Make a Real Impact on the Lives of Your Fellow Working Vermonters

Baby diapers…a flat tire…enough money to pay the rent but not the security deposit to get a place to live…a load of firewood…a tank of heating oil…enough food in the fridge before payday.  

Because of you, the Green Mountain United Way is able to help working Vermonters stay on their feet and get to work and school, every single day. Every donation to the Green Mountain United Way is a stepping stone to security for Vermonters throughout the five counties we serve, Caledonia, S. Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington Counties and we are so grateful to you for your help. 

During the pandemic, things got a lot harder before they got better for many Vermonters. And many hard working families are still struggling. 

Candace is a graduate student, healthcare worker and mother, who had to quarantine for 14 days with her kids, after a non-COVID illness during the pandemic, using unpaid time off and whatever little paid time off she had left. This left the family without an income to pay bills just at the holidays!

Candace’s employer partners with Green Mountain United Way’s Working Bridges program and Candace learned that she was eligible for an Income Advance Loan, an available option for any employee that is in good standing at work regardless of credit history. Candace was able to catch up on her bills, get winter tires so she could get to work and purchase gifts for her three children for the holidays. 

This is the kind of work that not only helps a family make it through difficult times but also brings a community together.

Programs like Working Bridges supports local employers by supporting their employees’ needs and help fill the gaps that often go unnoticed until the tire goes flat at 7am or the baby doesn’t have enough diapers to go to daycare. Green Mountain United Way works to ensure that moments of instability will not lead to long term insecurity.

Thank you so much for continuing to support this important work!

Your past gifts are helping us build the foundation upon which we can help elevate our Vermont working families into a better place both financially and emotionally. So much of the stress of scarcity can be avoided by lifting our working families when they need it the most. 

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Working Bridges Concepts Training Opportunity

Are you looking for ways to keep your employees working for you? Is it sometimes difficult for your employees to get to work on time or at all due to car issues or other transportation problems? Do your employees need more or better child care?

A flat tire before the work day starts. Running out of diapers or snacks to bring to the daycare center before payday on Friday. Having a babysitter call and cancel. Needing new snow tires before being able to make the often treacherous drive to work. 

The Green Mountain United Way is working hard throughout Vermont to improve business AND job stability for both employer and employee, by bringing innovative practices that utilize the workplace as a platform for human services. 

We are offering two virtual opportunities for this training for our established sites in our Working Bridges program. The Working Bridges program is designed to improve job retention, productivity, and advancement by supporting employees with already available community resources. Using the workplace as a platform for services and support, Working Bridges helps working Vermonters achieve stability and thrive while also supporting human resource departments and reducing employee turnover. Those interested in learning more about this are welcome to join in and learn.

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United Way’s Working Bridges is an innovative program designed to improve job retention, productivity, and advancement by supporting employees with available community resources. Using the workplace as a platform for services and support, Working Bridges helps working Vermonters achieve stability and thrive while supporting human resource departments and reducing employee turnover.

When individuals experience scarcity of essential life resources, over time or in the short-term, it is hard to maintain stability, at work and in life. This training is designed for employers who wish to better support staff across economic diversity and resource stability. Many of the concepts can help participants examine how processes, systems, and supports are either disrupting poverty or exacerbating resource instability. Register now and join us to:

  • Develop familiarity with Working Bridges, specifically Resource Coordination as well as community-based information & referral resources such as Vermont 2-1-1.
  • Define poverty, tyranny of the moment, scarcity, bandwidth tax, slack, tunneling, & abundance.
  • Learn about how mental models and hidden rules can interrupt or facilitate dialogue and trusted relationships at work and in community.
  • Discuss essential resource categories, issues of equity, and how scarcity of resources plays out at work and in community.
  • Experience and learn about the impact of scarcity through the virtual activity, Strain.

October 26: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

November 2: 10:00am – 11:30am

Register Here

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Michelle Kennedy named new Director of Development and Community Engagement at the Green Mountain United Way

The Green Mountain United Way has named Michelle Kennedy as their new Director of Development and Community Engagement, joining the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington counties.

I am so honored and excited to be joining this team of extraordinary people.”

Kennedy comes with over 22 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations, as well as almost 15 years in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, development, and advocacy. She most recently spent two years as the Assistant Director of Development for Easterseals Vermont and Veterans Count, covering the state of Vermont including 11 district offices and two chapters of Veterans Count. 

