We’re Hiring a Working Bridges Resource Coordinator!

Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Job Description 

Green Mountain United Way is seeking a Working Bridges Resource Coordinator to join our team and help us as we expand our Working Bridges program to serve employers and employees in all of our region. We are looking for a self-starter who loves helping people help themselves! If you know someone who fits that description, please share this job with them!

Email cover letter and resume, only, to Pam Bailey, Working Bridges Program Director, at pbailey@gmunitedway.org, by September 22nd. Please do not send any additional documentation. Resumes will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis as resumes are received. Eligible applicants will be contacted for interviews.

POSITION:       Working Bridges Resource Coordinator                             FLSA: Exempt

DEPARTMENT:  Community Impact                                                            STATUS: Full-time


Our Mission at Green Mountain United Way is to mobilize communities to create lasting changes in local conditions that will improve lives. All employees at Green Mountain United Way are integral to our ability to achieve that mission. Performance of job duties outlined below, in a manner that enables us to follow through on our promises to the five counties we serve, is more than an expectation, it is a standard here at Green Mountain United Way.

Working Bridges is a Green Mountain United Way program that improves business and job stability by bringing innovative practices to employers and employees using the workplace as a platform for human services. A trained resource coordinator is placed on-site at a business for at least four hours per week per business to help employees navigate non-work related issues. Other elements of the program include: on-site trainings for employees, mobile tax prep, coordination of income advance loans for employees, and an Employer Collaborative.


The Resource Coordinator (RC) assist employees in resolving non-work related issues that impact the employee’s work life. The Resource Coordinator connects employees to existing community resources to help resolve problems that interfere with an employee’s ability to maintain good attendance and/or be fully productive at work.


  1. Provide one-on-one guidance and assistance to employees. This may include: connecting employees with key service providers and following up to ensure that problems are resolved; providing forms/applications for services, and assisting employees with paperwork; making inquiries on behalf of employees when appropriate.
  2. Travel weekly to up to eight different companies in our five-county region (Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties) on a consistent schedule. Reliable transportation is required.
  3. Promote resources and information widely inside each company. For example: on staff bulletin boards, or in company newsletters, etc.
  4. Maintain current knowledge of community and regional resources in Vermont and New Hampshire through on-site visits to agencies, reading their newsletters, and building relationships.
  5. Obtain, manage and report confidential data in compliance with HIPAA regulations and AIRS guidelines.
  6. Assist other Resource Coordinators with their companies on an as needed basis.
  7. Maintain service data and generate reports using key performance metrics.
  8. Exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding the needs of employees.
  9. Other duties as assigned, including administrative support.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or political science, or related field and 3 to 5 years’ experience in consumer advocacy, community coordination, or public health coordinator. Applicants with equivalent experience will be considered.
  2. Strong computer skills, ability to use Word, Excel, data base programs, ability to source information through various web search engines.
  3. Working knowledge of public assistance programs, as well as public/private resources such as child and elder care, transportation, financial counseling, etc.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to listen and gain rapport and trust with employers, employees, and community partners.
  5. Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  6. Self-directed and flexible work style with strong organizational skills.
  7. Ability to follow through on complex issues for multiple clients.
  8. Capacity to be innovative in seeking solutions; a problem solver; an inclination for outreach.
  9. Positive, non-judgmental attitude and passionate desire to help others find their own solutions.
  10. Recent attendance at one or more Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops (or willingness to attend). Be well-versed in, in agreement with, and able to convey, the principles of Bridges Out of Poverty.
  11. Be familiar with the mission of United Way.



This position is centered at the Green Mountain United Way office. The office is a general office environment which is clean, well-lighted, and comfortable. The majority of the Resource Coordinator’s time will be at Working Bridges employer locations and could be located at (but not limited to) one of the following: a manufacturing facility, a warehouse, a lab, a retail establishment, or a secure state/government agency, therefore a background check will be required.

