Green Mountain United Way Launches Volunteer of the Month!

Does your organization have an incredible volunteer? Nominate them to be a Volunteer of the Month with Green Mountain United Way!

Every month we feature a local volunteer at Green Mountain United Way or one of our agency partners to feature on our blog and an article in the Times Argus. Do you have a new volunteer who you appreciate, a long-time volunteer who deserves some recognition, an individual who has made an exceptional difference for the work your organization does?

Nominate them by emailing Carrie Stahler at cstahler@gmunitedway.org with the following information:

  • Your Name & contact information
  • Agency
  • Agency Mission
  • Volunteer’s Name, email, and phone number
  • A brief description of their contribution to the agency
  • Length of their volunteer work with the agency
  • A photo of your volunteer in action!

Example:

Jane Dillon, jd@cvcoa.org, 802-622-2262
Central Vermont Council on Aging
John Doe, jd@mail.com, 802-222-2222
John helps our seniors stack wood every year, this year he stacked more than 200 cords!
He’s been working with us since 2001.

Carrie will contact your volunteer, interview them, and then let you and your volunteer know when the article will be published.

Thank you to all of the incredible volunteers that make our community a better place!

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2018 Green Mountain United Way Golf Classic

UPS Green Mountain United Way Golf Classic

Friday, August 24, 2018

at the Country Club of Barre (18-hole course)

There is no better way to help your community than to have fun while doing it! At our Green Mountain United Way Annual Golf Classic, a beautiful day on the green makes you a partner in United Way’s fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in our five-county region including Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington counties.

We are glad to have you on our team for this tournament and in our work to bring together individuals, businesses, government, human service agencies and volunteers around a common vision to create maximum impact and achieve long-lasting results. Your support helps foster children transition to a new home with a backpack of their own, helps families get the financial skills they need to make sure they have stable, healthy lives and helps low-income employees access the resources they need to thrive. Don’t miss your chance to join us! Sponsor or Register now!

Registration

Pre-Register and Save – 2018 Registration Form coming soon!
Register for $100 per individual golfer or $400 per team of four

ALL Registrations Include: Greens Fees, Two Carts, Registration Gifts, and Dinner

Register Your Team Now


Course Description

Founded in 1924, the Country Club of Barre is considered one of the “must play” courses in central Vermont. Nestled in the rolling hills of Plainfield Vermont, the Country Club of Barre offers a unique and rewarding golf experience.

You will not only experience golf at its finest, you will enjoy scenic views of the beautiful Vermont landscape while you golf.

The course is designed with all players in mind, from the beginner to the experienced, from the high handicap to the low handicap, all levels of experience will find the course challenging and rewarding


Event Highlights

Format: 4 player scramble. The traditional format where all players tee off, the best shot is selected, and the process is repeated until a ball is holed. Every team must use at least three tee shots from each player.

Hospitality: Gifts for all golfers at tournament check-in, plus complimentary light snacks and bottled water out on the course from the refreshment cart.

50/50 Raffle: The total amount raised will be split between the winner and Green Mountain United Way to benefit their programs and ongoing work within the community.

Dinner: Immediately following the tournament the meal will begin featuring the world-class food from the Cornerstone Catering. A cash bar will also be available.

Prizes & Awards: Many prizes awarded for High Score, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Low Gross/Net and more.


Schedule

8:30 am On-site registration begins. Please be sure to arrive no later than 9:00 am to allow time to check-in and warm-up on the putting green and driving range.

9:45 am Welcome announcement from Sponsors, Country Club and Green Mountain United Way. Golfers then proceed to their designated holes for a 10:00 am shotgun start.

10:00 am Shotgun start.

2:00 pm(approximate) Dinner begins.

4:00 pm(approximate)  50/50 Raffle winner announced, followed by contest winner awards, and tournament low gross/low net winning team awards.

5:00 pm Event concludes


Corporate Sponsorships

Support Green Mountain United Way and have fun doing it! Click the drop-down to see the benefits of each sponsorship level. We work to support our entire community and so will your sponsorship dollars. To become a Corporate Sponsor, call Carrie at 802-613-3989 to find the right level for you, or simply download our 2018 Sponsorship Form and email it to Carrie Stahler at cstahler[at] gmunitedway.org.

