to give, work and live united. For more information, please visit

Thank you and warmest regards,

Tawnya Kristen
Executive Director
Green Mountain United Way
One Conti Circle, Unit 3
Barre, VT 05641
Tel: 802-622-8056

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Know Someone Who Wants To Spend All Summer On The Trail?

Cross Vermont Trail Association

Know someone who might be itching to run away and join the trail crew next summer?

We’re signing folks up now who want to work in June, July or August.

The Cross Vt Trail Americorps Outdoor Leadership and Land Stewardship position is a chance to spend 3 months making a real difference in the world that you can see, while earning money for college. Apply through our partner organization the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (there’s a link to the app at

Or, for as little as a week, join a back country “volunteer vacation” crew. You can register through our partner organizations Volunteers for Peace and the American Hiking Society. Or LOCAL FOLKS – give us a call directly to find about joining in with the crew. Meet people from all over the country and the world, and hone those technical trailbuilding chops.

Full details and links to the sign ups at

Thanks for spreading the word to people you think might be interested (perhaps a nearby teenager, pretending to act sulky, but really just looking to be taken seriously?) These are great “gateway” opportunities for people wanting to develop their camping, trail building or outdoor leadership skills. Maybe you know someone looking to add to their college resume? We write great references! (But not till next Fall when the work is all done.)

Spend a week, a month, or all summer helping out on the trail!

(but wait there’s more)  Central Vermont Cycling Tour

June 26, 2016 ~ online registration is OPEN,  full details HERE.

Cross Vermont Trail Association

You can always get more at at – about the trail, news, events and scheduled outings.

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A Pledge to End Distracted Driving

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



March 15, 2016

Vermont Highway


2016 Year-to-Date: 10

2015 At this time: 5

2014 At this time: 9

2013 At this time: 9

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


A preventable collision is one in which the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


The Employer’s Guide for Reducing Motor Vehicle Crashes

   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
(NETS) have joined forces to create the 32-page Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, featuring a 10-step program outlining what an employer can do to improve traffic safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes.

   The document includes success stories from employers who have benefited from effective driver safety programs, including Pike Industries with operations in Vermont.

   The booklet is available to employers from Project RoadSafe, Associated General Contractors of Vermont by emailing Norman James: (
asking for Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes. Include your mailing address and the publication will be sent to you by return mail. 



Talk with us about driver safety: contact 

Norman James (


Motor Vehicle Deaths 8% Higher Last Year

   Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 8% higher in 2015 than they were in 2014 – the largest year-over-year
percent increase in 50 years.

   The National Safety Council estimated 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were seriously injured on U.S. roads in 2015. That means 2015 was likely was
the deadliest driving year since 2008.

   Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council said Americans apparently take their safety on the roadways for granted. She said driving
a car is one of the riskiest activities anyone undertakes in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements.

  To promote safe driving, the National Safety Council advises drivers to:

  • Make sure every passenger buckles up on every trip
  • Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation
  • Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue
  • Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits, since teens are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers.







Attitude Drives Behavior


Marijuana is a mind-altering drug

  It interferes with memory; people at the end of the conversation may forget what was at the beginning of the conversation.  They may not remember what happened

  It also interferes with problem solving or thinking that takes more than one step.

  It can make the heart beat up to 160 beats a minute and cause an anxiety attack.

  Initially there is a feeling of intoxication, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and a poor sense of balance and poor reaction time.

  Driving becomes dangerous due to difficulty judging distances & delayed reaction time.

  One study in a shock-trauma unit showed 15% of patients from car or motorcycle crashes had been smoking pot and 17% had THC in their blood (the active drug in

  There are long term affects:

  A frequent long-term effect is a lack of motivation.

Users don’t care what happens in their life; they have no desire to work regularly.

  They neglect school, chores, personal health & relationships.

  It can take up to 2 years off “pot” to get regain a normal motivation level.

  It’s said that five joints a week damages the lungs as much as smoking 16 cigarettes a day

  Regular users have a hacking cough and red eyes.

  They can develop low tolerance for frustration or authority; have poor impulse control, outbursts of anger, crying or laughter because THC affects the emotions.

  Heavy smokers develop a paranoid way of thinking

  Drug dependence is when the user begins to feel they need to take the drug to feel well.

  Drug tolerance is when the user needs increasingly larger doses to get the same effect.

  THC can stay in the body fat & brain tissue for up to a month.



 A Free Driver Safety Class

   * Does your company have a motor vehicle fleet (two or more vehicles) with above average insurance premiums?

   * Do you feel your fleet has more than its share of motor vehicle crashes?

   * Does your company have a safe driver program?

If these questions cause concern, contact Norman James at AGC/VT (
to talk about a free driver safety class for your drivers.



Facts Employers Must Know

From the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

1.     Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all age groups 3 to 33 years of age. Crashes are the 3rd leading cause of
years of potential life lost for all ages combined.

2.     Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.

3.     A typical driver in the U.S. travels 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually and has a one in 15 chance of being involved in a motor vehicle
collision each year.

4.     The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle with a crash occurring every 5 seconds,
property damage occurring every 7 seconds, an injury occurring every 10 seconds, and a motor vehicle fatality occurring every 12 minutes.

5.     Forty-one percent of the average vehicle miles traveled per household are from commuting to and from work (27%) and driving on work-related
business (14%).