This position requires the ability to:

  • Ability to travel throughout GMUW region (frequent).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include night and weekends.
  • Ability to tolerate prolonged sitting and/or standing and to lift up to approximately 30 pounds to waist high level whenever necessary.
  • Mobility includes regular sitting, some standing, and walking.
  • Minimal requirement to reach at or above shoulder level; occasional reaching below shoulder level required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status.

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Big Shots for Little Shots – September 23rd

OUR House of Central VT, INC is getting ready for our fall fundraiser on Saturday, September 23rd.
This will be a clay pigeon tournament, “Big Shots for Little Shots” (teams of 5, $50 per person) AND the day will have lot’s of other fun activities to offer too!
We will have the Washington County Sheriffs there to help us fingerprint children, register them with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children AND they will all leave with a new photo ID which will have the information on it that their parents choose at the low cost of $10 per ID card.
Barre Town Police Department will be doing a demo for which they buy 5.56 ammo online at 1 p.m. Our VT Wardens will be there to spread knowledge and go out on a wilderness treasure hunt with the kids, which will start at 11 and run very hour on the hour as children arrive.
BUMP from Thunder Road will be there for the day and will be accompanying kids through the treasure hunt.
The Melted Cheesiere will be there with yummy food all day, breakfast and lunch!
Use the sign up below to secure your spot!
Feel free to download the event flyer HERE.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying the day together. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me!
Rebecca L. Duranleau
Executive Director ~ Forensic Interviewer
O.U.R House of Central Vermont
38 Summer St, Barre VT 05641
To learn more about OUR House – 

To report child abuse or neglect: 1-800-649-5285 

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Health and Wellness Newsletter – August, 2017

My Cardiac Coach

You can now get all your recovery tools at your fingertips.

Download My Cardiac Coach,
a free app from our friends at American Heart Association.



After a heart attack, the goal is to prevent another one, but how to do it is often less obvious. Gathering information, getting organized, tracking progress and following through can seem like an overwhelming challenge. The American Heart Association has developed a new mobile app called “My Cardiac Coach” to help make your recovery journey manageable.

With My Cardiac Coach, you will have anytime/anywhere access to the tools for recovery, including:

  • Trustworthy information from the experts at American Heart Association
  • Interactive lessons that help you learn what you need to know
  • Progress-trackers for monitoring blood pressure and weight
  • Tools for logging physical activity
  • Medication-management tools
  • Connections to other survivors and experts

This is such a great tool to assist you with your recovery. Our hope is that you’ll weigh in on our Support Network once you’ve tried it, so we can learn from your experience.

The sooner you download the app, the sooner you can get started!

My Cardiac Coach on the App Store
My Cardiac Coach – Android Apps on Google Play


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United Way Kickoff Breakfast and Day of Caring: Work that Connects our Community

Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30 am – 8:30 am at Norwich University’s Milano Ballroom to celebrate the important work United Way, our partners, and supporters are doing to connect our communities and help all in our five counties to thrive!

We will hear from inspiring speakers including this year’s Keynote, Shawn Tester, CEO and Executive Director of Northern Counties Health Care, and Green Mountain United Way partner in  NEK Prosper! and Working Bridges. Shawn will speak about the importance of connecting our communities to one another and to resources, and how to address the community’s broader needs to ensure the health and vitality of all within our region.

Enjoy breakfast as we honor Community Leaders and our 2017-18 Campaign Leaders.

This event is free and open to partners, local leaders and the broader community. RSVP is required to attend.


This year’s Kickoff Breakfast will be immediately followed by a Day of Caring Volunteer Day to support the Northfield Promise Community. We are helping families with children 0-5 in the Northfield area by building a brand new playground at the Northfield Falls Fields. Get more information or register for Day of Caring at our Volunteer Connection.

Volunteer Now

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for everything you do for our communities!