Sponsorship Goal for 2018: $10,000

Prominent placement in all promotional materials, Speaking opportunity prior to event, 4 complimentary registrations for your staff, plus all other items offered at Eagle Level (except registrations)
Online logo placement on gmunitedway.org reg. page, Logo on Beverage Cart & Players Carts
4 complimentary registrations for your staff, Plus all other items offered at Eagle Level (except registrations)
One exclusive sponsorship offered at this level, Exclusive Speaking opportunity at Dinner, Online logo placement on gmunitedway.org reg. page, Logo on Beverage Cart & Players Carts
Social media recognition of your business
This sponsor level is to be “paid” with the in-kind contribution of golf prizes to be used as swag bags for participants, bag stuffers and raffle prizes. Imagine a small bag filled with golf balls, tees, and a golf towel all featuring your company’s logo! For further details, contact Carrie at cstahler (at) gmunitedway.org
Banner above clubhouse for duration of event, Logo on all players carts during event, 2 total complimentary registrations for your staff, Plus all offered below (except registrations)
We know some of you would love to just spend a day golfing with your crew for a good cause. For you, we’ve created a special sponsor level! You get Four (4) complimentary registrations for your staff and a tee sign on one green with your company’s logo
Social media recognition of your business
1 complimentary registration for your staff, Plus all offered below
Recognition on Beverage Cart, Tee/Greens Sign on One Green
Tee sign on one green

Thank you to our committed 2018 Sponsors!

Golf Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Prize Level Sponsors

Eagle Level Sponsors

Birdie Level Sponsors

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Credit: Sharon Mccutcheon

K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching – Debt Management & Credit as an Asset

Please NOTE – This Course is open to current FINANCIAL COACHES ONLY. If you have not yet taken Intro to Financial Coaching you will not be able to attend this course.

Instructors: Pamela Bailey, Master Coach, Director Programs and Operations at Green Mountain United Way and Liz Scharf, Savings & Credit Program Coordinator, Community Economic Development at Capstone Community Action

Course Description

A training on the credit building model and why credit is an asset. Debt Management and Credit as an Asset will focus on:

  • Credit scoring models (FICO and Vantage), as well as how different issues affect the score
  • The value of credit reports as a credit education and credit building tool
  • Credit building products and how to assess if a client is ready for a product
  • General tips on how and when to dispute errors and deal with debt
  • Methods of measuring client outcomes

This highly interactive training will feature case studies, an actual credit report review, and group work. We will focus on how financial coaches and financial counselors can help clients manage derogatory consumer debt such as collections and judgments, discuss the rights and responsibilities of debtors and debt collectors, exempt income and assets, statutes and limitations on collections and judgments, common debt collection scams, the court process for judgments, and more. It is important that coaches and counselors not licensed to practice law do not practice legal advice, so we will also discuss the boundaries for practitioners offering assistance to clients.

Course Date

Thursday, June 19th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Business and Conference Center
1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

There is ample parking at NVRH. For details regarding parking use this link: https://nvrh.org/parking

Fee:

$25 registration fee which includes workshop materials and a lunch.

Current coaches will receive an email invitation to register for this class.

To pay by check please choose Pay by Check, Pay at the Door, or Pay by Invoice under the Payment Method drop-down menu on the Check Out page. Checks can be made payable to Green Mountain United Way, 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT 05602.

If you have questions, please email events@gmunitedway.org and put Financial Coaching Class Registration Question in the subject line.

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Spring Day of Caring

Lend a hand as you follow your passion and use your skills by giving the gift of volunteering to your community!

Join us in making a difference in your community. Commit to the full day or half of the day, and bring a friend because volunteering is always more fun with friends!

Friday, June 8 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

We offer two shifts, sign up for one or both to volunteer with us all day long!

  • Shift 1 is from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Shift 2 is from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Volunteer Now

We are looking for a sponsor for lunch, lunch break will happen from 12:00 pm until 12:30 and all volunteers are invited to join us for lunch.

