Executive Director’s Message
‘Literacy and hunger – food for the body and food for the soul’
For years, GMUW has brought people together to create positive change on the local level to impact lives in our communities of Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington Counties. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together human service agencies, government, businesses, funders and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results. Though much attention and work is placed on large scale initiatives, the impact of smaller projects must be recognized as the ripples that create the sea of change.
GMUW recently joined Northfield Savings Bank employees for a Day of Action Literacy Kit Program. This program allows employees to work together in building interactive games and art work to be paired with a book and given to a child. This program has always offered a unique pathway in highlighting the importance of literacy and the obstacles that can inhibit a child’s ability to learn. It was with this in mind that GMUW reached out to Hunger Free Vermont to coordinate the disbursement of the kits to a summer meal site at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield. The intent was to offer a collaborative experience for both business and community to better understand the direct connection between early learning and healthy food access year round for our most vulnerable children. Though I could offer my reflections of this collaboration, I think the words of thanks from Sylvia Smith at the Jaquith Library summarize it best.
Many thanks to you and your crew for brightening yesterday for us all at the Jaquith Library.
It was such fun to see soo many happy faces as children and parents opened their Literacy Packets – what beautiful gifts!After you left, one mother came to me and said, “Doesn’t it make your heart feel good to have
something like this happen?” This is a mother who consciously comes to the library with her kids, and also a family who I know needs the lunch program on Wednesdays. I gave the last book to a little boy who was leaving the Food Shelf with his mother. As the child climbed into his car seat I heard him say, “I got a BOOK!”
You have brought to our attention that we, as a library, should make an effort to reach out to families who visit the Food Shelf on Wednesdays. Literacy and hunger – food for the body and food for the soul.
Thank you as always for your support which allows us to create solutions in the areas of Education, Income and Health for all ages. Through your belief in us, we are able to demonstrate the true purpose of living united.
Please take note: We’ve moved!!
To make it easier for people to find us and for Green Mountain United Way to be more centrally located, we have decided to move our central VT office to 73 Main St., #33 in Montpelier on the second floor where the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition is also located.
Please bear with us as we make this move and get settled in. We hope to be in and operating as usual by August 1st. The new phone number there is 802-613-3989. Our former phone number in Barre (622-8056) will continue for a while with just a forwarding message. However, you will be able to reach us by email at anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop by for a visit!
It’s once again approaching time for a new campaign kickoff. Mark your calendars for Sept. 20, 2016 at The Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road for a great breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.
Final plans for that morning’s agenda are not yet complete, but we will be having some fantastic guest speakers, awards, and a live remote broadcast by WDEV Radio Vermont, not to mention an energized atmosphere of enthusiasm for a successful campaign over the next few months.
Watch for invitations that will be going out within the next few weeks and plan to attend. It’s always a great way to start the day and the annual campaign.
Green Mountain United Way continues its efforts to present Financial Literacy Workshops within its service area. We are in the process of branding our presentations so that they are consistent regardless of where we go and who is delivering the information.
On July 26, 2016, GMUW presented a workshop on “Budgeting” to the staff and participants at BAART in St. Johnsbury. Also present were staff members from the Vermont Department of Health. BAART stands for Bay Area Addiction Research Treatment, which is where the treatment centers across the country began. In our region BAART has facilities in both St. Johnsbury and Newport. Read more…
GMUW is proud to be a key member of the Cal-Essex Accountable Health Community team which is committed to working collectively towards improving the health and well-being of the people in Caledonia and southern Essex Counties with emphasis on reducing poverty in our region. As a member of CAHC, GMUW Executive Director Tawnya Kristen has been asked to participate in the FEED Leadership Program through Feeding America and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. This 15-month leadership program is designed to accelerate improved outcomes for communities working to improve outcomes for families with children through a collective impact model. Read more…
August 13, 2016 is not far away and if you haven’t registered for the 12th Annual UPS Golf Classic for the benefit of Green Mountain United Way, there still is time.
This tournament is being held at the St. Johnsbury Country Club at 4357 Memorial Dr. in St. Johnsbury on Aug. 13th with on-site registration starting at 11:30 am and a shotgun start at 1 pm. Advance registration is recommended but not absolutely necessary.
The fee of $125 per golfer or $500 per team of 4 includes greens fees, two carts per team, registration gifts and a chicken and ribs dinner at the end of play. Read more…
Recently, the Monday Girls, a group of the North Country Quilters in Orleans County, heard about the Tatum’s Totes Program for foster children and were impressed with its mission. They immediately decided to donate some quilts for children moving into foster care.
Tatum’s Totes is a statewide program that provides backpacks of essential items for foster children and teens who many times arrive at foster homes with just the clothes on their backs. The backpacks are filled with age and gender appropriate items such as basic clothing, hygiene items, a fuzzy blanket and stuffed animal, activity and reading books and a game. Read more…
Smoking is a deadly habit that is difficult to break and, unfortunately, the number of people who still smoke in our country is still too high. Anything we can do to encourage them to quit is worth the effort. The following is a brief comparison of the cost of smoking vs. amount of money that can be saved:
Assuming a one pack-a-day habit at $7.00 per pack, the smoker spends about $2,555 per year on cigarettes. That $2,555 times 45 years = $114,975!
If that same smoker decided to take that money saved and placed it in a CD that averages 1.5% interest, after 45 years the CD would be worth $162,534.
Or, if the smoker invested that money in mutual funds that had an annual average return of 6%, after 45 years the investment would be worth $543,559!!
These estimates assume, of course, that cigarette prices do not increase in those 45 years. The cost of smoking shown here does not include the higher cost of insurance and potential medical expenses.
Tip of the month? If you smoke, please try quitting and save that money you spend every day on cigarettes. There are programs in your community to help you achieve that goal. If you do not smoke, don’t start. Your health will benefit and so will your pocketbook.
|August 13, 2016:||12th Annual UPS Golf Classic for benefit of GMUW at St. Johnsbury Country Club.|
|September 20, 2016:||GMUW Annual Campaign Kickoff at The Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Rd. starting at 7:30 a.m.|
|November 19, 2016:||Green Mountain CrossFit Lift UP! Weightlifting Competition to Benefit GMUW. More details will be provided in a future issue of this e-news.|