“I am so excited and grateful to have Michelle join the GMUW team. In just a short time, I have been so impressed with Michelle’s talents and versatile skill set. Her vast experience in both the non-profit and literary world is a perfect fit to grow our community relationships and elevate the story of our work. In short, we are very lucky to have her!”

“I am so honored and excited to be joining this team of extraordinary people,” Kennedy said. “The Green Mountain United Way inspires me every day by finding real solutions for Vermonters who are struggling with a variety of insecurities. Working Bridges, for example, really does go above and beyond to help working Vermonters get the help they need.”

Michelle grew up in Chelsea, Vermont and graduated from Chelsea High School. She studied political science and communications at American University and the University of Maryland. An award-winning author, most notably of “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America,” published by Viking, Michelle has traveled extensively with her eight children across the United States including living off-grid in both Alaska and Hawai’i. 

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Thank you Hickok & Boardman!

Hickok & Boardman recently raised over $300,000 for the United Way of Northwest Vermont and the Green Mountain United Way through their annual workplace campaign! We are so grateful for their devotion to this mission!

Hickok & Boardman of Montpelier spent an afternoon helping the Green Mountain United Way pack Tatum’s Totes for children going into emergency foster care. These children, who often must leave their homes with very little of their own, receive a brand new backpack full of supplies, books, toys, games, a blanket or a stuffie and all sorts of lovely new items to bring with them wherever they go.

Hickok & Boardman was kind enough to also purchase night lights and fleece blankets for the children receiving their backpacks. A handwritten note wishing the children well was also included in every backpack.

For more information on Tatum’s Totes or how you can begin a workplace campaign at your work – please call Michelle Kennedy at 802.371.8053 or the Green Mountain United Way office at 802.613.3989 or email mkennedy@gmunitedway.org

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MileageSmart

Get up to $5000 toward your purchase of a used, fuel-efficient car!


MileageSmart covers 25% of the purchase price – up to $5000 – on vehicles that get 40MPG or better.  There are over 70 eligible vehicles!

MileageSmart can help:

  • lower your gas costs
  • lower your maintenance costs
  • lower your carbon footprint

Learn more and apply today!

www.mileagesmartvt.org


Do I qualify?

The MileageSmart incentive is available to Vermonters who meet the income qualification, are 18 years of age or older, and are purchasing an eligible vehicle from a Vermont dealership. Learn more about program qualifications here: https://www.mileagesmartvt.org/qualifications

What kinds of vehicles are eligible?

All kinds of cars, crossovers, and SUVs! From fuel-efficient gas vehicles like the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Rav4 Hybrid to the all-electric Chevy Bolt or Kia Niro, there are lots of cars to choose from. Each week, the MileageSmart team publishes a list of eligible vehicles, currently available. Check it out here: https://www.mileagesmartvt.org/cars-available

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Vaccine Information for our region

As State of Vermont vaccine sites wind down, we are working to provide current information from our partners about vaccine availability throughout the counties we serve. This list will be updated as information becomes available, but always check https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine first!

Public Vaccination Clinics

Friday, July 16
  • Waterfront Plaza, Newport
  • Waterbury Ambulance, 1727 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center
  • 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd, 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd (Behind Burger King), Berlin
Saturday, July 17

Leland and Grey Union High School, 2042 VT Route 30, Townshend         

  • Leland and Grey Union High School, 2042 VT Route 30, Townshend
  • Waterbury Ambulance, 1727 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center
  • 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd, 1311 Barre Montpelier Rd (Behind Burger King), Berlin
  • Roxbury Fire Department, 1726 Roxbury Rd, Roxbury 
  • East Montpelier Fire Department, 54 Village Acres, East Montpelier 
  • Woodbury Fire Department, 3665 VT RT 14, Woodbury 
  • Sprague Ranch, 6907 VT RT 14, Brookfield
Sunday, July 18
  • Marty’s 1st Stop, 421 RT 2 W, Danville
  • Mad River Glen, 62 Mad River Resort Rd, Fayston
More ways to get your free vaccine:

Make an appointment for a free vaccine

You can also walk-in at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney DrugsCVSWalgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.

Hospitals and Healthcare providers – 7/15/21 Providers are beginning to set up systems to vaccinate existing patients. Please contact your care provider to learn more.

