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!

Silver Level Sponsors

Eagle Level Sponsors

Birdie Level Sponsors

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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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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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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!

Register Now

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K.E.E.P. – Creating Savvy Consumers: Consumer Protection & Identity Theft

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:

Matt Paradise – American Consumer Credit Counseling

Course Description

How can we become equipped to be better consumers – both for yourself and for the clients or peers you serve? This workshop will describe relevant legislation such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and The CARD Act, which are designed to protect consumers from harmful financial services practices. It also will cover identity theft and fraud — how it occurs, preventative techniques, and fraud resolution.

Pre-requisite: Intro to Financial Coaching

Course Date

Wednesday, April 11 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location

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

There is parking at Capstone but carpooling is recommended.

Fee:

$25 registration fee which includes workshop materials and a light snack.

Current K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches will receive an email with a link for registration. 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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14th Annual United Way Mother’s Day Rose Sale

Purchase a dozen roses for mom, a friend, yourself or anyone who needs a smile. All to benefit a great cause! Order by Thursday, April 19, 2018 at noon and roses will arrive Friday, May 11. Roses are $20 per dozen, and $9 goes directly to us to support the our work. Please make checks payable to United Way.

If you are interested in participating and placing an order, please use our online form for your business: Roses Order Form and contact Beckie if you have questions.

Purchase a dozen roses for mom, a friend, yourself or anyone who needs a smile. All to benefit a great cause! Order by Thursday, April 19, 2018 at noon and roses will arrive Friday, May 11. Roses are $20 per dozen, and $9 goes directly to us to support the our work. Please make checks payable to United Way.

If you are interested in participating and placing an order, please use our online form for your business: Roses Order Form and contact Beckie if you have questions.

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Vermont Kids Day

 

This Saturday, March 31 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ALL INDOORS – in Burlington!

Enjoy adorable 802 Reptiles & puppies from Passion for Paws!
Mermaid Dalni – meet and take photos with her in her grotto! 

Bouncy Houses, Train Rides on the Big Blue Express,
Breyer Model Horse Paint & Sip (free juice box, too!)
Face PaintingArts and Crafts, Theater Improv, Music, Photo Booth, Ball Pools, Inflatable Obstacle Course,
Giant Games with The Big Blue Trunk, Circus Smirkus and MORE!
Free Ramunto’s Pizza slice (under age 12 while supplies last)
Interact with favorite
Costumed Characters!

TWO FLOORS OF FUN!

Doubletree by Hilton (formerly called Sheraton), 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 

www.VermontKidsDay.com
Tickets are only $8 per person – age 1 and up

$10 per person at the door
Price includes ALL activities! 

Giant games, ball pools, reptiles, photo booth with costumes! 

Bouncy Houses – Dora the Explorer, obstacle course, castle slide & more! 

Big Blue Express indoor train rides free with your admission ticket!

Copyright © 2018 Event Moguls

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1158
Williston, VT 05495

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March is National Nutrition Month®

 

Vermont 2-1-1

Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl


February 11, 2018 marked Vermont 2-1-1’s 13th Anniversary, and the entire 2-1-1 team would like to take this occasion to express its sincere appreciation for the United Ways of Vermont’s continued commitment to the Vermont 2-1-1 program! Over the past thirteen years, our delivery of professional information and referral services to Vermonters has grown in strength, expanded in scope, and increased in reputation, in large part due to the steadfast support of each of Vermont’s local United Way agencies! Our direct response service has been provided to over 444,961 callers and our online resource directory has assisted many more!

The beginning of our fourteenth year is prefaced by the over 11,000 requests for assistance that have come in during the first two months of 2018 5,402 of which were made in February. This means our 2-1-1 contact center averaged 193 incoming calls per day.

Each year more and more Vermonters are calling Vermont 2-1-1 to find out where they can receive free income tax preparation services. In February, referrals to Tax Organizations and Services totaled 992, showing the largest increase in contact numbers over January than any other sub-category.  All Vermonters can dial 2-1-1 to get accurate information about local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and MyFreeTaxes sites closest to them.  Individuals who live or work in Windham, Southern Windsor, and Chittenden Counties, have been able to dial 2-1-1 to get transferred directly to a tax scheduler for appointments. Contact Specialists also provide information about income eligibility guidelines to callers requesting this free service.

This winter has been milder than normal, on average, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. This, in combination with the State of Vermont’s investment in local community shelter initiatives, may well account for the slight decrease in the number of housing/shelter referrals thus far this year. Crucial to Vermont’s ability to house so many of its most vulnerable population during the winter season is the longstanding commitment of local, volunteer-run emergency warming shelters throughout the state. In the first two months of 2018, a total of 204 callers were referred to alternate shelter (other than motel voucher) during Vermont 2-1-1’s contracted after-hours emergency housing response time.

In the sub-category of Mental Health Assessment and Treatment provision of hotline numbers ranked high. More than half of contact referrals were to Domestic Violence Hotlines, and the remainder of the referrals were to Mental Health Hotlines, including Suicide Prevention Hotlines, Gender Identity Counseling Programs and Runaway/Homeless Youth Helplines.  Vermont 2-1-1 not only responds directly to suicide calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline during week days, but our contact specialists also make finding appropriate shelters and resources less difficult for individuals who find themselves in extremely stressful situations.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly contact volume report here.


Temper Tantrums


We’ve all seen it: crying, screaming, kicking, throwing things and (the sometimes dramatic) collapsing onto the floor. It’s a tantrum. They don’t happen because a child is spoiled or a parent isn’t good at their job; it’s actually a normal part of child development.

