Should I get the COVID -19 Vaccine? A Conversation with Michael Rousse MD & Laural Ruggles MPH

This engaging, timely and very informative presentation is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about COVID -19 and the Vaccines. If you have questions about the Vaccines and COVID-19, this will be an opportunity to ask them!

DATE: Thursday, April 1

TIME:  6:00 -7:00 PM


Please register by going to this LINK:

Space will be limited by the platform capacity.


Michael Rousse MD, NVRH Chief Medical Officer

Laural Ruggles, NVRH VP Marketing and Community Health Improvement



If you have any questions about the presentation or questions you would like to see answered during the presentation, please email Suzanne at

We will be recording the session; and will make it available to the community.

We are looking forward to “seeing” you.

Read More

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

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 and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!

Read More

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.

Read More

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

Read More

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 or 802-793-9517.

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

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at 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 or 802-793-9517.

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

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

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

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

Read More

Tatum’s Totes 2020 Holiday Drive a Success

Thank you to our incredible community partners, our Department for Childre & Families partners, and the intrepid GMUW staff for making this joy a reality for over 210 children this year! 2020 had its challenges but you met them all with an hope hard and that extra level of effort that this year has demanded of all of us, please know this made a difference for so many foster children and their foster families!

Thank you to our business & community group partners:

  • Union Mutual Insurance
  • Edward Jones offices
  • Noyle Johnson Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Hickok Boardman Insurance
  • The Barre Rotary Club
  • The Montpelier Rotary Club
  • The Northfield Rotary Club
  • The First Congregational Church of Berlin
  • Warren United Church
  • Bible Baptist Church, Barre
  • And many individual donors who supported this work this year

Special thanks to the Resource Coordinators and Caseworkers at the Department for Children and Families for being part of our Elf Corps, and to Granite Group in Barre for sending a van to be our delivery sleigh! And thanks to the folks at Hunger Mountain Coop for their contribution to our gift boxes!

Read More

Kickoff 2020

Thanks to those who joined us for our 2020 Kickoff: The Silver Lining

Here is the video of the event in case you missed it. Please feel free to share this with those you know who might be interested in our work or what Dr. Levine had to say – his talk was fascinating!

New this year, we have an Online Auction as part of our Kickoff Event! This Auction is a way to support your community and take home fabulous items donated by our incredible community supporters, partners, and businesses.

Join us online on Thursday, October 1 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am for our annual Kickoff celebration. This year’s virtual event allows us to feature a very special speaker, Dr. Mark Levine, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. You may be familiar with Dr. Levine from his frequent appearances on Governor Scott’s COVID press conferences. Dr. Levine’s leadership has been steady and has helped Vermont and Vermonters to stay safe, support one another, value the community spirit of doing difficult things during the pandemic.

In addition to hearing from Dr. Levine, we will have our Annual Directors Address with Executive Director Tawnya Kristen giving our supporters and partners an update on what United Way was able to do thanks to our incredible partners, supporters, and collaborators in 2019 & particularly since March 2020, as well as inspire us to keep the spirit of finding the shining Silver Lining in difficult times alive for each of us as we move forward into 2020 and 2021 – and our annual awards. New this year, we will be hosting an online Auction! Stay tuned for more details!

Please register here and you’ll receive a Zoom link the week before the event. We are so thrilled to see you and to share this celebration with you!

A HUGE Thank you to our 2020 Bronze Sponsors:

Featured Auction Items:

Read More