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I volunteer because…

Join Green Mountain United Way in celebrating volunteers in April for National Volunteer Month.
Our goal is to celebrate volunteers who make a difference in our community! This year is even more important because so many volunteers have stepped up to make sure their community is cared for during the pandemic. Please share this with your friends and neighbors who volunteer so they can share why you do what you do with us and help us celebrate volunteerism across our communities!
The easy DIY version:

  1. Print off the “I volunteer because” placard and fill in the blank space with the reason you volunteer
  2. Take a selfie holding your placard or have a friend/family member take your photo
  3. Email your “I volunteer because” to cstahler@gmunitedway.org

Alternate version if you cannot print the placard:

  1. Fill in the online form here
  2. Take a selfie holding a blank piece of paper, or, just a regular selfie if a blank piece of paper is not easily accessible
  3. Email the image to cstahler@gmunitedway.org and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!

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Green Mountain United Way Welcomes Mead and Pivetti to the Board

Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors has added two new members. In January, the board unanimously elected Kevin Mead of Newport as the newest board member at their quarterly board meeting. Mead is the Executive Director of the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and brings fundraising experience, as well as volunteer recruitment and management experience as the VP of Resource Development with Spokane of County United Way in Spokane, Washington to the Green Mountain United Way board. ]

Mead offered, “Returning to New England after 25 years away, I am able to see that while Vermont is prosperous in many ways, there are challenges we see on a daily basis. I’m pleased to be able to bring my experience to the board to support and build staff capacity and caring across the five counties Green Mountain United Way serves to address important issues like equity, diversity, and prosperity, as I come to understand local solutions that are unique to Vermont.”

“Kevin brings an in-depth understanding of the United Way network and the unique experience of having worked for a United Way, as well as having run nonprofit organizations. We are also thrilled to have Kevin represent the Northeast Kingdom region to help better connect with communities in our broad service region,” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.

Also joining the board from the Central Vermont community is Gail Pivetti of Montpelier. Pivetti is Marketing Director for Green Mountain Community Fitness in Berlin. Gail brings with her a depth of experience in nonprofit communications and marketing with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“I’m passionate about working to improve the lives of folks in our community and I believe Green Mountain United Way is uniquely positioned to provide wrap-around support for people who might not otherwise have access,” offered the new member from Montpelier. “At the board level, I bring a willingness to find and support new modes of operating and new ways of thinking; I am excited to be part of furthering the mission of Green Mountain United Way,” she continued.

In their new board roles, Pivetti and Mead will help steer the organization’s mission to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all Vermonters in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties in Vermont.

These new members fill seats vacated by Michael Rama and Carissa Tomczyk, both of Northfield, who stepped off the board when their terms ended.

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Tatum’s Totes: Current Items Needed to Support Foster Children

Baby and Infant Items (Updated 2/25/2021)

We are currently seeing an increase in infants entering the foster care system and in order to keep up, we are in need of Baby Care items. Please provide only new items in their packages. The best way to think about this as you obtain items is to imagine what a family would need if a baby was delivered tomorrow! While biological families have months to prepare, foster families often have 24 hours notice. We are seeking the following items in sizes appropriate for babies 0 to 2 years old, including:

  • Receiving Blankets
  • Baby Bottles and Nipples
  • Pacifiers
  • Bathing Items (tear-free soap, baby wash, towels, etc.)
  • Teethers
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Plush stuffed toys
  • Nasal aspirators
  • Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks or teething rattles
  • Thermometers

For more info or to schedule a contact-free drop-off or pick-up, email info@gmunitedway.org.

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VITA is Virtual for 2021

VITA is now accepting clients for 2020 tax preparation. Clients must fit the VITA guidelines for 2020 including a household income of $57,000 or less (please note, federal COVID-19 Relief Payments do not count towards taxable income). The IRS opens up to accept VITA tax returns on February 12, 2021.

If you work at one of our Working Bridges worksites, you can access our Virtual VITA Program. Our preparers are virtual this year, all materials will be collected by your Working Bridges Resource Coordinator and provided to your VITA preparer. You will have the opportunity to answer questions and provide additional information as needed.

The following Working Bridges worksites are participating in VITA this year:

ABC & LOL Childcare – ask Heather or Michelle for info, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Central Vermont Medical Center – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

Northern Counties Health Care (& Caledonia Home Health & Hospice) – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Weidmann Electrical Technology – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Vermont Foodbank – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

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