Temper tantrums or meltdowns are common for both boys and girls from the ages of 1-3 years and they are how young children express anger and frustration. They happen most often when a child is tired, hungry, overwhelmed or they can’t get something/someone to do what they want. Tantrums are most common during a point in a child’s development when they are starting to develop language skills. Children this age have big feelings and ideas but not always the words to express them. They are also starting to explore their independence and how to control their environment – they want to do things for themselves, which sometimes is harder than they think. The good news is, as their language skills grow and they gain skills to handle and express emotions the tantrums decrease.  When possible, preventing a tantrum is often the best strategy for dealing with them.  Here are a few tips:

1. Get in the habit of catching your child being good; give praise and attention for positive behavior.

2. Offer minor choices that give them some control, such as “Would you like a banana or an orange for snack?” Remember to keep options limited and simple.

3. Use distraction. Young children have short attention spans; try a change in environment or activity to avoid a meltdown.

4. When a tantrum is brewing, don’t respond with your own frustration and anger. Staying calm helps to teach your child how to calm down.

5. Know when your child has reached their limit. If they need a nap, a snack or quiet time, take care of their needs first instead of trying to get one more errand done.

6. Practice naming emotions and feelings with your child.

7. Have a schedule. Transitioning from one activity to another can be difficult for young children. Consistency and knowing what to expect and when to expect it helps.

8. After a tantrum and once your child is calm, offer praise for calming down and assurance that they are loved.

For more information on child development and parenting tips and resources, contact Help Me Grow VT.


Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics


In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of February:

Top Services: Homeless Intake (formerly homeless motel vouchers) (253 searches); Community Meals (149 searches); Pet Care Services (134 searches); Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (109 searches); Dental Care (92 searches)

Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Champlain Valley Office for Economic Opportunity (CVOEO); Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; Capstone Community Action; Good Samaritan Network

Top Search by City: Burlington; Bennington; Essex Junction; Hancock; New Haven

Total Site Visits: 4043

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1592


Don’t Forget to Support Your Local United Way!


Each year we see United Way volunteers and staff put on their campaign hats and venture out to raise money for the organization. Your local United Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in your local communities by addressing critical human needs in the critical cornerstone areas of education, financial stability, and health. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, our local United Ways impact thousands of lives every year. These collaborative, community-based, community-led solutions advance the common good and strive to create a good quality of life for all. The United Way delivers the solutions needed to drive change, but the change starts with each of us. Together we are stronger!

As a program of the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1 asks you to join us in living united! Your contributions will be working year-round building a brighter future for our children, enriching the lives of our elderly, giving hope to those who are hurting, strengthening families, and so much more.

Please join us in helping to build a better future! Thank you.


March is National Nutrition Month®


National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. On their website, you will find articles and videos specifically geared toward parents, seniors, kids, men, and women. Articles include tips on reducing “plate waste,” ensuring men’s bone health, and safe sources of Omega-3 fats for pregnant women.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a colorful and interactive website that contains a vast amount of helpful information about nutrition for kids, teens, college students, adults, families, and professionals. Included are tools and resources such as videos, songs, and activity sheets on a MyPlate Kids’ Place page, MyPlate Quizzes for teens, Resources for Healthy Eating on a Budget, and MyPlate Message Toolkit for Professionals.

Vermont 2-1-1’s database contains a large variety of food and nutrition-related resources for Vermonters of all ages. In general, you can search on the terms Food, Nutrition, or Meals. Some of the specific terms you will find are:

In addition, primary care providers in Vermont offer General Health Education Programs, which include nutrition information and resources. The Vermont Department of Health periodically runs nutrition education campaigns, and the VDH district offices and website have tons of information and often run healthier eating seminars and workshops. And did you know that Medicaid pays for three consultations with a licensed nutritionist?

Remember – you can dial 2-1-1 to reach one of our Information & Referral Specialists who will help you find health, community, government, and human services resources you need, including for nutrition, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


Emergency Housing in Vermont


Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 578 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for February here.

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont 2-1-1 · PO Box 111 · Essex Junction, VT 05453 · USA

 

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K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching – Intro to Financial Coaching Training

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 4-day training is open to agency staff, volunteers, and peers and is a pre-requisite 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 one-on-one Master Coaching sessions, peer-to-peer support, and ongoing trainings by local and regional experts in finance and coaching practices, along with access to all course materials. This program builds individual coach’s skills while helping clients.

DATES: March 27 – March 29, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with a follow-up day on May, 2, 2018 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. All four training dates take place in St. Johnsbury at NVDA.

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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.

Join us for a light breakfast at 8:45 am, and the training starts promptly at 9:00 am. Lunch will also be provided. The $100 fee covers instruction, materials, and food for all four days of the course.

This Second Cohort of Financial Coaches is limited to 25 people. At the end of day three of this training Financial Coaches will be eligible to attend all additional trainings offered in the series. Please see the full description of our K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program and the complete list of trainings for the Spring 2018 Semester at www.gmunitedway.org/keep.

 

WHEN:
March 27 – 29, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Follow up class on May 2, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

WHERE:
Conference Room – 1st Floor
Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA)
36 Eastern Ave
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819

Join us for a light breakfast at 8:45 am, and the training starts promptly at 9:00 am. Lunch will also be provided. The $100 fee covers instruction, materials and food for all 4 days of the course.

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ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS RELATED TO A DISABILITY AND SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS SHOULD BE MADE AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT BY CONTACTING BECKIE BLOUIN AT RBLOUIN@GMUNITEDWAY.ORG OR 802.613.3989.

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