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Green Mountain United Way awarded competitive NBRC grant to expand Working Bridges

On August 10, in an award ceremony in the old Greensboro Garage in Hardwick, Green Mountain United Way was one of 10 organizations awarded a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission. Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Phil Scott, Federal NBRC Commission Co-Chair Mark Scarano, and representatives from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch’s offices were present. The federal commission’s aim is to bring growth to economically distressed counties along the Canadian border. Green Mountain United Way will use the NBRC investment to match public and private investment in the expansion of the Working Bridges program to at least 3 additional employers in Orleans, Essex and/or Caledonia counties.

The Northern Border Regional Commission’s aim is to bring growth to economically distressed counties along the Canadian border. Green Mountain United Way will use the NBRC investment to match public and private investment in the expansion of the Working Bridges program to at least 3 additional employers in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.

“This commission has the unique role of bringing together the leaders of four states to identify common challenges and divide resources to address those challenges,” Gov. Phil Scott said.

Working Bridges is a workforce development program focused on employees keeping stable jobs by bringing human services resources to the workplace. Other elements of Working Bridges include on-site VITA tax prep sites for employees, employee classes in topics like Financial Literacy, one-on-one resource coordination, income advance loans and for employers, an ongoing Employer Collaborative to bring regional employers together to solve issues facing their workforce together with like-minded leaders and United Way. Green Mountain United Way will receive $191,000 over three years to expand the reach of their program with the program goal of stabilizing workforces, in turn, allowing employers to grow their businesses.

To hear more about the $2.2 million in projects that were funded by this round of grants, check out this story from NBC5.


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Project RoadSafe Newsletter

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809

E-mail: info@agcvt.org 


August 15, 2017

Vermont Highway


2017 To Date: 40

2016 At this time: 38

2015 At this time: 28

2014 At this time: 26

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded 

by a grant from


Governor’s Highway Safety

Drive Time is No Time for Tipsy Driving


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.







 Studies show that 40% to 50% of traffic crash fatalities could have been prevented
by wearing seat belts. Aren’t you glad you use yours?


Follow The Leader: Not

   Not sure of the route? Need to get there? Not to worry – a friend will lead the way – just follow the leader.

   While it sounds simple enough, a recent study shows the driver following the leader makes poor driving decisions to keep up with the
leader, like driving faster, making more erratic turns and following to close to the car in front.

   According to the study, the fear of losing the lead car and becoming lost plays heavily in poor driving decisions.

   The study observed drivers more likely to cut in front of a pedestrian crossing a road and running red traffic lights – just to say

   The advice in this situation is to know the address of the destination and use a navigation device to get you there – safely.



The Distraction Risk Factor

   If you can’t walk and text (have
you seen the videos that have gone viral?
), what makes you think you can drive and carry on a phone conversation?

   Driving is a thinking task. Likewise, talking on the phone is a thinking task. Research shows the human brain
cannot handle two thinking tasks at the same time. Talking on the phone while driving forces your brain to switch between tasks, which slows reaction time.

   There is a difference between talking with a passenger and talking on a cell phone. Passengers can act as co-pilots
and provide an extra layer of safety by alerting drivers to potential hazards. People on the other end of a phone call can’t see what’s going on and can’t call attention to changes in your driving environment.

   In a National Safety Council driver safety public opinion poll, two-thirds of drivers said they have felt unsafe
because of another driver’s distraction, but just 25% felt their own distractions put themselves or others at risk.

   Being a risky driver is not worth the risk . . . think about it…



US Route 7: A Deadly Highway

   According to Geotab, a telematics provider, US Route 7, which winds its way from the Massachusetts state line at Pownal to Highgate Springs at the Canadian border,
is one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S.

   Geotab came up with a report ranking the nation’s most dangerous as well as safest highways using federal highway safety data. They looked at the annual number
of road fatalities and fatal crashes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and adjusted for the average daily traffic counts provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

   According to Geotab, U.S. Route 7, which travels 173 miles through five Vermont counties is an undivided highway with two or four lanes, has recorded 46 crashes,
causing 53 roadway deaths over the past decade.