Outdoor Clean-up at Heaton Woods

  • What does winter gardens and landscaping? A lot! The front courtyard is the place that Heaton Woods residents go to garden, enjoy the sunshine and spend time outdoors. It is easily accessible even for those in walkers or wheelchairs. But it needs some work after this snowy winter and last spring’s construction. We’ll be weeding, raking, trimming and cleaning up the landscaping and the resident’s garden beds.
  • Painting – last year’s construction left a few unpainted sections on their wheelchair ramp and other wooden outdoor areas, and a fence that needs a few coats of paint. Bring your painting clothes, we will supply the brushes, stirrers, and paint.
  • Parking lot sweeping – if time allows we will also help to sweep and tidy up the parking areas around the facility to make it safe and clean for residents and visitors.

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K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching – Advanced Financial Coaching

Please NOTE – This Course is open to current FINANCIAL COACHES ONLY. If you have not yet taken Intro to Financial Coaching you will not be able to attend this course.

Instructors: Pamela Bailey, Master Coach, Director Programs and Operations at Green Mountain United Way and Liz Scharf, Savings & Credit Program Coordinator, Community Economic Development at Capstone Community Action

Course Description

This advanced workshop is designed to help experienced Financial Coaching practitioners to deepen their skills. Advanced Financial Coaching will provide opportunities for case studies, role-playing, and discussion of advanced financial topics.

Course Date

Thursday, June 7th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location

Conference Room – 1st Floor
Capstone Community Action
20 Gable Place
Barre, Vermont 05641

There is parking at Capstone but carpooling is recommended. Please park as far away from the entrance as you can in order to leave room for Capstone’s clients and staff.

Fee:

$25 registration fee which includes workshop materials and a lunch.

Current coaches will receive an email with a link to register.

Checks can be made payable to Green Mountain United Way, 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT 05602.

If you have questions, please email events@gmunitedway.org and put Financial Coaching Class Registration Question in the subject line.

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Introducing our NEW Volunteer Connection!


We’ve just launched our new Volunteer Connection and are working harder than ever to connect volunteers with their passion to help our community!



Hello,

In the past few weeks we have launched our brand NEW Volunteer Connection platform through our website! Check it out to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities in our communities and find a way to give back that engages your passion and helps your community! There are tons of incredible ways to help, so take a look at our nonprofit partners, the new opportunities, and some of the incredible events that these organizations put on to help them accomplish their mission! This is the best and easiest way to be part of the change that makes our communities thrive!
And, TODAY is Vermont Gives Day! This is the perfect time to support us or your favorite Vermont nonprofit organizations. Check out more about VT Gives Day or donate now

In gratitude,
Carrie Stahler

Director of Funding and Program Development

Green Mountain United Way Updates & Events

 

United Way Day of Caring 2018 
Join us to help clean-up, paint, and landscape at Heaton Woods Senior Residence in Montpelier. There are just a few spots left – Learn more or Register for Day of Caring Now!
 

Congratulations to our NEW K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches!
On May 2 our second class of Financial Coaches completed Intro to Financial Coaching and they are now working with clients in the community. We congratulate each of them for their hard work and thank them for joining us to improve the financial stability of our communities! Read more…

 

Diaper Drive, Saturday, May 19 at The Family Center of Washington County

Did you know that 1 in 3 Vermont families struggle with diaper needs? Support families in the community by dropping off diapers between May 7 – 20.

  • Diaper drop-boxes can be found at Montpelier Shaw’s, Berlin Shaw’s, and at the Green Mountain Transit Office (6088 VT Route 12).
  • If you are unable to donate at these locations, consider a one-time or recurring donation on-line at: fcwcvt.org/donate/
  • Stop by The Family Center of Washington County on Saturday, May 19 to drop off your diapers and enjoy the Family Flea Market!

Nonprofit Partners: Join us for our Quarterly Volunter Coordinator Meeting on Wednesday, May 23 in Barre – RSVP Now!

We are holding a series of quarterly meetings to help share best practices for volunteerism, resources, and encourage networking among volunteer coordinators in our communities. Meetings will alternate between Central VT and the Northeast Kingdom. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

Community Updates

 

14th Annual Golf Classic
Registration Now Open!

Come golf with us at the Barre Country Club on Friday, August 24 from 10:00am – 5:00 pm. Registration includes cart, meal, and greens fees! Register Now!
Or, consider sponsoring and get complimentary registrations with certain sponsorship levels!

