Financial coaching is an emerging practice that helps clients learn to set and achieve their financial goals.
Green Mountain United Way, in partnership with Capstone Community Action, presents Introduction to Financial Coaching. This interactive, virtual, 4-day training is open to agency staff, peers, and volunteers and is a prerequisite to becoming a Financial Coach with Green Mountain United Way’s K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program. This program provides additional supports for coaches including peer-to-peer support, ongoing training opportunities, and support from our team, as well as access to all course materials. The goal of this program is to build an individual coach’s skills while helping clients.
DATES: this program will be taught in 4 half-day (interactive and educational!) sessions via Zoom
Tuesdays: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 from 9am – 12:30pm
In this training, we will define financial coaching, provide financial capability content and demonstrate the benefits of using coaching in helping people to achieve financial success. This program uses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Your Money, Your Goals,” a comprehensive financial empowerment toolkit created for financial coaches, caseworkers, and other human service professionals in various roles to support the integration of financial education into their one-on-one work with clients. Materials will be provided to you digitally – if you are able to print them, please do, if you are not, please request them on the registration form.
The SPRING 2021 Cohort of Financial Coaches is limited – we expect this cohort to fill, please register for Intro to Financial Coaching early if you would like to join this program. Participation in this training is required to become a K.E.E.P. Financial Coach. For information about how K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching can impact your client-facing work, please read more here.
Virtually from the comfort of your own home, office, co-working space, or other internet-enabled location!
ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS RELATED TO A DISABILITY SHOULD BE MADE AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT BY CONTACTING BECKIE BLOUIN AT RBLOUIN@GMUNITEDWAY.ORG OR 802.613.3989.
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod-mqqjgiE9fR81_kZ4yIEWWOgxQYNqVS
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 Suzanne.LegareBelcher@vermont.gov
We will be recording the session; and will make it available to the community.
We are looking forward to “seeing” you.
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:
- Print off the “I volunteer because” placard and fill in the blank space with the reason you volunteer
- Take a selfie holding your placard or have a friend/family member take your photo
- Email your “I volunteer because” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate version if you cannot print the placard:
- Fill in the online form here
- Take a selfie holding a blank piece of paper, or, just a regular selfie if a blank piece of paper is not easily accessible
- Email the image to email@example.com and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!
All submissions will be shared in a gallery on the Green Mountain United Way website, on social media, and in the United Way newsletter.
Salary $56,000 – $61,000 a year
Job Type: Full-time, Contract
- Bachelor’s (Required)
- Project management: 5 years (Required)
- Driver’s License (Required)
- Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
- Community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)
Full Job Description
Project Director of Working Communities Challenge-Greater Barre Team
POSITION TITLE: Director of Working Communities Challenges-Greater Barre Team
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time, Exempt (Grant funded position through 2023)
REPORTS TO: WCC Leadership Team and Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director
ABOUT THE WORKING COMMUNITIES CHALLENGE GRANT
The Working Communities Challenge (WCC) is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Vermont, national and local philanthropy, and private sector employers.
The Greater Barre Team, comprised of stakeholders representing non-profit, health care, business and community leaders, received a three-year grant to implement an initiative that will help to lower the rate of single female head of households in poverty in the Greater Barre community. The workforce development system will achieve economic stability and improved quality of life for single mothers living in poverty and create a conduit for stable and supported employees for the mutual benefit of local businesses, communities and future generations. The plan will lower the rate of single female head of Barre households in poverty by 15% in 10 years. To achieve this, The Greater Barre leadership team will utilize the Working Bridges program structure to create a ‘no wrong door’ system that supports new and current employees and employers in a seamless way.
The Project Director of WCC Greater Barre will work under the direction of the Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director and collaborate with the WCC Barre Team and committees. The Project Director will manage and implement the work plan, including facilitating and advancing the talents, voices and priorities of the WCC Barre team. The success of a Project Director will be by effectively coordinating and supporting a collaborative team of diverse stakeholders, managing an effective program that directly meets the need of participants and employers, and creating a strategic alignment with innovative systemic change.
The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Advance collaborative leadership. Facilitates meetings, mediates conflict, helps information to flow between partners, builds trust among partners, fundraises for joint projects, and builds the overall capacity of the WCC Greater Barre team to work towards their desired outcomes
Spectrum of participants. Ensure that a broad range of influence and participants are included in the evolution of the program and supporting program components
Establish decision-making process. Ensure that all team decisions are aligned with the process outlined in the Collective Impact team member agreement
Support team priorities and activities. Carry out pilot programs, align mutually reinforcing activities in community, manage key strategic directions.