   Geotab Inc. is a privately held company that specializes in global positioning systems for fleet management and vehicle tracking. The company
develops, manufactures and supplies GPS fleet management systems known as telematics.



Talk with me about
defensive driving: contact 

Norman James (njames@agcvt.org)


Director of AGC/VT Project RoadSafe

   Project RoadSafe will have a new director beginning October 1.

   AGC/VT Executive Vice President Cathleen Lamberton has announced the appointment of Aimee Ziter of Barre as the new RoadSafe Director, succeeding the retiring
Norman James.

   Aimee is currently Safety Director and Project Assistant at Ziter Masonery in Barre. She has been responsible for conducting company safety toolbox talks, verifying
employees’ compliance with safety trainings, being current with OSHA regulations, and the production of a workplace safety manual for the company.  

   Aimee is very familiar with National Safety Council’s DDC-4 driver safety courses. She is also OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certified. 

   She will begin a transition to her new position on August 21.



Nine Highway Deaths in Vermont in One Week??!!

  Unfortunately, yes. In one week nine people were killed on Vermont’s highways, including four visitors from out of state on Route 22A in Bridport.

  According to data from the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, seven of the people killed were not wearing a seatbelt, including the four victims in the two-car
crash in Bridport (the ninth fatality was a worker who was pinned between his truck and an on-coming car).

  While a seatbelt will not prevent a crash, it most certainly will prevent serious injury and in some circumstances, death. In fact, data show that seatbelts
can reduce instances of highway traffic deaths by up to 50%!!!

  According to that data, at least three of the seven people killed while not wearing a seatbelt could still be alive if that had worn that life-saving device. 

  Some officials are surprised that Vermont’s highway death toll is not higher considering the number of observations of drivers distracted by cell phones, passengers,
and drowsy driving. 

Beyond the use of seatbelts, which can save some lives in a crash, the question must be asked:

“If you are a safe driver, do you drive safely?”

  A vast majority of motor vehicle operators believe they are safe drivers. However, it is evident that some “safe drivers” do not drive safely.

  That is the point! More than 90% of all crashes are caused by human error — that is not driving safely..

  What to do? There is always law enforcement. But our local, county, and state officers are spread rather thin in their responsibilities of keeping citizens safe.

  So, who or what next? You and me and virtually every other driver on our highways. Personal responsibility must be looked at as real accountability. 

  We must understand that we can be our own best friend or our worst enemy when it comes to safety on the highway.

  Many businesses in Vermont have very strict policies that govern employee behavior on the road including mandatory use of seatbelts and prohibition of cell phone

  Perhaps we as individuals, or us as families should emulate our employers and establish and re-enforce similar policies.

It just might help drivers to drive safely.



Drugs and Alcohol Have No Place

In Your Work Area



Highway Deaths Soaring to New Heights

   For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died
in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. That is a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014 — the largest jump in 53 years.

   In 2016, an estimated 4.6 million roadway users were injured seriously enough to require medical attention. That is a 7% increase over
2015. This means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the roads since 2007. Estimated cost to society was $432 billion.

   A NSC survey released Feb. 15 provides a glimpse at the risky things drivers are doing. Although 83% of drivers surveyed believe driving is a safety concern, a
startling number say they are comfortable speeding (64%), texting either manually or through voice controls (47%), driving while impaired by marijuana (13%) or driving after they feel they’ve had too much alcohol (10%).  

   Motor vehicle fatality estimates are subject to slight increases and decreases as data mature. NSC uses data from the National Center
for Health Statistics, an arm of the CDC, so deaths occurring within 100 days of the crash and on public and private roadways – such as parking lots and driveways – are included in the estimates.

   “Our complacency is killing us. Americans believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that isn’t true,” said
NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The U.S. lags the rest of the developed world in addressing highway fatalities. We know what needs to be done; we just haven’t done it.” 


Employees of Green Mountain Power in Rutland participate 

in a recent driver safety training conducted by AGC/VT Project 

RoadSafe Director, Norman James.