 

Vermont Gives Day 2018 is May 17
All Day TODAY, until midnight tonight, you can support your favorite nonprofit organizations as part of Vermont Gives. Green Mountain United Way is hoping to raise $1000 for our K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program to help more families get financial knowledge and support they need to thrive! Learn more about VT Gives here or donate now!

Upcoming Courses for Financial Coaches

 

Advanced Financial Coaching

June 7, 2018 from 8am – 4pm at Capstone Community Action. Find the details and Register now.

Please NOTE – This Course is open to current FINANCIAL COACHES ONLY. If you have not yet taken Intro to Financial Coaching you will not be able to attend this course.

 

Debt Management &
Credit as an Asset

June 19, 2018 from 9am – 4pm at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Find the details and Register now.

Please NOTE – This Course is open to current FINANCIAL COACHES ONLY. If you have not yet taken Intro to Financial Coaching you will not be able to attend this course.

The Community Campaign closes in June, help us hit our goal of $500,000!
We are so close and need your help to make our goal! Help those in your community and make a lasting impact in health, education, and financial stability!

 

Copyright © 2018 Green Mountain United Way, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:

Green Mountain United Way

73 Main Street, #33

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone: 802-613-3989


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Congratulations to our NEW K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches!

K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching graduates second class of coaches

On May 2 our second class of Financial Coaches completed Intro to Financial Coaching and they are now working with clients in the community. We congratulate each of them for their hard work and thank them for joining us to improve the financial stability of our communities!

We would like to congratulate the following K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches:

Jody Frey of Orleans County Restorative Justice
Chris Wellhoff of Justice Board of Newport
Rebecca Baruzzi of Capstone Community Action
Laurie Kelty of Green Mountain United Way
Melissa Miller of Northeastern VT Regional Hospital
Sarah Sanville of Northeast Kingdom Youth Services
Devereaux Simon of Capstone Community Action
Faye Longo of Vermont Foodbank
Ramsey Papp of Capstone Community Action
Jessica Seigfried of State of VT Economic Services
Eric Luebbert State of VT AHS/DCF/ESD Reach Up
Lydia Menendez of Verde Coaching
Dominic Perkins of Northeast Kingdom Community Action
Chris Kaiser self-employed

We look forward to having each of these K.E.E.P. coaches actively engaged in our program and working directly with clients, peers, and their constituents to help make our region more financially secure for the individuals and families that live here.

Coaches are trained in both in-depth Financial Literacy skills and personalized coaching skills and help clients either as independent coaches or through the work of the nonprofit agency or organization where they work. K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches meet monthly as a group to share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned, and they meet with Pam Bailey, Green Mountain United Way’s Director of Programs and Operations, and the K.E.E.P. Master Coach on a one-on-one basis to build skills, get individual support, and troubleshoot tough situations. Learn more about the K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program here.

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Vermont Gives Day is May 17

Nonprofits throughout Vermont will participate in Vermont Gives, the state’s second annual day of online giving, to be held on May 17th. Initiated by Common Good Vermont, in collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation and other local sponsors, this event will raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations located throughout the state.

Fueled by the power of social media, Vermont Gives unites nonprofits in a call to action to raise critical funds they need to make our communities a better place to live, work, play and serve. It is modeled after the internationally popular Giving Tuesday, but this initiative is more regionalized, encouraging Vermont donors to give local first. All money raised here, stays here. Donations can be made to Green Mountain United Way by clicking the Donate button at the top of the page, or to other agencies online at VermontGives.org. Use #VTGives as the hashtag in your social media!

Here at Green Mountain United Way, we are raising money to expand the reach of our K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program. Through this program, United Way-trained Financial Coaches help clients and community members understand and manage their financial lives in ways that help them meet their life goals. Coaches are embedded in agencies all over our region and we want to help give more people the opportunity to serve their community as Financial Coaches, and more community members the skills and support they need to take control of their financial lives! We are hoping to raise $2500 on May 17th toward this program. Donate now as part of Vermont Gives Day!

“As nonprofits all across the Green Mountain State face many unknowns with state and federal funding cuts, Vermont Gives is an opportunity to come together to further build a community of philanthropy and giving.  We look forward to this opportunity to further our missions together to create a stronger, more vibrant nonprofit sector” said Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director of Common Good Vermont.