Manage Work Plan Implementation
Responsible for managing the implementation of the WCC Greater Barre team work plan, building partner ownership of plan, and overseeing updates when needed
Advancing Partnerships and Community Engagement
Engage employers, human service providers, financial institutions, potential participants and community members. Lead or assist with community engagement efforts so that community voices, especially those with lived experience, are included in the design and governance of the initiative.
Implement a structure to meet stated goals
Assist in grant management and reporting
Assist in the management of community volunteers, interns and/or VISTA
Shared Measurement/Learning and Analysis. Help drive learning agenda for team including data collection, tracking and interpreting data, and using data to inform progress success and identifies areas of opportunity and gaps
Lead communications with the WCC team, community members, volunteers, and participant coaches. Assist in shared learning communication with WCC steering committee, WCC sister teams, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and participating partners
Provide direct oversight of program development and expansion. Coordinate and manage workplace and program trainings and activities. Assist in program component design, implementation, and evolution. Support program-related needs of coach/participant.
DESIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Ability to successfully lead while collaborating with stake holders
- Ability to provide connective style leadership that offers a balance of self-directed, relational/group connectivity, and strategic foresight to accomplish shared goals
- Ability to provide innovative solutions to system-based challenges
- Manage day to day issues as needed
- Able to manage complexity and prioritize needs
- Ability to facilitate large group conversations in a fair, inclusive, and equitable manner
- Knowledge of Results-Based Accountability (RBA), or comparable methods, that support data-driven, decision-making process that includes measurement and methods to improve complex social problems
- Ability to interpret, report and utilize data to inform project development and participant goals
- Ability to define roles of team members to best utilize their talent and time
- Basic knowledge of budget management and non-profit funding resources
- Well skilled in administration and organizational management
- Self-directed, team player and passion to bring positive change to communities
- Economic development and/or workforce development experience
Personal Characteristics and Leadership Qualities
The Program Director will be a key member of the GMUW and Greater Barre WCC leadership team and hold the responsibility of being a steward of the WCC Greater Barre mission and goals. This includes being a positive, effective and supportive role model. The ideal candidate will demonstrate high emotional intelligence with ability to collaborate with a diverse and dynamic team and participants. Commitment to equity and inclusion for all dimensions of identity.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 5+ years’ experience managing complex projects, community/workforce development, human service and/or non-profit, community organizing, or a related field
- Comfort with using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and MS Office products
Remote work will be required with periodic time at Green Mountain United Way Barre office, community site, or local employer as needed.
Position is primarily a normal office setting with long periods of sedentary work at desk and computer
Green Mountain United Way provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Related keywords: project manager, director, public health
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Pay: $56,000.00 – $61,000.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Employee discount
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
- Monday to Friday
All staff and/or visitors are required to wear a mask and socially distance when on-site at the Green Mountain United Way office. Remote work option is in place for all current employees.
- Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to equity and inclusion.
- Bachelor’s (Required)
- Project management: 5 years (Required)
- Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
- community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)
- shared measurement and analysis: 3 years (Preferred)
- advanced collaborative communication and group facilitation: 3 years (Required)
- grant management and reporting: 3 years (Preferred)
- Driver’s License (Required)
- Not possible
Full Time Opportunity:
- One location
This Job Is:
- A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
- Waiting period may apply
- Only full-time employees eligible
- Temporarily due to COVID-19
- Remote interview process
- Social distancing guidelines in place
- Virtual meetings
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.
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
- Bathing Items (tear-free soap, baby wash, towels, etc.)
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Plush stuffed toys
- Nasal aspirators
- Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks or teething rattles
For more info or to schedule a contact-free drop-off or pick-up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 802-793-9517.
Central Vermont Medical Center – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-793-9517.
Northeast Kingdom Human Services – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at email@example.com or 802-793-9517.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-793-9517.
Weidmann Electrical Technology – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at email@example.com or 802-793-9517.
Vermont Foodbank – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-793-9719.
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!
Each bulletin contains relevant information about the COVID-19 Response in the communities of Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties. Please look at each of the bulletins to find the resources you need and, of course, you can always call Vermont 2-1-1 for resources!
October 2020 Bulletin
September 2020 Bulletin
July 2020 Bulletin
June 2020 Bulletin