Police Reports Don’t Capture the Real Reasons Drivers Crash

   The National Safety Council believes that Incomplete data is hurting efforts to save lives. The NSC examined police
reports from 50 states and Washington, D.C., to determine what data states are tracking with regard to motor vehicle crashes. They found that no state fully captures the data required by government and traffic safety organizations to understand the real causes
of crashes and effectively address the problems.

   According to the NSC report:

  • No state crash reports have fields or codes for police to record the level of driver fatigue at the time of a crash
  • 26 state reports lack fields to capture texting
  • 32 states lack fields to record hands-free cell phone use
  • 32 states lack fields to record specific types of drug use identified on positive drug tests, including marijuana

   States also fail to capture the use of advanced driver assistance technologies (50 states), teen driver restrictions
(35 states) and the use of infotainment systems (47 states).

   An estimated 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. That marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over
2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies to combat certain issues, like distracted driving, become more difficult to justify.

   NSC identified 23 crash factors that should be captured on police reports. While no state is capturing all 23, Kansas
and Wisconsin lead the nation by including 14 of the factors identified as critical by NSC. Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska each are capturing just five factors.

   Six states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York and Virginia – do not provide fields or codes for police
to capture alcohol impairment at low levels (below the legal limit of .08) even though fatal crashes involving drivers with low BAC are not uncommon. Of the eight states that have decriminalized recreational marijuana use, only Alaska, California, Oregon and
Washington include fields and codes to record positive marijuana results from drug tests.

   NSC is calling for law enforcement and the traffic safety community to take several actions to ensure better data collection,

  • Moving toward the use of electronic data collection
  • Capturing emerging technology issues
  • Adopting an investigatory approach to car crashes
  • Collecting advanced driver assistance technology information and other details through electronic data recorders



Attitude Drives Behavior



Seat Belt Safety Facts

1)  60% to 75% of all injuries in a motor vehicle crash may be prevented by
using a seat belt.

2)  40% to 50% of traffic fatalities could have been prevented by wearing
seat belts.

3)  People are four times more likely to die when ejected from a vehicle.

4)  An unbelted passenger weighing 180 pounds being hurtled at 30 mph will
hit with the force of two tons.

5)  Increasing safety belt use is still the single most effective action we
can take to save lives and reduce injuries on our highways.

6)  Medical treatment costs average 50% more for injuries sustained by unbelted

7)  Children of all ages model adult behavior.  If adults do not buckle up
consistently, children will not either.

8) Research findings indicate that seat belt use among those driving for work
may be lower than among other vehicle operators.

9) Seat belt use is an inexpensive and effective way for employers to reduce
occupational deaths and injuries.

10) NHTSA estimates that using seat belts reduces the risk of death among
front seat occupants in passenger vehicles about 45%; the risk reductions among occupants of pickup trucks are estimated to be 60% to 65%.

11) About 62% of the drivers and passengers who were fatally injured were
not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

12) Seat belts will not prevent a Crash.  However, the use of seat belts will
reduce the emotional and physical costs, as well as financial and corporate costs of doing business.







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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.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Vermont 2-1-1

Emergency Housing in Vermont

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.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 125 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for July here.

Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

Vermont 2-1-1 responded to 1,901 contacts during the month of July, a total that is, like the June total, reflective of the financial relief that our few short months of summer offer.  Many Vermonters allow themselves a brief respite from those worrisome thoughts about the impending cold season and the added stressors it will inevitably bring.

The Basic Needs category contact volume this month shows a slight increase over June’s contact volume for this category. This reminds us that there are many Vermonters who are struggling to meet their basic needs throughout the year, particularly housing and utility related needs.

In July, the sub-category Temporary Financial Assistance hit a calendar year high with a 28% increase over June.  At Vermont 2-1-1, Contact Specialists do their best to connect Vermonters to resources to supplement their incomes by referring to both public assistance programs and to other local community assistance programs offered by non-profit organizations throughout the state.