 

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Spring Worksite Wellness Activities

 

Happy Spring!

This spring feels particularly hard earned. Fortunately, there are several activities coming up that will get us outside. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • May is National Bike Month which features an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide, including:
  • Vermont State Parks open May. Many open Memorial Day weekend, but this schedule has the opening date for each park.
  • May is also when the outdoor Farmer’s Markets open. Find the Market closest to you on the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont website.

Spring Worksite Wellness Activities

~ Ashwinee Kulkarni, MPH 

The warm weather has finally arrived! Spring is a great time to get started with a worksite wellness program or re-energize an existing one. Check out the Health Department’s Worksite Wellness Page for tips and resources on how to get started or to get new ideas. We also have new section with resources specific to several different occupations. Here are five worksite wellness activities that you can try this summer to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle:

  • Partner with a local farm or food hub to have Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSAs) delivered on-site.
  • Promote walking meetings or walking groups.
  • Plant a worksite garden.
  • Support active commuting to work.
  • Don’t forget about sun safety.

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Unraveling the Mystery of the

Farmer’s Market

~Rebecca O’Reilly, MS, RD

As the weather begins to warm and the landscape begins to green, our thoughts inevitably turn toward spring and summer and taking in all that these seasons have to offer. For me (and I don’t think I’m alone here), food is among the greatest assets that warm weather brings. Fresh produce is available, the grill is fired up, and I am more than happy to set aside my arsenal of warm winter favorites to embrace the cool flavors of summer. Along with great flavor, comes opportunity for great nutrition. Fruits and vegetables that are picked fresh not only taste better, but they pack more key nutrients than those that have been trucked from thousands of miles away. Community farmer’s markets are a great place to support local growers while taking advantage of fresh, flavorful, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

For many of the consumers we see in our daily work, farmer’s markets are a new concept and shopping at one may not be entirely comfortable prospect. Do you remember the last time you tried out a new market? Every time I’m in an unfamiliar shopping environment, I am so overwhelmed by finding what I need and learning the norms of the new space, I forget to buy half of the items on my list (once again, I don’t think I’m alone here). The good news is, we can help make the new experience more enjoyable for individuals and families. Here are some helpful tips and resources for successfully navigating the farmer’s market and getting the most out of a tight food budget.

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Granite City Group Fitness 5k to Benefit Green Mountain United Way

Join us Saturday, April 28 for a 5k Run, Walk or Stroll with Granite City Group Fitness! All proceeds benefit Green Mountain United Way’s community campaign and work in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. Registration is $25 before the event, $30 on the day-of. 5k starts at 10am at the New Life Assembly Church Parking Lot on Hill Street in Barre. Families and strollers welcome, prizes for first Man, Woman and Child finishers!!

Thanks to our friends Brittany and Brett at Granite City Group Fitness in Barre and Montpelier for their support and for this fun event!

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The New and Improved FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet!

APRIL, 2018 

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The New and Improved FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet!

FamilyWize is excited to announce that new features have been added to the FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet. Now available both as a free online tool and within our mobile app, the medicine cabinet helps you to better manage your family’s prescription drug costs, store important information about each prescription, and price compare across local pharmacies in your area.

A Powerful Prescription Drug Price Comparison Tool
The Medicine Cabinet makes it easy to store all of your family’s prescription information in one secure location. Use the Medicine Cabinet to:

  • Create a personal profile to save and track your family’s prescription drug price searches
  • Search and compare prescription drug prices within a designated zip code
  • Compare pricing between generic and brand name prescription meds
  • Instantly access your FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card

With our latest updates, you can also use the FamilyWize mobile app to:

  • Set prescription refill reminders
  • Save dosage information for each prescription
  • Set and save your favorite local pharmacy for faster price checks
  • Receive a reminder to use your FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card every time you enter your favorite pharmacy

Keeping your family’s prescription drug information in one place enables you to save valuable time and money – without ever having to call or visit multiple pharmacies or conduct multiple online searches.

Manage All Your Prescriptions With One Tool
Imagine “Samantha,” a working mother juggling the healthcare purchases for herself, her husband, and their daughter, who was born with a heart condition. After her daughter’s most recent check-up, Samantha logs into the FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet.

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