6.     The average on-the-job crash costs an employer about $16,500 or just under $0.16 per mile driven. Crashes involving injuries cost
substantially more – $504,408 for a fatal injury and $73,750 for a nonfatal injury.

7.     With over 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes caused by human error, employers with high roadway exposure are at risk for a serious
crash resulting in a lawsuit against their organization. Damages awarded to plaintiff’s making negligence claims against companies are at an all-time high, settlements of $1 million or more are not unusual.

8.     The development, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring of a strong driver safety program can protect an organization’s human
and financial resources. Such a program allows an organization to be proactive in controlling crash risks and is the first line of defense against the potentially staggering costs from motor vehicle crashes involving employees.



A preventable collision is one in which

the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


About Cell Phones

  • It has been estimated that 30% of all drivers use a cell phone while driving.
  • While the cell phone is a dangerous distraction (hand-held or hands-free), our culture prevents us from believing that it is dangerous. We feel that we can do more than just one thing at a time
    – unfortunately that feeling does not work behind the wheel. Sooner or later the odds will catch up.
  • More than 10% of all drivers are on the cell phone at some point during the day.
  • NHTSA reports that 25% of all crashes happen when people are talking on a cell phone.
  • Talking on cell phones may not be the riskiest thing we do while driving, but it is involved in most driver distraction crashes.
  • Cell phones vs. passengers: Passengers often act as “co-pilots” and they help drivers. People on the other end of the phone cannot do this.
  • Not only are people texting, tweeting and talking on their cell phones, auto makers and the electronic communications manufacturers are making it easier for drivers to check Facebook and search
    the web while driving.
  • Hand-held or hands-free – it makes no difference: the mind will suffer from cognitive blindness.
  • The National Safety Council reports that the full scope of the distracted driving problem is difficult to determine because drivers are reluctant to admit their behavior: no witnesses, and lack
    of evidence in fatal crashes.


 Drive Like You
Really Care!!



Helpful Websites

   Project RoadSafe receives many requests for websites to help formulate workplace motor vehicle safety policies. The following websites will help.

   The Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT)

   Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP)

   Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA)

   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

   Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

   Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

   U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

   National Safety Council (NSC)

   National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

   Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 | |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs. If your do not wish to receive RoadSafe, please reply
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GMC Celebrates 106 Years!


GMC Celebrates 106 Years!

We have grown and accomplished a lot over the past 106 years, thanks to all of
our loyal members and supporters.

On March 11, 1910 the Green Mountain Club was founded by twenty-two individuals from around Vermont.  Their mission then, “to make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people,” remains our mission today.

Former Vermont Life Editor Tom Slayton wrote a chapter about the club’s beginnings in the beautifully illustrated GMC publication A Century in the Mountains:  Celebrating Vermont’s Long Trail:

“What began as a club focused on trail building and maintenance became, over the years, a wide-ranging organization with a strong (though subtly expressed) environmental mission, a knack for low-key outdoor education, and the management responsibility for a corridor of protected land that surrounds the Long Trail along the Green Mountain ridgeline.”

We look
forward to celebrating many more successes and anniversaries with all of you!

White blaze marking the Long Trail on Jay Peak

Inspirational Women on Vermont’s Long Trail GMC2108.jpg

March is Vermont Women’s History Month.  On Thursday, March 24,  GMC, Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Commission on Women will present Green Mountain Girls:  Women of the Long Trail.  

Speaker, historian, and GMC Montpelier Section President Reidun Nuquist will talk about famous inspirational women like Kathleen Norris, Catherine Robbins and Hilda M. Kurth, aka “The Three Musketeers,” who were the first women to hike the entire Long Trail in 1927.

Reidun will also tell us about other lesser known but equally important women hikers, trail workers and Green Mountain Club leaders who followed in their footsteps.

This event is FREE thanks to co-sponsorship by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Denis, Ricker and Brown, and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.

Seeking Volunteer Publication Committee Members!

This is a fun and energetic group whose collective talents help GMC publish essential hiking guidebooks and maps like the Long Trail Guide, Winter Hiking Guide, and Vermont’s Long Trail Map.

If you have a creative approach and skills in either print or electronic publishing we encourage you to contact GMC Operations and Publications Coordinator Matt Krebs,

We would love to have you join us in person at GMC but you can also call in and participate from the comfort of your own home.  Read more about the Publications Committee.

2016 Outdoor Skills Workshops

The hiking season will be here before you know it!  Brush up on your outdoor skills and learn new tips to make your hiking experience more enjoyable.

Nika and Carrie Thru-hiking_2012 (4)_small.jpgSpring Schedule

Introduction to Backpacking, 4/29
End-to-Ender Panel, 5/6
Going Ultralight on a Budget, 5/10
Introduction to Backpacking for Women Weekend Trip, 6/4-6/5
SOLO Wilderness First Aid, 4/16 & 4/17


24th Annual James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series

This series brings adventures to you through stories and photographs that will transport you to mountains and waterways near and far.  You will be inspired to hike, travel and get outside! Painting by Nika Meyers_small.jpg

Illustration by Nika Meyers

If you are inspired by what you read, you can donate here to support our trails.

Green Mountain Club. © 2010 All rights reserved.
Green Mountain Club ~ 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. Waterbury Center, VT 05677


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