A flurry of calls for Disaster Services in July is directly related to the flooding just prior to the Fourth of July holiday. Vermonters affected by the storms reported damages mostly to driveways and culverts but there were a few who weren’t so fortunate. Muck outs and debris removal efforts by Upper Valley Strong COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) and The Southern Baptist Disaster Services volunteers were greatly appreciated by those whose homes and yards were damaged by the flooding. The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund was activated to provide case management and financial help. Vermont did receive a Federal Declaration for public assistance after the storm, as roads were washed away from the storms.

Real emergency preparedness begins long before any hint of a disaster. It starts with people discussing scenarios and saying, “What if…” and then conceiving of response and recovery strategies and planning accordingly. Vermont 211 staff works with Vermont Emergency Management and VT VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) in continued efforts to educate, plan and practice for the real event.

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

Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics

In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of July:

Top Services: Homeless Motel Vouchers (279 searches); Community Meals (171 searches); Clothing Donation Programs (141 searches);  Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (128 searches);
Household Goods Donation Programs (115 searches)

Top Agencies: Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; Salvation Army (Rutland); CVOEO; Wayward Wheels; Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont

Top Search by City: Hancock; Burlington; Lincoln; Rutland; Brattleboro

Total Site Visits: 4068

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1696

Local United Ways Kickoff Annual Campaigns

Each year we see United Way volunteers and staff put on their campaign hats and venture out to raise money for the organization. Your local United Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in your local communities by addressing critical human needs in the critical cornerstone areas of education, financial stability, and health. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, our local United Ways impact thousands of lives every year. These collaborative, community-based, community-led solutions advance the common good and strive to create a good quality of life for all. The United Way delivers the solutions needed to drive change, but the change starts with each of us. Together we are stronger!

As a program of the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1 asks you to join us in living united! Your contributions will be working year-round building a brighter future for our children, enriching the lives of our elderly, giving hope to those who are hurting, strengthening families, and so much more.

Please join us in helping to build a better future! Thank you.

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month reminds us that during an emergency every minute counts and planning ahead can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe during a disaster.  This year’s theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” emphasizes the safety and security benefits that development of emergency preparedness plans provide. There are key steps that every Vermont household can take to be better prepared for the different types of disasters and emergencies that can happen in their communities.

Vermont 2-1-1, in partnership with Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Department of Health, and the American Red Cross – New Hampshire/Vermont Region, provides information about disaster preparedness planning. Emergency preparedness information is always available on our website. A quick search using the three terms listed below will provide the information and guidance that any Vermonter would need to create a disaster plan.

In Vermont there are two particularly important preparedness tools to be aware of that are offered to Vermonters free of charge.

The first, designed to assist individuals with special needs for assistance during a disaster, is the Citizen Assistance Registry in case of an Emergency (CARE). Vermont 211 and E-911 are working together to identify Vermont residents who would require special assistance in an emergency.  For additional information about this program and/or to download a CARE registration form, visit http://e911.vermont.gov/care or go to this page, which also includes a table of emergency resources with links. Clicking the image below will also link you directly to the registration form.

The second, designed to provide all Vermonters with emergency notifications, is Vermont Alert (VTAlert). Vermont Alert is the state system designed to keep Vermonters informed about emergency situations, weather alerts, or road information – among other details that could affect everyday life.  Users select what information they wish to receive, how they receive that information – email, text, phone call, etc. – and for what areas the alerts pertain.  VT Alert is a free service, and it only takes a few minutes to sign up for an account. Visit www.vtalert.gov to sign up.

Additional disaster preparedness/planning links:

Understanding the Diaper Gap

The diaper gap, or diaper need, is about not having enough clean diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy. Many families fall into the diaper gap in the US and Vermont families are no exception. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 moms in the US reports suffering from diaper need. Diapers are a basic need, like food and shelter. Not having clean diapers impacts the physical well-being of children and the mental and economical well-being of their parents and caregivers.

Here are some facts about the diaper gap:

Children in poor or low-income households are at the greatest risk.

  • 5.3 million children in the US aged 3 or younger live in families that are poor or low-income.
  • Diapers cannot be obtained with benefit programs such as food stamps (3 Squares in Vermont) or WIC benefits
  • Medicaid or Dr Dynasaur (Vermont’s Medicaid program for children) does not cover the cost of diapers.
  • There are no state or federal “safety net” programs that allocate money specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • In Vermont, diaper assistance is sometimes provided by food banks and social service agencies. However, they often have limited ability to help with diapers and families often have to qualify for their other services to be eligible to receive diaper assistance.

Not having enough clean diapers poses a health risk. 

  • When families don’t have enough clean diapers, babies remain in soiled ones longer or diapers are reused. This can lead to infections and other serious health issues.

Diapers are expensive.

  • Diapers can cost $70-$80 per month because on average infants need 6 to 12 diapers per day, toddlers may need up to 8 per day.
  • In 2016, the maximum Reach Up benefit for a Vermont household of 1 parent and 2 children was $640. This is the only federal assistance program that can be used to purchase diapers.  It also has to cover other household expenses such as heat, rent, electricity, clothing, transportation and other basic needs.
  • Families without transportation have to buy diapers at smaller convenience stores rather than bulk-buying at “box stores” (such as Costco or Walmart). This causes low-income families to spend twice as much on diapers.

Most child care centers require parents to provide at least 1 day’s worth of disposable diapers.

  • Nationally, 31% of families that are low-income have at least one parent who works full time. Parents count on child care to be able to go to work or attend school. Without diapers, a child cannot attend and the parent cannot go to work.
  • Not working can disqualify a family from child care subsidy programs that not only help parents stay in the work force, but help a child stay in early education programs, which is a key foundation to our children’s learning and development.
  • Cloth diapers are less expensive than disposable ones, but the majority of child care centers do not accept cloth diapers.

Diaper banks are programs that specifically provide diapers to families in need. There are over 300 diaper banks across the country. Vermont has only one diaper bank with a limited service area. To learn more about the diaper gap and how you can help Vermont families facing diaper need, visit the National Diaper Bank Network.


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United Way Offers 5 Tips for Back to School Success

This is taken from the United Way Worldwide Blog and originally written & posted by Southerlyn Reisig on

United Way Offers 5 Tips for Back to School Success

Earlier sunsets, cooler mornings, and singing cicadas are the telltale clues that the back to school season is just around the corner. United Way believes every child deserves a strong start in life and provides the following tips to help ensure a smooth transition back to school:

  1. School Forms – Check in with your child’s school to see which forms need to be filled out, and returned. Health forms may need to be signed by doctors, emergency contact information should be updated, school lunch preferences – noting any allergies – are necessary details that schools need to ensure the health and safety of your child.
  2. School Clothes – Chances are that your child grew over the summer. Check to see which clothes still fit and what needs to be replaced. Many stores will have back to school sales or tax free weeks. If your child wears a uniform, check with the school to see if they have planned a uniform swap. That is a great, low cost way to secure clothes that fit.
  3. School Supplies – These lists seem to get longer every year, but be sure to check your school’s website to see the school supply list and make sure that you have everything your child needs to be successful. Try to let your child pick out their supplies. This can help them feel a sense of control and reduce back to school anxiety.
  4. Early to Bed – Start reigning in the later summertime bedtimes, and get the nighttime routine back on track and started a little earlier. School age children should be getting about ten hours of sleep a night to optimize concentration during the school day.
  5. Soothe Your Child – Back to school jitters are a real thing and can be overwhelming. Meeting new teachers, getting reacquainted with classmates and meeting new friends – all while adjusting to a new school routine and expanded expectations of school performance – is a lot to handle. Your gentle words of encouragement can ease the stress of back to school for your child.

United Way believes that communities are successful when all members – especially our school age children – are optimizing their potential and set up for success. Learn more about our work towards early childhood success at: http://www.unitedway.org/about/leadership/ayeola-fortune  

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